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Stars align for America's top sports

Tom Leupp of ranks the power of celebrity in American sports.

July 12, 2009|Mike Penner

With a nod to this week's All-Star game,'s Tom Leupp ranks the star power of America's top sports:

"1. NBA: Take it from Jack: Hollywood loves its hoops." (Notable fans: Jack Nicholson, Leonardo DiCaprio, Eva Longoria, Kid Rock, Spike Lee, Jay-Z, Denzel Washington.)

"2. MLB: The Boys of Summer never strike out with Alyssa Milano." (Notable fans: Milano, Bill Murray, Jerry Seinfeld, George W. Bush, Matt Damon, Jennifer Garner, Ben Affleck.)

"3. College football: On Saturdays, USC's sideline boasts more A-listers than Spago." (Notable fans: Snoop Dogg, Will Ferrell, Regis Philbin, Matthew McConaughey, Bill Cosby.)

"4. NFL: From Jessica Simpson to Carrie Underwood, America's sweethearts love America's Team." (Notable fans: Simpson, Underwood, Jamie Foxx, Ice Cube, Jon Bon Jovi, Will Smith.)

"5. NHL: Puckheads Kevin Smith and Denis Leary love banging the boards." (Notable fans: Leary, Smith, Mike Myers, Elisha Cuthbert, Tim Robbins.)


Trivia time

Who was the winning pitcher for the Dodgers when they won their first regular-season game as the Los Angeles Dodgers?


'Psycho' sister

When it comes to her social life, Wimbledon champion Serena Williams says she flies solo.

"It is hard to have a relationship with me because I'm a little crazy, and I wouldn't want to date me," she told London's Daily Mirror. "I'm a little psycho, but that's OK.

"Am I with anyone now? Yes, I am. I'm with my racket, and his name is Wilson. He's amazing."


Hole in his pocket-passing game

New York Giants running back Brandon Jacobs tossed some bulletin board material Tony Romo's way during an interview with ESPN 1050 in New York.

"I don't think he's that good a passer, to be honest with you," Jacobs said. Jacobs says he thinks that Romo can't survive as a pure pocket passer, that much of Romo's success is based on improvising on the run.

"I'm not a fan of Tony Romo, no," Jacobs said.

"Keep him in the pocket, he's not that good. . . . His luck will be gone sooner or later. If you were to keep Tony Romo in the pocket, he's not that effective."


Trivia answer

Johnny Podres on April 16, 1958.

(Question and answer provided by reader David Tunick of Santa Monica.)


And finally

British rugby commentator Barrie McDermott, as quoted by BBC Sport, during the broadcast of the Wigan-Hull game:

"You don't need to be a rocket surgeon to work that out."


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