Sunday, September 22, 2002

Enquirer Power Rankings

Best & worst in the week of sports

        The Top Five

        1. Bullet Bob Hayes. The sports world continues to lose some of its classic athletes, and Hayes certainly fit that bill. He was “The World's Fastest Human” when the title carried some weight. He earned that title when he tied the world record in the 100 meters in 10.05 seconds to win gold in the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. He also won the gold by anchoring the 400 relay team. As a Dallas Cowboys rookie, he caught 46 passes for a 21.8-yard average and 12 TDs. Impressive.

        2. Lou Piniella. Our favorite manager was up to his old antics Wednesday. The Seattle skipper exploded after a bad call at first base, tossing his hat, then the first-base bag, then the bag again. It was very similar to his classic blowup while managing the Reds. Maybe the tantrum was a tribute to the closing of Riverfront/Cinergy.

        3. The Army-Navy game. The game, normally played in Philadelphia, has been put up for bid to 150 U.S. cities. Hey, if the Queen City can take a run at the Olympics, why not one of sport's greatest traditions?

        4. David Justice. The Cincinnati Kid, who said this season would be his last, is closing out his career in style. He's been a solid contributor on and off the field for the young, impressive Athletics. Justice will be making his 10th consecutive playoff appearance. It must be nice.

        5. Tiger Woods. There he is, firing back-to-back 65s and talking about how he'd rather play regular tournaments than the Ryder Cup. Guess if he wanted to play on a team he'd have taken up basketball or football.

        The Bottom Five

        1. Dick LeBeau. A nicer man you won't find. But his statistical analysis to demonstrate how the Bengals' loss to Cleveland was really close was, well, kinda sad. (Didn't someone once say statistics are for losers?)

        2. Peter Warrick. We have to give him credit; it's clear he wants to win. But jumping up and down and showing up Gus Frerotte after a poorly thrown pass against Cleveland and then demanding the ball in an interview is a bit much. At least for a guy who averaged 9.5 yards a catch last season and hasn't caught a TD pass in 15 games.

        3. The two idiots who attacked Kansas City coach Tom Gamboa (and White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko and first-base umpire Matt Hollowell, who basically watched the attack). Those losers must have recreated 10-cent beer night.

        4. The NHL preseason. Let's get this straight. They're playing games already? Didn't they just have the Stanley Cup Playoffs?

        5. Brandy Reed. The former WNBA All-Star was jailed Wednesday in Hattiesburg, Miss., on outstanding warrants, including one for possession of marijuana, after her arrest on disorderly conduct charges. She must be aspiring to be the first female in the NBA.



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