The Astros won an ESPY on Wednesday night. photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images
Houston was set to make its presence known at the ESPYS this year. So, how did it all play out? Here are the results of the categories in which the Astros, Jose Altuve, George Springer, and James Harden were recognized.
Houston Astros defeat Los Angeles Dodgers, World Series Game 5
Georgia Bulldogs defeat Oklahoma Sooners, Rose Bowl
WINNER: USA Women’s Hockey defeats Canada, 2018 Winter Olympics
The US Women’s hockey team took the ESPY for “Best Game” with their dramatic, gold medal-winning matchup against Canada in the 2018 Winter Olympics. The Astros were nominated for their thrilling Game 5 of the World Series.
BEST CHAMPIONSHIP PERFORMANCE
George Springer, Houston Astros – MLB World Series
WINNER: Nick Foles, Philadelphia Eagles – Super Bowl LII
Kevin Durant, Golden State Warriors – NBA Finals
Donte DiVincenzo, Villanova Men’s Basketball – CBB National Championship
Nick Foles takes the ESPY for “Best Championship Performance” for his part in Super Bowl LII. George Springer was nominated for his performance in the World Series.
WINNER: Houston Astros, MLB
Philadelphia Eagles, NFL
USA Women’s Ice Hockey
Notre Dame Fighting Irish, NCAA Women’s Basketball
Villanova Wildcats, NCAA Men’s Basketball
Golden State Warriors, NBA
Washington Capitals, NHL
The Houston Astros are bringing home the ESPY for “Best Team.” Dallas Keuchel, Jose Altuve, and Alex Bregman accepted the award on behalf of the World Series champs. Keuchel thanks the fans: “Thanks for sticking with us.”
BEST MALE ATHLETE
Jose Altuve, Houston Astros
James Harden, Houston Rockets
WINNER: Alexander Ovechkin, Washington Capitals
Tom Brady, New England Patriots
Alexander Ovechkin won the ESPY for “Best Male Athlete.” Jose Altuve was nominated for his notable performance throughout the 2017 season as was Rockets' James Harden.
BEST MLB PLAYER
Aaron Judge, New York Yankees
Jose Altuve, Houston Astros
WINNER: Mike Trout, LA Angels
Max Scherzer, Washington Nationals
Jose Altuve falls to Mike Trout for "Best MLB Player."
BEST NBA PLAYER
WINNER: LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers
LeBron James didn't win MVP this year, but he does take home the hardware for "Best NBA Player" at the ESPYS.
One of the big factors that led to the Texans' loss to the Jaguars on Sunday was the secondary. Multiple flags for pass interference gave Jacksonville more opportunities to pick up first downs and score points.
Can confirm #Texans backup CB Shaq Griffin was cut.
Griffin started 6 games this year when Derek Stingley was out with a hamstring.
— DJ Bien-Aime (@Djbienaime) November 29, 2023
So it's no surprise that DeMeco Ryans is making some changes to his defense this week. According to several reports, Texans corner Shaq Griffin has been cut.
Nickel corner Tavierre Thomas was flagged for PI more than once on Sunday, and was burned badly by Jaguars receiver Calvin Ridley for a touchdown.
DeMeco was asked after the game if he considered replacing Thomas with Desmond King or Shaq Griffin. Ryans didn't give a definitive answer, but it looks like we got one today.
One has to wonder if Desmond Kings' experience playing nickel was the reason for his promotion to the active roster and why Griffin was released. If Thomas continues to struggle, King looks like the next man up to replace him.
#Texans activate Denzel Perryman, promote Desmond King to active roster, release Shaq Griffin, sign Matt Ammendola and Garret Wallow to practice squad, released Gerrid Doaks from practice squad and placed Tytus Howard (knee-patellar tendon surgery pending) on injured reserve https://t.co/knyyoqo7yC
— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) November 29, 2023
The Texans also made some other adjustments to their roster on Wednesday, per Aaron Wilson. Linebacker Denzel Perryman returns from suspension, kicker Matt Ammendola and linebacker Garret Wallow join the practice squad. They also released Gerrid Doaks from the practice squad.
The other big piece of news involves left guard Tytus Howard. He heads to injured reserve, ending his season after hurting his knee against Jacksonville.