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The 20 Biggest Blowhards in Sports

Zack PumerantzAnalyst IIIJanuary 3, 2017

The 20 Biggest Blowhards in Sports

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    For these unique gentlemen, talking the talk seems more of a priority than walking the walk.

    As they boast, brag and chant about how spectacular they are and how they are the greatest creations since sliced watermelon, these 20 sportsmen continue to annoy us all. 

    Some show it in their juvenile actions on and off the field, while others simply can't physically shut their mouths.

    Let's take a look at the biggest blowhards in sports, or those who have no filter when it comes to arrogance.

    These divas continue to let their egos cloud their success.

20. DeSean Jackson

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    "I'm a dual threat on that field," DeSean Jackson said, referring to the Cowboys.

    And by dual threat he means the ability to take off for a highlight-reel touchdown and then lose the ball right before the goal line.

    Sure, Jackson's a budding star on the gridiron, but his lack of class when referring to anyone—including himself—is simply baffling.

    He's torn more than several pages out of Terrell Owens' book on his road to athletic greatness.

19. Nyjer Morgan

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    There's a fine line between entertaining and egotistical, and Nyjer Morgan (also known as Tony Plush) scrapes the border on a regular basis.

    Call it a mood thing. If we're feeling good, his ridiculous alter ego might just make us smile.

18. P.K. Subban

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    A budding defenseman for the Montreal Canadiens, 23-year-old P.K. Subban has rubbed many the wrong way during his short time in the NHL.

    Suit connoisseur and commentator Don Cherry described the young star's entitled nature best: "He better smarten up because someone is going to get him."


17. Andy Roddick

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    His imitation of tennis beauty Maria Sharapova makes us want to approve, but Andy Roddick's judgment of who should be able to brag puts him on this list.

    "You're not good enough to be that cocky," he said to Gael Monfils at the French Open.

    Thanks for the advice, Andy.

16. Charles Barkley

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    Sir Chatterbox is arguably the most distasteful speaker currently occupying the world of sports.

    The former star baller seems to believe he is the godfather of basketball knowledge and the greatest to ever step on the court—"seems" being the key word.

    His loud-mouthed arsenal is eloquently complemented by a constantly changing allegiance. Just ask the people of Oklahoma City.

15. Patrick Kane

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    The star Blackhawk doesn't get this nod because of the punching of a cab driver over 20 cents in 2009. This choice is solely regarding attitude.

    More recently, Patrick Kane was seen canoodling with several party-hearty friends for Cinco de Mayo, the inebriation-filled celebration of Mexican heritage and pride.

    Relaxation time seemingly took precedence over joining Team USA in the World Championships. Solid.

14. LeBron James

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    You wouldn't think of "The King" as a boastful annoyance, but after truly sifting through his array of comments, it becomes clear he is a borderline braggart.

    Perhaps you "don't foul out," but you just did.

    Just another chance to criticize LeBron James' career a bit more.

13. Kyle Busch

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    So maybe holding the record for the most NASCAR Nationwide Series wins with 51 makes Kyle Busch feel as if he truly is a walking piece of history.

    It's about time he takes a breather from the microphone.

    His filter-less repertoire, which features taking shots at other crews, has the racing world in a constant frenzy—and his beautiful wife only makes things worse.

12. Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett

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    For some reason, KG's dramatic nature is almost enjoyable at times.

    But Paul Pierce, well, he's got that dreary arrogance about him that gives us all a little stress.

    That's the truth.

11. Chris Berman

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    With annoying cadences like "Whoop," sportscaster Chris Berman borders on obnoxious regularly.

    But this dramatic blooper seals the deal for Boomer.

10. Metta World Peace

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    Few promote themselves with as much ferocity as the man once known as Ron Artest.

    From rap endeavors to thrown elbows, the defensive Laker is cementing himself in celebrity lore.

    But hey, at least he's got his own art exhibit.

9. Jon Jones

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    Ah, the pretentiousness of a young champion—the youngest in UFC history, to be precise.

    Perhaps we're mistaking confidence for cockiness, but either way, Jon "Bones" Jones should probably tone his colorful flair down a bit before he unravels.

    The once humble fighter is now doing interviews in a British accent. C'mon man.

8. Cristiano Ronaldo

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    The first player to win all four main PFA and FWA awards, Portuguese footballer Cristiano Ronaldo is a blossoming legend on the pitch.

    But with his immense wealth, luck with the ladies and juiced-up confidence, Ronaldo is making sure he is remembered away from it as well.

    Uttering the statement, “Maybe they hate me because I’m too good,” helped add the finishing touches.

7. James Toney

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    "I'm going into their ring in MMA, because they're scared to come into my ring."

    When then-41-year-old boxing star James Toney decided to approach the martial arts field, he had little idea of what was to come.

    One fight and one miserable defeat featured Randy Couture locking Toney into an arm triangle and forcing him to submit at 3:19 of Round 1.

    He was released from his contract days later.

6. Jon Gruden

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    If anyone can spot blowhards, it's former NFL Vice President of Officiating Mike Pereira. Let's just say he's not Jon Gruden's biggest fan.

    But all you need is 20 seconds of watching Gruden's "QB Camp" to realize what a loose screw the former coach truly is.

    Loud, rash and opinionated, he's great on the gridiron but not so much in the booth.

5. Serena Williams

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    One flashy statement sums up the younger Williams sister's career best:

    "We all know who the real No. 1 is."

    If No. 5 is the new No. 1, then yes, we do. Otherwise, this is just another self-promoting shot at humanity.

    It wouldn't be the first and surely won't be the last.

4. The Ryan Brothers

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    During their joint careers thus far, Rex has hogged a heavier amount of the camera for the most part.

    But that doesn't mean Rob can't pitch in with his own overly confident nature from time to time.

    The Ryan tandem may possess the brashest vocal cords we've witnessed since '86, when their father became head coach of the Eagles.

    "You've got a winner in town," he said. Sound familiar?

3. Skip Bayless

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    Almighty, all-knowing, all-chatter...the man, the annoyance, Skip Bayless.

    The star of ESPN First Take has written a career script that features baffling predictions, contradictory statements and a solid array of criticisms (just ask Terrell Suggs).

    But in the end, his aggravating nature pales in comparison to his obsession with Tim Tebow.

    Perhaps the only man he boasts more about than himself is the famous southpaw backup.

    Time to nominate Wale as a replacement.

2. Chael Sonnen

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    Everything about notorious mixed martial artist Chael Sonnen screams pompous imbecile.

    He scarcely borders on hilarious, but for the most part, we've had enough of Sonnen's undeserved sense of entitlement.

    Following his legendary trash talk, Sonnen was naturally beaten by Anderson Silva by triangle in the fifth round of UFC 117.

1. Floyd Mayweather Jr.

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    At 43-0, mercurial boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. is allowed to flirt with arrogance.

    But in reality, Mayweather far surpasses anything even bordering on respectable.

    His interview with ESPN's Brian Kenny cemented his pompous reputation.

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