Little bro Andre snagged a TD pass in Florida's BCS win, then said he'll forgoNFL and return to seek "another championship." Big bro Reche(above)—who counseled Andre to stay in school—did some game-breakin' for thePats: a TD catch, a fumble recovery and a long reception to set up the fieldgoal that beat his former team.
The cheap shoe artist (his Starbury One game-ready sneaks sell for $14.98) isgoing small screen; he'll reportedly host Stars on Stars, a Fox Sports Net showon which he'll interview other NBA hotshots. Oh, he's playing O.K. too: helpinglift the Knicks to mediocrity by averaging 23.2 points this month.
Wisconsin, Playboy's top party school of 2006, keeps getting more reasons tocelebrate: After a 12--1 football season (the best in school history) the No.3--ranked Badgers hoops team had won 13 straight games (longest streak since1941) behind player of the year candidate Alando Tucker.
The West's leading All-Star vote-getter has played through a broken toe, abroken finger, strep throat and a pulled groin to rack up a team-high 56 pointsfor the streaking Sharks (winners of five of six).
Bills back got hit with his third paternity suit in two years, according to TheMiami Herald. (He's paying child support on the first two.) And an interview inPenthouse (classy, man) has Buffalo fans mutterin', "Whachu talkin' about,Willis?" In it McGahee (above) suggests the Bills should move toToronto.
Quite frankly, the cancellation of Smith's nightly ESPN2 show wasn't much of ashock: He'd had bad ratings (and scores of critics) from the start in August2005. He seems burned out—"I've got to get back to being happy," hetold New York's Daily News—and for once Screamin' A. had nothing to argueabout. "I support ESPN's decision," he said.
Rough times for sackdaddy Shawne: His steroid suspension cost him a shot atdefensive player of the year; he made just two tackles (and a sack) in theChargers' playoff loss. Then he was mocked at midfield by Pats doing his LightsOut dance. Said Merriman (left), "They just didn't need to rub itin."
Joe's tough-guy cousin had nine points in 38 games for the last-place Kingswhen he went out with a wrist injury—turns out, says the L.A. Times, he brokeit play-fighting with teammate Sean Avery.
SI PLAYERS NFL POLL
Which NFL city has the most attractive fans?
Miami ... 33%
San Diego ... 15%
Atlanta ... 8%
Dallas ... 7%
FAST FACTS: Tampa Bay finished fifth (4%).... SuperBowl XLI will be in Miami on Feb. 4.... A separate SI PLAYERS' poll questionasked players for which team other than their own they'd like to play, and,coincidentally, the top four were Miami (8.4%), Dallas (8.1%), San Diego (7.8%)and Atlanta (7.5%).... Five cities failed to receive a vote: Baltimore,Cincinnati, Cleveland, Indianapolis and St. Louis.
[Based on a survey of 361 NFL players] For an expandedversion of the poll go to SI.com/Players.
PETER READ MILLER (CALDWELL)
JOHN W. MCDONOUGH (MARBURY)
ROBERT C. MORA/WIREIMAGE.COM (JOE THORNTON)
RALPH WACLAWICZ/WIREIMAGE.COM (MCGAHEE)
MICHAEL J. LEBRECHT II/1DEUCE3 PHOTOGRAPHY (SMITH)
JOHN W. MCDONOUGH (MERRIMAN)
JEFF BOTTARI/GETTY IMAGES (SCOTT THORNTON)
KIRBY LEE/WIREIMAGE.COM (SAN DIEGO FANS)
DOUG MURRAY/WIREIMAGE.COM (MIAMI FAN)