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September 01, 2008

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Welcome Matt
Falcons coach Mike Smith handed the keys to the offense to rookie Matt Ryan (above). Smith said Ryan—who's 32 of 52 for 277 yards with two TDs and one interception in the preseason—is his starter for the whole season: "We feel that Matt gives us the best opportunity not only against Detroit [in the opener] but in the long run."

Rocco Baldelli
Who needs Carl Crawford? Returning after a 15-month battle with a mysterious illness that sapped his strength, Baldelli hit two homers in his second week back as injury-depleted Tampa Bay caught the Angels for the best record in the AL.

Boom Goes the Dynamite!
Remember Brian Collins, the Ball State student whose campus sportscast catchphrase made him an Internet phenom (and not the good kind)? He stuck with his dream and got an on-air job at KXXV-TV in Waco. "I'm very happy with where I am right now," said Collins.

The Bump 'n' Run
Carl Edwards used the ol' chrome horn on Kyle Busch at Bristol, knocking him aside to pass with 30 laps left. Busch, who led the previous 415 laps, griped, but Edwards said, "I just had to ask myself, Would he do that to me? And he has before, so that's the way it goes."


Door Matt
When the Cardinals' season opens, Matt Leinart will be carrying a clipboard—assuming he doesn't turn it over. Against the Raiders last Saturday, Leinart was 4 of 12 with three picks and a 2.8 passer rating. "It wasn't all Matt," said coach Ken Whisenhunt, who nonetheless named Kurt Warner, 37, his starter.

Rock and Roll
At the closing ceremonies Brit singer Leona Lewis joined bad boy Jimmy Page on Led Zep's Whole Lotta Love. But many of the racy lyrics were excised, leaving fans dazed and confused. Whatever happened to rebellion?

Hiromi Kobayashi
Talk about your embarrassing moments. The Japanese synchronized swimmer fainted during the competition and had to be pulled from the pool by two officials. The upshot: She was fine, but Japan was penalized for touching the bottom of the pool and finished fifth. Somewhere Martin Short smiled.

The Kick to the Face
Someone needs to explain the Olympic spirit to Cuban judoku Angel Matos (left). After a call went against him, he kicked the ref in the chops. Where did he learn such bad sportsmanship? Perhaps from his coach, who called the ref "too strict" and accused his Kazakh opponents of offering him a bribe.