12 Teams with the Most Drama

Nick Dimengo@@itsnickdimengoFeatured ColumnistAugust 30, 2013

12 Teams with the Most Drama

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    Although drama in sports can be good—look no further than the NBA Finals this year—when it involves a specific team, it can become a major distraction for them to succeed.

    With continuity and cohesiveness usually comes good things, so when a team has drama between teammates, coaches, media or elsewhere, they often find it much harder to have fun and win.

    Over the years we've seen a ton of unnecessary drama, which is why I'm giving you the most dramatic teams in sports today.

    They may not be filming a feature film, but they have enough drama to be in one.

Oakland Raiders

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    Former Raiders owner Al Davis may have created the saying "Commitment to Excellence" to describe the vision of his franchise, but, unfortunately, Oakland has been anything but in the past decade.

    Whether it's the rotating door at the head coaching position—where they've employed an insane seven different guys in the past decade—questionable draft picks or the team's overall 49-111 record since losing the Super Bowl in 2003, people find it hard to believe the Silver and Black are excelling at anything—well, besides having a lot of questions unanswered with the direction of the team.

    With indecision at the quarterback position again this year, it looks like the drama isn't going away for at least one Bay Area team.

Kentucky Men's Basketball

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    Unlike the Raiders, the Kentucky men's basketball team has enjoyed some drama because of the success since head coach John Calipari has taken over the blue-blooded program.

    Some of that drama has come from the announcement of the nation's top recruits, who often flock to Lexington in order to play for the most popular college basketball team in the country right now.

    What Alabama is to college football in its dominance and elite status, the Wildcats are just that in the hoops game.

    Luckily, Cal has done a good job at reloading when his star players split town early—which he's doing again this year with yet another No. 1-ranked class.

Pittsburgh Penguins

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    The Penguins might boast arguably the league's best tandem in star centers Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, but they also happen to be the oldest team in the league, meaning their championship window may just be closing faster than fans want to admit.

    If that's not enough, Crosby is widely-known as one of the most dramatic players himself, so that stigma unfortunately is spread and felt across the entire locker room.

    The question now is if Sid and Evgeni are talented enough to lead the team to a Stanley Cup together.

Manchester United

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    Being the European equivalent of the Yankees has its ups and downs, doesn't it?

    On one hand, Manchester United is one of the most profitable sports franchises in the world, with fan support that reaches more than just within its own country's boarders.

    The negative of all that is, shocking, the drama that comes with all the expectations and high-level players.

    Look no further than the issues the team's dealing with now, as they don't only have the daunting task of replacing legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson, but also are dealing with the day-to-day dilemma of what to do with star striker Wayne Rooney.

    With mixed opinions from several different players, no one really knows how or when the whole thing will end?

Los Angeles Dodgers

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    While no one wearing Dodger blue regrets the decision to put breakout rookie Yasiel Puig in right field this year, there's no question the mercurial star has brought a bit more drama with him to the clubhouse.

    Hitting as if he's the second-coming of Babe Ruth, Puig's every move has been dissected—especially since he makes some questionable decisions sometimes.

    He may have been the kick in the ass the team needed to get on track after a paltry 38-43 record through July 1 for a team with a $214 million payroll, but it doesn't mean expectations and drama might not be even higher in Chavez Ravine—especially after going 40-12 since then.

Washington Redskins

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    No team ever wants to see their starting quarterback go to the turf with an injury.

    But when that player happens to be Robert Griffin III, who uses his legs more than the average signal-caller to make unbelievable plays which helped him earn the Offensive Rookie of the Year award, it's even worse.

    That was the predicament the Redskins found themselves in during last year's Wild Card game against the Seahawks.

    Now the repercussions have begun, with the status of RG3 an everyday storyline, often leading to opposing opinions from the quarterback and head coach Mike Shanahan.

    The guy is the franchise, so as much as he wants to play, his progress is more than closely monitored.

