The BCS and 50 Things We Hate About Sports
For all the moments that are remembered for a lifetime in sports, for all the passion poured out on the field by the players and in the stands by the fans, there are those moments, people, and aspects of sports that we simply hate.
Undoubtedly, some things in sports get under your skin, drive you up the wall and make your blood boil. Therefore, here are 50 side effects of being a sports fan.
50. Wussy And/or Fake Injuries
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Sitting out while pretending to be injured, no matter the circumstance, is the silliest thing I've ever heard. Nothing betrays fans faster than refusing to play when physically able.
While Gilbert Arenas is the most-recent example, Manny Ramirez perfected this art in Boston and made himself public enemy No. 1 for an entire city.
49. Useless Stats
First of all, winning two consecutive games isn't a winning "streak," nor is it a "in a row." Winning two consecutive games doesn't mean a team will claim the championship or is even turning things around. It's two games!
Secondly, there is an entire department for most news networks devoted solely to coming up with strange stats or coincidences. Do we really need these? I mean really?
48. East Coast Bias
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Some think it's make-believe, while others swear it stands in the way of their teams' success. Either way, East Coast bias has more haters than lovers, and it may be sticking around for a while.
47. Long Bathroom Lines at Halftime
It's the price you pay to never miss a snap, yet when you leave your seat to pay your toll, the tax seems amazingly too high. At the back of a line 20 or 30 women deep, ready to drain some beer or powder their nose (or whatever else women do in the bathroom), you are dancing and swearing up a storm, ready to explode.
46. Erin Andrews
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Seriously, that's enough Erin. Most sideline reporters are only on the field with a microphone to springboard themselves to their next destination.
Instead, Erin has settled in nicely with her dim-witted, non-statistical commentary with loose ties to what happened two quarters ago. No really, "thanks" for the insight. Now get out of the way.
45. Overly Loud And/or Drunken Fans Disrupting Your Game Experience
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Every game has one: That idiot that was handed one too many beers and now suddenly doesn't need a microphone to let us know how excited he is to be at the game.
While some drunken morons provide momentary comedic relief, most of the time they are disrupting your experience in some form of negative capacity.
44. Athletes Turned Sex Offenders
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Athletes of the last few decades make Babe Ruth's personal life seem like an episode of Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood.
This sense of self-entitlement athletes have when it comes to the opposite sex is out of control. It gets physically tiring to watch report after breaking news story surface on sports channels, of players' infidelities and lack of self-control.
Then, when we think there will be consequences, the player is slapped with a silly fine or a small suspension, to be later reduced. Thanks for nothing...
Here are some athletes most likely to make their hobby official:
43. Arrogant, Publicity-Hogging Owners
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OK, so I respect Mark Cuban for his passion for the game and ballsy roster moves. But he is still too much a part of each Dallas Mavericks game than is necessary.
George Steinbrenner, Frank McCourt and Al Davis are just a few of the owners that we love to hate. While all have experienced the glories of success in their respective sports, we have seen too much of them on television over the last decade.
42. Beach-Ball-On-Field Delays
For the mild amount of excitement beach balls bring to a baseball game, they are certainly frustrating during key moments. Momentum is such a serious part of the game, and even the slightest interruption can shift things in the other direction.
Here is a small word of advice: Either leave them at home, or hit them backwards!
41. Streakers That Take Too Long To Get Off The Field
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If you're ever at a game where a streaker takes the field during a lull in the action, watch how long people are willing to cheer for him, and how long it takes him to get off the field. There is an inverse ratio (fancy term for major difference) between those two aspects.
Everyone loves a good laugh but hates hearing the same joke over-and-over again.
40. Obtrusive Advertising
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Most people don't realize the amount of funding it takes to put on a sports event. However, sometimes those advertisers take it too far. Aside from NASCAR, a tremendous amount of advertisements in a short amount of space is usually a bad thing.
When it obstructs the view of fans, or disrupts the flow of play, it is simply too much.
39. Damagingly Arrogant Athletes
Respecting the swagger means admiring the confidence of an athlete, and wishing you had the same confidence in competition.
