Cam Newton and the 10 Athletes/Teams We Are Tired of Hearing About
Don’t you hate those sports stories that never seem to go away? Every time you’re surfing the web all you find is a million stories about the exact same person or team.
This list is devoted to all of the people who are like me, and search for variety in their sports; people who want to learn about something new and interesting, rather than hear about every single small detail of Tiger Woods’s sex scandal.
In 2011, it seems as if this issue has been as bad as ever. The same people seem to wind up in the news over and over again.
The following are the top 10 athletes and teams that we are tired of hearing about.
10. Albert Pujols
Even Albert Pujols is tired of hearing about Albert Pujols!
Pujols gave the St. Louis Cardinals a cut-off date to sign him to an extension. Unfortunately they couldn’t get a deal done in time. While reporting to spring training, Pujols said he didn’t want his contract negotiations to become a distraction during the season.
Pujols is only 10th on this list because he is trying to get rid of all the media attention. I respect a person who wants to take the focus off themselves for the good of the team. However, I expect to hear a lot more about Mr. Pujols once the offseason comes around and contract-talks heat up again.
9. Boston Red Sox
Thankfully the Red Sox have not been in the news too much recently. But when they acquired big names like Carl Crawford and Adrian Gonzalez in the offseason, they were the hottest topic in all of Major League Baseball.
Now read this next sentence slowly, as it might shock some of you: The Red Sox are becoming the very thing they hate the most—the Yankees.
The Red Sox payroll continues to grow and their fanbase seemingly grows bigger by the day. Before they won their streak-ending world series, the Red Sox were only in the news when they played the Yankees. Now, the Red Sox are everywhere.
8. Brett Favre
Has the sports media ever been more obsessed with a person than they are with Brett Favre? Most of the time, all that is reported is whether or not Favre will retire or not.
Now that it seems like Favre really is walking away this season, there should be less to talk about. But the Jenn Sterger case involving “inappropriate text messages” is still relevant.
His name also popped up once the Super Bowl rolled around. Because the Packers won, people began to report on what Favre thought of how his former team was doing.
So will Brett Favre ever really go away? It doesn’t seem like it.
7. Jimmer Fredette
Fredette has easily been the biggest story in college basketball this season. He has been dubbed by Oklahoma City Star Kevin Durant as the "best scorer in the world."
Personally, I like the Jimmer Fredette story—but it is getting a little old. He is a short, un-athletic shooter who has become the subject of many debates. Experts everywhere debate how he will be in the NBA and if he is even good enough to be a pro basketball player.
Hopefully the Fredette talks will slow until the NBA draft nears closer. At that point, the Jimmer Fredette craze will be back and as strong as ever.
6. Carmelo Anthony
Over the past month, the only NBA news there seems to have been is Carmelo Anthony trade talks. Where is he going to go? Will he sign the extension?
Thankfully, this long arduous process has finally come to a close. Anthony finally finds himself on the team he has wanted to play for the whole time.
However, this trade might be a bad thing. It is possible that the trade has sparked something else that will find itself all over the news: how Amar’e and Carmolo will play together.
It doesn’t look like Anthony’s name will be out of the news for a very long time.
5. Miami Heat
“The Decision” was the beginning, and now the trio of James, Wade and Bosh are writing a new chapter in NBA history. The formation of the first “super team” has been the biggest NBA story of the past year.
I feel that the over-done introduction of the “big three” was the beginning of a fan's worst nightmare. Unless you are a Heat fan, then I am sure you cannot stand the Miami Heat anymore.
All of the media attention has made the Heat public enemy number one in the NBA. This attention probably will not go away until the team is finally broken up.
4. Cam Newton
Whether it's his NCAA violations controversy or his draft stock, Newton always finds his way into the news.
Recently Newton has been reported as saying that he wants to be an icon on and off the field. A statement like that will do nothing but cause even more coverage of him and even more people analyzing his every move.
With the combine just getting under away, Cam Newton’s face will be on sports pages across the nation. It may not be until after he is finally drafted that we will finally be done with the Cam Newton news coverage.
3. Boise State Broncos Football
I have never been a fan of the Cinderella story team that is Boise State.
Every season casual college football fans and BCS-haters find themselves rooting for the underdog Broncos to get a chance at the national championship.
The Bottom line is Boise State doesn’t have to play the tough conference schedules that the BCS schools have to play. Boise State usually wins in blowout fashion, so their starters rarely have to play a full game. By the end of the season they are one of the most well rested and healthiest teams every year.
I really hope that the new conference alignments will help block some of the Boise State (and any other mid-major school) talks that always haunt us just before the bowl season.
2. Tim Tebow
I realize that Tebow is a great role model, one of the best college quarterbacks ever and just an all-around amazing person. However, I don’t need to be told that every time I want to listen to people talk about sports.
I am not sure the media has been in love with any one athlete more than Tim Tebow. I, for one, am tired of hearing about a backup quarterback.
Thankfully the Broncos have recently named Kyle Orton their starting quarterback. Tebow’s name might finally start to fade away—for now.
1. Tiger Woods
The incident that changed Tiger Woods’ life forever happened on November 27, 2009. It has been almost a year-and-a-half and we still cannot escape the topic that is Tiger Woods’ personal problems.
Everyday you expect to hear about whether or not Tiger is a changed person or if he can ever win a golf tournament again. I personally don’t care anymore.
If it were up to me, Tiger Woods news would be outlawed from any kind of media. Obviously, that will never happen, but we can only hope for the best in this situation. Tiger Woods news will probably never go away as long as he is playing. He is the most dominant golfer of all time and golf needs him to remain a national celebrity.