Miami Heat and the 10 Most Annoying Teams of All Time
How many teams are more annoying than LeBron James and the Miami Heat in the history of sports?
Not four teams. Not five. Not six...not seven......
Maybe not even one team. Just like the Heat is struggling to capture that first championship with its Big Three, it is difficult to pin this list down to a single squad.
Seriously, has there ever been a team that has gotten under your skin more than this Miami squad?
Arguably not. Here are the top 10 most annoying teams of all time.
10. Vancouver Canucks: 2009-Present
Ask any player in the National Hockey League about who the dirtiest team in the league is, and most will respond with the same answer: the Vancouver Canucks.
Despite winning the President's Trophy for the best record in the NHL for the second straight season, the Canucks have still not won over the hearts of hockey fans—or of NHL players.
Check out these quotes reported by Michael Hurley of NESN from three NHL players about how they feel about Vancouver.
This same sentiment was felt across the hockey world after Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals last summer. The Canucks' Alex Burrows, while in a scrum with the Boston Bruins' Patrice Bergeron, literally bit his opponent's finger. On top of that, Burrows did not receive any suspension for his actions.
Still don't believe that the Canucks are an annoying bunch? Look at this hit by Aaron Rome from last year's finals when he lit up Nathan Horton after he had clearly given up the puck.
9. Chicago Cubs: Any Era
If you've ever gone to a Chicago Cubs game, then you know how annoying it is when the team wins at Wrigley Field and the "Go Cubs Go" song is played throughout the stadium. It's almost as if half of Wrigley didn't even know there was a baseball game going on until they heard the team's anthem.
Half of the reason that the Cubs are one of the most annoying teams in sports is because of the team's fans. The Cubs have more bandwagon jumpers than a holiday parade.
At least the Cubs don't add to that hatred by doing what most of the other teams on this list did—win. The Lovable Losers are going on 104 years without a title, but the fans keep flocking to Wrigley Field. As annoying as the Cubs are, at least we can chuckle at their ability to lose games.
8. Indiana Pacers: The Reggie Miller Era
Can you hate one player enough that his whole team annoys you? In the case of Reggie Miller, yes, it is possible.
During his days with the Indiana Pacers, Miller was one of the biggest trash talkers in the league. He whined and moaned to the referees more than a two-year-old baby does to his own mother.
Miller just never shut his mouth on the court. He jawed with his opponents, with the refs, and, of course, with famous fans on the sidelines.
Point guard Mark Jackson was the fuel to Miller's fire, and the Pacers became one of the most hated teams in the NBA during the 1990s because of Miller's antics.
7. Ohio State Football: 2010-11
How can you not be annoyed by a team that got caught cheating but did not penalize its players for the biggest game of the season?
A couple of weeks before Ohio State's Sugar Bowl appearance in 2011, five players, including quarterback Terrelle Pryor, were hit with NCAA violations. The school responded by suspending the players for the start of the next season instead of making them miss the Sugar Bowl.
After the Buckeyes' victory over Arkansas, more details from the violations came into the public eye, and it cost Jim Tressel his head coaching job.
Ohio State eventually vacated the season's wins, including the Sugar Bowl victory. But that doesn't mean we will forget how the school delayed the suspensions of its stars. For this reason, Ohio State makes the list of the most annoying teams of all time.
6. New York Knicks: Early 90s
The New York Knicks during the 1990s were one of the most physical teams in the NBA. The Knicks played pesky, in-your-face defense, and it annoyed the hell out of the rest of the league.
The Chicago Bulls were the largest beneficiary of New York's antics. John Starks, Patrick Ewing, Charles Oakley and company scratched and clawed, literally, to battle with Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen and the Bulls. Chicago may have complained about the Knicks' style, but it was effective.
The Knicks had a deep roster, and each player was not afraid to use up his fouls. New York annoyed teams by not letting them get to the rim; if you wanted to beat the Knicks, you better man up, take the hit, and make your free throws.
