Winners Take All

The Seventh Annual Village Voice Sportswriters Poll

*Also received votes for Worst Sports Figure

Male Sports Figure of 1998

77.5 Sammy Sosa, baseball
67.5 Mark McGwire, baseball*
40 Casey Martin, golf/activism
39 Dominik Hasek, hockey
22 Ricky Williams, football
22 Joe Torre, baseball managing
21 Zinedine Zidane, soccer
12 Doug Flutie, football
8 Michael Jordan, basketball*
8 Hermann Maier, skiing
7 Randall Cunningham, football
6.5 Bill Parcells, football coaching*
6 Orlando Hernandez, baseball
5 Jeff Gordon, auto racing
5 David Wells, baseball
4.5 Vinny Testaverde, football
4 Stone Cold Steve Austin, pro wrestling
4 Goldberg, pro wrestling
4 Patrick Ewing, basketball*
4 Hicham El Guerrouj, track
4 Roger Maris, baseball legend
4 Randy Moss, football
4 John Sterling, baseball broadcasting*
3 Joe DiMaggio, baseball/survivor
2 Muhammad Ali, boxing/statesman
2 Lance Armstrong, cycling/cancer survivor
2 John Cullen, hockey/cancer survivor
2 Terrell Davis, football
2 John Elway, football
2 Haile Gebrselassie, track
2 Billy Hunter, basketball union leader*
2 "Sugar" Shane Mosley, boxing
2 Christopher Reeve, sports-injury survivor
2 Booger Smith, basketball
2 Tubby Smith, basketball coaching
2 Jayson Williams, basketball
1 Fabien Barthez, soccer
1 Scotty Bowman, hockey coaching
1 Scott Brosius, baseball
1 Allen Iverson, basketball
1 Josey LaRocco, bowling
1 Robert Lipsyte, sportswriting
1 Earl "The Goat" Manigault, playground legend
1 Ross Rebagliatti, snowboarding/toking
1 Mark Taylor, cricket

*Also received votes for Worst Sports Figure

Team of 1998

102 New York Yankees, World Series champions
56 France, World Cup champions
47 Czech Republic, Olympic men's hockey champions
45 U.S.A., Olympic women's hockey champions
42 Denver Broncos, Super Bowl champions
38 Detroit Red Wings, Stanley Cup champions
23 University of Tennessee, NCAA women's basketball champions
11 Chicago Bulls, NBA champions
4 ABL, basketball
4 Minnesota Vikings, football
4 USA, women's soccer
3 Arsenal, FA Cup champions
3 Iran, World Cup soccer
3 New York Jets, football
2 Montreal Expos, baseball
2 New York City Marathon runners
2 New York Knicks, basketball
2 Run-D-Crew, double dutch champions
2 Team McLaren/Mercedes, auto racing
1 Canada, Olympic snowboarding
1 Houston Comets, WNBA champions
1 NBA players*
1 Northeastern University Center for the Study of Sport in Society
1 NWO Red and Black, pro wrestling
1 Prairie View A&M, college football
1 Prairie View A&M, marching band
1 Gordy Sheer/Chris Thorpe, Olympic luge doubles silver medalists
1 Tom's River, Little League WS champions

*Also received votes for Worst Sports Figure

Worst Sports Figure of 1998

61 David Stern–NBA owners, capitalist pigs
45 Rudy Giuliani, mayor/Steinbrenner lackey
38 Patrick Ewing, basketball/season wrecker
36 USA Olympic men's hockey team, boors
22 Rupert Murdoch, sports owner/evil emperor
21 Billy Hunter–NBA Players Association, capitalist stooges
20 Reggie White, football/bigot
19 Steve Sampson–U.S. Soccer, World Cup bunglers
18 NBA, the whole greedy lot
18 Bill Parcells, football coach/Giuliani clone
14 David Falk–NBA agents, capitalist running dogs
8 Dan Duquette, baseball GM/Red Sox ruiner
7 Bob Kraft, football owner/Patriots absconder
5 George Steinbrenner, baseball owner/ ransomer of public funds
5 Mark McGwire, baseball/cranky slugger
4 Gary Bettman, NHL commish/ignoramous
4 Tara Lipinski, figure skating/perky irritant
4 Tito Wooten, football/domestic abuser
4 TV networks, ABL murderers
4 John Sterling, baseball broadcaster/blowhard
4 Met boobirds, anti-Piazza philistines
4 Phil Knight, Nike CEO/sweatshop king
4 Canadian NHL teams, corporate welfare bums
3 NFL officials, imbeciles
3 Wayne Huizenga, baseball owner/ used-car salesman
2 Juan Antonio Samaranch, IOC chair/drug apologist
2 Don Cherry, hockey broadcaster/ multichinned vulgarian
2 Roger Clemens, baseball/extortionist
2 Chris Collinsworth, football broadcaster/dweeb
2 John Elway, football/ ransomer of public funds
2 Steven Gluckstern–Howard Milstein, hockey owners/Islanders cheapskates
2 Naseem Hamed, boxing/narcissist
2 IOC, graft takers
2 Michael Jordan, basketball/human billboard
2 Peter J. Maceroni, custody judge/idiotic sexist
2 Dominique Moceanu, gymnastics/ prima donna
2 Latrell Sprewell, basketball/litigant
1 Albert Belle, baseball/surly jerk
1 Scott Boras, baseball agent/parasite
1 Carolina Hurricanes, hockey/ botched Sunbelt experiment
1 The college football bowl system, travesty of justice
1 Cecil Collins, football/SOB
1 Joe DiMaggio's doctor, MD/quack
1 Alan Eagleson, player agent/felon
1 Fran Frascilla, basketball coach/despot
1 Don King, boxing promoter/scoundrel
1 Anna Kournikova, tennis/navel exposer
1 Martinsville, Indiana, high school boys basketball team, race baiters
1 John Moores–Larry Lucchino, baseball owners/ ransomers of public funds
1 New York Islanders, losers
1 Dennis Rodman, basketball/tired sideshow
1 J.C. Watts, football/Republican

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