20 Sports Personalities Who Should Be Banished from TV

Ed OrzaCorrespondent IISeptember 22, 2011

20 Sports Personalities Who Should Be Banished from TV

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    The world of sports is full of all types of personalities and skill sets.

    This slideshow is a collection of some of the most irritating members of the sports community.

    There are former players on this list as well as strictly television personalities. 

    Some members of the list were chosen because they were inept, others because they were annoying. 

    Whatever the reason, the people in this slideshow are inhabitants of the sports world who must be exiled from the realm of television. 

Joe Buck

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    Joe Buck thinks because his dad was so incredibly awesome, he's allowed to be the all-powerful judge of right and wrong in the sports world. 

    Randy Moss pretends to moon the crowd, and Buck reacts like Randy actually pooped in the end zone. 

    Relax, Joe, Artie Lang straight-up pilfered your honor on national television; it's time to hang it up.

    That plastic smile really doesn't make me hate you any less either, man. 

Emmitt Smith

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    This one is painful for me. 

    If you were a kid in the '90s and loved football, then you pretended to be Emmitt Smith at some point during your backyard football career. 

    Still, he was utterly incompetent as a television personality. 

    Whoever hired Smith is really the one to blame.

    I'm pretty sure being able to string sentences together was required for the position.

    Side note: Those Just For Men commercials with Keith Hernandez and Smith are awesome. 

LeBron James

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    Even before "The Decison," LeBron was annoying. Don't get me wrong, dude has crazy talent, but so did Penny Hardaway. 

    The constant comparisons to Jordan were and still are ridiculous, considering Jordan and winning are synonymous.  

    Is there an athlete in sports who gets as much pub as LeBron even after consistently choking in the playoffs?

    "There's no way with hindsight, I would've ever called up Larry, called up Magic and said, 'Hey look, let's get together and play on one team.'  ..."But that's...things are different. I can't say it's a bad thing. It's an opportunity these kids have today.  In all honesty, I was trying to beat those guys."

    -Michael Jordan

    Yo, LeBre'sha, your hero just called you out.  

Craig James

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    Nobody likes the parent who gets all over-protective about their kid on the team.

    James is that guy. 

    If you don't know what I'm talking about, check it out.  

Floyd Mayweather

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    Floyd made this one pretty easy after his joke of a fight against Victor Ortiz. 

    Yes, Ortiz head-butted Mayweather and, yes, all boxers are taught from a very young age to protect themselves at all times. 

    Still, if you're supposed to be the best fighter in the world, you don't win a fight like a punk. 

    I can't imagine Rocky Marciano or Sugar Ray Leonard earning a victory the way Mayweather did. 

Drew Rosenhaus

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    This guy is the captain of the slimy agents team.

    He's Jerry Maguire before Jerry had the realization he should stop being a sleazeball.

Geno Auriemma

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    The guy is an awesome coach, there's no doubt about it. 

    He needs to chill on the preaching about how exciting women's basketball is though. 

    Dude, women's basketball is about as electrifying as men's basketball from the 1940s. 

    No dunking, solid fundamentals and lots of jump shots. Sweet.

Tedy Bruschi

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    Tedy was a tough, gritty linebacker who played admirably for the Patriots. 

    Unfortunately, he needs to get off TV as soon as possible.

    Bruschi gets so worked up over practically anything he's liable to have another stroke on air.  

Dennis Miller

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    Dennis Miller was awful during the two seasons he graced "Monday Night Football" with his presence. 

    Miller's commentary was filled with corny jokes with references that were beyond acceptable levels of geek.  

    The dude actually dropped a cuneiform reference during a game.

    That's like hieroglyphics or something, I think.  

Jose Canseco

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    Nobody likes a snitch. 

    Jose Canseco gained most of his fame from being a gigantic one.

    Seriously, what kind of man just slowly narcs out people he's played with?

    Jose getting beat up by seven-foot tall Korean guys in the octagon is amusing though. 

Cheryl Miller

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    Cheryl, you look like your brother, and that would be a bad thing even if you were a guy. 

    Her voice doesn't help much either. She sounds like the guy at the local Y barking and slapping the court in short shorts and knee highs.  

    Her boring interviews are just an unfortunate side note.  

The Rock

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    The Rock probably shouldn't be on this list since the WWE isn't a sport, but that's another discussion for another day. 

    The combination of his Disney-esque movies and the fact that his cheesy persona is straight out of 1985 is too much for even the Rock to overcome.  

Hank Steinbrenner

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    Yo, dork, you are not your father. 

    George was the don, whether you like him or not. He could get away with some of his comments. 

    Hank needs to check himself and realize he's basically the kid in Little League who only played because his dad was the coach. 

Petros Papadakis

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    Petros is a sports commentator and a radio personality.  

    It took me a while to find out what this guy's name was.

    I only knew him by his soothing voice. 

    That is, if a 90-year-old woman from Queens is your kind of easy listening.

Mercury Morris

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    Someone needs to tell Mercury that 1972 was a really long time ago.

    Whoever tells him that should also ask that Morris never attempt to rap again.

Kirk Herbstreit

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    "Herbie," as he is affectionately called, is the Manchurian candidate of football commentators. 

    Is there anyone more cookie-cutter in sports? 

    Herbstreit is as vanilla as his frosted tips. 

    That iced out dome may be how he receives transmissions from the powers that be. 

Tony Kornheiser

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    Typically, sports personalities at least pretend like they watch the games or sports they are discussing. 

    Kornhesier just goes to bed at 8:30 and watches "Dancing with the Stars."

    His opinions are ancient and ridiculously conservative. 

    His judgement doesn't only apply to sports, he felt it was necessary to call Hannah Storm out about how she was dressed. 

    Tony, just because you were the kid who got stuffed in lockers by the athletes in high school doesn't mean you need to hate so much.

Jay Mariotti

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    Mariotti has disappeared from the spotlight after his arrest for an alleged domestic dispute. 

    When he was in the spotlight though, he was everything that is wrong with sports journalism: whiny, bitter and a weenie who can't ball and told everyone else how to live their lives based off of his own painfully ignorant moral code.

    Not to mention he got beat up by an old guy.

    Ken the "Hawk" Harrelson broke Mariotti's nose at the Metrodome in 2004. 

Tim Tebow

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    Where do I start? 

    Everything about Timmy is incredibly frustrating. 

    How many times can you thank Jesus and bless us all? 

    The kid gets so much hype and for what?

    Countless other quarterbacks have had enormous success in college, but were clearly not pro quarterbacks and have been lost to time. Eric Crouch, Pat White, Charlie Ward, the list could go on forever. 

    Does he deserve a starting spot because he's a good kid and ardently religious?

    Doesn't seem like John Elway or John Fox feel that way.

    Tom Brady may have been overlooked by almost everyone, but no one was telling Tom to switch to tight end during the combine. 

    I just imagine Tim as that kid in class who reminds the teacher to collect the homework.

    By the way, Tim went on a national book tour with spots on morning news shows. 

Bill Plaschke

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    Plaschke has to be one of the least athletic looking individuals I've ever seen.

    As if that wasn't enough, his voice makes him constantly sound like he's about to start crying.

    Bill is the classic stereotype of the sports writer who exists purely in a world of statistics, eternally disconnected from the soul of the game. 

    It's no wonder athletes and sports writers don't typically get along with guys like Plaschke out there.


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