The Top 10 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Covers in the History of Ogling

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Whether her name is Irina Shayk or Iwanna Shake, we've fallen for it again.

Every year I hear the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue is about to hit stands and my initial reaction is to yawn. We don't have harsh winters in Dallas plus, don't know if you've heard, but you can find women in any pose you desire on a thing called the Internet.

But then a blizzard(s) sweeps through North Texas, a Super Bowl slides on ice to disaster, there's a taste of 70-degree days and -- presto -- I'm craning my neck to see who's wearing what on the cover.

I canceled my subscription to SI when Rick Reilly jumped ship, but I'll admit it -- I'm a sucker for the swimsuit issue. Today's offering got me to thinking about two things:

*I'm pretty sure the SI cover jinx doesn't apply to scantily clad models. Christie Brinkley, Cheryl Tiegs, Kathy Ireland and Elle Macpherson all got career boosts from their cover shoots. Last year Brooklyn Decker parlayed her appearance into an engagement to tennis star Andy Roddick and a bikini role in Just Go With It. And Shayk, for what it's worth, dates European futbol star Cristiano Ronaldo, he of the immense talent and irritating dramatics.

*I wonder what a list of my all-time Top 10 covers would look like.

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10. 1955 - Before there could be really good ones, there had to be a first one.

 

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9. 1993 - Strong meets sexy in the form of Vendela.

 

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8. 2007 - There's more to Beyonce than Foxxy Cleopatra.

 

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7. 1997 - At the time, Tyra Banks was my perfect woman.

 

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6. 2006 - Screw the pearly gates, I'd like this as a welcoming committee when I kick it.

 

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Luies Amirates

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Rob_Em
Rob_Em

Hey, Richie, there has been MMA talk on RAGE the last couple of days, and it has gone really well. I think you should try to reach the MMA fan.

In fact, I have the perfect idea. I'll start submitting MMA blog entries to you from time to time. Consider me a guest contributor to the Sportatorium.

Now that you're talking to the readers again, I really feel a bond. I think I should start telling people Richie Whitt is my best buddy.

Brad's Bathroom Barbecue
Brad's Bathroom Barbecue

Not a bad list at all, but the angle on #2 makes Kathy and Rachel look like they weigh 200 lbs. each.

Gary
Gary

The cover with Elsa Benitez was wonderful.

Jp-bj1
Jp-bj1

I wish someone woulud've bashed your head with a 9 iron, the past 2 days on 105.3 have been great, go the fuck away and grow hair and balls

Davy Crockett
Davy Crockett

I can't count how many times I tugged it while looking at the Tyra cover. Good times.

Robm
Robm

It's sad to see how crazy Tyra has gone over the years. I remember getting that magazine in the mail. It almost short-circuited my adolescent brain.

Cart
Cart

Tyra WAS perfection.

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

Cheryl doesn't do it for me. She looks like she's been smoking too much.

ThongNCheese
ThongNCheese

I agree with Softy. The Tyra cover is effin' awesome! Tyra in her prime has to be the hottest woman in the history of time.

Judge_Softy
Judge_Softy

I'm with you on Tyra Banks, Richie. She was damn near perfect, before she let herself go. That's probably the hottest cover on your list. But as far as individual photos go, nothing will ever beat the Cheryl Tiegs fishnet!!!

kergo
kergo

MMA? Really, the only people that care about that drivel are twentysomethings who:

-practice karate in the parents garage-wear tight tshirts-single,white males with buzz cuts and earingsoh yeah...lonely people-drink energy drinks to gear up fer "fightin'" and watchin' "fightin' wrastlin"

Sporting Ranks:1) NFL2)MLB3)NBA4)NHL5)Nascar6)Tennis7)Badmitton8)Cricketthen 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14....THEN MMA(#15), note: #14 is butterfly chasin'

jerrahs rug
jerrahs rug

I think BDH has done a very good job filling in. They should can super spare Armen and replace him with BDH as producer/third host ala Danny with the Hardline.

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

Eff u robem, I live tweeted the last PPV..and not one comment. to this day..Meat Supreme is the only person whom may care.

Joeesse
Joeesse

they actually were both pregnant at the time. really.

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

I couldn't agree more. Looks like the mommy edition of swimsuit models. Which, by the way, I don't mind...mommyyy

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

the last two days have been good and i'm a BDH fan, but he can wear on you too. Maybe a 3 way with RAGE? He'd be a good yuk monkey maybe.

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

Is it that time of the month? I know what would make you feel better hon, get back in there and make me some dinner.

Judge_Softy
Judge_Softy

<sisterofpeterose>WE WERE INSEPARABLE</sisterofpeterose>

Richie's Mailman
Richie's Mailman

I'm with the judge. I also remember that issue came out right before the carpal tunnel set into my right hand in a bad way!

Richie Whitt
Richie Whitt

I'm afraid you're wrong. They'd fill up Cowboys Stadium.

Rob_Em
Rob_Em

Why all this hostility?

Mishon
Mishon

I agree, the last 2 days of RAGE have been great. I really like BDH. I wish the Fan would hire him. I don't know where they would put him. I don't see them putting him with Richie and Greggo, but maybe pairing him with Newy? I wouldn't mind Mike Fisher being added somewhere to the line up either.

Coach Foolery
Coach Foolery

Kergo forgot Jasmine, Jaggar and Henson. Of course according to their ratings so does everyone else.

kergo
kergo

BDH should take Armen, Sybil, Elf, and the moron that does the GBag nation, and create a supershow that broadcasts from BDH's living room.......that way, we don't ever have to hear from any of those people again!

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