2011 ESPY Awards Open Thread (Alternatively: Another Reason to Root Against the Packers)

ESPN has been handing out their ESPY awards for 19 years now, recognizing Excellence in Sports Performance in different categories from different spectra of the sports world.  This year's show will air live on ESPN at 9pm ET/8pmCT.

Notable categories and nominees after the jump.

BEST MALE ATHLETE
Jimmie Johnson, NASCAR
Rafael Nadal, Tennis
Dirk Nowitzki, NBA
Aaron Rodgers NFL

BEST RECORD-BREAKING PERFORMANCE
Ray Allen, NBA 3-point record
Rory McIlroy, U.S Open
Derrick Rose, Youngest player to win NBA MVP
UConn Women's Basketball, Longest win streak

BEST TEAM
Auburn Football
Boston Bruins
Dallas Mavericks
Green Bay Packers
San Francisco Giants
Texas A&M Women's Basketball

BEST COACH/MANAGER
Jim Calhoun, Connecticut Basketball
Rick Carlisle, Dallas Mavericks
Gene Chizik, Auburn Football
Mike McCarthy, Green Bay Packers
Dom Starsia, Virginia Lacrosse

BEST NFL PLAYER
Tom Brady, New England
Arian Foster, Houston
Clay Matthews Jr., Green Bay
Troy Polamalu, Pittsburgh
Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay

BEST NBA PLAYER
Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers
Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City
LeBron James, Miami
Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas
Derrick Rose, Chicago

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Of course, there are many other categories as well, and plenty that don't include the dirty Green Bay Packers.  Enjoy tonight's Open Thread!

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