By Dan Shanoff
Page 2 columnist

With all the hue-and-cry about the ostentatious displays of enthusiasm at the Little League World Series, it's important to make a few distinctions: HOT -- Dancing; NOT -- Preening. The former is an expression of joy; the latter is self-serving. Just remember before you think about doing a shimmy -- what's your intent?

Now that you've got the scoop on one thing that's fashionable and one thing that's lame, take a look at the rest of what's hot and what's not this week. Feel free to share with your co-workers, buddies, teammates and -- as always -- significant others:

What's Hot, What's Not this week
Category Hot Not
Labor-negotiation tactics Defying gag orders Secret memos
Williams sister at U.S. Open

Help-you-get-lucky NASCAR product-endorsement Cologne Viagra
Worthy of taking a pay cut
Grant Hill

Kevin Garnett
NFL free agent Jamal Anderson Mark Rypien
AL West

Another Bonds-ball lawsuit Battling your co-workers Battling the guy next to you at the game
Rich Beem endorsement Pepto-Bismol Uncle Ben's
NFL stadium Ford Field (Detroit) Reliant Stadium (Houston)
Hornets new look "Mardi Gras" gold Teal
Conventional wisdom about Shawn Kemp Largesse Large
One-name idol for teens Kobe Ohno
Jersey-as-fashion Bad News Bears Retro Cincinnati Reds
Sneaker business Buying from sketchy online dealers Getting an exclusive pair from an event you attend
In (Jeremy) Bloom Loyalty to dear old alma mater CU Loyalty to dear old dollar
Cowboys QB
Chad Hutchinson

Quincy Carter
Player with cereal potential Coco Crisp Flutie Flakes
For auction on eBay Endorsement spot on sports uniform Endorsement spot on actual body
Training-camp technique Ladders as O-line to get QBs to throw higher "Oklahoma drill"
Professional sports-league PR Sending cease-and-desist letters to fan websites Explaining why those sites may be unnecessary as of Aug. 30
Sports-themed weekend flick

"Blue Crush"

Canada franchises of U.S. pro sports leagues Going out of business Expansion excitement!
Didn't deserve it Rocket Ismail out for season Jimmy Smith sitting out season
LLWS Strikeouts Home runs
Jamal Anderson sweepstakes


Dan Shanoff is a columnist for Page 2. His "What's Hot, What's Not" trend-spotting list appears Thursdays. Got inside scoop on an up-and-coming trend? Want to declare something passé? Send this glimpse of your hipness to