But when an athlete is over-confident, cocky, and condescending, bad things happen. Everybody hates an athlete that uses their own name more than words like "the," "a" or "and."
Click here for other athletes with damaging egos and private mistakes: Floyd Mayweather Jr. and 20 Athlete Reputations Ruined by Indiscretion
38. Officials Too Highly Involved in The Outcome of The Game
There are two ways a referree, umpire or official can make themselves too much of a factor:
1. Being whistle-happy while nit-picking each play
2. Blowing an easy call and refusing to seek counsel with other officials
37. Self-Righteous Coaches
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No need to remind these guys of how important they are. It has to be the first thing on their minds every day.
Every sport has its coaches that think their stool don't stink (It took a minute to think of a word to substitute in that sentence and have it still make sense).
We hate them, but our hate is just fuel to their fire, and usually their arrogance is followed with victories.
36. Illegal Recruiting
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Anyone else getting tired of hearing about all the violations in recruiting of college football players? This particular subject has a few different hated aspects, several of which will be touched on in this countdown.
Aside from the over-exposure of this phenomenon, college football has become so competitive that standards and morals are being readily discarded. It's a shame to see a "clean" form of sports, that is unpaid athletes, becoming such a dirty topic.
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There's nothing more frustrating than watching the same team win the championship year after year.
The Yankees in baseball, the Lakers or Celtics in basketball, and formerly the Dallas Cowboys and more recently the New England Patriots come to mind as teams that always win, and gather haters by the day.
Check out the most hated franchises here: Top 20 Most Hated Franchises, Programs, and Teams in Sports
34. Blown Calls
Along the same lines as officials getting heavily involved in a game is the blown call. Nothing gets players, coaches and fans more worked up than an obvious blown call that changes the complexion of the game. It's easy to forget that we are thousands of people against one man trying to get the call right.
Even so, they are paid to make the critical close-calls correctly (That's called alliteration by the way). No one likes someone who can't do their job, so get it right the first time!
33. Commentators Trying Too Hard To Be Funny/Inventing Stupid Nicknames
Bad jokes and even worse nicknaming is so effing annoying when watching the game on television. I'd rather take 100 more of Vin Scully's stories than Rex Hudler trying to come up with a nickname for every Angel on the roster.
It's funny that Scully is more humorous than Hudler for his spur-of-the-moment analysis, rather than "Big Daddy Vlad." Just stop, seriously, stop.
32. Complaining About Vuvuzelas
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Yes, they are incredibly annoying, but no, they aren't going anywhere. Vuvuzelas are perhaps the most annoying new tradition in the World Cup. But WC fans aren't complete without nearly passing out from blowing into their vuvuzelas throughout the game.
It just sounds like lingering background noise, so just tune it out and get used to it. Stop complaining! It's just white noise at this point.
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But I still hate those #$@*ing things!
30. Lame Super Bowl Commercials
They're the space that occupies the breaks during the game. No one wants to see them, but understands their necessity. Then, one time a year, we look forward to them.
The Super Bowl is the Holy Grail for commercial advertising and everyone hates the ads that just missed the mark.
29. Celebrities Dating Athletes
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Every cheerleaders' dream-come-true is to marry a major athlete and be set for life. So what's the big draw for famous women to date famous athletes? Is it the uniform? Ladies, I need your help! Comment and tell me why we shouldn't hate seeing Jessica Simpson and Kim Kardashian anywhere near a sports arena.
28. Ego Battles
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There is little sympathy for highly-paid athletes who can't get over themselves long enough to get along. I remember how much I hated hearing about Kobe Bryant's feud with Shaquille O'Neal in Los Angeles. Both players refused to admit their heads had grown into Goodyear Blimps.
It's just a game, a game you get paid millions to play. So get over it!
Check out the biggest egos in sports here: Randy Moss and the 25 Biggest Egos in Sports
27. Contract Holdouts
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Did I mention you get paid big money to play a game? Get over yourself! You'll have enough money to pay off the Maserati, relax!
