Wednesday, July 15, 2015

ABC carries ESPY awards from Staples Center in LA


Wednesday evening, ABC carried the ESPY (“Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly Awards”), with a long preshow party held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.  (The drought air was absolutely clear blue and smog-free.) The official site from ESPN is here.  It was hosted by Joe McHale.

The best team was a women’s soccer team.
  

Much of the show presented awards to disabled athletes, and there were some testimonials about players with cancer. The emotion put into this celebration would not have been common when I was growing up in the 50s and 60s.
  
There was a segment on female-to-male transgender experience, but the highlight of the evening came with the address and autobiographical video of Caitlyn Jenner, to accept the Arthur Ashe award (video).  She did mention the recent plans to lift the ban on transgender individuals in the military. She said that it is important to respect everyone for “who they are” and that diversity is a good thing. 

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