DWTS scoreboard — WSapp, No. 2; BBurke, No. 1 hot mom

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The fact we’re finally getting around to mentioning this today, hours after Tuesday’s “Dancing With The Stars” finale aired on ABC, is an indication of where our interest went in Season 7.

Lukewarm at first, watching Warren Sapp bust a few moves, and Misty May get all dolled up. Then she got hurt, and Maurice Green was never on the radar, so we kept up with Sapp, enough to do a story on how he’s able to juggle his dancing along with appearing on the NFL Network on Sundays as well as “Inside the NFL” in New Jersey on Wednesdays, and it played out to the very end.

Sapp (above with Kym Johnson) was not the winner, as projected, but the fact he finished eight points behind winner Brooke Burke – and ahead of Lance Bass – was a victory in itself. Sapp’s technique was often criticized by the judges, but head judge Len Goodman said: “From the moment you start, you make me smile.”

Now Sapp can relax and stick to calling other network analysts femine names that rhyme with “itch.”

Sapp’s sappy performance ends a streak: The last four winners of DWTS had been athletes — Emmitt Smith, Apolo Anton Ohno, Helio Castroneves and Kristi Yamaguchi.

Although, Burke, the mother of four, may be considered a jock after this banana split move in the Monday final:

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Early Neilsen ratings released this afternoon show that the Tuesday finale had a 5.1 rating for the 18-to-49 demo, that’s 20 percent down from last fall’s final episode, and six percent down from the spring edition finale. It didn’t help that “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” was sucking away viewers on the other channel.

So how about one more look of another costume ensemble that Sapp and Johnson wore:

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The Associated Press released a story about what’s happened to the previous season’s winners, if you’re at all curious:

A look at the winners of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” and what they’ve been up to since taking home the trophy:

Kelly Monaco: The 32-year-old “General Hospital” soap opera star was the first celebrity to win the show’s mirror ball trophy when only six contestants competed in 2005. The actress — who infamously almost lost her top during a Latin routine when a strap on her dress broke — has continued in the role of Sam McCall on “General Hospital” since winning the show.

Drew Lachey: The former 98 Degrees boy-band member waltzed out of big brother Nick’s shadow after winning the popular dancing competition in 2006. The 32-year-old singer returned to the show for three weeks during the fifth season as co-host while Samantha Harris was on maternity leave. Earlier this year, Lachey starred on Broadway in “Monty Python’s Spamalot.”

Emmitt Smith: The NFL’s all-time leading rusher and three-time Super Bowl champion was the first of several athletes to become a “Dancing with the Stars” champion. After besting runner-up Mario Lopez with his moves in 2006, the 39-year-old former Dallas Cowboys and Arizona Cardinals football player joined ESPN as a NFL analyst in 2007.

Apolo Anton Ohno: After winning three medals at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy, the 26-year-old short-track speedskater outdanced former ‘NSync member Joey Fatone on the “Dancing with the Stars” finale in 2007. Ohno returned to the ice rink after dominating the ballroom, recently competing in the World Cup and is training for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

Helio Castroneves: After winning in 2007, the 33-year-old two-time Indianapolis 500 winner called off his engagement to Aliette Vazquez and is now entangled in a legal mambo. Castroneves was charged with conspiracy and tax evasion involving about $5.5 million in income stashed in offshore accounts. He pleaded not guilty and is free on a $10 million bond.

Kristi Yamaguchi: The 37-year-old figure skater became the first woman to win “Dancing with the Stars” since Monaco won the show’s first season. After beating NFL player Jason Taylor and actor Cristian de la Fuente in the finale earlier this year, the Olympic gold medalist became the first woman to wave the green flag to start the Indianapolis 500.

Brooke Burke: The former host of E!’s “Wild On” and CBS’ “Rock Star” defeated former NFL star Warren Sapp and former ‘NSync boyband member Lance Bass at the conclusion of the latest season of “Dancing with the Stars.” The 37-year-old mother of four currently sells maternity products, such as a belly wrap she designed for women after they have given birth.

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