26. High-Dollar Figure Rookie Contracts
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There are silly circumstances, especially in the NFL and MLB, that just make this situation ridiculous. A player who has yet to participate in a professional game is being guaranteed a figure higher than most veteran athletes make in a career.
This is just stupid...to hand a young man more money than he's ever seen in his life, then expect him to have a level head and a firm grip on reality. Good call...
25. Self-Righteous "Experts"
Backing a strong opinion with solid evidence is respectable, but having your own show about pointing out everything wrong in sports is just silly. These self-appointed sports policemen should all just go away. The world has plenty of blow-hards as it is.
24. The Overly-Dramatic Foul Flop
Whether soccer or basketball, the fake flop is quickly becoming a target for hatred among fans wanting wussies off the field. Soccer (or futbol if you prefer) is getting a little out of hand when it comes to players hitting the turf over someone sneezing during play.
C'mon, have some dignity!
23. The Time Between Pitches in MLB
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The pitcher takes the sign from his catcher, goes through his wind-up, delivers the pitch, and it's way outside for ball one. The next thing that happens is just frustrating for fans more accustomed to the pace of basketball or tennis:
The catcher throws the ball back to the pitcher, the pitcher slowly walks back to the mound before beginning to adjust every article of clothing. Meanwhile, the batter, who literally didn't move besides turning his head to watch the pitch go by, takes four steps out of the batter's box.
Next, he re-adjusts his batting gloves, takes a couple practice swings, and makes further uniform adjustments before returning to the box one step at a time. Exhausted from reading this? Try watching it!
22. Assertive Band Music
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Every Pac-10 team is familiar with USC's band and their playing of the "Ironman" song every time the team gains three yards on offense.
There's a large chance most of the members of the band at the game don't care about sports at all, so playing their instrument all game long no matter the situation isn't a stretch for them, just really annoying to us.
21. Obnoxious Mascots
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What....is....that? Those stupid mascots running around the field that as are distracting as they are ridiculous just make your blood boil.
Check out more on mascots here: The 25 College Mascots That Just Don’t Fit With Their Schools
20. Ugly Uniforms
You're trying to focus on the situation of the game, but you can't because you're too pissed off at what the team is wearing.
Why can't they just keep it simple? I don't know either.
Check out other lame uniforms here: The 20 Lamest Jerseys Anyone Can Own
19. Teams That Play Dirty
So this pic might not be the best example of the topic for this slide, but it was too hilarious to pass on. Everyone hates a cheater, especially when they win the game due to controversy.
There are a few cheap shots in this one too: VIDEO: The 50 Most Painful Nut Shots in Sports History
18. People Reading During Games
Why bother paying for the ticket, driving to the game, and walking to your seat, just to break out a book and shut everything else out? You should have just stayed home so I could put my feet up on the empty seat next to me.
17. Obnoxious Celebrity Fans
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Jack Nicholson, Jay-Z, and Lady Gaga to name a few. Silently cheering on your team is allowed, but making a statement by constantly reminding everyone who you cheer for, well that's just against the rules.
Here's more: Top 10 Most Obnoxious Celebrity Sports Fans
16. Over-Saturation By the Media
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Like hearing a song too many times, some stories in the media can become annoying because they are over-played by the media. Media saturation occurs when every major outlet you see on a regular basis is carrying the same story.
It's annoying and easy to hate when you want to catch up on your favorite team and all you can watch on sports networks are stories about naughty text messages from a QB that just won't retire.
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BOOOORRRRRIIIIINNNGGGGGG!!! Honestly, we just need a few new elements to this sport, like giving the drivers non-lethal weapons they can stretch out the passenger window. Or at least not stopping the race when there's a wreck.
I think the turned-over cars should just be left there like obstacles. At least do something to make cars going in a circle for 500 laps more entertaining!
14. Reporters That Know Nothing About Sports/Sideline Reporters
Don't get me wrong, I'm all about equality. This has nothing to do with the gender of the reporter. However, when said sideline reporter knows nothing about the sport which she is standing just a few feet from, that is a problem.
