This Week in Annoying: The Worst in Sports Right Now
Soft beds, spelling and overzealous Little League World Series fans lead things that are just awful this week.
Hey, if we get bored, we can always talk about the Alex Rodriguez soap opera.
Welcome to another installment of me ranting like a little whiny sports fan. Consider this our little corner of the sports bar known as the Internet, so go ahead and get in on discussion in the comments section below.
Here is where we highlight all that was wrong with sports this week, because no bad deed should be forgotten.
From odd injuries to body paint at Little League games, we have you covered. With that we head off into the land of unfortunate moments.
Let's get some things off our chest.
Stupid Stubborn Baseballs
Apparently, baseballs can be real jerks sometimes.
The Minnesota Twins' Trevor Plouffe makes a fantastic diving catch, only to be undone by a baseball that is far too comfortable kicking it in the web of his glove.
At least we were able to laugh at it, Plouffe.
Adults Acting Like Kids
Apparently the Little League World Series has roughly the same effect as Las Vegas on adults: They lose their freaking minds.
The posted video clearly shows an adult going through all the trouble of stealing a ball from a little kid. We certainly hope that ball is now on a mantle along with a glass of the kid's tears.
I hear you can get those things at a sporting goods store. I could be wrong, though.
That Darn Spelling
Last week we noticed a Red Sox fan who was beaten by the classic enemy of one too many vowels when trying to deride Alex Rodriguez.
Well, this week some high school cheerleaders fell victim to using the wrong letter in their very large and extremely visible banner.
Damn you, spelling! Why do you have to be so hard?
Do Not Use Children as Cup Holders
Now, this story might be one man's tale of how he and his 15-year-old son were kicked out of an Arizona Cardinals game, but it certainly seems as if two undercover officials were far more strict than they needed to be.
According to John Coulter, he wanted to snap off a quick picture and asked his son to hold his beer. That's when he was asked to leave the stadium for giving alcohol to a minor.
Initially thinking it was all a prank, Coulter was befuddled that he would be treated like a criminal for such an innocuous act.
I say the real crime is how much these beers cost at football games. I mean, am I right, Internet?
Chalk another one up to dumb sports injuries.
Normally a plague that sidelines baseball players, Bleacher Report's Dan Carson, via The Associated Press, covers the peculiar malady that saw Tiger Woods pull out of Wednesday's Pro-Am portion of The Barclays.
He slept on a soft bed.
It looks like he got himself a harder bed, because he managed to go four-under par on Thursday. Let's just hope we don't see any future continental breakfast injuries in the future.
Alex Rodriguez Soap Opera Gets Dumber
Last week Alex Rodriguez's lawyer, Joseph Tacopina, asserted in an interview with The New York Times that the Yankees and MLB were in cahoots to sabotage the slugger's contract, via Larry Brown Sports.
As it were, that wasn't such a great idea. ESPN reports MLB waited until Tacopina was on the Today Show with Matt Lauer to deliver a hilarious blow.
Tacopina went on about wanting nothing more than to talk about A-Rod's past testing history but was limited by a confidentiality agreement. Lauer then unveiled a letter from MLB that gave Tacopina free reign to talk about whatever he wanted if he signed it.
It was a cheap move by MLB, but a funny one—if only to see a brash lawyer squirm for a few moments. Oh, this Rodriguez story keeps getting dumber and dumber.