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The Top 40 Sports Figures of 2007

About a month ago we were asked by Jamie Mottram to participate in a Yahoo! Sports blogger survey on the 10 sports figures — athletes, coaches, media types, etc. — that we blogged about most in 2007.  Needless to say, we were honored to be included among the participants.

The Top 40 list, which is now up over at Yahoo! Sports, was compiled based on responses from 47 different blogs, and while it features the usual suspects, a few mentions did surprise us (we’re lookin’ at you Norv Turner).

Thanks again to Mr. Mottram for including us, we had a good time looking into the archives and patting ourselves on the back. 

Here are the Top 10 we submitted:

10) Brian Engblom
Once
the keyboard player for Flock of Seagulls, the frisky Versus studio analyst defied the odds by challenging and overtaking Barry
Melrose for the throne of most absurd hockey-hair.  Simply put, he shocked the world.


9) Manny Ramirez

Continues to defy fashion critics with a bold fusion of Milli Vanilli
and Battlefield Earth, all while the Smurfs theme song plays happily in his head.  Also continues to have no concept of time,
score
, or what league he’s in.

8) John Kruk
The season-long rift that was never quite resolved between Kruk and his temperamental hair captured our hearts during the opening week in April
and unceremoniously ditched us in late October.  In short, we’re excited
for Opening Day.

7) Bud Selig
This Sam the Eagle, Dark Crystal look-a-like finds his way into our news just by showing up to the podium.  I mean, just look at this guy.

6) Eli Manning
Eli’s
ability to be photographed in the most awkward manner possible each and
every week
of the season has made him special around here.  His
signature "coach’s son-post-proctol exam" shrug hasn’t helped matters much either.

5) Michael Vick
Secret weed compartments, being hunted by the Cleveland Dawg Pound, cartoon dog tournaments… to jail.  Ugh

4) A-Rod
Bronzer?  Check.  Frosted tips?  Check.  Humps bat?  Check.  Lives in his own soap opera?  Check.  Wears make-up?  Probably.  Yeah, safe to say he’s a staple around here.

3) Beckham
Beckham
and his wife’s racket-ball rack arrived in L.A. in July and we haven’t been able to stop documenting it, particularly Becks, who has now flashed ‘Blue Steel’ an eye popping 679 times, leading to 1,118 deaths.

2) Barry Bonds
From his
freakish tortoise head, to the Pedro Gomez moon that orbits it, to
shunning his son at home plate like he was a delusional fat girl, Barry was obviously a fixture in our blog throughout the year.  What else can we say other than: 756, a great day for steroids, a sad for for asterisks.

1) Barbaro (4-29-03 – 1-29-07)
Where do we start:  Some say he was a "warrior" or a "hero" and had a strong desire win races.  But above all, he was featured in our pages because people seemed to
forget he was a FREAKIN’ HORSE.  He was bred unnaturally, had small ankles that snapped in half and is now glue.  We’ll miss you, buddy.

(Note: He may have passed in mid-January but his impact afterwards felt like dog years)

15 Comments

  1. Randy

    December 27, 2007 at 5:23 pm

    I try to have a sense of humor about life and all that goes with it…BUT…you pushed my button with your comments about Barbaro in the “Top 40″ list. The horse’s ankles were the same size as Secretariat or as any other equine athlete. The events surrounding the horse and his breakdown and fight to survive DID cause thousands of people, some sports fans, some not…to grab ahold of this feel good story and hope for the best. So, back off of your disrespect of a wonderful athlete that actually deserved the attention he drew!

  2. The Sports Hernia

    December 27, 2007 at 5:27 pm

    We just pushed your button, we didn’t push your buttons?

  3. Billy King

    December 27, 2007 at 5:29 pm

    Ten bucks says Randy sent that horse a box of carrots.

  4. Randy

    December 27, 2007 at 5:31 pm

    NOPE…I probably spent that 10 bucks on a tri box at the simulcasts at Lone Star Park…Barbaro had way too many carrots, cards, peppermints, etc. to ever get to anything I sent!

  5. Von Kaiser

    December 27, 2007 at 5:40 pm

    Forget horses racing, horses acting is where it’s at. Hot to Trot anyone?

  6. Jean Shorts

    December 27, 2007 at 5:53 pm

    Barbaro sympathizers… YIKES! Its a damn horse people!

  7. Yakov

    December 27, 2007 at 6:43 pm

    Usually, I have nothing but great to say about U.S.A., but when I can’t find good horse to eat here, I say “In this country?” instead of my usual “What a country!”

  8. Ricky - Sixers4guidos

    December 28, 2007 at 6:08 am

    Good job guys, congratulations

    Suggestion for a future SH poll: who is more done, Beckham as a player or his wife as a singer (?) ??

    Don’t know if any of you followed Spice Girls’ “comeback” but that made Britney’s MTV show look cool

  9. Scott Boras

    December 28, 2007 at 8:37 am

    I interrupt these comments to bring you news that A-Rod has rejected his #4 spot and has elected to become a free agent.

    Back to the rankings.

  10. Cinematically-Correct

    December 28, 2007 at 10:19 am

    Is it pathetic that I was weepy after watching the HBO special on Barbaro? He was from Philadelphia, thus making me love him…yeah, it was a horse but to Philly, he was much more. After all, we think Rocky Balboa was a real dude.

  11. The Sports Hernia

    December 28, 2007 at 11:00 am

    For anyone interested, there is some hilarious hate going in this forum. You can’t make this stuff up:

    Alex Brown Horse Forum

  12. JJ

    December 28, 2007 at 1:50 pm

    GREAT STUFF GUY’S!! AND JUST A NOTE TO RANDY’S COMMENTS ON BARBARO, PLEASE CHILL OUT, IT IS A “HORSE” AND IT WAS ABOUT THE MONEY, DO YOU REALLY THINK THAT IF BARBARO WAS ANY OTHER 30-1 LONG SHOT HAYBURNER HE WOULD HAVE GOT ALL THAT MED. ATTENION. DID I HEAR SOMEONE SAY “STUD FEE’S” HELLO!!!!

  13. JoeSportsFan

    December 28, 2007 at 6:13 pm

    Shannon Sharpe is the next horse to capture America.

  14. The Sports Hernia

    December 29, 2007 at 9:04 am

    HA! How has he not captured us yet? I’m excited about this.

  15. Ryan

    January 1, 2008 at 6:36 pm

    Yeah, check that link that Cinematically-Correct posted – wow! That’s great stuff that defies the very limits of human stupidity. It’s a horse people!

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