Top 10 Athletes that New Yorkers Hate
Over the years, athletes on other teams have come to New York and have gone above and beyond their abilities to have them become legends for being N.Y. Team Killers.
Reggie Miller, Manny Ramirez, Michael Jordan, Dan Marino, Emmitt Smith, Mario Lemieux, and Greg Maddux have all come along in the past 20 years and have been killing New Yorkers' favorite teams. Now there is a new group of enemies that New York fans just love to hate, and this is my top 10 of those athletes.
My Criteria: I first wanted every team reprsented that is a New York-based team, so at least one athlete from each major sports league is listed.
Outside of Stephon Marbury—he is a special case—players who played in New York and performed badly before leaving are not included.
So no Carl Pavano, no John Abraham, no Aaron Heilman. That could be a list all by itself so it wont be on this list.
The Devils/Nets (Not N.Y. Teams) were not included.
So Without further stalling, here they are, the Top 10 Athletes hated by N.Y. Fans....Enjoy!
10. Tony Romo
Ah the pretty boy QB of America's team, no wonder that Giants fans can't stand him.
Here's the thing, the guy is hated for all the wrong reasons to hate an ATHLETE. He isn't clutch—in fact he is anti clutch. He hasn't ever won a big game, and has never been able to handle his locker room. So why do Giants fans despise him?
The same reason as most people hate him: His girl friend is amazingly hot, and he is the quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys.
He has beaten the Jets once in his career and the Giants a few times, but in the playoffs against the G-Men he turned in an epic failure.
He is a rare hated athlete because he does everything to help your team and hurt his own, and yet when you think about what he goes home to, and realize that he is the QB on one of the most famous team in sports, the hate starts boils up again.
9. Sidney Crosby
His name is Sidney Crosby. He's the Captain of the Pittsburgh Penguins. But when you walk into Madison Square Garden, you would think his name would be Boo Diver.
Crosby is one of the faces of a newer and younger NHL and is looked at as the future of the game.
But this guy is hated because he is a whiner and a diver. But above all because he's just an all-around great player.
He has torched the Rangers in the past and helped the Pens beat the Rangers last year in the playoffs on his way to the Stanley Cup Finals.
Rangers fans are some of the most passion-filled fans in all of New York, and when the Penguins come to town, you see that passion come out every time he touches the puck.
This passion you will see for years to come and the hatred will continue to grow with each game Crosby plays against the Rangers.
8. Martin Brodeur
A Chant that has become more and more popular around the Garden these days.
Martin Brodeur is the greatest goalie in NHL history, most wins of all time, three Stanley Cups and most importantly, he has had a feud with the Grate One, a Mr. Sean Avery.
Brodeur went from young rookie trying to derail the Rangers in 1994—some guy named Matteau ended that run—to a guy who is now in N.Y. more for his antics with Avery than anything else.
Rangers fans hate this guy with a passion and love to jump on him whenever they can.
Brodeur, some people say, plays for the wrong Tri-State area team. They say that if he was a Ranger, he would be the greatest athlete in all of New York.
Well he's not a Ranger. He is a New Jersey Devil and Rangers fans hate him and will continue to do so until he is finally done butterflying his way to the Hall of Fame as a Devil.
Oh yeah, some Rangers fans enjoyed Sean Avery calling him "Fatso" more then the birth of their first child. Now thats what I call Hatred.
The original Mets killer, the face of evil when it came to so many Mets seasons that would fall apart at the worst times.
He hit his first homer at Shea Stadium and liked the place so much, he bought a seat when it was torn down, and even named one of his children Shea!
Chipper Jones, or as Mets fans like to refer to him, Larrrrrrrrrrrrryyyyyyyyyyyy, has been a Mets killer since he was called up to the Braves in 1995.
In 1999 he said that Mets fans should go home and get their Yankees gear. That didn't sit too well with Mets fans who have booed him quite loudly ever since.
The Braves-Mets rivalry hasn't been much to write about since 2005 and Chipper—er Larry—has been getting injured a lot, although he is still productive.
