The scene is an ESPN board room. A group of men in suits sit around a giant table. The tension in the room is palpable, as a deadline races closer and closer.
Director: We've got a problem. There is literally nothing to air Wednesday night. No MLB, no NBA, not even a World's Strongest Man episode.
Producer: Can't we just show a WNBA game? The Liberty are playing.
Director: Get out.
The producer leaves, ashamed.
Director: Now, where were we?
Workplace D-Bag: I've got an idea! What if we made an award show, for sports!
Director: That sounds miserable. But it's the best we've got.
And thus, the ESPYs were born.
But hey, it can't be all bad if you include Paul Rudd and Steve Carell.