New York was one of the better teams in the NBA but never won a title during a decade that was dominated by the Bulls. The '90s Knicks are one of the few teams on this list that used the "annoying" antic to their advantage.
5. Duke Basketball: 1990-92, the Christian Laettner Era
During Coach K's first two NCAA title runs, Duke was one of the most hated sports teams in the U.S. This team wasn't annoying on purpose, but it annoyed you because of how perfect the players were.
This Blue Devil era, led by Christian Laettner, Bobby Hurley and Grant Hill, were the golden boys of college basketball. They were great students, great athletes, and all-around model citizens.
And that pissed off everyone else.
From 1987-1992, Coach K led Duke to five straight Final Fours. The last three appearances, the Blue Devils reached the national title game. The last two, Duke won the title.
Everyone in the college basketball world aimed to knock off Duke. Every team in the country hated how perfect that team was. Basically, the Blue Devils annoyed other teams and fans because they were better than everybody else—on and off the court.
4. Auburn Football: 2010, the Cam Newton Season
In the 2011 BCS National Championship Game, the Auburn Cam Newtons defeated the Oregon Ducks 22-19.
Did I miss something?
While allegations have not been completely proven (yet), it is pretty clear that the 2011 Heisman Trophy winner did not end up playing quarterback at Auburn by coincidence. For that reason, it is easy to see why the Tigers were one of the more annoying teams of all time. It's easy to hate a team when it is possible that the QB was offered more money to play football than most of the professors at the school earn in a year.
Newton may have been the most dominant college football player ever. He carried the team's offense, and his performance that season led Auburn to the national title.
I wonder if Newton's national championship bonus was more than head coach Gene Chizik's?
3. New York Yankees: The Birth of the Jeter Era
How can this list not include the team with the highest payroll in professional sports? The New York Yankees have done their best to annoy sports fans by trying to buy championships—and, much to the chagrin of America, it has worked.
Derek Jeter made his Major League Baseball debut for the New York Yankees on May 29, 1995. He helped lead the Yankees to the World Series title in 1996, '98, '99 and 2000. Since his arrival in the baseball world, fans have become annoyed with his hustle, talent and knack for winning. Fans have been more annoyed with his greatness—and the Yankees' greatness, for that matter—than with any other team in MLB.
It's easy to hate the Yankees. They spend the most money, attract the best talent and win the most championships (they have more titles than any team in professional sports). This list would not be complete without at least one edition of the Bronx Bombers.
2. Detroit Pistons: The 1980s Bad Boy Era
In the late 1980s, there was no NBA team that annoyed its opponents more than Isiah Thomas and the Detroit Pistons.
Center Bill Laimbeer was the ring leader of a group that included Dennis Rodman, John Salley, Rick Mahorn and Joe Dumars. If you came into the paint, you paid the price. Michael Jordan learned this the hard way, as he and his Bulls lost to Detroit in the Eastern Conference Finals for three consecutive seasons.
What annoyed people more than their antics themselves was the fact that Detroit was successful playing this style. The Pistons made three straight trips to the NBA Finals from 1988-90. In the last two trips, the Pistons walked away with the title.
Detroit was a trash-talking, hard-hitting bunch. But, the team played well together and took home two championships—even if they annoyed the rest of the NBA.
1. Miami Heat: 2010-Present
No matter how annoying the other teams on this list may be, none of them compare to the kings of the bunch: LeBron James, Dwayne Wade, Chris Bosh and the Miami Heat.
It all started with James' nationally televised "The Decision," when he announced that he would be joining Wade and Bosh in Miami to form one of the best trios the NBA has ever seen.
James took his obnoxiousness to the next level when he promised to bring multiple championships to South Beach. The trio's speech in front of thousands of Heat fans was one of the most annoying spectacles in all of sports.
James may be the most scrutinized athlete ever. Whether he deserves the criticism or not is beside the point; his antics and guarantees before playing a single game alongside Wade is what annoys NBA fans the most. Plenty of people will be extremely happy if LeBron continues to come up short in his quest for that elusive first title.