Today, the good folks over at Cosmopolitan magazine unveiled their list of “The Hottest Players in the NHL 2013” and were immediately met with outrage on Twitter due to the exclusion of dreamy New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist. Now, this is nothing against Brian Boyle, a handsome fella in his own right, but in my wife’s words, Lundqvist is pretty much a perfect physical specimen of a human male. I get it, and I don’t disagree. If Caroline and Henrik ran off together, I’d understand. That’s a two-man list, by the way: Lundqvist and Jon Hamm.
Seriously, look at this guy. This is a picture I took with a phone. Lundqvist still looks like he just came off the pages of, well, Cosmo.
The omission of Lundqvist wasn’t the only glaring problem with Cosmo’s list, so I opened the floor to votes for my Twitter followers’ choices of the hottest players in the NHL. Not surprisingly, Lundqvist was the runaway winner, but like Cosmo, I’ll share the results, naming the winner from each team. Congrats, fellas, and try to protect those faces as the season gets underway.
Here’s the list, ranked by vote total. You can click on the names for the Google Images results for each player.
New York Rangers: Henrik Lundqvist
Minnesota Wild: Zach Parise
Nashville Predators: Mike Fisher
Pittsburgh Penguins: James Neal
Chicago Blackhawks: Patrick Sharp
Colorado Avalanche: Gabriel Landeskog
Washington Capitals: Brooks Laich
Toronto Maple Leafs: Joffrey Lupul
Vancouver Canucks: Ryan Kesler
Anaheim Ducks: Sheldon Souray
Tampa Bay Lightning: Steven Stamkos
San Jose Sharks: Dan Boyle
Boston Bruins: Tyler Seguin
Carolina Hurricanes: Tuomo Ruutu
Montreal Canadiens: Carey Price
Philadelphia Flyers: Claude Giroux
Dallas Stars: Loui Eriksson
Florida Panthers: George Parros
Los Angeles Kings: Mike Richards
Ottawa Senators: Jason Spezza
St. Louis Blues: Vladimir Sobotka
Calgary Flames: Jarome Iginla
New York Islanders: Rick DiPietro
Buffalo Sabres: Cody Hodgson
Edmonton Oilers: Jordan Eberle
New Jersey Devils: David Clarkson
Phoenix Coyotes: Rostislav Klesla
Winnipeg Jets: Zach Bogosian
Detroit Red Wings: Darren Helm
Columbus Blue Jackets: Jared Boll
So, who’s got the better list, Cosmo’s readers or mine?
Closing in on 1500 votes cast in Project Qualls now, and it’s clear that there’s still very much a New York flavor, as in every sport except for hockey, a New York athlete is at the top or is tied for the top of the charts. Of course, the hockey player drawing the most ire from his home fans is very much a New York athlete – it’s just that Canucks fans don’t like Mark Messier. He’s gotten the most vitriol of any candidate so far.
Following are the players who have received five or more votes in Project Qualls. It makes sense for now that the most votes have come from New York, given that I used to work for the Daily News and a lot of my Twitter followers are from the city I still come home. If you’re a fan of another city’s teams, you can help by voting yourself with an email to email@example.com or a tweet to @ProjectQualls – the question: who is your least favorite player from your favorite team, past or present, in any sports? For more information, go to the Project Qualls introduction. Spread the word wherever you can and get those votes coming!
