Just Shut Up: The Five Most Annoying Athletes in Sports
The criteria for this slideshow is pretty simple.
Hearing these athletes on television, watching them play, or seeing their jersey/face should make the typical sports fan cringe.
Also, having your name associated with a "saga" will put you on this list. Dominating ESPN with off-the-field issues is another factor.
In some cases, particularly estranged fans may sometimes yell at their television, "Just shut up!"
No. 5: LeBron James
That look of disbelief will not fool me, LeBron. You are still on this list.
Now, I understand that this season's NBA free agency is important. It could bring great change to basketball.
However, it has dominated all sports networks for the past month, with "experts" delivering reports where they believe LeBron will go.
To me, this whole saga is just to draw even more media attention to King James. Why else would LeBron ask ESPN to do a signing special in primetime?
Normally, collegiate signing days occur in the early afternoon. But because LeBron wants a humongous amount of media coverage, his decision will finally be announced after one hour of further speculation on Thursday night at 9:00 PM EST.
Strangely enough, John Buccigross made a verbal slip on air while I was writing this article. Instead of SportsCenter, he welcomed me back to SportsSigning.
No. 4: Manny Ramirez
I despise athletes that do other things than their job. Their antics on and off the field just strike a nerve within me.
But even I have to admit some of Manny Ramirez's stunts were pretty funny, such as the Favre poster shown in this picture.
The biggest problem is that these incidents happened constantly, and some affected Manny's play on the field.
For example, after catching a fly ball, Ramirez gave a fan a high-five in the stands before throwing the ball back into the infield.
In another instance, Manny went into the scoreboard at Fenway Park to make a phone call in between innings.
Plus, there was a constant lack of effort and hustle throughout his career. It seemed like Manny was pulling a stunt every time I turned on my television. One or two is fairly funny and interesting. Constant stunts become distracting and annoying.
No. 3: Tiger Woods
After Tiger Woods was injured in a car accident leaving his driveway in Orlando, Florida, things have gone downhill for the fallen star.
Once Woods was treated for his injuries, his many transgressions were revealed.
On December 2nd, just five days after his accident, US Weekly published an interview with a waitress claiming she had a 31-month affair with the golf superstar.
Over the course of the next few weeks, more and more women came forward, claiming to have had affairs with Tiger. As they are uncovered, Woods holds a press conference to apologize for his actions and to report that he is taking a break from professional golf.
Since December, questions about Woods have been constant. Sports networks showed hundreds of different writers and broadcasters giving their opinion on Tiger's mistakes and his golf career.
Sure, he is one of the greatest players in the sport. However, for several months, ESPN was clouded with daily Tiger updates. It became quite a nuisance.
No. 2: Terrell Owens
Where to begin?
T.O. has been involved in so many antics throughout his career that it is next to impossible to discuss them all. Signing a football with a Sharpie after scoring a touchdown, celebrating a score with a cheerleader's pom poms, and mocking Ray Lewis after a touchdown are just a few of his milder antics.
Owens seemed to have problems no matter what team he joined. He continually had issues with quarterback Donovan McNabb while with the Philadelphia Eagles.
And who can forget Owens doing on-camera sit-ups in his driveway?
Then, there is the press conference after Dallas lost in the playoffs to the New York Giants. Owens stated that he believed it was "unfair" that quarterback Tony Romo was singled out for the loss.
He claimed the Cowboys were a team and defended Romo. Through tears, Owens said, "That's my teammate. That's my quarterback!"
The following season, Owens returned to his usual ways, claiming that he was not getting enough targets, even though he continually dropped passes during games.
T.O.'s whining, self-centered nature was incredibly annoying, almost earning him the top spot in this countdown.
No. 1: Brett Favre
Let's go back to 2006.
Yes, Brett Favre's retirement discussions began over four years ago. No wonder I'm sick of this guy.
After great deliberation through the month of April, Favre decides to return to the Packers for the 2006-2007 season. He has technically yet to retire, although he has probably flip-flopped more than once by this time.
Following the '06-'07 season, Favre chokes up in an NBC interview. He claims that he is unsure if he will retire. An unnamed Packers teammate stated that he was just as emotional after a 2005 season ending speech. At that time, Favre was almost certain he was going to retire.
Wait, this stuff started in 2005? Congratulations, Brett. You have a saga that has run longer than many sitcoms.
After the 2007-2008 season, Favre officially retired on March 6, 2008.
"It's all over!" Sports fans believed that the Favre saga finally had come to an end.
But wait, there's more.
Less than a month later, Favre had second thoughts about entering retirement. After months of confrontations with the Packers and coaches, Brett became a Jet. He joined New York on August 7, 2008.
After announcing ANOTHER retirement on February 12, 2009, Favre began to consider playing once again. He began discussing his return with Minnesota Vikings coach Brad Childress in the month of May.
Eventually, Favre would return to the NFL and come out of a second retirement. On August 18, 2009 Brett became a Viking. As if August 7 wasn't late enough.
Now, the suspense builds. Will he retire again?
I sure hope so.
Brett Favre is a great quarterback. But he continues to keep the football world on edge with constant waffling. Five years is much too long. Let it go, Brett. Let it go.