Tony Stewart smokes the competition

Originally Published: November 22, 2011
ESPN

Anyone who thinks that NASCAR is just a boring display of cars buzzing around in circles should be forced to watch Sunday's Sprint Cup finale. Seriously.

In a battle that came down to the final lap, Tony Stewart took the checkered flag and edged Carl Edwards for Chase supremacy. Although they finished tied in points, Smoke's five wins (all of which came in the playoffs) outweighed Cousin Carl's one.

But Stewart isn't the only newly crowned champ on our list. After beating the Houston Dynamo 1-0 in the MLS Cup, Landon Donovan sneaked into our top five just ahead of Sid the Comeback Kid Crosby and behind BCS-busting quarterbacks Robert Griffin III and Matt Barkley.

So, how did our panel do? Did Tim Tebow deserve better than the No. 6 spot? Worse? Weigh in with your suggestions in the comments section, and you could be selected as a guest ranker for future Cross-Sport lists.

Our all-star panel: John Buccigross, Robert Flores, DJ Gallo, Jim Basquil, Kevin Connors, Will Selva, Jeff MacGregor and Trey Wingo.

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