World Series Picks
Faith Hill, singer
I just like the Red Sox. Maybe it's because I bought one of their hats years ago when I was on tour just to go out. It sounds lame but that is the team I really like.
Rudy Giuliani, presidential contender
"I'm an American League fan, and I go with the American League team, maybe with the exception of the Mets. Maybe that would be the one time I wouldn't because I'm loyal to New York."
Meredith Vieira, co-anchor, NBC's Today show
"The Red Sox will win because they're the best team in baseball, with the best fans in baseball (like me)!"
Mario Batali, Food Network
"Not even a mountaineer can help the Rockies. Not even altitude. Red Sox in 5."
Keith Olbermann, MSNBC
"The Red Sox quickly. As threadbare as Boston pitching may have looked, no NL team saw the likes of it this year.
Dara Torres, Olympic Swimmer
"I hate to see Boston [in the World Series] because my Yankees are out, but Boston."
Howie Long, Fox Sports
"If you grew up in Boston, as I did, you are on top of the world right now. I've even turned Terry [Bradshaw] into a Sox fan! Sox in 6!"
Dennis Miller, talk-show host
I would have said the Rockies easily if they did not have to take a week off. Sometimes when you're some magical mystery tour, you want just be playing the next day. I think once you have a week off maybe somebody is sitting at home: Did we just win 21 out of 22? It'll be tight and could go either way but I think it will be the Rockies four games to three. Maybe it's the Rockies year the way it was the Red Sox's time a couple of years ago.
Shaquille O'Neal, Heat center
"I'm going to go with Colorado, because it's cold and they have altitude advantages."
Tony Parker, Spurs guard
"I will watch it. Every time it's the finals I watch. I don't have a prediction, but I think Boston is going to win, so I guess that is a prediction."
Chauncey Billups, Pistons guard
"They have the MVP and they're just hot. They are a buzzsaw right now. Colorado Rockies, baby. They are on fire."
Penny Hardaway, Heat guard
"Boston's fought back and Colorado has had it so easy. So when you go into a situation like that, you would think, Colorado, something would catch up to them. If they lose one, how would adversity hit them? Boston has come back from adversity, so I think you'd have to tip the edge to Boston right now."
Tom Glavine, free-agent pitcher and Massachusetts native
"Sox in 6, just because we are Sox fans."
Jimmy Johnson, Fox Sports analyst
"Boston in six because Howie Long would slug me if I didn't pick them."
Cammie Granato, Former captain U.S. Olympic hockey team
"I'm predicting the Boston Red Sox because I want to see Papelbon dance again. That was awesome."
Antoine Walker, Timberwolves forward
"I think Boston will win in six. I just think Boston has the best pitching, the best staff. They can put four different starters out there. So I think they've got the best pitching staff."
Matt Stajan, Maple Leafs forward
"I hope Colorado because I won't have to listen to Hal Gill."
Paul Hewitt, Georgia Tech basketball coach and Yankees fanatic
"Go Rockies! Colorado's got to win. I can't stand the thought of the Red Sox winning another World Series. One was bad enough; two, I'd have to hide my face."
Jason Blake, Maple Leafs forward
"Probably Boston. They are both on a roll, but I like Boston's roll better."
Bruce Bowen, Spurs
"Boston has been there before. They have what champions are made of."
Greg Oden, Trail Blazers
"I was going for Cleveland, but I think the Red Sox will win. Big Papi's going to lead them to victory."
Brandon Roy, Trail Blazers
"I don't like neither team, but I have to say Boston. Colorado's hot, but they might have sat out too long. Boston just came out of a tough series and their pitching is tough. When it comes down to the big game, they seem to get it done. It's hard to pick against them."