The Best Moment of the 2019 ESPYS

Posted on July 11, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

Last night we, along with millions of other people, posted up to watch the 2019 ESPYS to judge athlete’s attire, count how many times an athlete mentioned the U.S. Women’s National Team in their acceptance speech, and root for some of our favorite sports moments from the last year. While we watched Tracy Morgan bomb, even after poking fun at wrecking his brand new Bugatti, we were pleasantly surprised to see the best moment of the night come from St. Louis Blues star Ryan O’Reilly taking out his tooth while accepting an award for ‘Best Comeback’ on behalf of the entire team.

We can’t say we’re upset about the outcome, because these awards are voted on by the fans – that’s you! While some of us may feel strongly about certain award winners, at the end of the day, we just love that the fans could make their voices heard. But we have to say, we will be pretty upset if the first game of the Fan Controlled Football League is not nominated for ‘Best Game’ next year! Because with the way we’re changing the sport of football forever, there is no way we walk away without that award! But just for good measure (and maybe even some good karma), we’ve got you covered with the full list of 2019 winners below (you can thank us later):

  • Best Male Athlete: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks
  • Best Female Athlete: Alex Morgan, USWNT
  • Best Breakthrough Athlete: Saquon Barkley, New York Giants
  • Best Team: U.S. Women’s National Team, soccer
  • Best International Men’s Soccer Player: Lionel Messi, Argentina
  • Best International Women’s Soccer Player: Sam Kerr, Australia
  • Best NFL Player: Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs
  • Best MLB Player: Christian Yelich, Milwaukee Brewers
  • Best NHL Player: Alexander Ovechkin, Washington Capitals
  • Best Driver: Kyle Busch, NASCAR
  • Best NBA Player: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks
  • Best WNBA Player: Breanna Stewart, Seattle Storm
  • Best Boxer: Canelo Alvarez
  • Best MMA Fighter: Daniel Cormier
  • Best Male Golfer: Brooks Koepka
  • Best Female Golfer: Brooke Henderson
  • Best Male Tennis Player: Roger Federer
  • Best Female Tennis Player: Serena Williams
  • Best Male Action Sports Athlete: Nyjah Houston, US, skateboard
  • Best Female Action Sports Athlete: Chloe Kim, US, snowboard
  • Best Jockey: Mike Smith
  • Best Male Athlete with a Disability: Mark Barr, triathlon
  • Best Female Athlete with a Disability: Alyssa Seely, triathlon
  • Best Bowler: Norm Duke
  • Best MLS Player: Zlatan Ibrahimovic, LA Galaxy
  • Best NWSL Player: Sam Kerr, Chicago Red Stars
  • Best Game: Rams defeat Chiefs 54-51 on Monday Night Football
  • Best College Athlete: Zion Williamson, Duke men’s basketball
  • Best Record-breaking Performance: Saints’ Drew Brees becomes all-time passing leader
  • Best Play: Katelyn Ohashi scores a perfect 10 in floor exercises
  • Best Viral Sports Moment: Kately Ohashi scores a perfect 10 in floor exercises
  • Best Comeback: St. Louis Blues going from worst to first to win the Stanley Cup
  • Best Upset: Boxing – Andy Ruiz Jr. defeats Anthony Joshua
  • Best Esports Moment (Finals): oLarry’s return to the NBA 2k League after the Jacksonville shooting
  • Best WWE Moment: Roman Reigns returns to WWE Raw and announces his Leukemia is in remission

In Other ‘Football’ News

Posted on May 1, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

Earlier today, Lionel Messi scored his 600th career goal for FC Barcelona in their 3-0 win over Liverpool. He entered the semifinal match of the Champions League with 598 under his belt, and honestly, when you’re THAT close before a game even starts, there’s no way you’re leaving the pitch without reaching that milestone. We’d be remised if we didn’t mention that Cristiano Ronaldo also just scored his 600th club goal for Juventus over the weekend. Although, Messi accomplished this feat in 683 games while it took Ronaldo 799. We’re not trying to say who’s the better player here but… but it looks like we just did.

Somewhere, there are some super-hyped soccer statisticians shouting about the importance of today’s date: the 600th goal came 14 years to the day after Messi scored his first goal for Barcelona. With the way things happened, we’re shocked that confetti didn’t rain from the sky with #Messi600 stamped on it. What we wouldn’t give for that to have been set up, only for someone to release the confetti one goal early and make a mess of the stadium. What can we say, deep down, we’re trolls 😎.

While we don’t know if any of the FCFL players will be thriving in the league after 14 seasons (that’s a LOT of years for anyone that isn’t a kicker, and we already know there’s no kicking in our league), we do imagine there will be some that set some huge league records. And when they do, we expect their team’s front office (that’s you) to go all out when celebrating those milestones. Sure, we may not be making confetti rain from the sky, although that IS a possibility, we know the fans will be coming up with something epic. We have some time before the ‘first snap’ of the league, but it’s never too early to start brainstorming, fans!