Little League World Series tops ESPN.com searches in August

ESPN.com ranks the top searches for August 2009

Originally Published: September 1, 2009
By Maalek Marshall and Kaitee Daley | ESPN.com

Top Search of the Month: Little League World Series

The Little League World Series is an annual favorite among sports fans and this year's LLWS was no exception as it accumulated more than 200,000 searches throughout August (more than three times the next-highest search). The eventual champs from Chula Vista, Calif., went on a tear throughout the tournament led by the strong bats of Kiko Garcia, Andy Rios and especially Luke Ramirez, who, at 6-2, 200 pounds, channeled his inner Babe Ruth and had several dominating performances both hitting and pitching.

Quick Hits

  • No. 2 Michael Vick: The mystery surrounding Vick's future and acceptance in the NFL was solved this August when the Philadelphia Eagles inked him to a two-year deal. Insert angry protesters, No. 7 jersey supporters, fruity cocktails and a vocal Donovan McNabb and you have the perfect recipe for skyrocketing search numbers.
  • No. 4 Fantasy Football: Are you ready for some football? The age-old question was answered loud and clear this past month with leagues and drafts consuming the minds of fantasy owners everywhere. Let the office tension commence.
  • No. 9 Usain Bolt: His events may take mere seconds, but this charismatic Jamaican sprinter held everyone's attention in the month of August by setting world records in the 100m and 200m at the world championships.
  • No. 21 X Games: Extreme action sports ruled the beginning of August as fans searched for front flips, tail grabs, big air and, of course, "gnarly spills" all courtesy of X Games 15 in L.A.

Surprise Search of the Month: Caster Semenya

Sure, Usain Bolt broke his own 200-meter world record at Berlin's IAAF World Championships in August, but he wasn't the only runner making headlines at the event. Eighteen-year-old Caster Semenya of South Africa garnered plenty of interest once the world track and field federation requested a gender test for her in early August after she improved her personal bests in the 800-meter and 1,500-meter races by huge margins. Even though it would be several weeks before the results of the test were revealed (the results were still unknown at the time this story was published), Semenya did little to ease concerns the federation may have had when she not only won the 800-meter race but beat the defending champion by 2.45 seconds at the world championships. After absolutely no searches in July, Semenya was clearly August's surprise search with more than 3,100 searches.

The Complete Top 25

1. Little League World Series
2. Michael Vick
3. Tennis
4. Fantasy football
5. Golf
6. Boxing
7. Brett Favre
8. Michael Crabtree
9. Usain Bolt
10. WNBA
11. MMA
12. PTI
13. Fantasy
14. NFL power rankings
15. Mock draft
16. Power rankings
17. Track and Field
18. Podcenter
19. UFC
20. E:60
21. X Games
22. MMA Live
23. Soccer
24. NFL
25. Arcade

Check out the ESPN Search Index for the latest buzz in search, including the top daily searches, surprises and movers.

Maalek Marshall is ESPN.com's search editor.

Note: The results listed are the summation of actual search results that were manually typed in by site users of ESPN.com in said month of 2009. All prelinked searches (including columnist archive links) were excluded from this summation.

Kaitee Daley is an editor for ESPN.com's Instant Awesome content. She has spent time as a social media producer for SportsCenter and loves bringing fun stories to fans.

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