As the 25th ESPY awards came to a close last night, so did the Twitter polls for the first annual Boston Sports Report Awards! We ran 20 total polls for each Boston sports team and a few overall polls. Below are the results for each, along with my summary of the winner.
Feel free to return to out nominees article to see the plays again:
BOSTON RED SOX
Best Pitching Performance
CURT SCHILLING GAME 6 ’04 ALCS – 44%
Pedro ASG 1999 – 36%
Clay Buccholz No Hitter 20%
The thing that takes Curt Schilling to the top here was how clutch this performance was. We have all seen the ankle, not 100%, not the best weather, but he battled and dominated the same Yankees who beat him in Game 1 a week earlier. An incredible performance to help Boston beat the evil empire.
COCO CRISP GAME 7 ’07 ALCS – 50%
Benny Biceps vs. Tampa Bay – 35%
Mookie Betts vs. Baltimore – 15%
To send the Sox to the World Series, Coco made an incredible diving catch at the triangle to cap off Boston’s 3-1 comeback over Cleveland in the ALCS. I will say that Benny and Mookie are surprisingly not closer. Because even though their catches didn’t mean as much, they were pretty damn great.
WINNING WORLD SERIES 2004 – 65%
David Ortiz Speech 2013 – 25%
Daniel Nava Home Run 2013 10%
“Back to Foulke, Red Sox fans have long to hear it. The Boston Red Sox, are World Champions!” Joe Buck thank you for those beautiful worlds Red Sox nation had not heard since 1918. As a 10 year old, I was just happy they won. But for my father, my grandparents, they were happy the pain was over. They saw 1946, 1975, 1978, and 1986. I only saw 2003. What a moment. The Red Sox did it! And guess what, they did it twice after that too!
Best Home Run
ORTIZ 2013 GRAND SLAM- 53%
Ortiz 2004 ALCS Walk Off – 38%
JD Drew 2007 ALCS Game 7 Grand Slam-9%
Down 1-0 in the series and 5-1 in the bottom of the 8th. The Sox were looking at going down 2-0 heading to Detroit. But of course, David Ortiz came up with the bases loaded, and Torii Hunter over ran the ball, and the game was tied, and the Sox won in the 9th, and they won the AL pennant in 6, and we all know the rest, and David Ortiz is a BLEEPING GOD.
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
Best Kick/Punt Return
JULIAN EDELMAN 2014 VS. DENVER -51%
FG Block Return AFC Title game vs. PIT – 29%
Dion Lewis vs. Houston 2017 – 20%
The Patriots have never had spectacular returning specialists, but they have Julian Edelman, and he makes plays. This sick return, breaking tackles left and right, was a play that ignited the Patriots out of a 24-0 hole vs. the eventual champion Denver Broncos. The Pats ended up winning in overtime.
MALCOLM BUTLER PICK-60%
Adam Vinatieri GW FG SB 36 – 26%
James White GW Touchdown – 14%
I was with BSR founder Greg Romanko watching Super Bowl 49. Marshawn took the ball to the 1. With three downs to go, Seattle has plenty of time. The thoughts started going through my head. Can we stop Lynch? Can we get 13 men on the field please? Wilfork get in the backfield!! But then, Russell Wilson drops back, he throws it. Oh man a damn pick play. WAIT HOLY SH**! IT’S PICKED OFF! WE’RE GONNA WIN! Who picked that off? Who the hell is Butler? Well, he gave Tom Brady at 4th Super Bowl, and he’s a damn hero. What a read. What a play. And of course, what a moment.
MICHAEL FLOYD BLOCK 2016 -48%
Wilfork on Donald Jones – 26%
Browner vs. Chargers- 26%
After scoring his first and last New England touchdown. Rental Michael Floyd made his best play by not touching the ball. Julian Edelman caught a quick TB12 pass for a first down. About to be tackled, Floyd delivers an out of nowhere blow to a Miami safety, springing New England to a Week 17 victory.
EDELMAN SUPER BOWL 51 – 84%
Gronk 1 hand vs. Denver – 10%
Randy Moss 1 hand vs. NYJ – 6%
Not even close. Down 8, New England has one final push to tie Super Bowl 51. Brady makes a terrible throw as Robert Alford read his eyes. But he can’t catch it an the ball gets knocked up. Three Falcons vs. Edelman, and he wanted it more. The ball bounces off Alford’s legs and JE11 traps it. Getting a huge gain and keeping the Patriots hopes alive. This catch. Wow, just wow.
“ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE!” – 59%
Paul Pierce Final Shot 34%
Ray Allen seals game 4 2008 – 7%
KG was so overcome with emotion after winning his first NBA title in 2008. He let out a roar. That roar was the culmination that told me that Boston had done it. The first title in 22 years. From worst to first. That team, and that player, but the Celtics back on the NBA radar.
GERALD GREEN VS. RAPTORS – 41%
Rondo on Jason Maxiell – 32%
Jeff Green vs. Heat – 27%
In a down period for the Celtics. Young Gerald Green brought a little showtime. I never realized how much of an F-YOU dunk this was. The Celtics were up 108-96 with a few seconds left. But there was time for one more dunk. Green takes an alley-oop one handed, while putting his off hand pretty much on the back board, than absolutely stuffs it. DAMN.
