Tonight, the night after the Major League Baseball All-Star Game, generally doesn’t have anything going on in the world of sports, so the folks from ESPN usually saves the ESPY Awards for it. Tonight is, indeed, the night, and the Minnesota Vikings got recognized for an award that everyone probably should have seen coming.
"Don't stop playing until the clock hits zero." - @stefondiggs #ESPYS2018 pic.twitter.com/2LveVSPTXy— Minnesota Vikings (@Vikings) July 19, 2018
The “Minneapolis Miracle,” the play that boosted the Vikings into the 2017 NFC Championship Game, won the award for Best Moment.
The play had some pretty stiff competition, to be honest. They beat out the Vegas Golden Knights, who went to the Stanley Cup Finals in the NHL in their first year of existence. They also beat the University of Maryland-Baltimore County Retrievers, who became the first #16 seed in the history of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament to beat a #1 seed in the opening round. In addition, they beat the University of Notre Dame women’s basketball team, who knocked off previously undefeated Connecticut to advance to the Women’s NCAA Tournament Final.
All of those moments were great, sure. . .but, in my completely and totally unbiased viewpoint, none of them were as great as the Miracle.
Congratulations to everyone involved with the Minneapolis Miracle for bringing this one home, whether they’re still in Minnesota or not.