Posted: Tuesday November 14, 2006 10:07AM; Updated: Tuesday November 14, 2006 12:15PM
Emmitt Smith (shown here with partner Cheryl Burke) had to beat out the likes of Joey Lawrence, Jerry Springer and Tucker Carlson to advance to the Dancing with the Stars finale.
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With Emmitt Smith tossing his tango at Mario Lopez (aka former Saved by the Bell wrestler A.C. Slater) in tonight's finale of Dancing with the Stars, the sports world's place on the hit TV show is more certain than a BCS controversy. Smith follows in the happy feet of fellow finalist Jerry Rice and Evander Holyfield. Who's next? Here are the sports figures who the 10 Spot would like to see on DWTS:
1. Mike Tyson: Forget the mild-mannered Holyfield. Judging by Tyson's recent claim that he might fight a woman -- combined with his established preference for ear-nibbling -- who knows what he's liable to do when the camera goes on? We can't imagine that any woman will be lining up to be his partner, though.
2. Roger Clemens: He has been dancing around the retirement issue for years now, so the cha cha will be small change. Maybe the Rocket can team with partner-in-indecision Brett Favre. Clemens would be tough to beat given his legendary focus, but would the six-inning pitcher be looking for a relief dancer late in the rumba?
3. Sasha Cohen: As a figure skater, she probably has the necessary moves and we know that she has the costumes. She's already a pro in the kiss-and-cry area that seems to be a key part of the show. Any chance we could get her to partner with near-namesake Sacha Cohen, who showed off some fancy footwork of his own in Borat?
4. Chad Johnson: His innovative touchdown celebrations show that he has the moves. "Ocho Cinco" should have the Latin flavor necessary to sell the tango and rumba. We'd love to see what kind of outfits he breaks out without the NFL uniform police standing guard.
5. Lance Armstrong: He's probably looking for a new challenge after running a sub-three-hour marathon despite training about as much as P. Diddy. Lance might not get the French vote, but at least DWTS has no pesky drug-testing.
6. John Daly: Since he's working on ex-wife No. 4, he shouldn't be too choosy about partners. He lost his PGA Tour card for next year so he could certainly use the money and exposure. Given dancing's aerobic demands, though, he might want to tinker with his sweets-and-smokes diet.
7. Bill Belichick: He has TV experience with a guest spot on Rescue Me, so we know that "Mr. Personality" has some performance chops. We can't wait until he breaks out the sequined version of his omnipresent Patriots hoodie. Will he spend all week devising innovative new steps? Still, his partner might not be happy when Belichick refuses to allow her to answer media questions while he waxes ineloquent about the foxtrot.
8. Dan Marino: We've already seen the NFL's all-time leading rusher (Smith) and receiver (Rice). Can the passer with the most career yards be far behind? More important, can he finally win the big one? Joe Montana would be another logical choice but he'll probably hold out for too much appearance money like he allegedly did at last year's Super Bowl.
9. Ozzie Guillen: Like Lopez, Guillen figures to have the hot-blooded Latin thing down pat. The nation figures to be riveted by his post-dance interviews since he's proven he'll say most anything. Will he instruct his partner to brush-back any competitor who's getting too comfortable?
10. Charlie Weis: The Notre Dame coach might need a special dispensation from the Vatican to appear on a network other than NBC. We're not sure whether the big fella is light on his feet, but as another inveterate Xs-and-Os tinkerer he's sure to come up with something imaginative. Perhaps he should have a dance-off with Maryland's Ralph Friedgen for the final spot.