Peyton Manning and Missy Franklin are hoping to make a big hit and a big splash tonight on the annual ESPY Awards, hosted by ESPN. Both Colorado athletes are up for two different awards, and ESPN is letting fans vote on who should win until 7 p.m. (MST) tonight -- the same time that the broadcast of the ceremony begins. Manning is up for Best Comeback against Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings, Buster Posey of the San Francisco Giants and Mariano Rivera of the New York Yankees. He's also up for Best NFL Player against Peterson, Calvin Johnson of the Detroit Lions, Aaron Rogers of the Green Bay Packers and J.J. Watts of the Houston Texans.
The Broncos are also up for an award, albeit a backhanded one.
The AFC championship matchup between Denver and the Baltimore Ravens, in which the Ravens shocked the blue-and-orange before heading on to win the Super Bowl, is up for Best Game, along with Game 6 of the NBA finals between the Miami Heat and the San Antonio Spurs, and Game 7 of the first round of the NHL playoffs between the Bruins and the Leafs.
Manning is the only athlete from one of Denver's four major sports teams to be nominated for anything (sorry, JaVale Mcgee, but best Twitter feed isn't one of the categories), but he isn't the only Denver-area athlete with two nominations.
Regis swimmer Missy Franklin is nominated for Best Female US Olympian and Best Female Athlete -- but she's up against some tough competition.
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