Forbes magazine released yesterday their top 10 most disliked athletes. Atop their list was Lance Armstrong. We all know what’s going on with him. Others on the list included Manti Te’o, Tiger Woods, Jay Cutler, Alex Rodriguez, Michael Vick, Kurt Busch, and Kobe Bryant. That was their take, here’s mine.
1. Zach Parise
Bringing up this man’s name gets me going. When he was with the Devils, he was the face of the franchise, the heart and sole of the team, the captain. They were so close to getting the cup, finishing just 2 wins shy. But then, he quit the team and decided to play in Minnesota where the chances of him winning are significantly lower. Parise could have been a legend in New Jersey, idolized in the same category as Scott Stevens and Martin Brodeur. Instead of finishing the job, Parise quit to play close to home. A lot of people probably agree with him, but if he closed the deal before he left, I wouldn’t hate him so much. The whole idea of playing professionally is to win, Parise obviously has no interest in doing so.
2. Manti Te’o
I’ve never seen a more pathetic individual than Manti Te’o. Although he has consistently denied being apart of a hoax where his girlfriend never existed, I don’t believe him for one second. Te’o lied to the entire country, and cried for this person he knew didn’t exist just so people would feel bad for him. The person who created the hoax is one of his best friends, and supposedly was the voice of this woman. Come on, how dumb do you think the world is? There’s no denying how talented Te’o is as a football player, but as a person, I’ve never seen a more pitiful attempt to gain publicity.
3. Tom Brady
As you may imagine, being a Jets fan is one of the hardest things to do in life. It’s extremely painful, and Tom Brady is a major part of that pain. Brady has dominated the AFC East for 10 years, and is a Jets killer. The Jets haven’t hosted a playoff game since 2002, and a lot of that has to do with how good Brady has been. Brady turns washed up guys that nobody wants into solid contributors, most notably Danny Woodhead. Everyday I count the days until he retires because as long as he’s in New England, the Jets chances at finally hosting another playoff game and winning a title are slim, not they were ever big to begin with.
4. Alex Rodriguez
I’m the biggest Yankees fan there is. The fact Alex Rodriguez is on my list just shows the hatred I have for him. I know he dominated the 2009 postseason which led to a championship, but everything else he has done with the Yankees has pissed me off. There’s a reason I refer to him as “Fraud”. A-Rod is essentially finished as an everyday player, and he’s signed at an average of $24 million dollars a year for the next 5 years. I think I’m more valuable to the Yankees than that. Don’t even get me started on his abysmal playoff production. He’s out for most of this season already, and he’s making it very difficult for the Yankees to put a championship contender on the field since they are tied to the $189 million dollar payroll for 2014. A-Rod was just named in a report for taking steroids as late as last year, after only admitting to doing so in 2002 and 2003. I just wished he would retire for everyone’s benefit. The Yankees would have $24 extra million dollars to spend each season, and I wouldn’t have to keep hearing about the ridiculous things he does like giving his phone number to a fan in the stands during the PLAYOFFS.
5. Eli Manning
As you can see in the picture above, Eli Manning reminds me of a 9-year-old little boy. It’s not that I hate him, I just hate how every Giants fan thinks he’s the greatest quarterback since sliced bread. He’s only won more than 10 games once in his career. In contrast, his brother Peyton has had 10 straight 10-win seasons. I know he has 2 Super Bowls, but he hasn’t shown he can deal with prosperity. When people doubt him, he plays well. When’s he’s expected to win, he loses. I see no leadership qualities or intensity in his face during his acts. It really bothers me that he’s so immortalized when he has zero redeeming characteristics.
6. LaDainian Tomlinson
There’s nothing LaDainian Tomlinson loves more than ripping the Jets. As soon as he left the team, he couldn’t help himself. He came right out and said the team had no chemistry, he ripped the entire locker room including players like Revis, Holmes, and GM Mike Tannenbaum. Hey Tomlinson, what have you won in your career to criticize anyone? Maybe if you had one or two rings I would actually respect what you have to say. You were apart of the Jets team that’s locker room was falling apart, why didn’t you do anything about it? You just ran straight to the media, when you could have acted like a leader and brought everyone together. Don’t act like you never did anything wrong and you were the greatest teammate ever, because you weren’t. When they showed Tomlinson laughing at the Jets at “NFL Honors”, it made me quite mad.
7. Mark Sanchez
Mark Sanchez happens to be very talented, he just has zero toughness and has no idea how to face adversity. If a player moves 1 inch in the wrong direction, Sanchez will miss the pass. Everything has to be so perfect. He needs a great offensive line, great running backs, great receivers, great tight ends, and a dominant defense just to have some success. Even that may not be enough. If there’s a problem or a weakness on the team, it will be exposed. Sanchez will find a way. The worst part about it is he plays for the Jets.
8. Henrik Lundqvist
If I hear “The King” one more time, that might be the end of it. New York Rangers fans view Lundqvist as the greatest goalie who ever lived. Again, what has he won? He also steps up like crazy against the Devils, which is a big part of the reason why he’s on my list. There was nothing sweeter than during last year’s Eastern Conference Finals when Adam Henrique scored the clinching goal to eliminate “The King” and the Rangers from the playoffs. There’s no denying he’s a very good goalie, but you gotta win something first in the NHL in order to be considered great.
9. Tyson Chandler
In terms of a player’s antics while playing, I cannot stand Tyson Chandler. Every time he scores, which is almost always an ally-oop because that’s all he can do, he acts like he just won a championship. Act like you’ve scored before, pick your spots to pump the team up, and get back on defense. You have every right to show boat after a big basket, but not when you score to give your team a 10-8 lead.
10. Dwight Howard
Everyday, I just wished Dwight Howard was banned from talking. You can make the argument that he is the worst person to talk to the media in sports history. All he does is create problems for himself. If he had just kept his mouth shut, he would be in Brooklyn right now and the Nets would be in a much better situation to contend for a title. There’s no denying his talent, but if you aren’t sure what you are trying to say, don’t say anything.
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