Mark our words: The Heat are about to make a big-time comeback in the NBA Finals. They will positively own the Mavericks in the next few games. You can bank on it.
How can we be so sure? What do we know about Pat Riley's strategy for slowing down Dirk? Nothing, really. Is there some sort of weakness we sense in Jason Terry? Not exactly. Have we finally learned what's in The Bowl? We wish.
But here's what we do know: Anna K and Enrique positively own David Hasselhoff when it comes to celebrity fan mojo. Every TV cutaway to the tanned and beautiful super couple makes Miami look hip, powerful and glamorous, and makes Dallas look like, well, the cheesy cowtown home of Michael Knight.
And if you're like us, this smackdown gets you thinking: Exactly how good are Anna K and Enrique? Where do they rank among the best celebrity sports fans? We're talking about the intangibles. How much cool do they bring? How much of an X factor is their Q Rating? How much luster, how much (forgive us) heat do they add to the mix? Which clubs benefit the most just from being associated with their marquee fans?
And so we now present the First Annual Page 2 Celebrity Sports Fan Rankings.
Editor's note: We realize that many teams have several different celebrity devotees, but we have limited ourselves to one representative, the peak of a particular team's celeb value. So, for example, while it is true Woody Allen is a devoted New York Knicks fan, it is also true, in our estimation, that he cannot compete with Spike Lee when it comes to being the celebrity face of the franchise.
Editor's note No. 2: We here at Page 2 are, of course, nothing if not the gold-standard arbiters of all things pop culture and sports, so our list is, of course, absolutely unassailable. At the same time, we here at Page 2 are, of course, nothing if not capricious and whimsical. So if we've missed someone, or if you feel we've done some celebrity and his/her club a tragic disservice, let us know: Send your suggestions, and your suggested ranking, to the Page 2 mailbag.
Hard to imagine anything short of death or a sex-tape scandal threatening his position, and come to think of it, both might actually solidify it.
The "Inside Man" was tight Lee, in the "Clockers" mold, and the choke-off with Reggie is still a classic.
What, we're going to argue with Maxim's "Hot 100" list?
"How will T.O. and The Tuna get along?" is the second-most important question in Dallas right now, just after, "You think the big-screen 'Miami Vice' remake will suck or what?"
Jack's the king, but she's the essence of celebrity fanhood for us. Our disappointment over "Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood" notwithstanding, Ms. Judd looks good in blue and her heart is true.
He's the inspiration for a new indy flick called "Confessions of a Thug" and he's featured in a new HP ad during the NBA Finals? That's a crossover to make AI envious, baby.
He's as big as he's ever been. They're bringing "It" to TV. His back page in Entertainment Weekly is must reading. He's got a popular book on the Sox out. He's gifting $10K to little kids running reading programs in Maine. He's the man.
Props for the one-man show, props for buying season tix in the lean years, props for sitting graciously through 473,000 courtside interviews during the playoffs.
So he's got this goin' for him, which is nice.
The "Rescue Me" Emmy is knockin' on the door, and it's coming in.
Frankly, we're of the opinion that the whole Pearl-Jam-is-the-new-Grateful-Dead thing isn't all that cool, but the Billboard Charts say otherwise so we pay our respects.
What can we say? The braids? The end zone Heisman poses? The big jerseys? The entourage bigger than "Entourage"? We're still buying.
Marrying one of the players shows commitment and we respect commitment. But what we respect even more is the little-body-big-head "why don't you try underhand?" spots for Gatorade. Plus, she's Page 2's "It Girl"; we made her.
It was Giuliani or SJP and we went with the girl with the shoes. If Rudy runs for president and wins, though, if you (or any member of the NSA) come back to this URL in December 2008, you (or any member of the NSA) will find no trace of Sarah Jessica, and Da President will be top-five, easy.
This selection and ranking insisted upon by the children of the writers and editors of Page2; they loves them some "Shrek."
It's been almost 13 years since "It Was A Good Day"
I don't know but today seems kinda odd/No barking from the dogs, no smog/And momma cooked a breakfast with no hog --
but genius is timeless, friends.
The repartee with Ripa is all well and good, but we favor the tête-à-tête stuff with Letterman.
