The 34th Annual Sports Emmy Awards came and went and millions tuned in. Ok, no one tuned in because it wasn’t aired on TV or the internets or nothing. In a previous post, I picked the winners of the major categories, with marginal success but success nonetheless. There weren’t too many surprises other than the tie (GASP. DRAMA.) for best sports reporter. NBC also competed a Sunday Night Football near-sweep with Bob Costas, Al Michaels, Chris Collinsworth and the Sunday Night Football series itself, as well as the NBC-produced Super Bowl XLVI all winning Emmys.
Here are the actual winners of said categories:
OUTSTANDING SPORTS PERSONALITY — STUDIO HOST
Bob Costas beat out Dan Patrick, Rich Eisen, James Brown and Ernie Johnson for his 25th Sports Emmy. The separate trophy-wing of Costas’ house is currently under construction.
OUTSTANDING SPORTS PERSONALITY — PLAY-BY-PLAY
NBC’s Al Michaels won his sixth Emmy, beating out a Joe Buck-less field of Mike Emrick, Jim Nantz and Mike Breen.
OUTSTANDING SPORTS PERSONALITY — STUDIO ANALYST
Did anyone think that Charles Barkley wouldn’t win this? He’s the only person on the list of him, Tony Dungy, Boomer Esiason, Harold Reynolds, Bill Ripken and Kurt Warner that people actually watch for him, not the game.
OUTSTANDING SPORTS PERSONALITY — SPORTS EVENT ANALYST
Chris Collinsworth won. He wins a lot.
OUTSTANDING SPORTS PERSONALITY — SPORTS REPORTER
Ladies and gentlemen, we have a tie. NBC’s oft-maligned Pierre McGuire and MLB Network’s perfectly quaffed Tom Verducci (also a great baseball writer for Sports Illustrated) tied in their respective sideline reporting character. Pierre accepted his award by telling the crowd to watch out for Stevie Olchyknyuk, a great 6-year-old peewee from Saskatchewan, then threw it back up to Doc Emrick in the booth. (He didn’t really do that.)
OUTSTANDING STUDIO SHOW — WEEKLY
Inside the NFL won. Let me repeat that, Inside the NFL, a show competing with College Gameday and Inside the NBA won the Emmy for “Outstanding Studio Show.” Color me shocked.
OUTSTANDING STUDIO SHOW — DAILY
MLB Tonight won, but the real drama is that Pardon the Interruption has only won a single Emmy throughout its run. Really? One Emmy?
Bill Simmons explains:
OUTSTANDING LIVE SPORTS SERIES
Dan Patrick and the crew win it for Sunday Night Football. Hopefully Dan got to accept this one on the producer’s behalf due to the acceptance speech stranglehold over Patrick’s own category by one Bob Costas.
OUTSTANDING LIVE SPORTS SPECIAL
The NFL is king and the NBC Super Bowl took home the statue.