Throwing Tomatoes: Who in Sports Should See Red?

Kevin PaulSenior Analyst IMay 13, 2009

LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 19:  Manny Ramirez #99 of the Los Angeles Dodgers on base against the Colorado Rockies during the game at Dodger Stadium on April 19, 2009 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Let's keep the tradition alive by throwing tomatoes at the individuals in sports that deserve them most, such as this week’s unfortunate targets.


Calvin Borelfor bailing on Mine That Bird.

What makes horse racing enticing besides the betting? Yes, it’s the elusive Triple Crown. A horse gets close, and people get pulled in by an underdog story.

One lucky jockey is along for the ride. Calvin Borel was that jockey this year, helping push 50-1 shot Mine That Bird to a Derby victory.

Why does that deserve a tomato? Borel bailed, choosing Rachel Alexandra, instead, leaving us with just some funny looking hat to wear.


NASCAR Driver Jeremy Mayfieldfor failing a drug test.

Reports say officials figured it out when Mayfield had left his right turn signal on.

At least Mayfield, who is suspended indefinitely, wasn’t guilty of taking the same banned substance as Manny Ramirez. Why? Well, there could be some confusion as to where the stick shift is—yes, I went there.

Tim Floydbut only if the report that he paid an OJ Mayo associate is true.

Yes, reports are surfacing that USC basketball coach Tim Floyd paid an associate of OJ Mayo big bucks to help get the phenom to play hoops with the Trojans.

C’mon Tim, maybe you should have stuck with recruiting the grade school kids, where you could pay them off in toys and candy. Seriously, didn’t anyone ever teach you to “hold the Mayo?”

Tony Romofor trying to qualify for the U.S. Open.

Hey, more power to you, Tony, for being able to play well at multiple sports. But why not focus on improving your football game more instead of trying out for another U.S. Open?

The report discusses how Romo shot an even-par 36 on the front nine, but faltered mightily on the back, shooting a 44. Yeah, that sounds about right. Wait, he didn’t fumble any balls heading to the 18th tee box, did he?


Orlando Magicfor faltering at another critical moment in the playoffs.

Orlando really lacks closing power this year. Blowing multiple leads throughout. The Magic’s toughest loss may have been the recent Game Five against Boston, where Orlando failed to make a point over the last five minutes.

Boston is one win away from a date with LeBron and the Cavs, while Orlando is fading more quickly than you can say, "Marcin Gortat."

Former Nebraska QB Sam Kellerfor suing EA Sports and the NCAA.

A recent AP report discusses how the former Cornhusker is suing, saying, “the video-game maker wrongly uses the names and likenesses of college athletes in its products and that the NCAA sanctions the practice.”

OK, who else thinks the guy’s a little bitter about having a 38-speed rating and a noodle for an arm? Yeah, that’s what I thought—me too.

Cherry tomato throwssmall but effective.

Brett Favre

Because the media exposure is back and it feels like the movie Groundhog Day


Manny Ramirez

Ugh, let’s call it Groundhog Day, Part II

Anyone NOT watching Pens-Caps in the NHL Playoffs

Or as I like to call it, “Celtics-Bulls on Ice.”