December 05, 2007
1 Brett Favre

Is it possible to have a Sportsman of the Year curse? Fresh off one of his worst statistical games and possibly on the verge of missing his first start in 270 games, Favre took home SI's coveted annual prize. We couldn't make it to the party Tuesday night in NYC, but we sent our regards along with Joe Scarborough and John Starks.

2 Tony Romo

Not only is he the hottest quarterback in the NFL (sorry Brady, that's two too many close calls in our book), he's become a full-fledged paparazzi star since he officially started dating Jessica Simpson. Unfortunatley that means that his aw-shucks smile may soon turn into a jaded glare when he hits the town.

3 Kelly Pickler

We finally found someone dumber than Britney Spears. We now see why the Predators' Jordin Tootoo dumped her last month; we probably would have dropped her too ... too.

4 David Beckham

Becks bought all five Spice Girls diamond-encrusted bracelets valued at $100,000 apiece before their world tour kicked off last week. "It's like the old days," said Posh. "David spent a lot of time around the girls when we first got together -- it's as though he married all of us. He's the original Spice Boy."

5 Victoria's Secret

The Angels are all over the sports scene these days. Selita Ebanks was on the Patriots sideline last week, Adrianna Lima has been going out with the Timberwolves' Marko Jaric and Miranda Kerr even taught us a thing or two about Australian Rules football during a Virgin America PJ party at 35,000 feet.


We'll save you the "take the C out" jokes and say this: There's something wrong with a system that punishes a team for qualifying for it's conference title game (Missouri), rewards a two-loss team (LSU) that lost at home to an unranked team and allows a three-loss team that was unranked a week before its season finale (Illinois) to play in the Rose Bowl.

7 Hulk Hogan

It looks like his divorce with Linda isn't a publicity stunt and things are starting to get uglier than a wrestling match involving Vince McMahon between the two. We tried to get a comment from the Hulkster on the situation, but all we got was this voicemail.

8 Led Zeppelin

There are no words to express our excitement level for the long-overdue reunion of Led Zep next week. It's such a big deal that the WWL is even playing Black Dog on their video page without so much as weak attempt at a sports connection. (You know, like Snoop Dogg and Romo, brothers in free styling.

9 Helio Castroneves

After taking home the gaudy disco ball trophy for winning Dancing With the Stars, the two-time Indy 500 champ split with his fiancé and apparently hooked up with his dance partner Julianne Hough. The two are denying the report, saying they're just "friends," which is Hollywood-speak for "dating."

10 Jim Murray

Nearly 10 years after his passing, the 14-time sportswriter of the year and Pulitzer Prize winner is still inspiring the next generation of sports writers. This week Luc Robitaille, Marty McSorley and Cheech Marin, among others, honored Murray and the newest recipients of the annual Murray Scholar award. (Full disclosure: I'm on the board of the Jim Murray Foundation)

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