2016 SportsPress “SP” Awards Nominees

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These awards will be voted on by our writers. Each writer’s vote counts as an amount in accordance to their rank in terms of the most posts, starting with 1st place having their vote count as the most points, and ending with last place having their vote count as one point. No one will be permitted to vote for themselves or their article(s) in any category. Voting will take place sometime in December.

SportsPress “SP” Awards for Writers

  • Best Overall Writer
  • Best Addition (Non-NFL Pressbox Writer)
  • Most Improved Writer
  • Most Passionate Writer

SportsPress “ESPY” Awards- “The SP’s”

These awards will be voted on by our writers. Each writer’s vote counts as an amount in accordance to their rank in terms of the most posts. This voting system is a little bit different from above. Each voter will vote for three nominees from each category, with their vote points from above being the votes that their 3rd place nominee gets, with 2nd place getting one more point, and 1st place getting one more point than 2nd. For example, the person with nine points from above will have their 1st place vote count as 11 points, 2nd place vote count as 10 points, and 3rd place vote count as nine points down in these awards. Here are the nominees for each of the SportsPress “SP” Awards. Voting will take place sometime in December.


Best Team

  • Chicago Cubs (MLB)
  • Cleveland Cavaliers (NBA)
  • Pittsburgh Penguins (NHL)
  • Denver Broncos (NFL)
  • Villanova Wildcats (NCAA Men’s Basketball)
  • Alabama Crimson Tide (NCAA Football)
  • Team Penske (IndyCar)
  • Team Mercedes (Formula One)

Best Game/Event

  • Villanova Wildcats vs. North Carolina Tar Heels (NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship)
  • Golden State Warriors vs. Cleveland Cavaliers (Game 7, NBA Finals)
  • Chicago Cubs vs. Cleveland Indians (Game 7, World Series)
  • Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Washington Capitals (Game 6, Stanley Cup Playoffs)
  • Green Bay Packers vs. Arizona Cardinals (NFC Divisional Round Matchup)
  • 2016 Firestone 600 (IndyCar Race)
  • 2016 Indianapolis 500 (IndyCar Race)
  • 2016 Daytona 500 (NASCAR Race)

Best Play

  • Kris Jenkins’ three-point buzzer beater (NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship)
  • LeBron James’ block of Andre Iguodala (Game 7, NBA Finals)
  • Aaron Rodgers’ Hail Mary (NFC Divisional Round Matchup)
  • Von Miller strip sack of Cam Newton (Super Bowl 50)
  • Stephen Curry 38-foot game winner (Golden State Warriors vs. Oklahoma City Thunder)
  • Graham Rahal passes James Hinchcliffe on the final lap of the Firestone 600 (IndyCar Race)
  • Pennsylvania State’s blocked field goal returned for a touchdown against Ohio State (NCAA Football) 
  • Kyrie Irving’s three-pointer to ice Game 7 of the NBA Finals  (Game 7, NBA Finals)

Best Upset

  • Leicester City wins the Premier League (Premier League)
  • Middle Tennessee defeats Michigan State (NCAA Men’s Basketball)
  • Alexander Rossi wins the Indianapolis 500 (IndyCar)
  • Stephen F. Austin defeats West Virginia (NCAA Men’s Basketball)
  • Hawaii defeats California (NCAA Men’s Basketball)
  • Syracuse defeats Virginia (NCAA Men’s Basketball)
  • Little Rock defeats Purdue (NCAA Men’s Basketball)
  • Yale defeats Baylor (NCAA Men’s Basketball)

Best Moment

  • The Chicago Cubs win their first World Series since 1908 (MLB)
  • The Cleveland Cavaliers claim the city’s first championship since 1964 (NBA)
  • Peyton Manning wins the Super Bowl in his final game (NFL)
  • The Villanova Wildcats win at the buzzer over the North Carolina Tar Heels (NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship)
  • The Golden State Warriors claim their record 73rd win (NBA)
  • Kobe Bryant puts up 60 points in his final NBA game (NBA)
  • Alexander Rossi coasts across the finish line out of fuel to win the Indianapolis 500 (IndyCar)
  • Jimmie Johnson ties the record with his 7th NASCAR championship (NASCAR)

Best Championship Performance

  • LeBron James (NBA)
  • Von Miller (NFL)
  • Ben Zobrist (MLB)
  • Sidney Crosby (NHL)
  • Derrick Henry (NCAA Football)
  • Simon Pagenaud (IndyCar)
  • Jimmie Johnson (NASCAR)
  • Nico Rosberg (Formula One)

Best Record-Breaking Performance

  • Simon Pagenaud’s 127-point championship win (IndyCar)
  • Stephen Curry’s 402 3-pointers (NBA)
  • The Golden State Warriors’ 73 wins (NBA)
  • Geno Auriemma’s 11th NCAA basketball title (NCAA Women’s Basketball)
  • Stephen Curry’s 13 3-pointers in a game (NBA)
  • Stephen Curry’s streak of 157 games with at least one 3-pointer (NBA)
  • Christian McCaffrey sets NCAA all-purpose yardage record in Rose Bowl (NCAA Football)
  • Jimmie Johnson’s 7th NASCAR championship

Best Male Athlete

  • Stephen Curry (NBA)
  • LeBron James (NBA)
  • Russell Westbrook (NBA)
  • Sidney Crosby (NHL)
  • Ezekiel Elliott (NFL)
  • Mike Trout (MLB)
  • Kris Bryant (MLB)
  • Lionel Messi (Soccer)

