Maria Sharapova and Most Inconsistent Stars in Sports

Scott Carasik@ScottCarasikContributor IIAugust 29, 2012

Maria Sharapova and Most Inconsistent Stars in Sports

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    Maria Sharapova is one of the most inconsistent players in the tennis world today. However, she isn't alone in her inconsistency. There are multiple players across the leagues who fit into the role as the streakiest player in their respective sport.

    Follow along for the people who will join Maria Sharapova on their rollercoaster rides of success.

Jay Bruce, RF, Cincinnati Reds

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    Jay Bruce is one of the best young players in the major leagues today. He's the peanut butter to Joey Votto's jelly. That is, when he is on his hot streaks. His main issue is that he will go on a 10-game hitting streak where he goes .425 with five home runs and 10 RBI. 

    Then, for lack of a true reason, he will flutter around the Mendoza line for the next week or two as he tries to find the same magic that led him to his streak in the first place.

Andrei Kirilenko, F, Utah Jazz

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    In some games he scores 20 points, 18 points and then 16 points in back-to-back-to-back games. Then he goes on a run of games scoring four, six, eight, and three points. There is not a more streaky player than Kirilenko in the NBA.

    He missed all of the 2011-2012 NBA season due to the lockout and a contract he signed back in Russia. It will be interesting to see him play now that he is back in the NBA with the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Michael Vick, QB, Philadelphia Eagles

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    One game he looks like the next coming of Steve Young and a top-five quarterback, then the next game he looks like the second coming of Tim Tebow on one of his bad days. It's been a reoccurring trend since his days in Atlanta.

    However, unlike the rest of this list, Vick has shown some more consistency lately as one of the top quarterbacks in the league. He's just still prone to having his mini-streaks of bad games despite developing into the quarterback that he projected to be when he was drafted.

Maria Sharapova

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    She's one of the best tennis players in the game today, as evidenced by her No. 3 ranking by the WTA. However, she isn't the model of consistency. Especially when it comes to major tournaments like the U.S. Open or Wimbledon.

    She has gone back and forth between losing in the finals, not even making the semis and even winning the French Open over the past two years. The overall up and down of her career the past couple of years has shown her inconsistency to the world.


    Scott Carasik is a Featured Columnist and Trends and Traffic Writer for Bleacher Report. As a Featured Columnist, he covers the Atlanta Falcons, NFL and NFL Draft. He is also the Falcons analyst at Drafttek, runs the NFL Draft Website and hosts Kvetching Draftniks Radio.