Best Shooting Performance
ISAIAH THOMAS 29 IN THE 4TH – 58%
Ray Allen 2010 Finals – 21%
Paul Pierce Game 7 vs. Cavs – 21%
Usually when a player scores 50+ in a game, the points are spaced out. Well, “The Little Guy” had 23 points entering the 4th quarter and then went OFF. Thomas hit six three pointers, including a BOMB, in the final quarter to will the Celtics to a 117-114 win in their last game of 2016.
AVERY BRADLEY BLOCKS D-WADE – 72%
IT on Tristan Thompson – 19%
Smart blocks Thon Maker – 9%
Kind of a sour taste writing this as the top defensive guard in the NBA, (yeah I said it) Avery Bradley, is no longer a member of the Celtics. Wade beat him on a cut but Bradley got back in the play, met Wade at the apex, and STUFFED him. What a block.
PATRICE BERGERON GAME 7 WINNER – 83%
Nathan Horton Game 7 Winer – 11%
Griffins between the legs – 6%
Not even close. Bergeron capped of one of the greatest hockey comebacks ever. He tied the game late in regulation and then grabbed a rebound and buried it to send Boston to the second round. What a goal. What a game. Will NEVER get old.
TIM THOMAS CRUSHES HENRIK SEDIN – 41%
Chara on Pacioretty – 31%
Boychuck Destroys Stajan – 28%
In a pretty close one, Tim Thomas comes out on top. Probably because goalie hits are rare and are awesome. Already up 4-0 in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals, Sedin dropped a puck in front of the crease and that was all Thomas was going to let him do. Thomas absolutely dropped him.
Most Clutch Moment
BERGERON GAME 7 WINNER – 61%
Horton Game 7 Goal – 30%
Kuraly 2OT Winner – 9%
A double dip for Bergeron. He could not have been more clutch in that game. I kind of already described it. But he certainly was Johnny on the spot with that put back goal.
TIM THOMAS SAVE VS. MAPLE LEAFS – 61%
Michael Ryder vs. Canadiens – 28%
Tuukka Rask vs. Sabres – 11.
In a 2-2 game with a few minutes left in overtime. The Leafs had a WIDE OPEN net at point blank range to win the game. Tim Thomas quickly thwarted that opportunity with one of the most ridiculous saves ever. Diving across the crease for the puck. UNREAL>
PATRIOTS SUPER BOWL 51 – 65%
Red Sox 2004 ALCS – 25%
Celtics vs. Nets 2002 – 5%
Bruins vs. Maple Leafs – 5%
I mean, 28-3. A comeback so amazing that New England devoted March 28th (3-28) to this very comeback. I think the best thing about it was the fact that they had to complete two, two-point conversions back to back. Brady went off, James White went off, and everybody DID THEIR JOB to bring the Patriots ONE MORE.
Most Clutch Moment
ORTIZ GRAND SLAM VS. DETROIT 2013 – 59%
Hightower Strip Sack SB 51 – 20%
Bergeron Game Winner – 15%
Paul Pierce Game Winner 6%
The top Red Sox Home Run wins the Most Clutch Boston Sports moment as David Ortiz saved the Red Sox postseason like he did nine years earlier. I still can’t believe Torii Hunter over ran that ball but he did and Boston went on to win it all. Sorry Detroit.
BRADY SUPER BOWL 51 – 63%
David Ortiz 2013 World Series – 18%
Tim Thomas 2011 Stanley Cup Finals – 10%
Isaiah Thomas 53 points Game 2 ECSF – 9%
Brady did it again, he owned the second half and finished with freaking 466 yards passing and another Super Bowl MVP. Next year, he will probably lead New England to another title. I also knew when he was getting the ball first in overtime, it was over. Make no mistake, TOM BRADY IS A GOD. #5rings
2004 RED SOX – 37%
2007 Patriots – 35%
2008 Celtics – 18%
2011 Bruins – 10%
The reason the Patriots did not win this award was because they could not win the game that mattered. Even as the Wild Card team, the Red Sox won 98 games (2nd in AL) and had the most entertaining clubhouse in baseball history. They stole the AL pennant from the Yankees and then dominated St. Louis to break the curse. I could watch ESPN’s 30 for 30 Four Days in October everyday for the rest of my life and I would still get chills. EVERY. TIME.
TOM BRADY – 80%
Paul Pierce – 8%
David Ortiz – 7%
Patrice Bergeron – 5%
Not even close. The 199th overall pick in the 2000 draft continues to defy the odds in 2017. And you know what? I do believe that he can play for five more years. It stinks that Jimmy Garropolo won’t be around for that cause he is too good to be a backup. But the sports world has never seen anything like this. Us in Boston love him to death and would not trade him for anything. A guy with the same motivation and drive he has had since he was at Michigan is the GREATEST NFL PLAYER EVER.