If #TeamUSA women can win for what it did 10 days ago, Serena should have won this award.
As everyone knows, the ESPYs are inherently pointless and hopelessly crass. (The ads this year played up the courage and strength of athletes past and present, then ended with “hosted by Joel McHale,” who’s only the most sarcastic man on television by about a factor of 100.) Athletes don’t need awards, they play for them. There are championships, MVP awards and individual titles available all year to give validation to athletes instead of a meaningless branding exercise that can quickly turn into a cynical, blatant ratings ploy, as in giving Caitlyn Jenner the Arthur Ashe Award instead of Lauren Hill.
So getting upset at the ESPYs makes about as much sense as getting mad about the Grammy’s, which are equally as worthless, which is something no one has ever bothered to tell Kanye West. Both have no larger meaning. No one cares who wins more than 12 hours later.
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