Best Female Athlete

  • Breanna Stewart (WNBA)
  • Elena Delle Donne (WNBA)
  • Maya Moore (WNBA)
  • Serena Williams (Tennis)
  • Katie Ledecky (Swimming)
  • Simone Biles (Gymnastics)
  • Carli Lloyd (Soccer)
  • Diana Taurasi (WNBA)

Best NBA Player

  • Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors)
  • LeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers)
  • Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder)
  • Kevin Durant (Golden State Warriors)
  • Kawhi Leonard (San Antonio Spurs)
  • James Harden (Houston Rockets)
  • Anthony Davis (New Orleans Pelicans)
  • Paul George (Indiana Pacers)

Best NFL Player

  • Tom Brady (New England Patriots)
  • Khalil Mack (Oakland Raiders)
  • Von Miller (Denver Broncos)
  • Ezekiel Elliott (Dallas Cowboys)
  • Dak Prescott (Dallas Cowboys)
  • Derek Carr (Oakland Raiders)
  • David Johnson (Arizona Cardinals)
  • Julio Jones (Atlanta Falcons)

Best MLB Player

  • Kris Bryant (Chicago Cubs)
  • Mike Trout (Los Angeles Angels)
  • Max Scherzer (Washington Nationals)
  • Mookie Betts (Boston Red Sox)
  • Jose Altuve (Houston Astros)
  • Nolan Arenado (Colorado Rockies)
  • Anthony Rizzo (Chicago Cubs)
  • Clayton Kershaw (Los Angeles Dodgers)

Best NHL Player

  • Sidney Crosby (Pittsburgh Penguins)
  • Alexander Ovechkin (Washington Capitals)
  • Patrick Kane (Chicago Blackhawks)
  • Jamie Benn (Dallas Stars)
  • Braden Holtby (Washington Capitals)
  • Carey Price (Montreal Canadiens)
  • Drew Doughty (Los Angeles Kings)
  • Erik Karlsson (Ottawa Senators)

Best College Athlete

  • Lamar Jackson (NCAA Football)
  • Derrick Henry (NCAA Football)
  • Buddy Hield (NCAA Men’s Basketball)
  • Jabrill Peppers (NCAA Football)
  • Deshaun Watson (NCAA Football)
  • Christian McCaffrey (NCAA Football)
  • Grayson Allen (NCAA Men’s Basketball)
  • Breanna Stewart (NCAA Women’s Basketball)

Best Driver

  • Simon Pagenaud (IndyCar)
  • Nico Rosberg (Formula One)
  • Jimmie Johnson (NASCAR)
  • Kyle Busch (NASCAR)
  • Alexander Rossi (IndyCar)
  • Will Power (IndyCar)
  • Lewis Hamilton (Formula One)
  • Max Verstappen (Formula One)

Best Golfer

  • Jordan Spieth
  • Jason Day
  • Rory McIlroy
  • Dustin Johnson
  • Lydia Ko
  • Henrik Stennson
  • Hideki Matsuyama
  • Adam Scott

Best Soccer Player

  • Lionel Messi (FC Barcelona)
  • Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)
  • Luis Suarez (FC Barcelona)
  • Neymar (FC Barcelona)
  • Jamie Vardy (Leicester City)
  • Antonie Griezmann (Atletico Madrid)
  • David de Gea (Manchester United)
  • Gareth Bale (Real Madrid)

Best Tennis Player

  • Novak Djokovic
  • Roger Federer
  • Serena Williams
  • Andy Murray
  • Rafael Nadal
  • Stan Wawrinka
  • Kei Nishikori
  • Milos Raonic

Best Fighter

  • Conor McGregor
  • Demetrious Johnson
  • Dominick Cruz
  • Jon Jones
  • Daniel Cormier
  • Jose Aldo
  • Stipe Miocic
  • Eddie Alvarez

Best International Athlete

  • Cristiano Ronaldo (Soccer)
  • Luis Suarez (Soccer)
  • Lionel Messi (Soccer)
  • Novak Djokovic (Tennis)
  • Usain Bolt (Running)
  • Nico Rosberg (Formula One)
  • Lewis Hamilton (Formula One)
  • Lydia Ko (Golf)

Best Breakthrough Athlete

  • Ezekiel Elliott (NFL)
  • Dak Prescott (NFL)
  • Karl-Anthony Towns (NBA)
  • Mookie Betts (MLB)
  • Kyle Hendricks (MLB)
  • Simon Pagenaud (IndyCar)
  • Josef Newgarden (IndyCar)
  • Max Verstappen (Formula One)

Best Comeback Athlete

  • James Hinchcliffe (IndyCar)
  • Mikhail Aleshin (IndyCar)
  • Kyle Schwarber (MLB)
  • Nick Chubb (NCAA Football)
  • Le’Veon Bell (NFL)
  • James Conner (NCAA Football)
  • Kevin Durant (NBA)
  • Andrew Luck (NFL)

Best Coach

  • Joe Maddon (MLB)
  • Nick Saban (NCAA Football)
  • Tyronn Lue (NBA)
  • Jay Wright (NCAA Men’s Basketball)
  • Claudio Ranieri (Premier League)
  • Geno Auriemma (NCAA Women’s Basketball)
  • Gary Kubiak (NFL)
  • Mike Sullivan (NHL)


-Asher Fair