This Week in Annoying: The Worst in Sports Right Now
Soccer pranks and tennis tirades lead a list of sports' most annoying moments from an otherwise tolerable week.
Welcome back to another addition of me being a grumpy sports fan, signaling out all that is wrong with this lovely athletic landscape; should be fun.
Last week we highlighted the Spurs screamer and that awful lady who flipped off Joakim Noah. This is what we are talking about, my friends; the extracurriculars that make you step back and think, well, that was rather unnecessary.
Go ahead and nominate the people and moments that unsettled your stomach just a tad over the last few days, and go ahead and throw me in the lot if you like as well.
Without further ado, here is what really grinds my gears.
Viktor Troicki's Temper Tantrum
OK, I will break my own rule and say this was damn funny, for the first couple of minutes. Eventually, 27-year-old Troicki ended up looking like a whiny kid at Wal-Mart who didn't get the toy he wanted.
This gentlemanly debate over whether a ball was out or not came during Troicki's eventual loss to Ernests Gulbis on Wednesday at the Italian Open.
I really hate to admit it, but grabbing the cameraman was a nice touch.
Steve Smith Clowns on Mark Sanchez Just Because
When you see everyone at the party capping off jokes on one person, you join right in with your best material.
Well, that's what Panthers receiver Steve Smith seems to think.
Smith was co-hosting WFAN's The Drive earlier in the week and was asked about Mark Sanchez, Jets quarterback and NFL laughingstock of the moment.
As CBS New York reports, Smith had this to say, "He sucks. I wouldn’t let Mark Sanchez throw me a paper bag sandwich." I don't know what's worse, going after low-hanging fruit or discarding a perfectly good sandwich.
Ryan Lochte's Ab Sculpture
For the second week in a row, we welcome Ryan Lochte to the honorable breakdown of sports dishonorable entities.
This week, you can add getting a sculpture of his abs to the things Ryan Lochte would do.
Yes, his E! series is right where we left it, raising the bar of reality-TV so high no show could ever hope to reach it.
The famed swimmer was tasked with deciding what kind of sculpture he wanted and finally settled on his abs because they are so wonderful...OK, we are done here.
Lochte got a sculpture of his abs and you just have to live knowing that now.
Stoke City's Prank War
I'm all for a good prank, but you have to work within a certain level to keep things playful. We shouldn't have to warn adults of this, but Stoke City ramped things up to such a degree that a player's window ended up getting smashed by a brick.
The Telegraph catches us up on the latest from Stoke City. It seems earlier in the week, Michael Owen had his car doused with eggs and flour.
So far, so good.
On Friday, Glenn Whelan allegedly took a pig head and put in striker Kenwyne Jones' locker. Um, getting a little out of hand, boys.
Jones retaliated by throwing a brick at Whelan's windshield.
These jerseys are so in your face you almost need to swat them away like a pesky gnat wreaking havoc on your concentration.
The Tucson Padres are holding a "Disco Night" on June 8 and will don the uniforms once worn by the Tucson Toros in 1980, when they were the Astros minor-league affiliate.
I will go ahead and assume they don't catch on.
Korean Baseball Player Celebrates Way Too Soon
I was just a little hesitant to include this moment simply because Jeon Jun-woo was served justice the moment he decided to show up the pitcher.
After watching the video three or four more times, I decided it's still hilarious, so here you go.
In a game between Korean League's Lotte Giants and the last-place NC Dinos, Jun-woo hits one to the outfield and acts as if he just launched the first home run in the history of the sport.
Come for the flipped bat but stay for the priceless expression on his face when he sees the ball caught at the warning track.
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