17 Athletes and Teams We Hear About Way Too Much

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17 Athletes and Teams We Hear About Way Too Much
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It's hard to avoid buying into hype. Hype is exciting. Hype makes sports fun.

But what makes it even more fun is when the players who come with the most hype fall flat on their faces.

No, failure in the face of great expectations is not fun for them—but it's fun for their rivals. And the people who love rooting for underdogs. Usually, when some over-hyped "phenom" fails, it means that someone else shocks the world with their own unexpected greatness.

And that's way more fun than, for example, watching the same guy contend for the Heisman over and over again.

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