The 86th Academy Award Winners had me thinking, what major pro team, what top athlete or what top moment in sports would take home an Oscar?
I’ll trim down the Oscars’ 24 categories into a fourth (that’s six for those who’s not a math person like myself).
Without further ado, let’s get started, shall we?
Best Actor in a leading role: LeBron James
The best basketball player on the planet deserves the best actor in a leading role for two reasons. Reason No. 1, again, he’s the best player in the NBA; he’s the leader on arguably the best team in the league in the Miami Heat; has won three consecutive MVP trophies; has reached the Finals in three straight years; won back-to-back Finals MVP; and of course, back-to-back championship rings. There is nothing that King James can’t do on the court as he is averaging a hair under 27 points a game a 26.9, 6.4 assist and 7 rebound, not to mention he’s in contention for the Defensive Player of the Year award. The Heat are well on their way to a 3-peat unless the Indiana Pacers have something to say about it. Oh yeah, LeBron may win a fourth MVP trophy in the past six seasons if Durant falls into a slump.
Reason No. 2 goes to his acting skills. “LeFlop” James is known to sell a few spills on floor after taking a charge or some type of over exaggerated incidental contact. (see picture to the right)
Best Picture: Boston Red Sox “Safe Picture”
Sorry for the cliche, but this picture is truly worth a thousand words.
During the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013, two pressure cooker bombs exploded killing three people and injuring an estimated 264 others. The bombs exploded about 13 seconds and 210 yards apart, near the finish line on Boylston Street. That finish line was the supposed triumphant end to the 117th edition of the mass-participation marathon where over 23,000 runners set out to push themselves, but it was all cut short by the senseless bombing.
“Boston Strong” was symbol of hope, courage, determination and will to carry a broken city on its back. It’s safe to say that the Boston Red Sox winning the 2013 World Series was as gift that we will all never forget.
Best actor in supporting role: Russell Westbrook
Westbrook deserves this award in a negative way, not a positive. The way Dwayne Wade suppressed his ego and gave the spotlight to LeBron, Westbrook is not at the mature level to do the same for Kevin Durant. We’re talking about two young superstars in the prime of their careers who are learning how to share one ball. It’s easy to point out how the Boston Celtics did it with Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen at the time, and even Rajon Rondo; or the Heat with James, Wade and Chris Bosh. They all know their roles, will stick with the game plan, and are all mature veteran players. Durant and Westbrook are both 25 years old.
Unless Westbrook realizes that an Oklahoma City championship is through Durant and not him trying to prove he’s also the best player in the NBA, the Thunder won’t win a ring.
Best Costume Design: Oregon Ducks
I know you saw this coming, right?
Sometimes when I’m watching Oregon on the field, I don’t know if I’m watching the Power Rangers play football or a 60′s Tie Dye theme party. Whatever the case may be, the Ducks literally make playing football look good.
Best Directing: Seattle Seahawks’ coach Pete Carroll
What Carroll has done in the NFL is simply amazing. During his tenure at the University of Southern California, Carroll became notoriously known for securing the top recruits in the nation. He took that same principal to the NFL assembling the most feared, brutal and relentless defense in the NFL. Carroll and the Seahawks knocked the hooves off Peyton Manning and the Broncos in a 43-8 whipping in the Super Bowl.
The energetic, grey-haired coach was the orchestrator behind the menacing team draped in teal and blue. In his first two seasons coaching Seattle, Carroll led them to back-to-back 7-9 records, then 11-5, and a Super Bowl win in his fourth season going 13-3. As long as he is directing the show, the Seahawks will reign as one of the top teams in the league for years to come.
Best live action short film: Auburn cornerback Chris Davis running back the missed field goal attempt against Alabama.
Watching the 109-yard run back in slow motion would count as a nightmarish live short action film as Chris Davis robbed the Crimson Tide at a shot of the BCS National Championship. The once-in-a-lifetime Iron Bowl play will go down as one of the top plays in all of college football history.