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Baltimore Ravens Get Shut Out at ESPN ESPY Awards

July 18th, 2013 at 8:42 AM
By Josh Michael

The Baltimore Ravens were well represented last night at the ESPN ESPY Awards being nominated in four major categories, but the Miami Heat beat out the Ravens in three of the categories and Baltimore left the night empty handed.

'ESPN Wide World of Sports' photo (c) 2011, Josh Hallett - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

The four categories Baltimore was nominated for were Best Team, Best Game, Best Play and Best Championship Performance.

Unfortunately for the Ravens, they did not win in either of the four categories in which the winners are chosen by fan votes.

The Miami Heat as we mentioned earlier, beat out the Ravens in three of the four categories, taking home awards for Best Team, Best Game (Game 6 of NBA Finals) and Best Championship Performance (LeBron James). South Carolina defensive end Jadaveon Clowney won Best Play with his electric hit where the University of Michigan running back's helmet flew off over Ray Rice's "Hey Diddle Diddle" play that converted a 4th and 29th against the San Diego Chargers.

Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco was nominated for Best Championship Performance for his three touchdown game in the Super Bowl, but James beat out Flacco for the award. The "Mile High Miracle" game against the Denver Broncos in the AFC Divisional Round was nominated for Best Game that saw the Ravens win 38-35 in double overtime, but again the Heat beat out the Ravens.

The Ravens may not have went home with any hardware, but they were consistently highlighted during the show as Ray Lewis, Terrell Suggs, Jacoby Jones, Torrey Smith, Dennis Pitta and Flacco were all in attendance and sat in the first two roads. Lewis was referenced on a number of occasions, including by Olympian and Balitmore native Michael Phelps during his acceptance speech for Best Record Breaking Performance.

“I also want to think the big guy, Ray,” Phelps said, pointing to Lewis. “Ray was somebody who really helped me find the fire inside of me to really come back and finish the career the way I wanted to.”

Jon Hamm the host of the awards show last night also referenced Lewis during his opening monologue, joking about the linebacker’s on-field emotion.

“The Super Bowl was an emotional win for Ray Lewis. It was also an emotional halftime, an emotional drive to the stadium and an emotional breakfast,” Hamm said. “He’s an emotional guy.” 

Despite the fact that Baltimore got shutout last night, they still have the only trophy they care about in their trophy case and that of course is the Lombardi Trophy as champions of Super Bowl XLVII.


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Tags: Baltimore, Baltimore Ravens, Dennis Pitta, Football, Jacoby Jones, Joe Flacco, Michael Phelps, NFL, Ray Lewis, Terrell Suggs, Torrey Smith

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