The reporter standing on the side of the field takes a job away from someone who has studied sports their whole lives, male or female. Non-research is the culprit here. That's all.
Ok, alright, you got me. There are a few exceptions:
(You asked for it)
13. People taking forever to sit down/find their seat
How long does it take to set all your stuff down and figure out which chair matches your ticket? Ten seconds? 30 seconds? For some people, it obviously isn't that simple. They can't seem to figure it out and it always happens during the biggest part of the action.
Down in front!!!
12. Fair-Weather/Band Wagon Fans
Everyone hates a fair-weather fan. You know the type: Cheer for them when they win, deny any involvement when they lose. Wear the jersey after the championship, hide it in the closet when they suck the next year.
Show some loyalty Benedict.
11. Insane Prices at the Team Store
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Our favorite team has us in a choke-hold when it comes to acquiring ways to support them. That seems a little backwards, but it's a business, and the prices aren't coming down any time soon. Still hate spending my rent money on a new jersey though.
10. Stadium Parking
Get there two hours early or 45 minutes late, your choice. It's just not possible to accommodate the sheer numbers of vehicles coming to a stadium (unless it's where the Marlins play). Parking is frustrating, and most hate the experience, but it's yet another thing that isn't going anywhere. But we still hate it.
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You may be wondering why steroids isn't farther up on the list. It's simple really:
1. Sports reached a new competitive level when steroids were introduced.
2. It's not going anywhere, and will soon become part of sports at a more regulated and sophisticated pace.
3. It's largely a non-issue already, as it has begun regulation.
We hate them because we consider baseball a sacred sport (Other leagues don't even test yet. It's largely just an issue in baseball). Steroids is a form of cheating at this time, but may become a standard before your last breath.
8. Athletes wanting to be actors
These guys think they can just walk on to a screen and make a Blockbuster. There's a reason why people go to school for years to make it big in the film industry. Maybe it's because they know to make money, people have to actually want to watch the film.
7. Athletes with reality shows
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It seems like everything can be turned into a reality television series these days. Terrell Owens and Chad Ochocinco are the most recognizable, but more and more athletes are emerging as television stars for no apparent reason.
I can't wait for the series premiere of, "I'm 40 years old, bankrupt and trying to act because I can't play sports anymore."
6. Rules That Don’t Make Sense
Baseball and golf are the two best examples of rulebooks that could hold the Goodyear Blimp to the ground.
Golf is full of tradition and sometimes that tradition makes us shrug our shoulders in bewilderment. Baseball is over-regulated, making a slow game even slower.
Update the books, speed up the game, and viewers will follow...
5. Reporters Who Dress Like Strippers Then Complain About All The Attention
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I think we can all agree on this one by now...
4. Fans Eating Anything Other Than a Hot Dog or Nachos
You're stomping on the toes of the game-day food gods when you bring in your own snacks, especially ones that don't belong anywhere near a sporting event or competition. Apples or fruit of any kind should be prohibited.
The first time I see a Whole Foods inside a stadium, that will be the day I am no longer a fan. It's a hot dog or hamburger, beer and a side dish of equal or greater grease content. Got it?
3. Fans that wear stuff from teams not in the game
We've seen these guys: Wearing a jersey or hat sporting the logo of a team that isn't even playing in the game or a jersey/hat of a team in a completely different sport. That's half-ass man, just don't do it. Wear regular clothes or stop by the team shop before the game. Man, I hate that!
2. The Bowl Championship Series (BCS)
There has been no other ranking system quite like this one and that's not a compliment.
We live in an age where we are so proud of our computers, we think they can do no wrong. This system of crowning a national champion has to go, and hopefully we will see its demise before riots break out. No jokes here, the BCS is just wack!
1. No Beer After the 7th Inning
Three reasons why this rule is just wrong:
1. Reward loyal fans of terrible teams for sticking around after the seventh inning.
2. It's hard to pre-funk for the after-party with the unavailability of beer.
3. Beer takes the sting out of losing to the Giants.
This rule is definitely No. 1. It may be practical and safe, but it's not natural!