Who's Hot Who's Not

February 22, 2010

Who's Hot

A WORLD OF CRAIG SAGERS

The NBA fashionista—sporting a Bedazzling red Valentine's Day tie—played hardball at the All-Star Game, calling out Kobe Bryant for sitting out. In Vancouver several nations (such as the Czech Republic, right) paid unwitting homage by marching at the opening ceremonies in Sageresque attire.

NASH IN MOTION

A career weekend: Last Friday, B.C. hero Steve Nash (right) lit an Olympic flame, calling it his greatest sports moment. Then the Suns guard jetted to Dallas, where he won the All-Star skills competition on Saturday and the next night dished a game-high 13 assists.

YOUNG MAN AND THE SEA

The Dustin double: Dustin Johnson (right), 25, deftly negotiated the treacherous 18th hole seawall at Pebble Beach, belting his most clutch tee shot. That lash helped break a three-way tie and gave him back-to-back titles at the classic course.

BARNSTORMING BRUINS

After going 0-6-4 in their previous 10 games, Boston won four straight on the road, becoming just the fourth team to achieve such away success following a double-digit winless streak. Too bad that after the Olympics the B's resume play with two home games.

Who's Not

KILLJOY RULE MAKERS

What in the name of Principal Skinner? The NCAA wants to ban personalized eye black on football players and penalize taunting by nullifying touchdowns. The fun police are also out in force in Italy, where Serie A has sworn off swearing in soccer, even allowing TV reviews of alleged offenses.

CROSS PROMOTION

A forced Vancouver plug during The Office on NBC seemed low, even for Michael Scott—but not as undignified as TNT's 15-minute booking of the D-list star McLovin', who pushed his movie Kick-Ass during NBA All-Star pregame. As Charles Barkley would say: Trrrible.

DESPERATE MAN AT UNC

Only twice in the past 45 years have the Tar Heels finished in the ACC's bottom half. But that's where they were last week after a loss to rival Duke. North Carolina's play had coach Roy Williams unfortunately comparing his team's woes with those of earthquake victims in Haiti.

HURTIN' HUSKIES

UConn is 1--5 since toppling then No. 1 Texas on Jan. 23, and the team wasn't even buoyed by the Saturday return from sick leave of coach Jim Calhoun (left), who called a 60--48 loss to Cincinnati "one of the worst performances" of his 24 years.

SI PLAYERS NBA POLL

WHO IS THE NBA'S MOST OVERRATED PLAYER?

Tracy McGrady, Rockets G/F 9%

Danny Granger, Pacers F 4%

LaMarcus Aldridge, Trail Blazers F 3%

Andre Iguodala, Sixers G/F 3%

LeBron James, Cavaliers F 3%

FAST FACTS

At week's end the oft-injured McGrady was rumored to be leaving Houston in a deal with the Knicks involving, among others, forward Al Harrington, who received one vote.... Three other players each had 3% of the votes: Cavs center Shaquille O'Neal, Hornets forward David West and suspended Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas.... Five 2010 All-Stars received more than one vote each: James, Celtics forwards Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce, Heat guard Dwyane Wade and Bobcats forward Gerald Wallace.

Based on a survey of 173 NBA players

PHOTOCAMERON SPENCER/GETTY IMAGES (CZECHS) PHOTOAL TIELEMANS (NASH) PHOTOTODD BIGELOW/AURORA (JOHNSON) PHOTOJIM ROGASH/GETTY IMAGES (CALHOUN) PHOTOSAM FORENCICH/NBAE/GETTY IMAGES (ALDRIDGE) PHOTOALLEN FREDRICKSON/ICON SMI (GRANGER)

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