Pet Peeves in Life and Sports

Kevin PaulSenior Analyst IAugust 10, 2008

Whether you’re the nicest person on the planet or the exact opposite, there is no doubt in my mind that either way, you have a list of pet peeves that drive you absolutely insane.

Not just in life, but in sports, too.

Certainly, there are those little things in sports that drive us nuts. There’s simply no sense in hiding them anymore, no matter how nice you are. Fine, if you’re not going to, then I am.

Here is a sampling of my own personal pet peeves… in life and in sports.

KP’s Pet Peeves in Life and Sports**

  • People who eat loudly.
  • The BCS.
  • Coaches that don’t ever go deep on 2nd-and-short.
  • Coaches that blatantly run up the score on opponents.
  • Highly-paid baseball players that do not run out groundballs.
  • In a similar regard, players that stare down home runs at the plate. Run it out!
  • The NBA traveling rule (or lack thereof). If I were an NBA player, I could walk to the North Pole and back and not get called for traveling.
  • Tailgaters (I don’t mean the ones that eat and drink at sporting events—that act is encouraged).
  • Cars who drive with their turn signal left on.
  • Cars who blow through red lights at crosswalks...especially when I’m in them.
  • Overblown sports stories...can you say beating a dead horse? Vick, Pacman, Favre, and Clemens are all examples that come to mind.
  • Commercials that torture my brain with catchy jingles, thinking I’ll go buy their product because of it (e.g. that Jeep commercial...“rock me gently, rock me slowly…”).
  • A sporting event with one sponsor, yet that sponsor tortures us with the same commercial over and over again.
  • Actors that think they can act (e.g. Brendan Fraser).
  • People who don’t cover their mouth when they cough or sneeze.
  • People that don’t refill the ice cube tray, yet still place it back in the freezer.
  • Bandwagon Fans.
  • “Ballhogs.”
  • Bad NFL Rules (e.g. The Tuck Rule a few years back).
  • Homer fans that don’t admit they got a break on a bad rule (see “Tuck Rule”).
  • Baseball’s lack of a salary cap.
  • People who pee on the seat.
  • Crybaby athletes.
  • Fans who cheer injuries.
  • Candlepin bowling—what the heck is the point? You couldn’t get a strike if your life depended on it. If you’ve never heard of it, you aren’t missing a thing, except for maybe, the pins.
  • People who don’t wash their hands in the restroom at work...or anywhere for that matter.
  • Exorbitant player salaries (maybe I’m just jealous).
  • People who walk slowly, and as a group take up the entire crosswalk while doing so
  • Did I mention the BCS?!
  • People who don’t clean up after themselves.
  • Expensive stadium food.
  • Cheaters.
  • Cheaters that gloat after beating you.
  • People who give the “No. 1” sign when on TV, when they’re team is 100th or so in the country. Why are you always No. 1? That’s the best you got?
  • People who cut in line.
  • People at the gym who hog machines, especially when they are socializing with others and not actually working out.
  • The NFL overtime rules—maybe we should think about testing the college OT system?
  • Hideous throwback jerseys (not all of them are, but goodness).
  • People that answer their cell phones in movie theaters.
  • People who feel they need to scream into their cell phones in order to be heard. It doesn’t work that way people!
  • People who sue for silly reasons such as burning yourself with coffee.
  • People who stand right behind you when you’re trying to get money out of an ATM. It’s called space people!
  • Slow golfers.
  • Golfers that don’t repair their divots.
  • Golfers that don’t rake the sand traps (especially when my ball is in a foot print).
  • Players that come in and out of retirement. Make a decision and stick to it.
  • Players on the field that celebrate a great play, yet their team is getting blown out at the time.
  • Players that retract their verbal, decommit, and choose a new school.
  • Players that showboat.

And finally…

  • Tardiness—sorry for adding this one in so late.

Now that I’ve gotten some of those off of my chest, do you have any to add?


**Originally posted to KP's Blog on Feb. 11, 2008