I’m really unclear what Sports Illustrated has against the World’s Number 1 male tennis player, but they seem to really have it bad. For details on their snub of Roger Federer as Sportsman of the Year, check out my blogging buddy Sean Randall’s most excellent post, Federer Snubbed, Wade Wins SI Sportsman of the Year, from earlier this month.
Winding through the year-end recaps, the magazine has now put forth their list of Best Looking Athletes, and though tennis is well represented by hotties of both genders, the Swiss mister was missed from the list.
The judges panel was made up of five SI swimsuit models, who had the odd job of picking 20 people from a group of 100 pictures. The ATP had a strong showing with Marat Safin, Andy Roddick, James Blake, and Rafael Nadal; while the WTA ladies selected were Anastasia Myskina, Daniela Hantuchova, and Anna Kournikova. Topping the list for the women was, of course, SI Swimsuit model Maria Sharapova (and if you haven’t seen the 2007 calendar from her photo shoot, stop what you’re doing right now and click here).
The best part was clearly the side comments made by the models, and we simply have to give credit where it’s due: Fernanda Motta seemed to not only know that Marat Safin has a bad temper, but that James Blake once had dreads. Go Fernanda!
Anne V, on the other hand, seemed nonplused by Anna K’s dubious status as a current working athlete, and instead based her vote on the fact that “Enrique Iglesias is a nice piece of ass.” Well, sure, ya gotta respect that.
I, for one, appreciate the vote for Anastasia Myskina, but I think we can all come up with a list of 10 other female tennis players without really trying. I’m also very much loving the Rafa picture, and look forward to his upcoming appearance with the touring company of the hit musical “Hair”.
Okay, seriously… I recognize that none of these esteemed judges are rocket scientists, and that this is yet another lame beauty contest, and that Roger will undoubtedly get the SOTY for 2007, but given all the hoopla over the Sportsman snub, you would think that the SI editors would at least have the smarts to stuff the ballot box and create a booby prize out of a beauty prize.
Feel free to weigh in with your opinions on the athletes who were picked by the list of obviously myopic beauties. And for any of you Fedfans who want to send in your comments, and maybe ask for a recount, SI has helpfully put up a form for your convenience.
Oh, and in case you’re interested: Dwayne Wade made this list too.
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