Cartoon Network presented its first-ever Hall of Game Awards — aimed at kids — on Monday, and athletes got a chance to go Hollywood and strut their stuff on the green carpet.
“I feel like Justin Bieber, but not as popular,” said soccer star Landon Donovan as fans screamed from the bleachers at Santa Monica Airport’s Barker Hangar.
Tony Hawk was a little nervous about hosting but said it was about time sports’ most avid fans got a fun show. “The Cartoon Network figured out that sports awards shows can be so stuffy,” said the pro skateboarder. “What’s with the highlight reels?”
New Orleans Saints’ Drew Brees took home the He’s Got Game Award, though he admitted, “There’s a lot of Kobe Bryant fans here, and if you guys had seen the game last night before you voted, he probably would have won.”
Terrell Owens won the Dance Machine Award for his post-touchdown getdown and took the stage to promote: “Thanks so much to the 37 million of you that voted. If I could just get some of you to follow me on Twitter, that would be great.”
The show featured perfs from the Far East Movement and Travie McCoy, who said the crossover between sports and the entertainment world isn’t going well for him. “Athletes are the new rock stars,” he said. “All the chicks are flocking to the basketball players.”