What we're waiting on now is the birth of a super baby, some too-beautiful-for-words spawn who will, of course, become a die-hard fan of the young Agassi-Graf boy.
The reruns hold up, which is what gets him in the Top 20, but it's been a while since we really thought about him. Maybe some sort of goofy teen romance is in order
Recent explosion of Nelly Furtado, complete with unsubstantiated Steve Nash linkages, hurts his stock, but he gets bonus points for part ownership of the club.
He's cool, but he's no Ryan Stiles.
Keifer Sutherland before working with Elisha = Donald's son and Julia's roadkill. Keifer Sutherland after working with Elisha = international man of mystery, can't-miss stud inking a deal for "24" the movie, and Teflon superstar free to attack Christmas trees in hotel lobbies to his heart's content. You do the math.
Somewhere along the line -- we think it was the haircut, but others point to "The West Wing" guest appearance -- he became, dare we say it, kinda cool again.
You're probably better without her, but we gotta say, we miss the wacky newlyweds show, Nick. Bonus points, though, for the new fragrance for men commercial for a fragrance for men none of us have ever heard of before and can't remember the moment the commercial is over.
We're not gonna lie, this ranking is punishment for "Hitch," straight-out.
He was red hot there for a while, when everyone thought he knew something about the Valerie Plame stuff, but now that that's died down, he's just back to being James Lipton inside the beltway.
Matthew McConaughey -- University of Texas
Run, don't walk, for your Criterion Collection DVD of "Dazed and Confused," ladies and gentlemen.
For years the Pistons belonged to Anita Baker. And she's still there, but the hard, cold truth is the Kid is bigger now. By a lot.
We felt bad about ranking him this low, but then we remembered real men don't apologize.
We felt bad about ranking him this low, but then we remembered we pretty much put him on the list just so we could say we still like Susan more than him. And always will.
Don't feel too bad, Usher. You're the second-rated hip-hop-part-owner-celeb-fan on the list.
With every new Gallup poll on W, the old man looks better and better.
In some cases, No. 33 would be a slap in the face. In this case, though, it's an old-school tribute, mostly to the hat. Truth be told, we don't even know if Selleck really is a Tigers fan, but we're certain about Magnum.
Angry, painted-face, heads-off-birds Alice would provide a boost. Golfing, smiling, sure-kid-I'll-sign-your-autograph-book Alice is just too soft.
Ten years ago the SNL skit would have had him in the Top 10.
For reasons nobody seems to be able to pin down, people never seem to take the University of Iowa seriously.
Wuhl's a credible guy -- take a second look at "Cobb," and don't miss his new HBO bit, "Assume the Position" -- but he's not the big name the Dodgers require. Who will step up? Who takes the top spot in Dodgerland? Maybe we're just star-struck, but we're feeling Lauren from "The Hills."
We can't all be Eddie Vedder. Was this difference the difference in the 1996 NBA Finals? The world might never know
Page 2 is a non-political page. We make no ideological judgments when we say Condi in front of a senate subcommittee is just bad TV.
Word is the Hawks are looking to upgrade; making a big push toward Dave Chappelle.
Is this really the highest-profile fan of the mighty, dynastic Pats? Yes, dear.
He gets credit for helping Dirk with "Looking for Freedom," but serious demerits for having recorded it in the first place.
On the list because he's really not a celeb at all. Which is just the way the White Sox like it -- all locals, all lifers in support of the club. Bernie Mac and John Cusack have tried to claim the Sox, but true South Siders will tell you both guys are posing.
Who covers Natalie Portman's face in cake makeup? Who does that? On purpose?
And to think we've been blaming JVG's slow-down offense for the Rockets' troubles.
He should be higher. Then again, he should be doing more stand-up, more Jell-O ads, less pontificating, and a whole lot less defending himself in court. So there you have it: Life as it is, not as it should be.
Hammer's ---- don't work in the playoffs.
Tiger likes him. Which is pretty much the only reason he makes this list at all.
When Joe Montana was in town, and Huey was singing the anthem, it was like, well, it was like, one hundred years ago.
He's like a glass sculptor artist or something. Rumor has it he's the highest-paid living artist in the world. If only that were good enough to move him up this list.
Eric Neel is a columnist for ESPN.com and Page 2.