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Who's Hot Who's Not

Oct. 11, 2010
Oct. 11, 2010

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Oct. 11, 2010

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Who's Hot Who's Not

Who's Hot

This is an article from the Oct. 11, 2010 issue

DOUGIE

The dance, popularized in a music video by Cali Swag District, is quickly becoming sport's 2010 version of the Soldier Boy. Among early adopters: The 49ers' Taylor Mays (right, after a blocked punt and TD); Oregon's Duck mascot (after UO scored on Stanford); and the Blazers' entire rookie crop (at their Oct. 1 Fan Fest).

JIMMIE JOHNSON

After three of NASCAR's 10 Chase races, the four-time and reigning Sprint Cup champion is parked once again atop the standings and revving up the Drive for Five. After a win at Dover on Sept. 26 and a second place at Kansas on Sunday, JJ is eight points ahead of Denny Hamlin.

PINK

Black Sunday became Pink Sunday as NFL players donned pink cleats, gloves and hand towels for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month; and in the majors pink slips were on the way to managers John Russell (Pirates), Jerry Manuel (Mets) and Ken Macha (Brewers).

JETS' LT

Chargers castoff LaDanian Tomlinson hit the 100-yard rushing mark (133 on 19 carries with two TDs) for the first time in 23 games, dating back to Oct. 26, 2008; and he moved into seventh place on the alltime rushing list. Quoth his QB, Mark Sanchez, "He looks like a little kid."

Who's Not

BEVO

Texas's 28--20 Red River loss to Oklahoma last Saturday signaled the end of its recent strong run in that rivalry and marked its first back-to-back L's since '07. On Sunday, UT fell out of the Top 25 for the first time in 10 years, snapping a streak of 162 weeks, which had stood as the nation's longest.

JIMMY JOHNSON

Age—he's 67—and celebrity proved too much for the former NFL coach to overcome as he became the third person kicked off the 21st season of Survivor, in Nicaragua. But don't cry for Jimmy. Said Johnson (left), who lost 18 pounds on the show, "I was miserable the whole time."

LILAC

As in the hideous Easter egg--inspired sweater vests sported by the Americans (including Phil Mickelson, left) as they dug themselves a fatal three-point hole last Saturday at the Ryder Cup. Also troubling: not-so-waterproof team rain jackets that got ditched on Friday.

BEARS' OTS

As in "overrun turnstiles." Chicago blockers—especially two fill-in tackles—put up little defense in allowing 10 sacks and two QB knockouts (see Jay Cutler, left) by the Giants on Sunday night. At its current pace, Chicago will yield 72 sacks, which would tie for fourth most all time.

SI PLAYERS MLB POLL

WHICH OTHER TEAM WOULD YOU MOST LIKE TO PLAY FOR?

Atlanta Braves 14%

New York Yankees 11%

Boston Red Sox 10%

Los Angeles Angels 8%

Chicago Cubs 7%

FAST FACTS

Winning matters: Each of the top seven vote-getting teams has reached the playoffs at least once in the past three years.... Location matters more: Outside of Chicago, the Midwest received little love. Cincinnati, Cleveland, Detroit, Kansas City, Milwaukee, Minnesota and St. Louis received a combined 9% of the vote.... And money conquers all: The three biggest spenders in '10 (NYY, BOS and CHC) accounted for a quarter of all votes.

Based on 284 players who responded to SI's survey

PHOTOJOHN AMIS/AP (MAYS)PHOTOMONTY BRINTON/CBS (JOHNSON)PHOTOROBERT BECK (MICKELSON)PHOTOHEINZ KLUETMEIER (CUTLER)PHOTOJOHN IACONO (YANKEES)PHOTOJOHN BAZEMORE/AP (BRAVES)