Ranking the Hottest Sports Ever
It is the age-old debate in sports: What sport is better, American football or the world's football? (Futbol for the Spanish-speaking folks out there.) Basketball or hockey? Curling or badminton?
OK, so maybe not that last one.
But on this slideshow, we put a new spin on an old debate and ask, "Which sport is the hottest?"
Is it surfing? Volleyball? Or—and you might be surprised by where this one lands—golf, of all things?
Let the debate begin.
10. Basketball (Candace Parker)
So who is the poster child for sexy athletes in basketball?
This one is a bit tough for the WNBA and women's basketball in general, though I'm going to go ahead and say Candace Parker. She's the first one that comes to mind for me.
Can we agree to not make any jokes about how nobody likes the WNBA during this section?
Listen, if it's good enough for Ron Swanson, it's good enough for me.
10. Basketball (Sue Bird)
What percentage of female basketball players are hot?
Yeah, there isn't much more too say beyond that.
10. Basketball (Skylar Diggins)
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How sexy do the ladies look while they are playing basketball?
In general, not terribly sexy, though Skylar Diggins looks pretty good in the Notre Dame green. They would be a lot more sexy if they wore their jerseys the way the men used to wear them in the '70s and '80s.
Just to be clear—you thought the way the men wore their jerseys in the '70s and '80s was sexy?
No, you dope; I'm just saying if the women wore short-shorts, it would be sexier.
Ohhhhhh. That makes sense.
10. Basketball (Diana Taurasi)
How iconic are the hot ladies of basketball?
Beyond this photograph of Diana Taurasi that appeared in ESPN the Magazine's Body Issue? Probably not that iconic. Women's basketball just hasn't taken off in the states.
I'm sorry, did you say something? I was looking at the picture.
Nope, I didn't say a thing. Pretend like I'm not here.
Photo from ESPN the Magazine
9. Soccer (Hope Solo)
So who is the poster child for sexy athletes in soccer?
That would be Hope Solo, she of ESPN the Magazine's Body Issue and Dancing with the Stars fame.
She has done a hell of a job capitalizing on the popularity the women's National Team achieved during the most recent World Cup.
It turns out if you play well on the world's highest stage and are hot, you become highly marketable.
Wow—what amazing insight you just offered everyone there.
I sense sarcasm in that statement.
Photo from ESPN the Magazine
9. Soccer (Josefine Oqvist)
What percentage of female soccer players are hot?
I think that is the same percentage of games in which one team scores two goals or more.
I'd take the under.
9. Soccer (Anouk Hoogendijk)
How sexy do the ladies look while they are playing soccer?
Soccer uniforms aren't terribly sexy, though a few of the ladies pull them off.
Imagine learning to spell that last name.
People always make that joke, though if it is your own last name, is it ever really that hard to remember how to spell it? It would be like forgetting lyrics to a song that you wrote—you just remember them.
What if your last name was Bladadhohilhjasdnoe?
You just mashed a bunch of letters together, didn't you?
I hate you.
9. Soccer (Heather Mitts)
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How iconic are the hot ladies of soccer?
After this summer's World Cup, I'd say the hot ladies of soccer became a whole lot more iconic. Here's to hoping they can maintain that momentum. And keep an eye on Alex Morgan—she is the next icon of women's soccer in America.
Oh, I'll be keeping my eye on her, alright.
I bet you will be.
8. Volleyball (Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh)
So who is the poster child for sexy athletes in volleyball?
They are poster children, in fact—Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh, the most famous beach volleyball pairing in American sports history.
I don't think there is any disputing that.
Right you are.
8. Volleyball (Logan Tom)
What percentage of female volleyball players are hot?
Do you think the fact that these ladies are incredibly tall hurts this percentage?
Nah—hot is hot.
8. Volleyball (Jess Gysin)
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How sexy do the ladies look while they are competing in volleyball?
They wear bikinis, or at the very least, incredibly tight shorts.
It's whatever-deity-you-choose-to-believe-in's gift to male sports fans.
And he (or she) is a gracious whatever-deity-you-choose-to-believe-in.
8. Volleyball (Gabrielle Reece)
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How iconic are the hot ladies of volleyball?
After Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh, not terribly iconic. A few, such as Gabrielle Reece, have been fairly iconic during the prime of their careers.
It's not hard to see why.
No, she is beautiful.
7. Softball (Jennie Finch)
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I'm not even going to bother asking, because everyone knows Jennie Finch is the ultimate sex symbol and icon for not only softball, but female sports in general.
Then our work here is done.
7. Softball (Taryne Mowatt)
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What percentage of female softball players are hot?
And they probably have a mean undercut, so don't mess with them.
