All 63 of the entries on our first annual rendering of The List focus on people, places and things that matter -- or should matter -- to sports junkies right now. Coolest, funniest, sexiest, silliest, tastiest, toughest -- we have superlatives to spare, springing from the collective wisdom of ESPN The Magazine, ESPN The Network, and pretty much anything else that has ESPN on the front door.
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1. COOLEST ATHLETE
Carlos Delgado cleans up nicely -- on and off the field.
2. BEST TESTAMENT TO OBSESSION
From Babe Ruth's hat to Evander Holyfield's ear, Joel Platt's collection has it all.
3. DREAM DEALERSHIP
Chris Mills' 310 Motoring in L.A. -- where the stars get their rides.
4. PERFECT TOOL
Break in your new baseball glove with -- what else -- the Glove Mallet.
5. FAVORITE NEW HIRE
A minor-league play-by-play man who's a woman.
6. COOLEST EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY
The Long Beach Ice Dogs put an ad in the paper.
7. SHARPEST MAKEOVER
The Rams potent O may face its stiffest test in practice, from the rejuvenated D.
8. COOLEST TRICK
Ex-Wolverine Mike Legg invented a nifty maneuver -- using his stick like a spatula to carry the puck.
9. KILLER READS
For a literary blood rush, try Adrenaline Books' real-life adventures.
10. CUSHIEST JOB
Duke's Mad Max has a devil of a time in practice.
11. BEST PLACE TO HANG WITH JOCKS
The Best Lockerroom, a bar in Indy's Conseco Fieldhouse, where fans enjoying a postgame drink with Jalen Rose and Co.
12. EXPLOITATION OF THE YEAR
Nothing like a tragic death -- in this case, Dale Earnhardt's -- to bolster sales of schlocky souvenirs.
13. MOST PERFECT UNION
Philadelphia and its fans were made for each other.
14. LONGEST KEG PARTY
At Carleton College (Minn.), the annual softball fest lasts 135 innings -- one for every year of the school's existence.
15. BEST PEST
Colorado's Ville Nieminen, the NHL's most annoying player.
16. SWEETEST SPLURGE
Three ex-Microsoft bigs blew $3M to buy the Pro Bowlers Association. Sweet.
17. MOST MAGICAL FINGERS
Nao Presinol, personal trainer to baseball's Latino elite.
18. KEEPERS' KEEPER
Warren Strelow, the best goalie coach in the world.
19. SEXIEST TEAM
The Playboy Extreme Team is changing the face of women's sports.
20. SLICKEST WORKOUT MACHINE
Thanks to this high-tech treadmill, complete with fake ice, hockey players have no excuse for being out of shape.
21. SWEETEST TREND
The sweat towel. How long till the No Fun League bans it?
22. STRONGEST SILENT TYPE
Meet Art -- a security guard at the Bucks practice facility. He never talks back.
23. BEST BOOT ROOMS
Soccer bars. In America. We're not kidding.
24. SUREST SIGN OF RESPECT
At Ole Miss, the speed limit is 18 -- Archie Manning's old number.
25. MOST DARING DUO
Identical surfing twins Damien and C.J. Hobgood.
26. THE NEXT-BEST BRISTOL
We love Bristol Motor Speedway, in Tennessee.
27. SAVVIEST PSYCH JOB
Hawaii's men's basketball team uses biofeedback to improve its game.
28. TASTIEST PRO SIGHTING
Shaq and Kobe are both hooked on Roscoe's House of Chicken 'n Waffles.
29. A REASON TO LIKE BOXING
A man named Clarence who is not afraid to mix it up.
30. NERDIEST NEW LOOK
Headbands are passe. We're talking knee-high tube socks.
31. GOOD-GUY AWARD
Derrick Brooks is a big man with a big heart.
32. FAVORITE COACH
With Andy Reid at the helm, the Eagles are ready to fly.
33. MAGAZINE WE'RE MOST JEALOUS OF
Dub -- the bible for guys who spare no expense on their rides.
34. HOTTEST HANDLE
Meet Velvet Milkman.
35. ODDEST APPARATUS
Romo swears by the NRG Ball.
36. ULTIMATE HOME STAND
When the St. Paul Saints are in action, Nick Cichowicz enjoys a home-field advantage
37. TOUGHEST COURSE ON CAMPUS
Some 1,400 students at 11 legit colleges are majoring in golf.
38. WORLD'S WACKIEST RIVALRY
Navy battles the Ginger Cove retirement community, in croquet.
39. BEST THING SINCE STRAT-O-MATIC
Jim Thome's game allows you to hit dingers as often as he does.
40. HIGHEST IDENTIFIED FLYING OBJECT
Michael Wilson of the Harlem Globetrotters is ready to teach Vince Carter a thing or two.
41. FAVORITE PREGAME SPREAD
At Quaker Steak & Lube in Sharon, Pa., the wings are hot enough to make you forget you were dumb enough to eat them.
42. CLOSEST SHAVE
Tim Dwight will stop at nothing to gain that competitive edge.
43. SWEETEST SHOT
Kings fans are glad Hedo's sweet stroke arrived safely in America.
44. TACKIEST RECYCLING JOB
Meet a pair of hockey fans with way too much time on their hands. They fashion furniture out of used hockey sticks.
45. BIGGEST BANG FOR THE BUCK
The Cooper Union (N.Y.) athletic department gets the most out of its $32,000 budget.
46. SEAMHEAD HAVEN
Check out baseball-links.com -- don't be surprised to find a Bud Selig fan site.
47. FAVORITE "CHEAP" SEATS
In 2004, San Diego's new park will become MLB's premier spot for rooftop seating.
48. MOTHER OF ALL FUNDRAISERS
Meet the Hockey Moms of Acton (actonhockey.com). Who said parents are too involved in children's sports these days?
49. NEXT BEST WOODS
Thanks to Tim Woods, racing may finally drive into the 21st century.
50. BEST HEALTH-CARE PLAN
Tired of the abuse, referees are striking back.
51. FATHERS-KNOW-BEST AWARD
Who's your daddy? The National Football Players Fathers Association.
52. MAYNE ATTRACTION
Kenny Mayne ponies up to Saratoga, the loveliest racetrack in the country.
53. STRANGEST BREW
A Japanese sports drink made from the stomach juice of killer hornets. Banzai!
54. STRAIGHTEST SHOOTER
The Scotty Gomez Fan Club Store in Anchorage, Alaska, is run by Scotty's dad.
55. TOP TWOFER
Bob Ridley of Medicine Hat, Alberta, works a double shift on game days.
56. MOST EXCELLENT ETYMOLOGY
Certains teams possess names that simply command respect.
57. THE NEXT BIG THING
High schooler Kwame Brown is ready to take the NBA by storm.
58. COOLEST JOB
Richard Apley of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office had has a hand in many of sport's great moments.
59. FAVORITE PUBLIC OFFERING
A racing fan who is not satisfied watching from the sidelines.
60. A JOCK CD WORTH $17.98
Wayman Tisdale hopes his voice garners more attention than his game.
61. HIRDT'S HARDEST
Which pitcher tossed the first World Series shutout in Comiskey Park, which opened in 1910 as the home of the White Sox?
62. LEAST PC TRADITION
All over America, pale young linebackers dream of wearing "the smelly shirt". It goes to the 'Cracker Backer -- the nation's top white linebacker.
63. BEST BREAKOUT
Antonio Davis enjoyed the best season of his career -- now its time to cash in.
This article appears in the July 9 issue of ESPN The Magazine.