Who's Hot Who's Not

October 25, 2009

Who's Hot

SHOCKEY

Saints tight endJeremy Shockey said that facing his old team, the Giants, was"awkward." But he seemed in his element, catching a TD pass, thenjawing gleefully at linebacker Danny Clark.

OWLS

Who? It's Temple,winners of four straight for the first time in 24 seasons. Wise old fans mayrecall that Temple last went to a bowl game in 1979, a drought that this teamjust might end.

STRASBURG

Quit now, kid, andyou go out a winner. In his pro debut, Nats phenom Stephen Strasburg pitched 31/3 shutout innings, threw his fastball 99 mph and got a W in the Arizona FallLeague.

LAIRD

Saying he"chilled out" in the playoff, Martin Laird birdied the third extra holefor his first PGA win. Bonus: He met Justin Timberlake! The pop star sponsoredthe Shriners Hospitals event.

Who's Not

T.J.

High-pricedSeahawks receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh keeps carping that he wants the ball. Butafter just four catches for 34 yards in a loss to Arizona, he'd slipped to 25thin receiving yards.

ISLES

Six games into theseason the team was winless. Lousy offense (13 goals scored), so-so defense (21allowed) and, as goalie Martin Biron (left) said, "It's the same thingevery game."

TYNAN

The Yanks havequit famous seventh-inning tenor Ronan Tynan for making an anti-Semitic remark.He apologized. He gave money to charity. But he said what he said, and now he'sbeen silenced.

LOVE

Bummed out.T-Wolves forward Kevin Love broke his hand going for a board (in the preseason,ugh!) and is out till December. Love on the rebound: "Sometimes thingsdon't go your way."

SIGN OF THE APOCALYPSE

Belgrade police charged Serbia's president withviolating antihooligan laws by opening a bottle of champagne at a stadium tocelebrate the country's World Cup berth.

PHOTODAMIAN STROHMEYER (SHOCKEY) PHOTOPAUL J. BERESWILL/AP (BIRON) PHOTOCHRISTIAN PETERSEN/GETTY IMAGES (STRASBURG) PHOTOISAAC BREKKEN/AP (LAIRD)

HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
OUT
HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
IN
Eagle (-2)
Birdie (-1)
Bogey (+1)
Double Bogey (+2)