From the Los Angeles Times:
The show, which will be broadcast Sunday July 19th by ESPN, is wildly popular among athletes and actors. This year Michael Phelps steals the show and the Lakers also get their due.
It's a good thing athletes don't rely on a teleprompter and a good thing the ESPY awards broadcast scheduled for Sunday on ESPN was recorded Wednesday night at the Nokia Theatre LA Live. It will provide an opportunity for some cleanup.
As host Samuel L. Jackson said after he stood dumbstruck for a moment on stage, "I wish I had learned the monologue. Then I wouldn't have to stand here waiting on the monitor. Play some more music. Please."
Eventually the teleprompter lit up and the ESPY awards show was able to go on. Lakers fans will want to tune in to the 6 p.m. telecast Sunday because a certain NBA team that wears purple and gold won the best team trophy. And Michael Phelps fans will want to tune in because the Olympic swimmer seemed to win just about everything else.
Fans vote for the awards and 13 were handed out. Phelps, who won best male athlete, also won four others.
List of some of the winners:
Tyson & Holyfield pose together and suddenly I have the urge to sing "Reunited and it feels so good!"
LA Laker Derek Fisher and his wife
LA Laker Josh Powell
Former Heavy weight title champion Evander Holyfield
Host of the 2009 Espy's and Actor Samuel L. Jackson
Professional tennis champion Venus Williams (who is killing that dress)
Former Heavyweight Champion Mike Tyson with his wife
Atlanta Falcon TE Tony Gonzales and his date
Buffalo Bills WR Terrell Owens was there of course. Hardly recognized him fully clothed, LOL!
Number 1 draft pick & Detroit Lion QB Matthew Stafford
U.S. national soccer team players Clint Dempsey (left) and Jozy Altador (for Team Six pack)
Wimbledon champion Serena Williams (who also looks gorgeous in her dress)
Michael Phelps brought along his mother
San Francisco 49er WR Michael Crabtree
WNBA player Lisa Leslie and actor David Charvet
Kobe and Vanessa Bryant
Oklahoma City Thunder NBA player Kevin Durant
Former NBA great Julius Erving
Chicago Bears WR Devin Hester
Memphis Grizzlies NBA player Hasheem Thabeet
Gotta love the "Look at my rock BISHES!" pose by Kendra
Philadelphia Eagle Hank Bassett and new wife Kendra Wilson
Olympic gold medalist swimmer Michael Phelps, NFL player Michael Crabtree, spokesman for Subway Jared Fogle and NBA player Blake Griffin arrive.
New Orlean's Saints WR Marques Colston
Seriously Carmelo and that smile should be illegal - Lala is such a lucky lady!
Boxer Andre Berto
Former Boxer Shane Mosley
Olympic gold medal winners Angelo Taylor (left) and Usain Bolt
Pittsburgh Steeler's & Super Bowl Champion QB Ben Roethlisberger
Kobe & Vanessa again
New York Jets CB Darrelle Revis
Best in Sport
Best Female Athlete: Nastia Liukin, Gymnastics
Best Male Athlete: Michael Phelps, Olympic Swimming
Best Moment: US Swim team wins thrilling finish in Olympic relay
Best Team: Los Angeles Lakers
Best Coach/Manager: Phil Jackson, Los Angeles Lakers
Best Game: Steelers vs. Cardinals in
Best Championship Performance: Michael Phelps, Olympic Swimming
Best Play: Roethlisberger to Holmes Super Bowl Winning TD
Best Upset: US Soccer shocks Spain in the Confederations Cup semifinals
Best Record Breaking Performance: Michael Phelps, Olympic Swimming
Best International Male Athlete: Usain Bolt (Jamaica, Sprinter)
Best Baseball Player: Albert Pujols, St. Louis Cardinals
Best NBA Player: LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers
Best WNBA Player: Candace Parker, Los Angeles Sparks
Best NFL Player: Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals
Best MLS Player: Landon Donovan, Los Angeles Galaxy
Best Male Golfer: Tiger Woods
Arthur Ashe Courage Award: President Nelson Mandela
Jimmy V Award For Perseverance: Don Meyer, Northern State University coach
Best Comeback: Dara Torres, Olympic swimmer