Style Points: Award Shows & Surprise Homers

  • Russell Wilson, Marshawn Lynch
    Marshawn Lynch

    Last week, 2.5 million people watched the ESPYs and saw the United State’s best athletes dressed up in their designer suits, ties, and dresses. It also means that those same 2.5 million saw Mr. Lynch wearing a t-shirt and a beanie and appearing quite uninterested. Does he deserve style points? Probably, if only because he definitely made sure he stood out in the crowd full of people in the classiest outfits they own. Maybe give him a handful of Skittles and Lynch would’ve appeared in a suit. Either way, nice job being unique.

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  • Stuart Scott

    As a sports fan, Stuart Scott should be a name that rings a bell immediately. The 21-year veteran of ESPN can not only put on a flawless SportsCenter episode, but he can also deliver an inspiring and heartwarming speech as he did at this year’s ESPYs. Scott made sure he looked incredible doing so as well, decked out in a lavender tie and pocket square. From battling cancer to looking incredible on stage, we wish Stuart Scott the best and hope that he continues to fill our weeks with incredible sports coverage. He’s an inspiration.

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  • Drake

    The fact that Drake hosted the ESPYs this year was a big step for him. He’s known as a very “emotional” rapper and as a result, gets criticized by many. But Drake proved himself at the 2014 ESPYs and likely increased his fanbase as a multi-talented individual. He had numerous acting skits, such as his impersonation of Manny Pacquiao as a musical artist to his “Honorable Mention” and “Side Pieces” songs, not to mention his five outfit changes. (Like the one showcased above.) Truly, “Nothing Was The Same” about this performance as Drake went above and beyond.

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  • Josh Sweeney

    Talk about style points, this guy is the winner in my book. After losing his legs in 2009 while fighting for our country in Afghanistan, the former high school hockey player took up Paralympic sledge hockey and led the U.S. team to a gold medal in the 2014 Paralympic Games in Sochi. Josh won the Pat Tillman Award for Service at the 2014 ESPYs and rolled out to accept his award looking spectacular, matching a light blue button down with a gray plaid jacket. Classy, respectable, and honorable, and thus extremely worthy of style points.

    Compared to what a lot of other athletes were wearing at the ESPYs, this was top-notch. I wish more people could’ve followed his lead.

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  • Yuki Togashi

    Yuki Togashi is probably not a familiar name. That’s because the 5-7 Japanese point guard emerged out of nowhere and is now tearing it up for Dallas’ NBA Summer League team. Watch these highlights, and you’ll see why he’s getting immense attention and claiming mass style points. The guy can drain threes all day, lob a floater over almost anyone, and don’t even get me started on his fast-break skills. The only issue is his meager stature, but personally I think it makes all of his abilities that much more impressive and exciting to watch.

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  • Kobe Bryant

    Kobe Bryant? Kobe who? It feels like he’s been out of the spotlight for quite some time. However, he reemerged and earned his style points at Richard Sherman’s celebrity softball game, hitting a quite impressive lefty home run in front of 22,000 people at Safeco Field in Seattle. It’s nice to see Kobe healthy and, along with the rest of L.A., I am extremely hyped about his return. But will Kobe be able to hit a “home run” in the league this year? It certainly wouldn’t be anything out of the ordinary.

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  • Logic
    Logic

    I don’t know if the Maryland native ever leaves the studio aside from being on tour. The 24-year-old rapper already has four mixtapes out, the most recent of which — “Welcome To Forever” — has over half a million downloads. His first, and highly anticipated, studio album is set to drop later this year. Furthermore, his fanbase, the Rattpack, is extremely loyal, and with Logic this is a two-way street. He interacts with the fans, keeps them hungry, and provides incredible music. All of which are executed perfectly with this snippet from the album he posted on Instagram. Turns out it’s also the opening line to a “5 Fingers of Death” freestyle he previously did on “Sway in the Morning.”

    Logic’s interaction with fans and consistent production of incredible music earn him his style points this week.

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  • Russell Wilson, Marshawn Lynch
  • Stuart Scott
  • Drake
  • Josh Sweeney
  • Yuki Togashi
  • Kobe Bryant
  • Logic

It’s not always about what you do but how you do it. That’s true in all aspects of life, but doubly so when you’re talking about sports and entertainment. Was 2Pac one of the greatest rappers ever because he sold boatloads of records worldwide? No. He was a global icon for what he stood for, for his passion, for everything and everyone he represented.

Each week in Style Points, we’ll count down recent people who took their game and their swagger to another level. Whether it was dropping weight and turning a new page, becoming a Germany legend or pulling off the biggest homecoming in sports history, these seven went above and beyond. (Hint: They’ll be lots of ESPYs coverage here.)

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