The 12 Worst Trends in Sports
Just like you and I do when we see something cool online or on TV, athletes and sports teams seem to find themselves hooked on trends.
And since we know that most sports are based on copying the success of another team, people will try anything to stay ahead of the curve.
So while we can't say all of these sports trends are going to stick around, right now they're hot—and I really wish they'd just go away.
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Yes, this is a bit tongue-in-cheek, but let's be honest for a second here, it's getting to be a little bit ridiculous these days, isn't it?
With so many athletes getting busted for trying to get an unfair advantage on their peers, it's time for every sports league to take the suggestion of the Angels' Mike Trout and just ban the ones found guilty for life.
It'd definitely be a nice relief for fans to not have to keep hearing about this anymore.
Resting the Starters
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Whether this be in basketball or during the last few weeks of the NFL season to save players from getting hurt before the postseason, I'm pretty sick of seeing it happen.
Have you checked the prices for a damn ticket to a sporting event these days? It's outrageous.
So if I just dropped close to $50 to see my favorite team play, I want both team's best guys out there—not some backups who were picked up off the scrapheap just a few days earlier.
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I'm a big Bill Simmons guy, but seeing him exchange in a media war of words with former Celtics (and current Clippers) head coach Doc Rivers was kind of off-putting.
He's a diehard Boston sports guy (obviously), so when things don't go his way he reacts as any sports fan does; he pouts—even if he is part of the media.
We follow our favorite athletes because they're good at sports, not because they like to hit "send" without thinking things through, causing some ridiculous Twitter feuds.
So let's save the garbage talk for the game, rather than having a daily back and forth using 140 characters.
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Go ahead and call me old-fashioned if you want to, but seeing college football teams like Ohio State and Notre Dame break tradition by going with these new, way-too-much-going-on uniforms is like spitting in my face.
I understand that less is no longer more in the style department for high school recruits, who see teams like Oregon get a different bright-colored uni pretty much every week.
But I like the classic looks of the great programs, so really hope these combat-like styles are just a passing fad.
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LeBron has the chalk toss before games.
OK, that's cool.
Aaron Rodgers has the championship belt thing.
I can live with that.
But when guys like Colin Kaepernick actually take the initiative of trademarking their very own celebration, it gets to be a little much, and definitely takes the fun and spontaneity out of it.
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Don't let these guys pull a quick one on you, tanking is very real.
Every athlete who thinks that they're fooling fans by getting blown out in the majority of games towards the end of the season is just being naive.
We all know that our guys might not be as talented as the opposition, but as a pro, there's absolutely no reason for losing by 30-plus points.
Sitting vets and bringing up the kids might be the front office's decision to "evaluate for next season," but that's usually them waving the white flag to try and land the top pick in the upcoming draft.
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The shooting sleeve has been around for about a decade or so after Allen Iverson began wearing the thing around 2001 to help relieve pressure on his shooting elbow.
And while it definitely adds some style to any ballers attire, it doesn't exactly make you stroke it like Ray Allen.
Come to think of it, it doesn't do anything for Allen either, as he wears his on the non-shooting arm.
So remind me, what the hell do these things do again?
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I'm a dude, so I can appreciate some upper lip fur as much as Marshawn Lynch seems to, but that doesn't mean I'm in full support of the ironical type all of the time.
Back in the day, guys took pride in their mustaches, carefully keeping them groomed and making sure it was a staple of their look.
Nowadays, it seems that pro athletes take a few months off during the summer, play some golf and show up with a hilarious rendition during training camp or spring training.
I like the humor, but I think Mark Sanchez has just made the thing too uncool these days.
NBA Sleeved Jerseys
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Personally, I think basketball jerseys should just stick to the basic tank and not try to evolve—besides the material obviously—especially since these things look more like a Tour de France biking jersey than anything else.
Oh well, what do I know? Turns out the fad is catching on, as the Lakers are rolling with them for some games next season too.
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It's not as if crazy hair in sports is something new.
After all, Dennis Rodman was really the catalyst in starting the fad, frequently dyeing his hair while with the Spurs and Bulls in the '90s, so it's been around awhile now.
But what started with just a few guys doing it has suddenly spread like wildfire, as more and more athletes are going all bright with their locks.
Come on guys, it's not cool if everyone's doing it, so let's take a little time off already.
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As I sit here typing in my prescription Wayfarer glasses, I can't help but wonder how nerdy I actually look in these things.
It's like I'm a mix between Steve Urkel and some outrageous hipster or something.
But pro athletes seem to think these frames instantly make them stylish, as we've seen a bevy of guys sport them at both postgame press conferences all the way up to their first interaction with Roger Goodell at the NFL Draft.
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As bad as the frames are, a professional athlete carrying a purse into or out of a locker room is about 100 times worse.
I know that they've got money to spend on nice things and all, but do they really think it's not only necessary to buy a leather, Louis Vuitton man purse for about $1,000?
Supposedly it doesn't really matter how fem you look, just as long as you've got one that stands out—right LeBron?