He is still one of the hated players in N.Y. history and will go down as maybe the greatest Mets Killer of them all.
6. Cole Hamels
Sometimes the truth hurts. And sometimes when you bluntly tell the entire fan base of a team on its home sports radio station that they are choke artists, it makes you into a villian of epic proportions.
Cole Hamels was the NLCS MVP and the World Series MVP last season in leading the hated Phillies to the World Series Title, their first in 28 years.
He is also the ace of a Phillies' staff that has killed the Mets the last two seasons. He was even featured on the cover of SI this winter.
But it wasn't until this winter that on WFAN he said that the Mets were "choke artists" that he really got Mets fans all in a tizzy. (By the way....THEY ARE CHOKE ARTISTS).
He has been getting injured this year which of course brought a wry smile to the faces of Mets fans, who I'm sure are waiting for that elbow, which is suspect, to blow up, like their team has thanks to Hamels and the Fightin' Phils.
5. Kevin Youkilis
As he was rounding the bases last Friday night as he once again helped the Red Sox knock off the Yankees with a game-winning homer in the 11th inning, he just added to the reasons he is hated in New York.
Kevin Youkilis, aka The Youka, plays like a Gold Glove at First base, has been the unquestioned leader of a world championship contender and has this thing with Joba Chamberlian that involves a 96 mph fastball and his head.
He is a clutch player in the same breath as Jimmy Rollins—minus the trash talk. He play on the field does the talking and NY fans would wish he would shut up.
4. Stephon Marbury
The only person that, though I made a point not to count former N.Y. athletes, made the list. He is a special case.
He is a loser, a ball hogger and a team killer. Stephon Marbury is an All-Star that was supposed to come home to New York and be the central figure in Isiah Thomas' plan to bring the Knicks back to glory.
All he did was send the Knicks deeper into hell.
He was accused of having relations with a girl who was a Knicks intern, he fought with coaches, had a lot of injuries, had a contract buyout fight with management, refused to play when asked this season and was just a bad person overall.
He helped to set the Knicks back almost five years with his contract and with his horrific play.
He proved that sometimes....You can't go home again.
3. Tom Brady
He's the quarterback that people used to create on Madden. A perfect passer, good looks, a winner. Tom Brady makes New Yorkers want to puke.
He has never lost in the Meadowlands and has started at quarterback in four Super Bowls, of course the fourth one was sweet for some fans of NY.
He plays for a team that has been accused of cheating and is hated across the U.S.
Read some blogs when he got hurt. People were actually THRILLED that he was out.
He has killed the Jets time and time again and is now coming back, looking to do it again, at least Giants fans got that Super Bowl on him.
2. Jimmy Rollins
If your a Mets fan, when you get to this point of the list, you have either made an angry face, punched a wall or even flipped off the computer screen.
This is Jimmy Rollins and he is the guy who made the "Team to Beat" comment take off to new heights. In 2007 he helped lead the Phillies to the division title at the expense of a Mets collapse and won the NL MVP to boot.
Then got hurt in 2008 had a bad year...and still helped his team win the division thanks to another Mets collapse. Then he won the World Series!
Hey Mets fans, if you weren't annoyed before reading that paragraph, you're surely upset now, right?
He talks trash, backs it up and is a pronounced Mets Killer. I can guarantee you that he is not safe within the borough of Queens, that's for sure.
1. Jonathan Papelbon
The Red Sox closer really seemed to pick the wrong time to have confidence in himself when he told the N.Y. media during the All-Star Game festivities that he should close the game and not Mariano Rivera.
He was booed and cursed at during a aarade of All-Stars through New York and was booed in the All-Star game louder than even some Mets and other Red Sox players COMBINED.
Of course the World Series titles, the dancing and the antics on the mound don't seem to help either.
This is, in my opinion the most hated athlete in the mind of a New York sports fan.
What's your list? Did I miss anyone? Please tell me, this is a fun topic and open to a ton of debate! Leave your comments below and I'll answer them all. Thanks for reading, and don't forget to visit my blog, Smoking With Hank.