Alex Rodriguez – 12 (Yankees 11, Rangers 1)
Chad Qualls 11 – (Yankees 5, Phillies 3, Astros 2, Diamondbacks 1)
Kyle Farnsworth – 10 (Yankees 10)
Jason Bay – 7 (Mets 7)
Josh Beckett – 7 (Red Sox 7)
Armando Benitez – 7 (Mets 4, Orioles 2, Giants 1)
Carl Pavano – 7 (Yankees 7)
Bobby Bonilla – 6 (Mets 6)
Kevin Brown – 6 (Yankees 5, Dodgers 1)
Adam Eaton – 6 (Phillies 6)
Kevin Gregg – 6 (Blue Jays 5, Cubs 1)
Julio Lugo – 6 (Red Sox 6)
Oliver Perez – 6 (Mets 6)
Ryan Raburn – 6 (Tigers 6)
Milton Bradley – 5 (Cubs 5)
Roger Clemens – 5 (Blue Jays 2, Yankees 2, Red Sox 1)
Andruw Jones – 5 (Dodgers 4, Yankees 1)
James Loney – 5 (Dodgers 5)
Stephon Marbury – 7 (Knicks 6, Celtics 1)
Albert Haynesworth – 7 (Redskins 7)
Tim Tebow – 7 (Jets 7)
Wayne Hunter – 6 (Jets 6)
Eric Smith – 5 (Jets 5)
Mark Messier – 33 (Canucks 33)
Jaromir Jagr – 19 (Capitals 12, Rangers 7)
Donald Brashear – 14 (Rangers 14)
Scott Gomez – 13 (Canadiens 7, Rangers 6)
Sean Avery – 12 (Rangers 4, Kings 4, Stars 3, Red Wings 1)
Rick DiPietro – 10 (Islanders 10)
Arron Asham – 9 (Rangers 9)
Filip Kuba – 7 (Wild 5, Senators 2)
Tom Poti – 7 (Rangers 6, Oilers 1)
Brett Lebda – 6 (Maple Leafs 3, Red Wings 3)
Wade Redden – 6 (Rangers 6)
Valeri Kamensky – 5 (Rangers 5)
Jamie Langenbrunner – 5 (Devils 5)
Marek Malik – 5 (Rangers 5)
Mike Rupp – 5 (Rangers 5)
Alexei Yashin – 5 (Islanders 5)
Project Qualls has received 1000 nominations in four days, which is just incredible, so thank you very much! For those who have not yet participated, there are two ways to vote…
The question is: Who is your least favorite player from your favorite team? You can e-mail your answer to firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet it to @ProjectQualls. As you’ll note below, some people have voted for coaches and executives, as well. You can vote for past or present candidates in any sport.
For today’s update, a look at the teams that have garnered at least 1% of the votes – in other words, double digits. For some teams, like the Vancouver Canucks, a clear Project Qualls leader is emerging. For others, like the Maple Leafs, there is almost no clarity – the 17 votes by Toronto fans have been split among 16 different candidates.
Listed below are the names of the players receiving multiple votes on teams with at least 10 nominations.
Don’t see your favorite team – or your least favorite player from your favorite team – listed? Fire up that Internet of yours and get voting. As noted above, you can e-mail email@example.com or tweet to @ProjectQualls.
Blue Jays: 19 votes – Kevin Gregg 3, Jon Rauch 3, Roger Clemens 2, Francisco Cordero 2
Cubs: 19 votes – Milton Bradley 4, Carlos Marmol 2, Alfonso Soriano 2
Giants: 10 votes – A.J. Pierzynski 2, Aaron Rowand 2
Mets: 48 votes – Bobby Bonilla 6, Oliver Perez 6, Jason Bay 5, Armando Benitez 4, Jeff Kent 3, Vince Coleman 2, Aaron Heilman 2, Guillermo Mota 2, Mel Rojas 2, Mo Vaughn 2
Phillies: 23 votes – Adam Eaton 5, Chad Qualls 3
Red Sox: 32 votes – Josh Beckett 6, Julio Lugo 4, John Lackey 3, J.D. Drew 2
Tigers: 10 votes – Ryan Raburn 4, Juan Gonzalez 2, Brandon Inge 2
Twins: 13 votes – Nick Blackburn 2, Nick Punto 2
Yankees: 82 votes – Kyle Farnsworth 10, Alex Rodriguez 10, Chad Qualls 5, Javier Vazquez 4, Joe Girardi 3, Felix Heredia 3, Kei Igawa 3, Carl Pavano 3, A.J. Burnett 2, Jose Canseco 2, Roger Clemens 2, Chuck Knoblauch 2, Russell Martin 2, Eduardo Nunez 2, Michael Pineda 2, Joe Torre 2
Bulls: 11 votes – Larry Hughes 2, C.J. Watson 2
Knicks: 23 votes – Stephon Marbury 3, J.R. Smith 2, Amar’e Stoudemire 2, Isiah Thomas 2
Bears: 17 votes – Caleb Hanie 3, Marion Barber 2, Rex Grossman 2, Kordell Stewart 2
Giants: 13 votes – Tiki Barber 3, Ron Dayne 2, Matt Dodge 2
