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Tuesday, May 6, 2008
THE MAG.COM'S ALL-WORLD POWER RANKINGS


"This picture is terrifying on so many levels, I'm unclear where to start dissecting them."

IT'S CHRIS PAUL'S WORLD TODAY, AND YOU'RE JUST PAYING RENT.

TOP 5
RANK (YESTERDAY) WHAT WHY
1 (2) RICKEY HENDERSON What better representation of "the burst" in sport than the base stealer? Rickey is so dominant—the closest active player, Kenny Lofton, is 41 and 786 steals behind—Rickey has this down, which Rickey would tell you makes Rickey very happy.
2 (9) DEVIN HESTER Hester is a high top speed guy, but he can be Gregory Hines. His first step is quicker than Reggie Bush's, which says a lot. He may be the league's most prolific return man by the end of his 4th season but his favorite accomplishment might still be his unprecedented 100 speed rating on Madden.
3 (5) BOBBY ORR We like Orr here because he still defines the speed game in hockey both as an icon and practitioner. As well, there's no real evidence that the guys are a ton faster today. It's still sharp blades and ice.
4 (NR) CRISTIANO RONALDO If you caught a lot of EPL this season, you'll notice the particular phenomenon of people unable to catch Ronaldo as they work in full sprint … while he dribbles the ball. Not sure he has, or has had, an equal.
5 (3) ICHIRO Faster out of the box than many had ever seen when he arrived in the U.S., he's defined the slap 'n run game since then.

HONORABLE MENTION
RANK (YESTERDAY) WHAT WHY
8 (6) PAVEL BURE As the fastest skater to to come along in years, he earned the nickname "Russian Rocket". He also dated Kournikova, end edges fellow speedster (and Ana dater) Sergei Fedorov, who was more of a glider; hockey's Scottie Pippen.
21 (9) REGGIE BUSH Reggie blew us away at USC and we've seen flashes in the pros, but for whatever reason, he's dropped. It's not a raw speed issue, but it must be something. Is it the burst? (Or maybe the blocking.)

RISING AND FALLING
MOVEMENT WHAT
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