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Who's Hot Who's Not

April 05, 2010
April 05, 2010

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April 5, 2010

LEADING OFF
Inside: THE WEEK IN SPORTS
NCAA
BASEBALL PREVIEW
Departments

Who's Hot Who's Not

Who's Hot

This is an article from the April 5, 2010 issue

GUS: THREE CHEERS!

CBS's pumped play-by-play man Gus Johnson elevated the Kansas State--Xavier thriller with the tournament's most brilliantly bonkers call. Says Johnson, whose best bits are found on gusjohnsongetsbuckets.com, "Some of those treys, man ... you can feel the excitement coming out your pores."

STRANGE MAGIC

Against Denver on Sunday, Orlando had what coach Stan Van Gundy called "one of our best wins," its 13th in 15 games, despite losing Vince Carter to injury. The unlikely hero: J.J. Redick (right), whose 23 points came on the day his alma mater, Duke, returned to the Final Four.

DRAGON

Stephon Marbury, now of the Chinese Basketball Association's Shanxi Dragons, made a spectacle out of what the Xinhua News Agency described as "quite a dull" All-Star game, earning MVP honors for his 30 points, no-look passes, alley-oops and "mid-court" threes.

THE BIG EASY

And your Arnold Palmer Invitational winner is ... Ernie Els? Two weeks before Augusta the 40-year-old is suddenly attention-worthy again. Els has won twice in three weeks and is the first to double up on the Florida swing since some guy named Tiger did it in '01.

Who's Not

BUCK: STOPS HERE

Turns out comedian Artie Lange (left) was wrong when he predicted on the air that Joe Buck's awkward foray into the talk-show arena, Joe Buck Live (on which Lange was an epically ungrateful guest; YouTube it), wouldn't last even four episodes. The fourth, and final, installment will air in April.

ROCKY TOP—TRAGIC!

A week after 2009's top-rated RB recruit, Bryce Brown, was a no-show at Tennessee's spring practice, masher tackle Aaron Douglas bid adieu. That leaves new coach Derek Dooley with no returning starting linemen and one back with more than 10 carries in '09.

WIZARDS

Have they hit foggy bottom in D.C.? The team lost its 15th straight, and coach Flip Saunders boiled over at big man Andray Blatche. The long nightmare may not be over: Prez Ernie Grunfeld declared that disgraced guard Gilbert Arenas will be back in November.

URBAN COWBOY

In an incident caught on camera, Florida coach Urban Meyer (left), just back from a leave, chewed out a reporter he felt had taken a player's quote out of context, telling the scribe, "If that was my son, we'd be going at it right now." Meyer later apologized.

SI PLAYERS NHL POLL

WHO IS THE MOST OVERRATED PLAYER?

Dion Phaneuf, Maple Leafs D 21%

Wade Redden, Rangers, D 7%

Scott Gomez, Canadiens, C 6%

Sean Avery, Rangers, LW 5%

Shawn Horcoff, Oilers, C 5%

FAST FACTS

Overrated, perhaps; over-honored, no: The top five vote-getters have a combined seven All-Star appearances.... In 2008--09 Phaneuf was on ice for more opposing goals (122) than any other player.... The Penguins' Sidney Crosby received seven votes.... Three goalies got more than one vote: the Canucks' Roberto Luongo (three) and the Canadiens' Carey Price and the Stars' Marty Turco (two each).

Based on a survey of 272 NHL players

PHOTOJEFFREY UFBERG/WIREIMAGE.COM (LANGE)PHOTOFERNANDO MEDINA/NBAE/GETTY IMAGES (REDICK)PHOTOLI XIN/AFP/GETTY IMAGES (MARBURY)PHOTOSIMON BRUTY (MEYER)PHOTOLUC LECLERC/US PRESSWIRE (PHANEUF)PHOTOCHRISTOPHER PASATIERI/US PRESSWIRE (REDDEN)