The 20 Most Talented Headcases in Sports Right Now

Nick Dimengo@@itsnickdimengoFeatured ColumnistMarch 27, 2013

The 20 Most Talented Headcases in Sports Right Now

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    While it's always great seeing the top plays that our favorite athletes do on a nightly basis, it's even more entertaining seeing them freak out in the locker room, on the media or, even on Twitter.

    Since so much of sports involves the mental side, we're taking a look at some of the people who are just a little off—yet have the physical skills to be great.

20. Hope Solo

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    Hope Solo might be one of the top goaltender's in the world in women's soccer, but she's also a bit of a drama queen.

    Accusations against former coaches—along with a number of other instances—earns the two-time gold medalist a spot here.

19. The Busch Brothers (Kyle and Kurt)

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    These two racing brothers are known instigators thanks to their finger-pointing and arguments with other racers.

    Older brother Kurt—the 2004 Sprint Cup champ—seems to always land on the most-hated athlete lists thanks to various incidents with other drivers during races.

    The younger Kyle's success seems to have made him paranoid that everyone else is out to get him, letting loose in the media about all the haters he has.

    Seems there was something in the water in the Busch household, doesn't it?

18. Vince Young

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    Vince Young might not currently be on an NFL roster, but honestly, that's one of the major reasons he's even on this list.

    After being released by the Buffalo Bills last preseason, Young's taken to Twitter and other media outlets to help sell himself to other players and teams. It's a shameless self-promoting act, but if a team took the chance on him, he's proven to have the talent to potentially deliver—it's just that it'll be hit or miss with him.

    We're sure it's just to help him get some of the money he blew away back, though.

17. Les Miles

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    There's absolutely no denying Miles' prestige when on the sideline; the LSU coach does have a national title under his belt, after all.

    With the nickname the "Mad Hatter" though, is it any wonder why his own misfortunes and gambles may backfire at some point?

    Besides that, he gnaws on grass, so there's obviously a few loose screws up in his noggin.

16. Rex Ryan

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    Speaking of head coaches who are a little crazy, Rex Ryan is right at the top of the list thanks to some of the stunts he's had over the years.

    His shtick seemed to work great in his first couple seasons in New York—as he lead the Jets to back-to-back AFC title games—but now his cockiness and demeanor just don't seem to sit well with opponents.

15. Manti Te'o

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    The future NFL linebacker makes the cut under the assumption that he'll never be able to live down his whole fake girlfriend hoax.

    We wish nothing but the best for Manti Te'o, but to think that his workout performances and ultimately his play on the field are not or will not be affected by everything that went down back in January is a bit naive considering he just can't avoid the subject.

14. Brian Wilson

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    Most pitchers in baseball are a little bit crazy—especially relievers.

    They follow bizarre rituals and routines and are usually some of the most outgoing personalities on the team.

    Just looking at Wilson shows that the guy's not really that bashful, as he sports numerous tats, a beard rivaling ZZ Top and does anything he can to try and stand out from the pack.

    Here's to hoping a team picks him up and he returns to form following surgery last season, because he's quite the talent.

13. Rob Gronkowski

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    Just because Gronk looks like he's a lot of fun doesn't necessarily mean he's not a headcase.

    The Pats tight end may have come out of nowhere in the past couple years, showing that he's just as talented on the field as off of it, but between the many soundbites and party pics he gives us, he's definitely proven to be quite the personality. 

12. Kobe Bryant

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    Bryant isn't a headcase like the other athletes on this list are, but he is one nonetheless.

    He has the desire and compulsiveness for control over everything.

    Though we love his passion and drive to win, it's a little much at times.

    His never-ending strive for perfection is admirable but unrealistic.

    As arguably the greatest player of his generation, Kobe's his own worst nightmare, which is part of what makes him so damn great.

11. Sergio Garcia

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    There was a time when Sergio Garcia was supposed to be the next big thing to challenge Tiger Woods.

    Unfortunately for him, he's still never won a Major tourney and has been bypassed by guys like Phil Mickelson and Rory McIlroy as the main competitor to Woods.

    He plays a sport where mental toughness is key, but over the course of his career, he's proven he just can't swing it come Sunday, when it really matters in closing out a tournament. But he can from a tree branch!

10. Serena Williams

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    Sure, Serena Williams is an all-time great at her sport, possessing 28 total Grand Slams between both singles and doubles events.

    Though she's fortunate her ultra-competitive nature and hot-headed behavior doesn't outweigh her career accomplishments, it's still something that most fans think of when her name gets mentioned thanks to several incidents she's had in her career.

9. Tony Stewart

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    As the only driver to win both an IndyCar and NASCAR title, Stewart has proven he has the talent to become an all-time great driver on the track.

    Unfortunately, he's as arrogant as they come, often taking shots at anyone who doesn't share his same point of view on things, which ultimately puts him in bad favor amongst fans and other drivers.

8. Sidney Crosby

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    He's separated himself from the pack as the most talented player in the world wearing skates, but as good as he is, he's still a little weird.

    Some of his extreme superstitions include not calling his Mom on game days because he's gotten injured in the past after talking to her, along with not allowing anyone to touch his sticks once he's already taped them; otherwise, he'll rip it off and do it again.

    Most athletes have their little quirks—and Crosby's do seem to work for him—so we'd imagine him not changing them up.

7. Ndamukong Suh

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    Suh might be a great guy, but on the field, he seems anything but.

    The monster defensive tackle has received multiple fines and disciplinary action for some hard hits and malicious stomps on opposing players.

    As the former No. 2 overall pick (2010) and a two-time Pro Bowler, the Lions are happy to have his physical talents—just not all the extracurricular stuff.

6. Metta World Peace

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    Though World Peace isn't nearly the same player he was just a few years ago when he captured league Defensive Player of the Year honors, he's still a viable option for the Lakers.

    Whatever goes on in his head really—and spews from his mouth—needs to stop, though, unless he's trying to be remembered as this decade's version of Dennis Rodman.

5. Chael Sonnen

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    Considering Sonnen continues to struggle in the big bouts—while still scooping headlines thanks to his trash-talking ability—it will be tough to take the guy seriously.

    He could be lethal if he wanted to, but it might be time to put in more work training to beat the Anderson Silvas and Jon Joneses of the world rather than keep popping off at the mouth.

4. Marshall Henderson

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    Maybe it was all too much, too quickly for the Ole Miss shooting guard?

    After enjoying a breakout season for the Rebels, he's become the more mischievous, and less accomplished Johnny Manziel of college basketball, with fans anticipating all the crazy stuff he's going to do next.

    Kid has talent, but he needs to harness his emotions a little better.

3. DeMarcus Cousins

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    The Kings' big man has every bit of the natural talent a franchise would want and expect from a guy drafted in the top five.

    Problem is, he has the maturity level of someone playing in middle school, who doesn't want to put in the effort to get to the level he could be at.

    Cousins has basically averaged a double-double throughout his short career, so it's up to him whether he wants to become more like Tim Duncan or just another Derrick Coleman.

2. Mario Balotelli

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    He may not possess top-three-in-the-world-type skills that strikers Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi or Zlatan Ibrahimovic do, but Balotelli is arguably the most exciting Italian international since Roberto Baggio donned their kit.

    Already punching a ticket out of Man City less than a year after their historic EPL title, he's now AC Milan's talented headache to deal with.

1. Floyd Mayweather Jr.

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    When Mayweather's not in the slammer, he's slamming his opponents' faces in inside the ring.

    He's said to earn more than $30 million in money for each fight, so he's always a major draw, but his narcissistic and controversial behavior always seems to overshadow his accomplishments.