Smith's emotional night tops list
It's safe to say none of the replacement officials made our list of the top 10 outstanding performers in sports last week. But rather than focus on the negative, our panel is celebrating the best, led by Ravens WR Torrey Smith.
The second-year wide receiver from Maryland was playing with a heavy heart after the death of his younger brother earlier on Sunday. No one would have faulted Smith for sitting out Sunday night's game, but he played, and played a big role in the Ravens' win, catching a pair of touchdowns.
Smith's outstanding performance under pressure was enough to vault him past Tour Championship and FedEx Cup winner Brandt Snedeker, who raked in more than $11 million for his win on Sunday. Good work if you can get it.
That's how our panel ranked them, but do you agree? Let your voice be heard in the comments, and if you impress the panel, you could be chosen as a guest ranker for next week.
2012 Cross-Sport Power Rankings panel: Sara Walsh, John Buccigross, Robert Flores, Michael Smith, Bram Weinstein, Mike Hill, Jorge Andres, Charissa Thompson, DJ Gallo, Jim Basquil, Kevin Connors, Jeff MacGregor and Steve Weissman.
The Cross-Sport Power Rankings week runs from Tuesday to Monday, covering all sporting events that fall in that time span.
Cross-Sport Power Rankings: Sept. 18-24
|Torrey Smith caught six passes for 127 yards and two touchdowns against the Patriots in what had to be a tough game for the second-year receiver. Smith found out less than 24 hours before kickoff that his younger brother was killed in a motorcycle accident. With his teammates by his side, Smith and the Ravens pulled out a 31-30 victory over their conference foes.|
|Brandt Snedeker won't soon forget his fourth PGA Tour win because it came with a big payday! Snedeker entered the Tour Championship knowing he needed to win to secure a FedEx Cup victory and he did just that. His 3-shot win over Justin Rose earned him $1.44 million for winning the tournament and a $10 million bonus for being atop the FedEx standings.|
|Miguel Cabrera isn't letting up as the Major League Baseball season is winding down. Cabrera added to his Triple Crown hopes with 10 RBIs, four home runs and a .346 average with nine hits in the past seven days -- that's on top of his league-leading .614 slugging percentage. With a little more than a week left in the regular season, will Cabrera keep up his hot bat and win the first AL Triple Crown since 1967?|
|Jamaal Charles didn't want his team to go 0-3, so he took control. He ran the ball 33 times to the tune of 233 yards (a Week 3 league best) and a touchdown -- oh, tack on six catches for 55 yards, too. Charles also leads the NFL in rushing yards per game (107.7), which must be nice since he only ran for a combined 90 yards in Kansas City's two previous games.|
|Jon Jones defeated Vitor Belfort with a fourth-round submission at UFC 152 in Toronto to retain the light heavyweight title. A title which the man they nicknamed Bones has defended four straight times, tying him with Chuck Liddell for second all-time at 205 pounds. Jones has won eight consecutive matches, seven of which came by knockout or submission, for a 17-1 career record.|
|Denny Hamlin got another chance to drive through Victory Lane as he took the checkered flag in New Hampshire, the second stop in the Chase for the Sprint Cup. NASCAR's top regular-season winner led 193 of the 300 laps en route to his fifth career Chase win and first since 2010. Hamlin's win was also the 100th for team owner Joe Gibbs.|
|EJ Manuel's 102 rushing yards, 380 passing yards and two touchdowns helped nab him the title of ACC Player of the Week as well as National Player of the Week by ESPN.com college football bloggers. Manuel led Florida State to touchdowns on four consecutive drives in the second half in a comeback win over conference rival Clemson. Are the Seminoles back?|
|There are only three unbeaten teams left in the NFL and the Falcons are one of them. Quarterback Matt Ryan completed 30 of 40 passes to eight different receivers for 275 yards and three touchdowns in a 27-3 win over the Chargers. Atlanta's effort on the offensive side of the ball helped put Ryan atop the league in touchdowns (8) and completion percentage (72.0).|
|Ichiro Suzuki hit a hot streak at just the right times as the Yankees are fighting to win the AL East. Suzuki is 16 for his past 34 with two homers and a .471 average in the past seven days -- the Bronx Bombers are 6-1 in that time span and lead the Orioles by 1.5 games in the divisional standings.|
|South Carolina is a force to be reckoned with and its complete domination in the first four games of the season has proved just that. Connor Shaw completed all but one pass for 249 yards and two touchdowns in a 31-10 win over SEC newcomer Missouri. Will Shaw keep up his exceptional play with six of South Carolina's next eight opponents being conference adversaries?|
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