It's hard to find a more passionate person than the sports fan.
So when a team comes along that wins too often, spends too much money, or has a group of players that people just plain don't like, that passion begins turning negative, and fans begin to hate.
But then there are certain franchises that take the hate to the next level.
The one's that just the mere mention of their name or the sight of their logo, boils the blood and makes fans go crazy.
These are the Top 20 Most Hated Franchises in Sports today.
I made the bitter pill a little easier to swallow by allowing you wonderful readers a chance to look at the sexiest fans of those sports teams.
Thank God even the hated teams have hot fans.
Has a team that hasn't been good for a decade gotten more publicity than the Knicks?
Yes, but not many.
All I hear about it how Madison Square Garden is the mecca of basketball, yet there are a ton empty stands in the arena every year. Talk about a bandwagon.
Plus, the love fest for acquiring Melo got way out of hand. You guys do know that you have to play defense too, right?
But the worst part of the Knicks is Spike Lee.
We get it. You're a really big Knicks fan. Now shut up and watch the game.
You're getting a little full of yourselves when you refer yourselves as "Hockeytown."
Also, bragging about 11 Stanley Cups gets really annoying. It becomes especially annoying when only four of those came after 1960.
Nothing is worse than bragging about the past.
Especially when most of the fan base that actually saw the majority of those championships is headed towards retirement.
Former USC stars Matt Leinart and Reggie Bush get all the prettiest girls.
With unlikable coach Lane Kiffin taking over, USC remains one of the most hated college football teams, even without the amount of success they had in the past.
Also, it doesn't help that most people are jealous of the weather and beautiful women.
Luckily for haters, USC was recently punished for breaking NCAA rules.
They have a two year ban on post season play and lost 30 scholarships. They are also forced to vacate their 2004 BCS championship, their Heisman won by Reggie Bush, their 04-05 Pac-10 championships, and their 14 wins between 2004-2005.
The Steelers have Ben Roethlisberger, an alleged rapist.
They have James Harrison, the dirtiest player in the league.
And they have Hines Ward, who has that annoying smile after ever massive block on an opposing team's corner. He also sold his soul by being on Dancing with the Stars.
But you can't hate Beth Ostrosky Stern. She is Howard Stern's wife and a Steelers fan.
Okay, so I guess you could hate her if you hate Howard Stern.
The lingering effects of a Tim Tebow love fest are still alive and well. He graduated Gator Nation. He isn't coming back.
There is also a lingering effect of Urban Meyer. Not only did he complain all the time on the field, when his team wasn't good, he also might have leaked information about Cam Newton's problems while at Florida.
Talk about sour grapes.
Not to mention, the Gators had 24 arrests while Meyer was coach.
But knowing the state of Florida and their bandwagon ways, I expect the FSU fan base to suddenly increase while the Gators fan base depletes in upcoming years.
The Maple Leafs are hockey's version of the New York Knicks.
Constant, big city coverage of a team that hasn't won the Stanley Cup since the 1960s can get very old, very quickly.
A lot of hate goes out to the Maple Leafs from small market teams that have success, but little coverage.
Need I say more?
Enjoy this run Kentucky, because in a few years, Calipari is going to realize the NCAA hounds are about to be on him and he is going to leave your beloved team in shambles.
Just like Memphis and UMass.
First and foremost, dealing with Kirk Herbstreit and the rest of the College GameDay crew saying THE Ohio State University like it's something new every day gets a bit annoying.
Then I have to hear about how they have the "Best damn band in the land," like I really care about whose nerds are better at playing instruments. Hold onto your butts, the band is going to spell Ohio in cursive. What an idea!
But those are just minor annoyances.
Now we have a scandal involving Jim Tressel, who lied about knowing something about his players violating NCAA rules.
Not to mention, Terrelle Pryor, Mike Adams, Dan Herron, DeVier Posey, Solomon Thomas, and Jordan Whiting got to play in the 2011 Sugar Bowl even though the scandal broke before the game was played. How does that happen?
Since Rex Ryan has taken over as head coach, there hasn't been more trash talking in sports than the talk coming from the Jets.
Every year, Ryan declares he has the best team in the league and mentions how they will win the Super Bowl.
They have yet to back their arrogant talk up, so now the trash talking has become tiresome and boring.
Plus, with controversial players like Santonio Holmes, Braylon Edwards and Antonio Cromartie, as well as weird fetishes, it's easy to hate on the J-E-T-S, Jets, Jets, Jets!
Every year before college football begins, I have to watch Notre Dame get their own little segment about how good or bad they will be.
