In most sports, the only thing that really matters is winning. Personal achievements by athletes are all well and good, but they are almost always diminished if they come during a losing streak or while playing for a team that's a perennial bottom feeder. As the professionally loud person Herm Edwards famously said, "You play to win the game."
But it ain't always easy to win the game. When an athlete heads out onto the field of play to do battle with the opposition, he or she has to be prepared to bring the mean. Which means losing the smile, because intimidation is half the battle—assuming you can sell it. And there's really no excuse because getting angry is easy.
Right now there is so much to be angry about. Like the oppressive heat wave that currently has most of the country gripped by the balls, for instance. How about the presidential campaign that has been going on for well over a year already and will continue polluting our televisions with vile attack ads for another five months? Or the fact that ESPN aired college wrestling all morning because there is literally nothing else going on?
But that's all just fuel on the fire. There are plenty people in sports, including the media, that don't even need a reason to be angry. There are plenty that wake up every morning with a grimace and go to bed each night with a scowl.
Let's take a look at 25 of the meanest mugs in sports.