Who's Hot Who's Not

September 26, 2010

Who's Hot

PURPLE POP

The 14 round-trippers in 15 games bashed by hot-blooded Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki (right) matches a record shared by Albert Belle (1995) and Barry Bonds (2001). Says teammate Ubaldo Jimenez, "Every time he comes to the plate, we expect a home run."

FOOTBALL APPS

File this under "keep to self": Bloomberg's spiffy new numbers-crunching NFL fantasy app ($7.95) takes into account factors such as the opposing defense and weather when advising you on whom to start.

STEEL CURTAIN

Pittsburgh's on its fourth QB, but the D is stepping into the breach. Linebacker James Harrison (right) led the charge in a 19--11 win over Tennessee, logging a pair of sacks and a fumble recovery (one of the Titans' seven turnovers).

Who's Not

PURPLE POPS

Hattiesburg is sure lookin' good right about now, eh, Mr. Favre? The 40-year-old finally acted his age, throwing three INTs and fumbling in his own end zone (combined, nearly half as many turnovers as he had in all of '09) in the Vikings' 14--10 loss to Miami on Sunday.

DEFENSES LAPSE

Cornerbacks were crummy in D.C., where the Texans and the Skins passed for 923 yards, and in the Meadowlands, where the Jets' Darrelle Revis hurt his hammy and the Pats' Darius Butler got danced on by TD-happy Braylon Edwards (left).

A WORLD OF HURTIN'

For a terrifying view, do a Google search on any of these just-injured athletes—the Eagles' Leonard Weaver, the Texans' Connor Barwin, Man U's Antonio Valencia and Barcelona's Lionel Messi—and try not to cover your eyes. It's not pretty.

SI APOLOGY INDEX

Tennessee basketball coach Bruce Pearl recently wept while saying he was sorry for lying to NCAA officials about recruiting. (Niftily, he beat the NCAA to the punch.) Meanwhile, former USC running back Reggie Bush provided a modified limited hangout: He turned in his 2005 Heisman Trophy without accepting blame in the NCAA's finding that he had broken rules by accepting cash and gifts while a Trojan. Here's how Pearl and Bush stack up among recent sports apologists:

WE DON'T BUY IT

SINCERITY

WE BELIEVE THEM

EASY

DIFFICULTY

HARD

A-ROD

STEROIDS

BUSH

PAYMENTS

S. WILLIAMS

TANTRUM

ARENAS

GUNS

MCGWIRE

STEROIDS

PHELPS

MARIJUANA

WOODS

INFIDELITY

PEARL

RECRUITING

HENRY

HAND BALL

PITINO

INFIDELITY

PETTITTE

HGH

ODEN

X-RATED SELF PHOTO

PHOTOBARRY GUTIERREZ/AP (TULOWITZKI) PHOTOHEINZ KLUETMEIER (EDWARDS/BUTLER) PHOTOHEINZ KLUETMEIER (PHELPS) PHOTOAL BELLO/GETTY IMAGES (HARRISON) PHOTODAMIAN STROHMEYER (PEARL) PHOTOJOHN BIEVER (PITINO) PHOTOVICTOR BALDIZON (PETTITTE) PHOTOJOHN W. MCDONOUGH (ODEN) PHOTOCARLOS M. SAAVEDRA (HENRY) PHOTOJESSICA KLUETMEIER (WILLIAMS) PHOTOBOB ROSATO (BUSH) PHOTOROBERT BECK (RODRIGUEZ) PHOTOSIMON BRUTY (ARENAS) PHOTOMARK WILSON/GETTY IMAGES (MCGWIRE) PHOTOMIKE EHRMANN (WOODS)

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