Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Top 10: Hot Athletes

I have decided that Tuesdays will now be the day for my Top 10 lists. I guess you could call them Top 10 Tuesdays if you'd like.

Anyway, to start things off this is a special Top 10 because I have brought my wife in for her point of view.

I have decided to list the Top 10 Hot Athletes, male and female. So to get the Top 10 male athletes my wife chimed in with her Top 10.

So here we got, more of a Top 20, but divided into male and female (in reverse order as always):

10) Alex Rodriguez
Comments: Rodriguez is baseball's highest paid player and arguably the best player in the game today. He currently plays third base for the New York Yankees.

9) Tiger Woods
Comments: Woods is the greatest golfer on the planet. He currently has 88 career professional victories, including 13 major victories.

8) Sidney Crosby
Comments: Crosby was the 1st overall selection in the 2005 NHL Draft by the Pittsburgh Penguins. In just his second season, he led the league in scoring and captured the MVP award.

7) Michael Phelps
Comments: Phelps is a swimmer, who has recently represented the United States in the Olympic Games. He currently holds six world records, and captured six gold and two bronze medals in the 2004 Olympics in Athens.

6) Brian Giles
Comments: Giles is a two-time all-star outfielder for the San Diego Padres. He was drafted by the Cleveland Indians in 1989 and also spent time with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

5) David Beckham
Comments: Beckham is arguably the face of soccer, especially in the United States. He is currently a member of both the England national team and the Los Angeles Galaxy, of the MLS.

4) Andy Roddick
Comments: Roddick is currently the No. 1 American tennis player, and former No. 1 overall. He is ranked sixth in the world as of Nov. 2007, has a record of 434-135, and has won 25 singles titles.

3) Matt Leinart
Comments: So far, Leinart is more known for his National Championships at USC in college. He is currently announced as the starting quarterback for the Arizona Cardinals of the NFL. In his second season, he took over as starting QB, but lost his job due to injury.

2) Kasey Kahne
Comments: Kahne is a member of the Gillett Evernham Motorsports team in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. He currently drives the #9 Budweiser/Allstate Dodge Charger. He has won seven times in his career, and finished in the top 10 54 times.

1) Tiki Barber
Comments: Barber is a former football player for the New York Giants. He retired at the end of the 2006-07 season and has since become a broadcaster on both the Today Show and NBC Sunday Night Football.

10) Becky Hammon
Comments: Hammon is a current member of the WNBA's San Antonio Silver Stars. She went undrafted out of Colorado State, but has since become a star in the WNBA.

9) Gretchen Bleiler
Comments: Bleiler is a professional halfpipe snowboarder and has represented the United States in both the X-Games and the Olympics. She captured the silver medal in the women's halfpipe in the 2006 Olympics in Turin.

8) Natalie Gulbis
Comments: Gulbis is currently a professional golfer on the LPGA Tour. She has two professional victories under her belt.

7) Danica Patrick
Comments: Patrick was named Rookie of the Year for both the IndyCar Series and Indianapolis 500 in 2005. She became the first woman to capture an Indy car race with her 2008 victory in the Japan 300.

6) Paula Creamer
Comments: Creamer was named 2005 Rookie of the Year for the LPGA. She currently has captured eight professional victories, including six LPGA victories. Often wearing pink, she has earned the nickname 'The Pick Panther'.

5) Heather Mitts
Comments: Mitts is a defender for the United States Women's National Soccer team. She helped the U.S. capture gold in the 2004 Olympics.

4) Sasha Cohen
Comments: Cohen in an American figure skater, who represented the U.S. in the 2006 Olympics and captured the silver medal. A month later, she captured gold in the World Championships in Calgary.

3) Amanda Beard
Comments: Beard is an American swimmer, who has represented the U.S. in the past three Olympic Games, and will be returning again this summer. She currently has two gold, four silver and a bronze medal.

2) Maria Sharapova
Comments: Sharapova is currently ranked No. 1 in the world for women's tennis. She has 19 career titles and has accumulated a 300-68 record in women's singles. After the 2006 season, she was the highest-paid female athlete.

1) Sue Bird
Comments: Bird is a two-time National Champion in basketball at the University of Connecticut. She was the first pick in the 2002 WNBA Draft by the Seattle Storm and won the WNBA title in 2004. She was also a member of the gold medal winning U.S. Basketball Team in the 2004 Olympics.

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