A year ago at this time, a little-known third baseman who had played in only 87 major league games was on probation following his second arrest on DWI charges. Today he is the World Series MVP and possibly the most beloved athlete in the state of Missouri. A year ago, a college quarterback who was notable for little more than the Roman numeral after his name had just lost 38--14 to 6--6 Illinois in the Texas Bowl. Today he is the Heisman Trophy winner, fresh off reading the Top Ten list on David Letterman's show. A year ago, a goalkeeper, who had been vilified for publicly criticizing her coach for benching her before a 2007 World Cup match, struggled to comb her hair because of recent shoulder surgery. Today she is a national hero and television celebrity, thanks to her World Cup performance last summer.