Michael Strahan hosting the “Kids Choice Sports 2014” is such a perfect match it’s surprising that the Thursday, July 17 live show on Nickelodeon is the first one.
Categories include the expected, such as best male and best female athletes. There’s also favorite newcomer, favorite catch, best save and clutch player of the year.
This being a Nick awards show, there are fun categories: “sickest moves, don’t try this at home award, smells like team spirit, party like a sports star, king and queen of swag, biggest cannon and favorite comeback athlete.”
“Who has the best swag is not necessarily about attitude,” Strahan tells Zap2it. “It’s about confidence. There are different ways of swag. So who has their own unique style that people love and want to emulate?”
Strahan knows about swagger. He played in the NFL for 15 years, was named to the 2014 Pro Football Hall of Fame. And in 2001, he broke the 18-year-old NFL single season sack record with 22.5 sacks, a record that still stands.
Given his years on the New York Giants and on “Live! With Kelly and Michael” Strahan has met pretty much everybody, but says, “I still get excited to see athletes I admire. I am excited to see Derek (Jeter), Tony Hawk and Shaun White and Lyndsey Vonn. I am such an admirer of what they do and how they do it. It’s why I feel I was perfect to do this show.”
That’s inarguable. Strahan has proven himself completely comfortable on live television; he has a genuine enthusiasm and describes himself as a big kid.
And like any kid, he has his eyes set on one very special Nickelodeon awards byproduct – slime.
“I am prepared to get slimed,” Strahan says. ” I’ll suck it up and just let it happen. If you get slimed, it tastes like applesauce. The outfit you wear? Be prepared to lose it.”
Like Nick’s other awards shows, children are encouraged to vote often. Let’s face it, choosing the queen of swag is not as serious as electing your next senator – though it is more fun.
“You can vote many times,” he says. “That’s the great thing about it. Kids are on their computer and use social media. When my generation was coming up, we didn’t have the opportunity to vote on our favorites athletes. It’s your awards show and vote as much as you want.”
A few weeks before the event, Strahan, who is also an executive producer, wasn’t positive what the trophy would be – other than it would definitely be cool.
“To get slimed, that is what you are going to remember,” he says. “You will get something nice and a nice pitcher of that to go home.”