WHO'S Hot/WHO'S Not

January 17, 2005

WHO'S Hot

Nate Burleson

Vikings receiver snags $63,050 on Wheel of Fortune's NFL Players Week (he gave it to the African American Adoption Agency), then spins past Packers defenders for key TD grab in Minny win.

Wades

Former Red Sox 3B Boggs (left) is elected to Hall of Fame, while pitcher Miller signs $1.5 million deal with Boston. And guard Dwyane Wade continues to sizzle for Miami Heat (page 58), which had won 16 of its last 18 games.

Charles in Charge

Charlie Weis took a break from job as Pats offensive coordinator to recruit for his next team, Notre Dame. Carlos Beltran left Houston with a problem when he spurned Astros and agreed to a $119 million, seven-year pact with Mets. In India, Carlos Moya won Chennai Open and gave paycheck ($52,000) to tsunami relief efforts.

New York Jets

Overcoming a critical penalty by LB Eric Barton with 16 seconds left in regulation, the Jets rebounded for a 20--17 overtime victory over the Chargers--their first road playoff win since 1983--behind QB Chad Pennington and RB Curtis Martin (left).

WHO'S Not

Buttinskis

Fox rejected as inappropriate (now there's a string of words you won't see often) Super Bowl spot in which Mickey Rooney bares 84year-old tuches. At Lambeau, Randy Moss, who apparently thinks a behind is a terrible thing to waste, mimed a mooning after a TD catch. We loved Mickey in Boys Town; we'd love Randy there more.

Hawks

Seahawks lose to Rams 27--20 as Bobby Engram drops catchable pass in end zone with 27 seconds left. Iowa Hawkeyes men's and women's hoops teams went 0--4 last week, and Atlanta Hawks (5--26) have second-worst record in NBA.

Kids Today

Right? Niners youth movement (14 rookies) flopped. Chargers boyish-looking rookie Nate Kaeding missed 40yard field goal in OT, allowing Jets to win. And Kid Rock moved down Silicone Valley from Pam Anderson to Jesse Jane, then ticked off religious groups by agreeing to appear at inaugural bash run by Bush twins.

Masks

LeBron, wearing one while recovering from broken cheekbone, said device can slip and it impairs vision--though not enough to keep him from scoring. As for the Phantom, no, he's not showing support for NHL players; if you had the box-office returns he's getting for his film, you'd be hiding, too.

COLOR PHOTOREBECCA SAPP/WIREIMAGE.COM (BURLESON) COLOR PHOTOSPORTSCHROME (BOGGS) COLOR PHOTOSTEVE GRAYSON/WIREIMAGE.COM (MARTIN) COLOR PHOTOJOHN BIEVER (MOSS) COLOR PHOTOAIRBORNE INC./AP (ROONEY) COLOR PHOTOWARNER BROS./PHOTOFEST (PHANTOM) COLOR PHOTODAVID E. KLUTHO (JAMES)

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