Did you just make a pitching-in-softball joke?
You should probably retire that one.
7. Softball (Bianca Cruz)
How sexy do the ladies look while they are competing in Summer Olympic sports?
Well, they don't look this hot; I'll tell you that much. Softball uniforms generally aren't sexy.
I would not recommend sliding if you are playing in her uniform.
Some uniforms are best left cosmetic in nature.
7. Softball (Jenn Brown)
How iconic are the hot ladies of softball?
Beyond Finch, not terribly iconic.
Wait, why is Jenn Brown appearing on this slide? She's famous for being a reporter for ESPN.
Yes, but she played softball for the University of Florida. Sadly for the sport, one of their most famous participants is iconic, but people aren't even aware she played.
We're here to entertain and educate.
6. Summer Olympic Sports (Leryn Franco)
So who is the poster child for sexy athletes in Summer Olympic sports?
Personally, I would go with Leryn Franco, who is one of the hottest female athletes of all time, period.
I'd put a poster of her on my wall.
We're a bit old for that at this point, aren't we?
Yes. You can't see this, but I'm hanging my head in shame.
As you should.
6. Summer Olympic Sports (Bia and Branca Feres)
What percentage of female Summer Olympic sport athletes are hot?
I can't breathe right now.
They have that effect on people.
Synchronized swimming would be totally lame without these synchronized sisters.
I'm with you on that one.
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6. Summer Olympic Sports (Allison Stokke)
How sexy do the ladies look while they are competing in Summer Olympic sports?
Some do, such as Allison Stokke. Aspects of uniforms hurt other athletes, such as swim caps in swimming.
Yeah, they are the hairnets of athletics.
It's not a great look.
6. Summer Olympic Sports (Nastia Liukin)
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How iconic are the hot ladies of Summer Olympic sports?
As is the case on sports in America that aren't football, baseball, hockey or basketball, it's hit or miss. Gymnasts such as Liukin, Shawn Johnson and Alicia Sacramone became household names when they won Team Gold at the 2008 Beijing Games. Runners Natasha Hastings and Lolo Jones have turned a few heads in
It seems this category has some of the hottest female athletes in general, however.
It's a bit top heavy, that's true.
5. Extreme Sports (Gina Carano)
So who is the poster child for sexy athletes in Extreme Sports?
It's hard to say, though I would lean towards Gina Carano these days.
So we're considering MMA to be an Extreme Sport?
Have you seen how violent it is or how insane its participants are?
Good point—I wouldn't want to get into the ring with any of them. What I would like to do, however, is watch Carano bite her lip like that some more.
I'm sure you aren't alone. I link because I care.
You are wise and just, my friend.
5. Extreme Sports (Kristi Leskinen)
What percentage of female Extreme athletes are hot?
In one sense, all of them. There is something incredibly sexy about performing death-defying stunts. But on a purely physical level, I'd say 23.1 percent.
Yeah, I wouldn't try any of the stunts that a freestyle skier like Leskinen tries to pull off.
Nor should you. Frankly, you should probably avoid skiing altogether.
I'm more of a ski lounge guy myself.
Much safer there.
5. Extreme Sports (Roberta Mancino)
How sexy do the ladies look while they are competing in Extreme Sports?
In general, not terribly sexy. Though, as you can see, there are exceptions.
Yeah, but she was just doing this for a photo.
Oh no, my friend—Mancino has done skydives totally in the nude.
In other words, she's the sexiest woman ever.
Precisely. And you haven't even done a Google Images search for her yet—it gets better.
I know—I'm in love too.
5. Extreme Sports (Gretchen Bleiler)
How iconic are the hot ladies of Extreme sports?
More and more they are growing to iconic status. Doing things like ESPN the Magazine's Body Issue (where this photo derives from) certainly helps.
She makes me want to write poetry.
Normally I would make fun of you for saying something like that, but in this case, I'm totally with you.
Roses are red...
Dude, don't write the damn poetry here; you're only going to embarrass yourself.
Photo from ESPN the Magazine
4. Winter Olympic Sports (Katarina Witt)
So who is the poster child for sexy athletes in Winter Olympic sports?
Call me old-fashioned, but I still think it is Katarina Witt.
I'm not mad at that.
4. Winter Olympic Sports (Kiira Korpi)
What percentage of female Winter Olympic athletes are hot?
16.9 percent, I'd say.
That's sort of low, isn't it?
Well, we're drawing from a huge pool of women here. Plus, the sexy Winter Olympic athletes are iconic and hot enough to make you think you're watching the Summer Olympics.
Poor effort on that joke, buddy.
Not every play makes the highlight reel.
