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It's 'Athletic Idol' ... try not to cringe

Updated: May 20, 2009, 10:50 PM ET
By Page 2

With millions of viewers anxiously awaiting Wednesday's "American Idol" season finale, Page 2 unveils "Athletic Idol." Welcome to the semifinal round. The field will be narrowed to two finalists Thursday, and the winner will be revealed Friday.

We started with 12 contestants. Then we whittled the field to eight for the second round. Here are the four semifinalists:


1. 1986 Los Angeles Dodgers: "Baseball Boogie"


History will show that satin jackets and tight pants were a bigger problem for sports than drugs were in the '80s. It takes 25 seconds for the music to begin, but it's worth the wait. Page 2's Jim Caple wrote a badly needed retrospective on this classic.

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2. Carl Lewis: "Break It Up"


What could Terrell Owens have done to make his driveway crunches even more ridiculous? He could have taken a page from Carl Lewis and added uber-cheesy '80s music and hooked up someone who looks like Mrs. McCluskey from "Desperate Housewives."

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3. Kobe Bryant with Tyra Banks: "K.O.B.E."


We're not going to say exactly how we felt when watching this, but let's just say Kobe owes each of us a huge purple diamond ring.

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4. Terry Bradshaw: "The Last Word In Lonesome Is Me"


If the Supreme Court ever hears the case "Page 2 v. the 1970s," this will be Exhibit A in our argument to have the entire decade stricken from the record.

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