This Week in Annoying: The Worst in Sports Right Now

Gabe Zaldivar@gabezalPop Culture Lead WriterJanuary 24, 2014

This Week in Annoying: The Worst in Sports Right Now

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    Much like every last story you click on this week, there will be some Justin Bieber spillover. 

    That mess Bieber made leaked over onto the sports landscape, providing the usual array of social media jabs and sports trolling. 

    So we apologize in advance. 

    But hey, under the large swath of Biebs absurdity lies some other stories that might make you cringe in all new and more exciting ways, so dig freely. 

    Of course, we are so inundated with the outrageous, that we may have missed some stories, so go ahead and sound off on whatever ruffled those fine feathers of yours in the comments section below. 

Head in the Game

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    Just, um, just watch. 

    Or you can read what Harrison Mooney of Puck Daddy has to offer on the subject. In short, Utah State goalie Keagan McHenry was busy carousing with fans and didn't notice the faceoff on the other side of the ice. 

    Quick thinking and an empty net gave University of Denver the win in overtime. We would laugh if we weren't too busy cringing. 

Bieber Mania

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    As most of you know, Justin Bieber was arrested Thursday for DUI and reckless driving, so that takes care of the annoying and worst portion of the story. 

    However, a great deal of silly sports subplots sprang up in the report's wake. 

    First, Eric Dickerson and Keyshawn Johnson popped some figurative bottles in the form of tweets expressing a wee bit of celebration that Bieber had been nabbed. 

    Then Twitter user Jake Weiner managed to get his 'Free Bieber' sign on ESPNU, later getting it signed by one of the game's announcer's Brooke Weisbrod.

    The Biebs sign made our night...#FreeBieber @jweiner24: @BrookeWeisbrod thanks for the auto, hope you loved the sign

    — Brooke Weisbrod (@BrookeWeisbrod) January 24, 2014

    And then the NHL world decided it was time to get in on all the fun, so the Dallas Stars decided to troll the Maple Leafs contingent with the following image splashed onto their Jumbotron.

    It's true. There are indeed Leafs fans in the house. See jumbotronRT @damnitjason: Thank you @DallasStars Thank you.

    — Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) January 24, 2014

    There is nothing like a Bieber arrest to get the creative juices going, it seems.  

Selfie Mastery

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    A grand bow and tip of the hat to CJ Zero for spotting this egregious show of selfie taking going down at a Minnesota Golden Gophers game. 

    We can safely say they have exhausted pretty much every conceivable facial gesture. Then again, there is still more of the season left, so we wait eagerly to see what these ladies come up with. 

The Sad Case of Andrea Bargnani

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    It's really hard not to feel sorry for Andrea Bargnani. 

    This week he decided to pass up an open jumper to head to the hole and take on two 76ers defenders as well as gravity, and he lost. 

    The internet had a field day with the tumble, including this R. Kelly remixed version that was particularly popular. 

    Well, it got worse for the Knicks big man, because The New York Daily News reports that he has a torn ligament because of the fall and is out indefinitely. 

    This is your lesson for the day: know your strengths. We certainly can't wait till you get back, big guy. Get well soon. 

Seeing Double

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    Photo Credit: Phil Hecken Twitter

    Sticks? Check. Skates? Check. Uniforms? Oops. 

    A tip of the hat to UniWatch and Yahoo! Sports for what has to be one of the more hilarious hockey stories of the week. We would also like to thank Phil Hecken for including this image in a tweet. 

    Because of that, we now know what happens if one team shows up to a North American Hockey League game without their jerseys. They use their competition's away uniforms. 

    That's what happened to the the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees, who ended up looking like the Corpus Christi IceRays. At least someone managed to remember a puck. 

End of a Very Brief Era

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    We aren't sure what is worse, the fact that the Pelicans thought Pierre here would be a wonderful way to raise spirits or the fact that the team is now turning their backs on the terrifying face they once crafted. 

    Let's call it a tie. 

    As Zach Lowe reported, the Pelicans are going to make their mascot Pierre far less scary. Great, now we have to settle for making fun of the team instead.