4. Winter Olympic Sports (Allison Baver)
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How sexy do the ladies look while they are competing in Winter Olympic sports?
That depends. Allison Baver makes a speed skating suit look breathtaking, however.
In that case, it is a good thing you are typing and not speaking your answers.
I do feel lightheaded.
4. Winter Olympic Sports (Lindsey Vonn)
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How iconic are the hot ladies of Winter Olympic sports?
In America, Olympic athletes generally aren't iconic unless they achieve two things—Olympic glory and being really hot.
"Being really hot" isn't an achievement...
So you aren't an underachiever after all!
Not cool, dude.
You'll live. But back to your original question: Lindsey Vonn was pretty iconic for a spell, and around the world, Kim Yu-Na would be recognizable by many. It's different for every athlete, I suppose.
3. Golf (Natalie Gulbis)
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So who is the poster child for sexy athletes in golf?
That would be one Natalie Gulbis, who here is demonstrating the importance of properly stretching before hitting the links.
I love stretching. Stretching is probably my favorite thing in the world to do. I'm glad Natalie Gulbis appreciates the importance of stretching.
I'm not sure if you are using stretching as a euphemism here, but whatever you are doing, you should probably stop. It got weird.
3. (Golf) Anna Rawson
What percentage of female golfers are hot?
While there are a ton of female golfers who I've never heard of, I'm going to arbitrarily say 18.37 percent.
To be fair, all of these numbers have been arbitrary.
Uh, I don't think so, bro. It's science.
No it's not.
3. Golf (Maria Verchenova)
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How sexy do the ladies look while they are playing golf?
A lot of them sport incredibly sexy golf outfits. Others simply make regular golf outfits appear incredibly sexy.
I'm now in love with Maria Verchenova.
You and everyone else looking at this slide, buddy.
3. Golf (Blair O'Neal)
How iconic are the hot ladies of golf?
Beyond Michelle Wie (and Bleacher Report's Swagger team), not all that iconic. But they'll get there.
Blair O'Neal just melted my computer screen.
Yeah, I'm on monitor No. 3 because of her.
2. Surfing (Alana Blanchard)
So who is the poster child for sexy athletes in surfing?
It's hard to pin down just one, since surfing is such a niche sport, but I would go with Alana Blanchard right now.
So surfing gets its own category separate from Extreme Sports?
Uh, yeah. Surfer chicks are on a whole different level of hotness.
2. Surfing (Malia Jones)
What percentage of female surfers are hot?
76.4523 percent, mostly because I'm certain there are hundreds of beautiful surfers out there I've simply never heard of.
I'm not even going to call into question how high of a percentage that is—female surfers are hot. But is it really necessary to take the decimals into the ten-thousandths?
Yes, it most certainly is. And I'll thank you to not question my methods again.
You damn well should be.
2. Surfing (Anastasia Ashley)
How sexy do the ladies look while they are surfing?
They wear bikinis, dude. What do you think?
Listen—given the format we've established here, I had to ask. Even if the answer was obvious. So get off my back.
We're awfully testy during the surfing section, a sport known for its laid-back inhabitants.
It's almost as though we're attempting some sort of misguided irony in our banter.
But that would be really lame, so we're obviously not going for that.
2. Surfing (Hailey and Sierra Partridge)
How iconic are the hot ladies...you know what, who cares? There are twins on the screen right now!
1. Tennis (Anna Kournikova)
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Anna Kournikova has to be the poster child for sexy athletes in tennis, right?
Absolutely. She's as hot as they come.
I've heard rumors out there that people are "over her," though? Are you over her?
Hell no! I'm not under her either, though I'd...
You should probably just stop right there.
1. Tennis (Ana Ivanovic)
What percentage of female tennis players are hot?
That seems absurdly high.
It's an amazing sport.
Wait—surfing had a higher percentage of hot participants, yet tennis is higher. How does that work?
Because tennis has way, way, way more hot ladies that people have actually heard of. With surfing, I'm just assuming that percentage. With tennis, I think this one might actually be somewhat close to accurate.
1. Tennis (Maria Kirilenko)
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How sexy do the ladies look while they are playing?
Pretty damn hot. Sometimes they sound a bit hot and bothered as well.
1. Tennis (Maria Sharapova)
How iconic are the hot ladies of tennis?
Of all of the sports on this list, sexy tennis players are by far the most iconic. We didn't even go old school with Chris Evert, or list one of the most famous female tennis players ever, Serena Williams.
Good point. For a moment there, I thought all hot tennis players were either named Maria or some form of "Anna."
Nope, tennis hotties are a diverse group.
And thank goodness for that.