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Who's Hot Who's Not

June 14, 2010
June 14, 2010

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June 14, 2010

LEADING OFF
Inside: THE WEEK IN SPORTS
JOHN WOODEN • 1910--2010
BASEBALL
STANLEY CUP FINALS
Departments

Who's Hot Who's Not

Who's Hot

This is an article from the June 14, 2010 issue

RICKIE FOWLER

The Muirfield Village fan favorite finished three shots behind winner Justin Rose at the Memorial, Fowler's second runner-up of the year. Since he's 21, we can forgive his back-nine collapse. Less excusable (despite its homage to alma mater Oklahoma State): that garish orange getup.

FUNNY SELLING

Two must-see summer ads: Nike's ode to Kobe, with Andre 3000's goofy rap version of the Beatles' All Together Now; and Adidas's Star Wars spot, which comically inserts David Beckham (right) and Franz Beckenbauer into the cantina scene.

JAVIER VAZQUEZ

Once the coldest starter in the majors—laughably so—the Yankees' righty has rebounded from a 1--5 start (8.10 ERA in that span) to win four of five (2.77), including a one-hitter over the Blue Jays on Sunday. "He's back on track," manager Joe Girardi said afterward.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL SHUFFLE

LeBron who? The BCS conferences have their own version of free-agency musical chairs, and it's as buzz-worthy as the NBA's. Where will Texas, Nebraska and Syracuse land when the realignment music stops? Longhorns with Bruins and Trojans? Oh, my!

Who's Not

DIDIER'S FOULER

Shame on Japan's Marcus Tulio Tanaka, whose reckless, flying karate kick to Didier Drogba's right arm in a "friendly" last Friday may have knocked the Ivory Coast striker out of the World Cup. Also injured over the weekend: Holland's Arjen Robben (hammy) and England captain Rio Ferdinand (knee).

FISHY SPELLING

When it looked as if there might not be enough spellers left to fill out its two-hour telecast of the Scripps National Spelling Bee finals last Friday, ABC simply cut things off in mid-round, leaving parents and contestants peeved as six spellers got a bye.

TIM LINCECUM

Once the hottest starter in the majors—laughably so—the Giants' ace has had a 4.78 ERA (Freakishly high for the two-time Cy Young winner) since May 4. He's also probably not chuckling at his dopey digital likeness (left) in Tauntr.com's demented cartoon, Timmy & Bus.

CHARLES OAKLEY SCUFFLE?

Pics of the Oak Man in a neck brace and arm cast surfaced last week, leading a pal to tweet that the onetime NBA enforcer had been roughed up by Vegas bouncers. Hey, if you can't beat 'em, rip the Knicks, which Oakley did to his former club in an off-the-cuff radio spot.

SI PLAYERS MLB POLL

WHO IS THE NICEST PLAYER IN THE GAME?

Mike Sweeney, Mariners DH 20%

Jim Thome, Twins DH 17%

Johnny Damon, Tigers LF 5%

Derek Jeter, Yankees SS 5%

Raul Ibanez, Phillies LF 5%

FAST FACTS

The average age of the top five is 36.8. In fact, only three of the top 15 are under 30: Twins catcher Joe Mauer, 27 (12 votes); and Yankees OF Curtis Granderson, 29, and Braves catcher Brian McCann, 26 (five each)... . So nice guys finish last? Damon, Ibanez and Jeter were participants in the 2009 World Series... . The elder statesman of MLB, Phillies lefthander Jamie Moyer, 47, received three votes.

Based on a survey of 347 MLB players

PHOTOFRED VUICH (FOWLER)PHOTOCOURTESY OF ADIDAS (BECKHAM)PHOTOTAUNTR.COM (LINCECUM)PHOTOPETER READ MILLER (TEXAS--USC)PHOTOCHARLIE NEIBERGALL/AP (SWEENEY)PHOTORICH PILLING/MLB PHOTOS/GETTY IMAGES (THOME)