But you know what stopped me more than anything? The fact that I was going to have to deal with a douche bag or two, knowing you have to see that person everyday becomes a nuisance.
So for the first time, to my surprise, I have decided to gather a list of who annoys me in sports. And yes, some of the guys listed are ones I find wanting to deck from time-to-time.
10. Brandon Jacobs, RB, San Francisco 49ers
Jacobs spent the first seven seasons of his career with the New York ‘Football’ Giants. During his tenure, he has become a trash talker. Normally, I’m fine with trash-talking, but it seems as when his role with the Giants diminished, the more he put himself out there. Jacobs constantly showboated every chance he got. He called Cowboy fans loud and obnoxious – which would be fine had he not acted the same way. He told Supermodel Gisele – Tom Brady’s wife – to “continue to be cute and shut up” after comments she made in regards to Brady losing the Super Bowl. I don’t see what the problem is with someone’s wife expressing such emotion – especially if it is sports related. Guys will kill for a lady to have that type of passion. How about you shut up and play the game?
Video Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nsbrfs4z0Aw
9. Milton Bradley, OF
There was a time where I, and many others, used to mock his name like he was the game pioneer from the 1800’s. Over the course of Bradley’s career, it is evident that he is ticking time-bomb ready to explode. Bradley is well known in the MLB for his confrontational actions. He wanted to confront a Texas Ranger announcer for unfair comments and he later stated there wouldn’t have been a physical altercation. As a Chicago Cub, Bradley exchanged words with Lou Piniella after Piniella told him to leave the dugout following Bradley going after a Gatorade cooler. And who could forget the infamous altercation he had as a San Diego Padre? Let’s just say afterwards, his right ACL was torn. Bradley has to learn he can’t always respond whenever he wants to. Athletes are constantly under the spotlight. He would be doomed if he were a superstar player.
8. Barry Bonds, OF
I’m certain most will wonder why this low. Well, I’m actually a fan of Bonds’ game. He’s my favorite baseball player ever, actually. But even I cannot deny that Bonds has been less than pleasant during his storied career. Bonds portrayed himself as a prototypical grumpy, irked, old man. If you were a media member, it felt as if it was a chore to get him answer questions. Bonds was in the midst of the steroid era, and he was considered one of the poster children during it. So knowing it was news at the time, media members had to pose questions about the allegations. That is the worst thing to do with Bonds as he often lashed out. If not with the media, he’s getting in scuffles with teammates and arguments with coaches. Long story short: he was a cancer in the locker room.
Video Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bT98l14KnSs
7. Manny Ramirez, OF
Raise your hand if the saying “Manny being Manny” got old. His shenanigans sometimes got in the way of the player that he was. You often wondered if he cared that much. He sat out the All-Star game one time by faking an injury. He was said to have quit on the Red Sox and Dodgers. He was caught on camera taking a swing at teammate Kevin Youkilis. He pushed then 64-year-old Red Sox traveling secretary, Jack McCormick, because he couldn’t fulfill the order request of getting 16 tickets he asked for. But now at the low point of his career, he seems more humbled now.
6. Kurt Busch, Driver of the #51 Chevy Impala
Busch is the younger brother of Kyle Busch. He is the inaugural champion of NASCAR’s Chase for the Sprint Cup back in 2004. Unfortunately, he does not carry himself like a champion. Kurt Busch is the quintessential pessimist. Every time he’s on the team radio, he’s always throwing negative comments. It’s like a trend with him. Also, Busch might actually dislike the media more than Bonds did. In the course of two years, he has had four controversial run-ins with the media. In fact, he was suspended for last week’s Sprint Cup race at Pocono for threatening to beat up reporter Bob Pockrass for what he thought was a stupid question. Busch still remains in the No. 51, but how many more chances will he have before he runs out?
Video Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6H1vLdIZWmM
The top five will be revealed Thursday. Let me know what athletes grind your gears.
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