Using the past two decades as a compass, they will most likely be average. Again.
I just can't wait until 2015 so I can turn on NBC and not have to watch average football being played.
Also, just join the Big Ten already. This independent thing has gone on long enough.
People have been taught to hate the Flyers after the Broad Street Bullies and Bobby Clarke destroyed people on their way to back-to-back Stanley Cups.
Then, the Flyers recreated the Bullies in the 1990s with Eric Lindros leading the way with the Legion of Doom.
Even though they are near the bottom in penalty minutes this season, people still assume they play dirty because of their reputation.
Talk about constant media coverage.
The amount of Red Sox in the media in the past decade got sickening. Everywhere you looked five years ago, there was a new Red Sox book or movie coming out.
Not to mention, I think half of their games are broadcast on ESPN. Seriously, I think every third Sunday Night Baseball game features the Red Sox versus someone.
It's funny they refer to the Yankees as the Evil Empire because they have become the Yankees clone, buying all the best free agents in sight.
Like the Yankees, Man U spends buku bucks for their team to be successful.
What makes things worse; they have been, winning four of the last five Premier League Championships.
Success breeds jealousy, leading opposing soccer fans to loathe United.
However, I can see myself being a Manchester United fan if Imogen Thomas is constantly around.
First, they have Kevin Garnett, who is arguably the most hated player in the NBA (other than the Big Three, of course).
Then there are the fans that constantly remind us how great every player and coach was who has donned the green and white.
We get it. Larry Bird and Bill Russell are tied as the greatest players ever, and Red Auerbach was the greatest coach ever.
Now leave everyone alone.
The glitz and glamor of Hollywood doesn't sparkle anywhere else.
The fact that celebrities attend the games just to have their picture taken and enjoy the experience makes the Lakers insufferable.
You also have the fact that when they lose, they have to resort to inexcusable cheap shots towards people that are half their size.
I'm looking at you Andrew Bynum.
I am surprised Bynum didn't injure himself when he took off his halfway down the court.
And then there is Kobe Bryant.
First, you have Tom Brady, the pretty boy, Uggs wearing quarterback who is dating Gisele.
Secondly, you have Wes Welker, the tiny little mosquito that drives a defense crazy by picking up crucial 3rd downs all the time.
Then you have Bill Belichick, the polarizing coach who dresses like a bum, refuses to be truthful about his player's injuries, only gets fined for cheating, and can't bear to shake hands with opposing coaches he doesn't like.
Add in the arrogance and success and you have one of the most hated football franchises going right now.
At least we have Summer Crosley to look at.
You can't declare yourself "America's Team" when most of America can't stand you.
It's one thing to deal with the likes of Tony Romo and his constant tabloid exposure.
It's another to have to deal with the arrogant Jerry Jones and his $1.15 billion dollar stadium.
Try actually coming close to a Super Bowl, and then I can understand the constant bragging of Dallas Cowboys fans.
It might be the fact that Duke has been the most consistently successful college basketball team since the early 1990s.
Or it might be that J.J. Redick, Christian Laettner and rat faced Coach K are the poster boys for the school.
Add the self-proclaimed best cheering section in the nation being Dickie V's love child, and you have the most hated college basketball team in the nation.
And that is without mentioning the barrage of flops and ass-kissing Duke gets from the referees every year.
When LeBron James and Chris Bosh decided to take their talents to South Beach, they instantly became the most nationally discussed team in a very long time.
LeBron spurned many franchises during his "Decision," and many believe he gave up on a city that showed him nothing but love. Chasing a ring at the young age of 26 also turned people off.
Then you have Dwyane Wade, who decided to stay in Miami despite the fact that he could have gone home to Chicago to join Derrick Rose. He is also one of the biggest whiners in the NBA.
Then there is Chris Bosh, who is just frightening to look at.
The worst part about the Heat, however, is their awful fan base doesn't deserve a team as good as this one. They didn't even start showing up until the Celtics series.
*Thanks to COED Magazine
You know you're really hated when you've already been mentioned several times in a slideshow about most hated teams.
I don't even know how it can be fun winning when you spend far and away the most money in the league.
Watching the Yankees celebrate their 2009 World Series was one of the weirdest things in my life. It lacked the buzz and excitement most teams share when they win a championship.
I am surprised they didn't just exchange gentlemanly handshakes, hit the showers and then go home like it was a normal day.
Not only does the constant money spending and winning get under peoples nerves, add to the fact that the Yankees are so overexposed; Derek Jeter hitting a home run is headline news on ESPN.
They truly are the Evil Empire.