Seriously??? Do people really think that if they can have some strange talent like stacking 40 bottles on top of one another or having the ablity to eat 2 pounds of steak in an hour they can forget about getting good grades and SAT/ACT scores?
Yes, people do get into colleges with sports because they earn revenue for the institution. That's an established fact.
Do "special talents" and "being a good person" carry more weight than academics? NO! Academics usually DO count for more than 50% of admissions. Although there are unique universities, that's just how it is. People need to recognize this and work hard to succeed instead of relying on their odd qualities and talents to get them into the schools of their dreams instead of staying up and doing actual work.