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Who's Hot Who's Not

Dec. 28, 2009
Dec. 28, 2009

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Dec. 28, 2009

LEADING OFF
THE DECADE IN SPORTS: 2000--2009
THE YEAR IN SPORTS 2009
Departments

Who's Hot Who's Not

Who's Hot

This is an article from the Dec. 28, 2009 issue

TITANS

Being 7--7 doesn't seem like much for a team that won 13 games last year. Except that they started 2009 by going 0--6, and their young QB, Vince Young (right), is playing the best football of his NFL life.

ZACH

Randolph, the Grizzlies' big man, averaged 13.4 rebounds and 21.8 points as Memphis won six of nine. (Yes, Memphis won six of nine.) Coach Lionel Hollins: "Zach is in a great comfort place."

TIM BURKE

He skis, he shoots, he soars—to the top of the World Cup standings, the first U.S. biathlete ever to do so. Can he medal at the Olympics? Burke, on the course in Vancouver: "It suits my style."

JIM CALHOUN

Reign on. The UConn men's hoops coach's contract extension—he will reportedly get a raise to more than $2 million—will take him into his 70s. It may also take him past 900 career wins.

Who's Not

JETS

Being 7--7 doesn't seem so bad for a team that won nine games last year, then lost Brett Favre. Except that they began 3--0, and their new QB, rookie Mark Sanchez, has 18 picks in his last 10 games.

KYLE

Korver, the Jazz swingman, returned from left-knee surgery for Utah's loss to (ugh) Minnesota; five days later, unable to bury the rock on wounded knee, he had to sit after two minutes.

STEVE STAMKOS

The Lightning center and Team Canada hopeful (SI, Nov. 16) had four points in 11 games, hurting his Olympic chances. Tampa Bay is hurting too: It went 2--9 in those games.

LOVIE SMITH

End of the affair? Sunday's 31--7 loss to the Ravens dropped the Bears to 5--9 and 21--25 since they went to the Super Bowl. So, will Lovie be back next year? G.M. Jerry Angelo wouldn't commit.

SIGN OF THE APOCALYPSE

Tiger Woods was mentioned on the cover of the New York Post for 20 consecutive days, surpassing the 9/11 attacks (19 days) for the longest streak in the paper's history.

PHOTOGREG NELSON (YOUNG)PHOTONIKKI BOERTMAN/AP (RANDOLPH)PHOTOSRDJAN ZIVULOVIC/REUTERS (BURKE)PHOTODAMIAN STROHMEYER (SMITH)