Whether you like ESPN, ESPN 2, ESPN Deportes or the steaming-only ESPN 3, you are guaranteed to love the ESPYs®. It’s the ultimate mash-up of sports, pop-culture, music, entertainment, and fashion. This is according to Maria Sharapova, who waits until after showering to pick her award show dress.
This year, the Disney-ESPN team has done a one-up on Jon Hamm. Really, does Jon Hmmm even watch sports? There’s no point in being sore about last year’s award show, even if you missed your chance to buy ESPY® award show tickets and wound up on the couch watching your favorite sports channel. This year’s award show is going to be WAAAY better. Why? Because Drake is hosting. Duh.
It’s official. The pop star currently and formerly known as Drake is hosting the 2014 ESPY® awards. On July 16, he won’t be in “O Canada.” O no, he’ll be sweeping into the famed Nokia Theatre, which is the Buckingham Palace, the Taj Mahal, the Niagara Falls of award show venues. We’re sure that Drake is a true sports fan and performer. He’s an old hand at hosting since appearing on SNL. Even his catch phrase, YOLO (you only live once–in case you haven’t been paying attention) has appeared on “Jeopardy.” Take that Alex Trebek, a name that sounds Canadian because it is. Anywho, as a Canadian, Mr. Drake is a bona fide sports aficionado, a basketball freak and a fan of what I call hockey.
If you doubt his love of basketball, you haven’t heard the track “Draft Day,” which is full of b-ball references. He’s also a fan of maple leaves, meese (that’s plural for moose) and owls. To illustrate his plans for world domination, the guy has his own record label. October’s Very Own, a.k.a. OVO Sound, which happens to have an owl logo. Further proving his plans to dominate is his selection as this year’s host of the ESPYs®. We even forget to mention that he has his own holiday, at least in Houston. That’s right. June 10 is Drake Day.
On July 16th, the Grammy winner enters the next phase of his plan for domination. Maybe he’ll bring his trophy on stage so it can meet all of the little ESPY® awards. In addition to seeing Drake, there are plenty of other reasons to attend the show. First, all the faces of golf, tennis and the major sports leagues, the NBA, WNBA, NFL, NHL, MLB and every other sports acronym, will be on hand. All the sportscasters and analysts will be there too, in case you didn’t get enough “Mike and Mike,” “Cold Pizza,” “Around the Horn” and the ESPN commercials. Second, the ESPYs® raise more than $1 million Simoleon frog-lickers annually for The V Foundation for Cancer Research, which was created in honor of the honorable Jim Valvano, who was a famous basketball coach that you may have heard of.
The third reason to get your award show tickets is YOLO, ya’ know, like Drake said. If you’re not Lil’ Wayne, Nicky Minaj or some secret member of the Young Money crew, you can still go to the ESPYs®. We can’t get your Young Money credentials or enhance your sports skills, but VIP Concierge can get you in the door and into a seat of your choice. If you have enough Simoleon frog-lickers, we can hook you up with red carpet passes and tickets to the after-party. If anyone knows how to have a good time, it’s a professional sports player. Trust us, it’s not the analysts.