Top Search of the Month: Greatest Highlight
It turns out there actually is something in which both Tiger Woods and Michael Jordan can be defeated highlights! According to our users' votes in the Greatest Highlight bracket (Chris Berman's look "back, back, back, back" in time at sports' most memorable moments), "Doug Flutie's Hail Mary" and "Boise State's Statue of Liberty play" can now claim that distinction. Similar to the Democratic and Republican primaries, participation in the Greatest Highlight voting process was extremely high as searches for the bracket averaged more than 1,300 per day throughout February.
No. 3 Super Bowl: In addition to its record-breaking Nielsen ratings, SB XLII managed to also be the third-most searched term on ESPN.com in February even though the game was played at the beginning of the month.
No. 10 (NBA) Trade Machine: Popular '80s group Tears For Fears once sang "Everybody Wants to Rule the World." ESPN.com can't give its users that much power, but we do offer them a chance to "rule the NBA" (sort of) while playing the role of GM, so they can see if their favorite team actually could land LeBron for its best bench player (sorry still not happening).
No. 14 College Baseball: For baseball fans, February featured plenty of scandalous headlines and Congressional hearings on PEDs, but it also marked the beginning of college baseball season. Judging by the large amount of searches, fans were anxious to experience the ping of aluminum bats at college campuses everywhere.
No. 16 College Hockey: If the heat generated by the amount of searches for college hockey in February ever made its way to the rinks, it would be pretty dangerous for the players.
No. 20 RPI: For all of you NCAA Tournament bracket newbies out there, the first rule of Bracketology 101: Hoops fans must keep up with their team's daily Ratings Percentage Index.
Surprise Search of the Month: Kevin Hart
There's a comedian named Kevin Hart who has appeared in "The 40-Year-Old Virgin," "Scary Movie 3" and "Scary Movie 4," but what this Kevin Hart did was no laughing matter. The story of this young offensive lineman from a small Nevada high school who lied about being recruited by several Division I schools was both tragic and captivating. Searches for Hart were high all month as users followed this story from its inception, when he claimed to be duped by a fake recruiter, to its conclusion, when his shocking admission prompted a police investigation.
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Maalek Marshall is ESPN.com's Search Editor.
Note: The results listed are the summation of actual search results that were manually typed in by site users of ESPN.com in said month of 2008. All prelinked searches (including columnist archive links) were excluded from this summation.