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Erin Andrews Voted Sexiest Sportscaster

Feb 12, 2009 – 12:07 PM
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Will Brinson

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To compensate for the runaway train that was Erin Andrews in 2008's edition of "America's Sexiest Sportscaster", Playboy ramped up the difficulty this year, adding an additional round and expanding the candidates (as previously noted, there was quite a conglomerate of sexy upside potential.)

But in the end, none of it mattered, as Andrews, champion of Wordpress (read: "blog") photo galleries worldwide, walked away with the 2009 crown as Playboy's sexiest sportscaster (link leads to; NSFW warnings do apply.)

The contest came down to five finalists and the final round featured, in no particular order: Andrews, Charissa Thompson, Molly Sullivan, Lauren Shehadi and Bonnie Bernstein (??)

Sullivan and Thompson, out of the final group, seemed like the only real contenders to EA's crown. In the end, they obviously weren't strong enough to beat out Andrews' love-riddled legion of online fans. Additionally, ESPN's reach typically outweighs most of the other networks, and when you consider that Andrews gets abundantly more coverage than anyone else in the sports blogosphere, this shouldn't come as a big surprise.

What is somewhat shocking (aside from me actually taking time to analyze how this competition broke down) is the lack of appearance by Lindsay Soto and Alex Flanagan, whom I previously mentioned as two darkhorse candidates. By no means am I saying the voting was rigged, but if you replace Shehadi and Bernstein with those two, there's a decent chance of a "third party" vote that could have netted a closer finish.

But that's not to take away from Andrews. She is gorgeous and she is a great sideline reporter, so big ups -- or whatever the kids are saying -- to EA for repeating as champ in 2009.

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