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The ESPY Awards: Mark Wahlberg, not quite a slam dunk

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Seth-MeyersImage Credit: Scott ClarkeAvid sports fan and SNL head writer Seth Meyers hosted the ESPY Awards last night. The 18th annual award show attracted a collection of accomplished athletes, “hot” women, and any actor with something to promote (i.e. Zac Efron, January Jones – who looked as happy to be there as Betty Draper looks after Don comes home from one of his weekend benders – and Steve Carell.).

Regarding the merging of entertainers and athletes (Chris Bosh and model Marissa Miller looked absolutely terrified of one another), Meyers said it best: “This is where sports and entertainment come together; it’s like a Kardashian sister’s bedroom.” He also called on many of his SNL buddies – Andy Samberg, Jason Sudeikis, Will Forte, Tracy Morgan, and Will Ferrell – to help out with spoofs (Tracy Morgan as Nelson Mandela? Someone call the 30 Rock writers! I think we’ve found next season’s newest arc).

But a lot of the night was a big mess. The nominees didn’t make sense and the comedy bits, though funny (well, some funnier than others) ran too long. In case you were dozing off, Mark Wahlberg gave the biggest WTF performance, drinking from a water bottle on stage and going off-script for his presentation with Entourage actress Emmanuelle Chriqui. After creepily looking her up and down, Wahlberg (who is an executive producer for the HBO series) told the audience, “She’s doing some nasty, nasty, stuff [this season]. Nasty!” And that from what he sees in the dailies, “she does it pretty damn good.” He tied January Jones for looking least happy to be there. Guess he’s still hurting after the Celtics’ loss?

The highlight of the show was the incredible piece on Ed Thomas, the Iowa football coach who was tragically shot in his team’s gym last year. Thomas’ family was awarded the Arthur Ashe Courage Award and received a standing ovation from the crowd.

Did you watch the ESPY Awards, PopWatchers? Do you like your sports served with a side of comedy? What was up with Mark Wahlberg? Anyone else craving a Bloomin’ Onion?

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