Jets: 25 votes – Wayne Hunter 5, Tim Tebow 5, Eric Smith 4, Doug Brien 2, Matt Mulligan 2
Redskins: 14 votes – Albert Haynesworth 5
Avalanche: 17 votes – Tyler Arnason 3, Darcy Tucker 3, Matt Hunwick 2
Blackhawks: 15 votes – Brian Campbell 2, Cristobal Huet 2, Sean O’Donnell 2, Marty Turco 2
Bruins: 10 votes – Tim Thomas 2
Canadiens: 16 votes – Scott Gomez 4, Max Lapierre 2
Canucks: 38 votes – Mark Messier 23, Mason Raymond 3, Aaron Rome 2, Mikael Samuelsson 2
Capitals: 20 votes – Jaromir Jagr 10, Joe Corvo 2
Devils: 18 votes – Jamie Langenbrunner 3, Kurtis Foster 2, Pierre-Luc Letournau-Leblond 2, Colin White 2
Flyers: 25 votes – Jody Shelley 4, Dan Carcillo 3, Michael Leighton 3, Danny Briere 2, Jeff Carter 2, James van Riemsdyk 2
Islanders: 19 votes – Rick DiPietro 6, Kirk Muller 3, Alexei Yashin 3, Oleg Kvasha 2
Maple Leafs: 17 votes – Brett Lebda 2
Rangers: 101 votes – Donald Brashear 13, Arron Asham 9, Marek Malik 5, Tom Poti 5, Wade Redden 5, Jaromir Jagr 4, Sandis Ozolinsh 4, Michal Rozsival 4, Sean Avery 3, Scott Gomez 3, Valeri Kamensky 3, Dale Purinton 3, Mike Rupp 3, Michael Del Zotto 2, Chris Drury 2, Brandon Dubinsky 2, Chris Higgins 2, Ryan Hollweg 2, Eric Lindros 2
Red Wings: 17 votes – Jonathan Ericsson 2, Jiri Hudler 2, Brett Lebda 2
Wild: 10 votes – Filip Kuba 3, Cam Barker 2, Martin Havlat 2, Marek Zidlicky 2
Project Qualls, Day 3: Going to an Olympics opening ceremony party tonight, so I won’t be counting votes. Instead, allow me to introduce the first mascot nominee to Project Qualls, what The Good Doctor, Jo Innes called “that tool in the centurion costume” This is why you should be following @JoNana on the Twitter machine. Also, you should be following @ProjectQualls on the same Twitter machine. Tweet your nominees there. The question is: Who is your least favorite player from your favorite team, past or present, in any and every sport?
What’s Project Qualls? Read this and find out.
After two days, there have been 625 names submitted to Project Qualls, and it’s tied at the top between Donald Brashear, with 12 votes as Rangers fans’ least favorite Ranger, and Mark Messier with 12 votes from Vancouver, where Canucks fans have long memories.
Today’s voting breakdown focuses on the players who have received votes with multiple teams. Interestingly, no NFL players have drawn the ire of home fans in multiple cities. At least not yet.
Who’s your least favorite player on your favorite team, in any sport, past or present? E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet it to @ProjectQualls. Thanks!
Armando Benitez: Mets 2, Orioles 2, Giants 1
Jose Canseco: Yankees 2, Blue Jays 1
Roger Clemens: Blue Jays 1, Red Sox 1, Yankees 1
Kevin Gregg: Blue Jays 2, Cubs 1
Jose Guillen: Angels 1, Giants 1
Chuck Knoblauch: Twins 1, Yankees 1
Will Ohman: Cubs 1, White Sox 1
Vicente Padilla: Phillies 1, Rangers 1
Chad Qualls: Yankees 5, Phillies 2
Alex Rodriguez: Yankees 8, Rangers 1
Kenny Rogers: Mets 1, Yankees 1
Vernon Wells: Angels 1, Blue Jays 1
Chris Duhon: Knicks 1, Magic 1
Nik Antropov: Jets 1, Maple Leafs 1
Sean Avery: Stars 3, Rangers 2, Red Wings 1
Dan Carcillo: Flyers 2, Blackhawks 1
Tim Connolly: Maple Leafs 1, Sabres 1
Scott Gomez: Canadiens 4, Rangers 1
Ryan Hollweg: Rangers 2, Maple Leafs 1
Jaromir Jagr: Capitals 6, Rangers 3
Filip Kuba: Wild 3, Senators 2
Brett Lebda: Maple Leafs 1, Red Wings 1
Andreas Lilja: Flyers 1, Red Wings 1
Petr Nedved: Flyers 1, Rangers 1
Matt Stajan: Flames 2, Maple Leafs 1
Marek Zidlicky: Devils 1, Wild 1
Titus Bramble: Sunderland 2, Newcastle United 1
If you’re wondering what Project Qualls is, read the introduction and cast your vote, then come back here and check out the early returns. I’ll wait.
