ESPYs host Joel McHale jokes about Jason Pierre-Paul’s fireworks accident …

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Joel McHale opened the 2015 ESPYS Wednesday at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles with a lot of jokes for athletes and sports fans. LOS ANGELES — Host Joel McHale zinged an audience full of star athletes at the ESPY Awards, using his monologue to skewer the rich and famous at the show honoring the year’s best moments in sports.Comedian Joel McHale poked fun at New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul during his opening monologue at Wednesday night’s annual ESPY Awards. McHale touched on the frenzied courtship of free-agent center DeAndre Jordan of the Los Angeles Clippers, saying, “And they said there’d never be a black bachelor.” Devon Still of the Cincinnati Bengals and his 5-year-old daughter, Leah, who is struggling with cancer were honored for their strength in the face of serious personal struggle. He took on everyone from FIFA President Sepp Blatter to Triple Crown winner American Pharoah, who he quipped was spending his offseason as any other world-class athlete would, “siring countless children.” Zing! “[That’s] great news for golf,” McHale said, “and terrible news for the future Mrs.

He came out playing horse to Triple Crown-winning jockey Victor Espinoza and then noted that Donald Trump’s first act as president would be deporting Espinoza back to Mexico; and that the jockey would be fined by the NFL for whipping a three-year-old… horse, that is. The award, which was accepted by all 23 members of the gold-medal team, capped off a stirring show that transitioned seamlessly between lighthearted and tear-jerking. Accepting the Jimmy V Perseverance Award, Devon Still gave a speech about his daughter, Leah, and her fight against cancer that understandably moved many watching the ESPYs to tears.

Iraq war veteran and Purple Heart recipient Danielle Green accepted the award named for Tillman, who left the NFL to enlist in the Army and was killed by friendly fire. Pierre-Paul was just recently released from the hospital in South Florida after needing to have the index finger on his right hand amputated following a fireworks mishap on the Fourth of July. Wilson, both of whom lost fingers in fireworks accidents this summer. (Both are fine otherwise, however.) “Not one, but two NFL players blew their fingers off in fireworks accidents this summer,” McHale said, adding, “You know who’s not dumb enough to hold a lit firecracker? McHale had his “Community” co-star Ken Jeong in the audience for support, but couldn’t resist a little dig. “Tonight, the world’s finest athletes … and the Philadelphia 76ers have gathered with Hollywood’s finest actors … and Ken Jeong … to celebrate the past year’s most incredible athletic achievements.” The camera cut to Jeong guffawing. Green balanced the trophy using her artificial left arm and was saluted by a standing ovation. “Ask yourself, ‘What’s my purpose, what’s my passion, what do I want my legacy to be?'” the former Notre Dame basketball player said. “Not all of us are Pat Tillman, but we can all find a purpose on this Earth larger than ourselves.” Jenner accepted the Arthur Ashe Award for Courage after a video detailing her transition to becoming a woman was shown.

McHale skewered Justin Bieber, Floyd Mayweather, Bill Cosby and the Seattle Seahawks’ infamous Super Bowl decision, among other topics, before giving way to the awards. Ciara and Russell Wilson’s PDA: After walking (and wowing) on the red carpet together, the Hollywood twosome entered the venue right by one another’s side. “They were holding each other’s hands and could not keep their eyes off of each other,” an eyewitness shared. “He said, ‘You look so beautiful.'” Well that’s not too big of a surprise. Former heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield said, “I just know that’s Bruce Jenner and I’ll leave it at that.” Soccer player Christen Press said all her family and friends wanted to talk about was Jenner. “She’s definitely stealing all the headlines,” Press said. His transcendent shooting has helped revolutionize basketball, and he was the leader of a Golden State Warriors team that went down among the best in history from a statistical perspective. He instead apologized for things as catastrophic as Jon Snow dying in “Game of Thrones” (and for spoiling it for those who didn’t know) and the water shortage in the state of California. “I’m sorry they canceled ‘Community,’” said Jeong, speaking for Rodriguez. “They brought it back,” noted co-star McHale.

James, whose Cleveland Cavaliers lost to Curry’s Warriors in the NBA Finals, took home Best Championship Performance for almost single-handedly bringing Cleveland a title. Abby Wambach’s Thoughtful Gesture: Soon after accepted her Arthur Ashe Courage Award sponsored by Cadillac, the Olympic athlete received a sweet message from Wambach.

BURN: McHale didn’t have such kind words for Canada’s favorite son when he noted that it’s been 22 years since a Canadian team has won the Stanley Cup. Riley Curry, his oldest girl, made the show’s highlight reel for her amusing postgame appearances during the playoffs, including telling her dad to be quiet during a news conference.

Justin Bieber is 22. “It’s not a coincidence, Canada, you know what you have to do.” HIGHLIGHT: Who could forgot Stuart Scott’s emotional speech at last year’s ESPYs? “A year ago tonight, someone else came up on this stage and reminded us of his own unbreakable spirit,” said Robin Roberts as she introduced the In Memoriam segment, honoring Scott, her close friend and former ESPN host. The UFC champion fighter won best female athlete for the second year in a row, beating out Serena Williams, Lindsey Vonn and UConn basketball player Breanna Stewart. Watt of the Houston Texans joked, “Please don’t beat me up” before announcing Rousey’s name. “I want to thank all the women athletes who are here for being the change we want to see in the world,” she said. “I’m living such a lucky and blessed life and I’m trying so hard to deserve it.”

Davis, who rose to stardom last summer in the Little League World Series, beat out Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr., Ohio State quarterback Cardale Jones and golfer Jordan Spieth for Best Breakthrough Athlete. Women’s National Team for their first World Cup victory “since we all started caring about it 11 days ago!” BURN: In a bid to boost viewership, the ESPYs were aired live on ABC instead of on the cabler. Unfortunately, Leah was unable to travel to Los Angeles to accept the award herself. “Thank you for letting me be a father first, and play football second,” he said. Tearing up, he said to her, “That don’t mean you leave here tonight thinking of some crazy stuff and throwing out the budget.” The break in laughter was much needed after such an emotional video that detailed his daughter’s diagnosis.

BURN: McHale saved a zinger for one of the top televised sports events of the year. “I hope you don’t look back and think you’ve wasted three hours of your life on this. Narrated by Jon Hamm, the film detailed Jenner’s life as a top American athlete in 1976 and included interviews from Caitlyn, her mother and sister and daughter, Kendall Jenner. “I’ve never felt more pressure than in the last few month… picking out this dress,” she joked about her white custom Atelier Versace wrap gown. “The fashion police, please be kind to me, I’m new at this.” Her speech got more serious as she listed the names of people murdered because they were trans. “If you want to call me names, make jokes, doubt my intentions, go ahead.

But for the thousands of kids coming to terms with who they are, they shouldn’t have to take it.” She made a plea to the public to educate themselves on the trans community and to accept people as they are. “Trans people deserve something vital,” Jenner said. “They deserve your respect. Among awards given out on the pre-show were Ronda Rousey for Best Fighter, Victor Espinoza for Best Jockey, Aaron Rodgers for Best NFL Player and Curry for Best NBA Player. You may disagree with some of the award choices or feel the segments were missing the high of last year’s “Side Pieces,” but it was nonetheless a fun diversion during the doldrums of the sports calendar.

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