Miami Heat

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    I mean, they've won the last three Eastern Conference titles, past two NBA championships and have three of the biggest names in the league on one roster, of course there's going to be some intrigue down in South Beach.

    But while there were plenty of haters who loved seeing the Big Three struggle in their first year together in 2010, they've been able to silence most of it to do what they do best—straight ball.

    Whether winning or losing, the Heat will have plenty of drama thanks to their star trio of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh.

New York Jets

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    I'm a Browns fan, so I can't show too much sympathy for another team's shortcomings, but I show at least some empathy for Jets fans after the past 12 months they've had.

    Since going to back-to-back AFC title games in '09 and '10, Gang Green has been on a downward spiral in which drama has found them in pretty much everything they do.

    I can't say they didn't put in on themselves after drafting quarterback Geno Smith in the second-round, immediately opening up a QB controversy with questions around the future of incumbent starter Mark Sanchez.

    The latest issue is head coach Rex Ryan playing Sanchez late in the fourth quarter of a preseason game, getting him injured and leaving Ryan with some serious explaining to do.

Texas A&M Football

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    It's seriously crazy to see how much of an impact just one player—albeit a very talented one—can have on not only an entire football team, but the university as a whole and landscape of college football.

    While reigning Heisman winner, Johnny Manziel, has restored a great deal of fanfare and positive recognition back to College Station, and the Aggies are seeing the fallout from having such a transcending player.

    Even with the announcement that Manziel would only be suspended for a half in Saturday's game against Rice, you better believe all things "Johnny Football" will continue to linger around the program all season—regardless of the NCAA clearly making a mistake on this one.

Los Angeles Lakers

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    It's not easy being a Lakers player, coach or fan these days, as it seems like nothing is going right.

    Starting at the beginning of this past season, the team struggled out of the gate, going just 1-4, and leading to then head coach Mike Brown getting canned.

    The subsequent replacement, Mike D'Antoni, had question marks from the beginning, as the team was also in "talks" with the legendary Phil Jackson at the time.

    Instilling his uptempo and contrasting style, D'Antoni's system didn't seem to fit the personnel, often leaving big men Pau Gasol and Dwight Howard wondering their role in the offense.

    There was the Kobe-Dwight feud, the questions about Howard's pending free agency—in which he split town for Houston—and the worst thing anyone could think of, Bryant tearing his Achilles late in the season.

    Even with Dwight gone and a full preseason with D'Antoni, an aging roster and zero flexibility, many of the same questions are still lurking—and the season doesn't tip off for another two months.

New England Patriots

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    It's been a pretty interesting offseason for the New England Patriots to say the least.

    After reaching their seventh AFC title game in the 14 years of the Bill Belichick/Tom Brady era—losing to the Ravens 28-13—there were already question marks about what moves the team needed to make in order to get back to the Super Bowl.

    But now the entire franchise is wondering about a hell of a lot more than just who to sign or start, as they saw their former Pro Bowl tight end Aaron Hernandez arrested for allegedly murdering a friend of his, the other All-Pro at the position, Rob Gronkowski, trying to get himself back on the field and have the daily questions about the status of third-string quarterback Tim Tebow.

    That's a ton to think about, and the season hasn't even started yet.

New York Yankees

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    Whether it's fair or not, the Yankees will seemingly always find themselves among the most dramatic teams in all of sports.

    Much like the aforementioned Manchester United, the Bronx Bombers are one of the most prolific and profitable franchises in the world, meaning there's always pressure to not just win, but end seasons with a championship.

    That's difficult to do when the team's best players are either injured and missing significant time (Derek Jeter, Curtis Granderson, Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira), or are really underperforming if they are healthy (C.C. Sabathia, Phil Hughes).

    When you toss in the looming Rodriguez suspension and the cloud that hangs over the clubhouse from that, it's easy to see why they top my list.

    They've surprisingly been able to stay within themselves and block out all the distractions well though, as they've gone 13-8 since A-Rod (along with everyone but Teixeira) returned to the lineup.