Who's Hot Who's Not

March 01, 2010

Who's Hot

BIG GUNS

Did you say hype? Fuhgeddaboutit! Between White, Vonn, Davis, Lysacek and Ohno, there wasn't a Dan or Dave in evidence in Vancouver. The highly touted Yanks all medaled. Even attention-grabber Johnny Weir won over skeptics by skating his pants off in what some deemed an underscored performance.

MOUNTIE MARY

Nelson Eddy, Dudley Do-Right and ... Mary Carillo? The NBC reporter admittedly does not merit the red tunic, but she lent needed lightness (and her athleticism) to prime time in a gamely deadpan training stint with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

HUMAN MOMENTS

Who at home can't relate to Shaun White's pre-event expletives, Norwegian biathlete Ole Einar Bj√∏rndalen's on-air upchucking or, best of all, Canada's Jon Montgomery (right), the auctioneer turned skeleton gold medalist who paraded with a pitcher of beer?

TREMENDOUSLY TREMENDOUS

The instant catchphrase of NBC analyst Ed Olczyk applied especially to the netminding that Canada ran into. First Switzerland's Jonas Hiller (right) stoned 'em (44 saves) before losing in a shootout; then Ryan Miller made 42 stops in Sunday's 5--3 U.S. win.

Who's Not

BIG BABIES

Russian figure skating runner-up Evgeni Plushenko (left) pouted at the medal ceremony before ripping Evan Lysacek's winning routine. The South Koreans Ohno-bashed, and Aussie moguler Dale Begg-Smith slammed media from Canada before silvering behind that nation's Alexandre Bilodeau.

MOUNTING ANNOYANCE

February 17, arguably the best night ever in U.S. Olympics history, was in TV reality the best day sliced and diced into 3½ hours of lucrative prime-time replay. That was fine—as long as you didn't have other media such as that newfangled, spoiler-spewing Internet.

NONHUMAN FACTORS

That touchy torch at the opening ceremonies? A bad omen in what during Week 1 were labeled the Glitch Games. Skating was iced for 70 minutes by—count 'em, three—haywire resurfacing machines, while 28,000 saw their tickets canceled for lack of snow.

TEMPORARILY TREMENDOUS

Pity the poor fourth-place finisher. It was bad enough to miss out on medaling, but to get unceremoniously unseated from the goofy, bean-baggy sofa bed that awaited the top three mogul skiers was even more demoralizing—instant heartbreak.

SI PLAYERS NBA POLL

WHOM DO YOU LEAST WANT ON THE LINE AT GAME'S END

Shaquille O'Neal, Cavs C 48%

Ben Wallace, Pistons C 19%

Chuck Hayes, Rockets C-F 9%

Dwight Howard, Magic C 7%

Rajon Rondo, Celtics C 4%

FAST FACTS

Among those with at least 1,200 free throws made, only Wilt Chamberlain (.511) has a worse career percentage than Shaq's .527.... Howard, who at this year's All-Star Game set a Guinness world record for sinking the longest shot while seated, might consider bringing a chair to the charity stripe: He's ninth worst alltime (.602).... Rondo (.590 this season) was the only guard to receive more than one vote.

Based on a survey of 173 NBA players

PHOTOHEINZ KLUETMEIER (PLUSHENKO) PHOTOCOURTESY OF NBC OLYMPICS (CARILLO) PHOTOCANWEST/ZUMAPRESS.COM (MONTGOMERY) PHOTOSRDJAN SUKI/EPA (HILLER) PHOTORICK SCUTERI/US PRESSWIRE (O'NEAL) PHOTORON TURENNE/NBAE/GETTY IMAGES (WALLACE)

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