Who's Hot/Who's Not

October 01, 2006

Who's Hot

Seahawks

The Hawks we'vebeen waiting for: Seattle broke out for 42 points against the Giants to go to3--0, and its home crowd, perhaps the league's loudest, was louder than ever."The 12th man?" said WR Darrell Jackson (82, left). "It seemed likewe had 24 men out there."

Jennings

Little(5'11", 197 pounds) and little-known Packers rookie Greg Jennings snaggedBrett Favre's 400th TD pass, going 75 yards off a slant. That's one piece oftrivia; here's another: Jeopardy champ Ken Jennings kicked off his booktour.

Scarlets

Johansson spellsfirst name with two t's but still makes "hot" cut. Then there's theKnights of Rutgers, in Top 25 for the first time in 30 years. Says covetedcoach Greg Schiano, "I thought we should be 4--0. And now we are."

MarcoMaterazzi

Italian defenderwho absorbed Zinedine Zidane's infamous World Cup head butt reportedly gotabout $50,000 for a Nike ad in which he takes blows to his chest from bowlingballs and Jeeps.

Who's Not

Lions

The Lions we'vecome to expect: Another loss (they're 0--3) and another sackless day for the D,in disarray since line coach Joe Cullen's suspension for alleged nude anddrunken driving. RB Shawn Bryson (right) and mates heard Detroit crowd jeer,"Let's go, Tigers" on Sunday.

Penns

Not mightier thanthe sword or anything else. Penn State--and flu-ridden JoePa (left)--gottrounced by Ohio State; Ivy League heavyweight Penn fell to then winlessVillanova; and allegedly promising Baltimore starter Hayden Penn had a 15.43ERA through Sunday.

Lefties

Phil Mickelsonwas the lowest of the U.S. low points at the Ryder Cup (he went 0-4-1), andRandy Johnson is having a lousy time. Said Johnson, who has given up 15 runs inhis last 17 2/3 innings, "I'm not where I need to be."

MarioWilliams

Texans defender,whom Houston (0--3) took No. 1 in the draft (who needs Reggie Bush?), has zerosacks. After losing to the Redskins, he whined, "I was getting double- andtripled-teamed."

SI PLAYERS MLB POLL

Which major league city has the most attractivefans?

Chicago 22%

Los Angeles 18%

San Diego 13%

Atlanta 10%

FAST FACTS Phoenix (9.4%) finished fifth.... Despitehaving two teams, New York was 12th (1.4%).... Seattle, recently named the"smartest city" in America by CNNMoney.com (based on U.S. Census Bureaustats), got only three votes in our poll; neither Chicago nor L.A. was amongthe 25 smartest cities.... The Cubs, who accounted for 16% of the Chicago vote,were an NL-worst 33--43 at home.... Seven cities did not draw a vote:Cincinnati, Cleveland, Denver, Detroit, Minneapolis, Oakland and Washington,D.C.

[ Based on a survey of 415 MLB players ]
• For an expanded version of the poll, go to SI.com/players.

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