Okay, after one day of voting in Project Qualls, these are the players who have received two votes from the fans of their respective teams. Don’t see your least favorite player from your favorite team here? E-mail email@example.com with the player on your favorite team — in any sport, players past or present. As you’ll see, not everyone has gone specifically for players.
You’re also more than welcome to share an explanation for your selection, as I did in the intro. You did read it, didn’t you? Okay, cool. As the project moves forward, I’ll work those explanations into what’s going on here. Here are the multi-vote players, by team, for the first day of voting. Donald Brashear is the leader with 10 votes from New York Rangers fans.
Blue Jays: Jon Rauch
Giants: A.J. Pierzynski
Mets: Aaron Heilman, Armando Benitez, Bobby Bonilla, Jason Bay, Oliver Perez, Vince Coleman
Nationals: Henry Rodriguez
Phillies: Adam Eaton, Chad Qualls
Red Sox: Josh Beckett
Tigers: Ryan Raburn
Yankees: Alex Rodriguez, Chad Qualls, Javier Vazquez, Joe Girardi, Joe Torre, Jose Canseco, Kyle Farnsworth
Knicks: Amar’e Stoudemire, Stephon Marbury
Eagles: Donovan McNabb
Giants: Matt Dodge
Jets: Eric Smith, Matt Mulligan, Wayne Hunter
Avalanche: Darcy Tucker
Canadiens: Scott Gomez
Canucks: Mark Messier, Mason Raymond
Capitals: Jaromir Jagr
Flames: Matt Stajan
Flyers: Dan Carcillo, Jeff Carter
Islanders: Oleg Kvasha, Rick DiPietro
Rangers: Arron Asham, Chris Drury, Chris Higgins, Dale Purinton, Donald Brashear, Jaromir Jagr, Marek Malik, Michael Del Zotto, Michal Rozsival, Sandis Ozolinsh, Sean Avery, Tom Poti, Wade Redden
Red Wings: Jonathan Ericsson
Sharks: Ed Belfour
Stars: Sean Avery
Wild: Filip Kuba
Arsenal: Robin Van Persie
Sunderland: Titus Bramble
Maybe you want the story, maybe you don’t. If you don’t, here’s Project Qualls in a nutshell. I’m asking a simple question: Who is your least favorite player on your favorite team, current or all-time? E-mail your replies, regardless of sport, to firstname.lastname@example.org — I have no idea what will become of this, but I think it might wind up being very interesting. You can also vote by tweeting your nomination to @ProjectQualls.
Here’s the story…
At 12:46 a.m. on July 25, 2012, Joe Girardi’s overmanaging of the Yankees’ bullpen in what wound up a 4-2 loss to the Seattle Mariners resulted in much Twitter-bashing of both the skipper and the parade of ineffective relievers he had summoned. Among them was Chad Qualls, who was being so mercilessly ripped by the Twitterati that I thought to tweet this:
Instantly, the replies started to come — very quickly for that hour of the night on the East Coast, and especially given that I’m a hockey writer. It certainly did not hurt that the first reply was from Kevin Goldstein, in the form of a retweet.
As the replies came in, ranging from Esteban Loaiza to George Costanza back to Chad Qualls himself in a very meta moment, I got to thinking: everyone has that guy on their favorite team that they just can’t stand. Some of my most vivid sports-watching memories and some of my earliest swearing memories involve Tim Leary’s tenure with the Yankees. Now, having become a journalist and mostly given up rooting for North American teams, the player on my favorite team who drives me nuts is Titus Bramble of Sunderland — it never helps when someone comes to your team after you’ve built up a hearty dislike for him playing with a rival, in this case Newcastle United.
The point is, everyone has a Tim Leary or a Titus Bramble — the player on your favorite team who you just don’t like, or at least who is your least favorite. So, I set up a Gmail account and went ahead and asked…
Project Qualls came online at 12:59 a.m.
Now, as you’ve read this, I imagine that you’ve had a little time to think of your own Project Qualls candidates. Well, that’s the point. E-mail your least favorite player from your favorite team, current or all time, in any and all sports, to email@example.com
Stay tuned for updates.
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