Playboy, oh, boy.
It’s done it again, dragging out the click-n-drag contest to determine the “Sexiest Sportscasters of 2009” before that year has even arrived.
The contest is up on the site (linked here), and there are 30 choices. Try to narrow it down to one, if possible.. OK, so they give you three clicks, but ultimately, who do you want to embarass the most?
In 2000, CBS’ Tiffany “Jill” Arrington won it (whatever happened to her? She got un-sexy? According to her Wikipedia link, she left ESPN in 2004 for “personal reasons” and became Dakota Fanning’s aunt.)
In 2008, it was revived in time for ESPN’s Erin Whats-her-name to run away with it, and Fox Sports Net’s Lindsay Soto finishing second.
In 2009 (why wait another eight years), Erin Andrews is back on the ballot (of course), as is Soto (now ID’d as with the NFL Network — good for her), as well as the usual suspects — Rachel Nichols, Sage Steele, Alex Flanagan, Charissa Thompson (our early favorite), Hazel Mae …
But no Michelle Bonner? No Kelly Tilghman? No Jeanne Zelasko? No Danyelle Sargent? What the f—-!
Aw, just write ’em in, that’s the new feature. Even if they’re not sexy. Heck, write Anderson Cooper in there and see what happens.
If you’re breaking it down by network — which is what they like to do when all the Emmy nominations come out — ESPN leads the way with nine candidates, with Rebecca Lobo being overlooked. It should be 10, since Bonnie Bernstein is listed as being from CBS, when she’s not been there for two years (she’ll tell you so on her own website linked here).
Really, is someone watching?
Then there are some rather obscure choices, from MTN or OpenSports.com or …
Wait, Lisa Guerrero, listed as “L.A. Times column.”
Is that so? Where have we been missing that one?
Would that be the former “Monday Night Football” sideline reporter who occasionally blogs for the Times’ site? Couldn’t you just give the former Playboy covergirl a “shout out” for years gone by and thank her for playing along?
As long as they’re stretching the definition here so much, they might as well hire one of Mrs. Erickson’s plastic surgeons to come in and tighten things up.