Boston Red Sox, LA Dodgers and the Most Loathsome Franchises in Pro Sports

Bob BajekAnalyst IIINovember 2, 2011

Boston Red Sox, LA Dodgers and the Most Loathsome Franchises in Pro Sports

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    The Boston Red Sox smeared Terry Francona while principle owner John Henry badmouthed Carl Crawford.

    The Los Angeles Dodgers opened a cross-complaint against Bryan Stow that he should bear some of the blame for the Opening Day attack by Dodgers fans.

    And the Cincinnati Bengals are just being their usual thug selves.

    These teams and 10 more are among the most loathsome in professional sports.

    They will not be afraid to backstab, lie, cheat, hire players who have had run-ins with the law, buy the best players to win or are content with losing.

    Who else made the list? Which organization is the worst? Read on to find out, but be prepared to take a shower after completing the slideshow.

Honorable Mention: New York Knicks (2003-08)

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    This honorable mention goes out to the New York Knicks for hiring  Isiah Thomas as their president of basketball operations (2003-08) and head coach (2006-08)

    Thomas was not a very good executive or coach, pulling down the Knicks into one of the league's laughingstocks.

    The bigger reason for the loathsome rank was Thomas' lack of professionalism. Thomas instigated the Dec. 16, 2006 brawl with the Denver Nuggets when he ordered one of his players to commit a hard foul in the paint.

    Thomas also held prohibitive secret workouts in 2007 with potential NBA draftees and sexually harassed an employee.

Honorable Mention: Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals (1998)

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    The Chicago Cubs' Sammy Sosa and the St. Louis Cardinals' Mark McGwire both broke Roger Maris' single-season home run record in 1998.

    They both also cheated with steroid use.

    Cards manager Tony La Russa and Cubs skipper Jim Riggleman must have known about the transgressions, but elected to turn a blind eye.

    And why not? Both teams had great attendance records and great national exposure for much of the season. 

    Ultimately, both teams allowed McGwire and Sosa to captivate a nation through deceitful means.

13. Kansas City Royals

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    Since winning the 1985 World Series, the Kansas City Royals have not been to the playoffs.

    The Royals have finished in fourth place or worse 17 times and had three straight 100-loss seasons from 2004-06.

    Kansas City usually has the lowest payroll ($36,126,000 in 2011) and cannot hold onto star players like David Cone, Johnny Damon, Jermaine Dye and Carlos Beltran. 

    Expect the Royals to continue losing while not trying to build a contender.

12. Washington Redskins

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    Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder has brought losing and a bad attitude to one of the NFL's most popular teams.

    Under Snyder, the Skins are 89-109 while going 2-3 in the playoffs.

    He has overspent on bad players while putting legendary coaches Joe Gibbs and Mike Shanahan in bad situations.

    The worst part is how Snyder and the front office staff cannot take criticism.

    In 2009, Snyder and general manager Vinny Cerrato banned signage at home games that were critical of their management.

    This was tacky and possibly infringing on fans' First Amendment rights (FedEx Field used $70.5 million in public funds to help build viable transportation around the stadium).

    In 2011, Snyder filed and re-filed a lawsuit against The Washington City Paper claiming the paper misstated his quotes and was anti-Semitic in this article.

11. Detroit Red Wings

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    The Detroit Red Wings are the New York Yankees of the NHL, buying the top players while winning many championships. 

    Since 1994, Detroit has picked up star players Slava Fetisov, Igor Larionov, Mike Vernon, Chris Chelios, Dominik Hasek and Marian Hossa.

    Having star players has led Detroit to make 20 consecutive playoff runs, winning eight Western Conference titles and four Stanley Cups.

10. Los Angeles Clippers

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    The Los Angeles Clippers are perpetually doomed to be the pathetic little brother of the Lakers.

    The Clippers have made the playoffs just seven times in the team's history and the Western Conference semifinals only four times.

    In the last 14 years, Los Angeles has made the playoffs only once, while posting 13 losing seasons.

    The Clippers are also infamous for drafting bad talent, like No. 1 pick Michael Olowokandi in 1998, that have hindered the team's rebuilding process. 

    Currently, the Clippers do have a strong core with Blake Griffin, Eric Gordan and Mo Williams, but they still finished 30-52.

9. Philadelphia Flyers

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    The Philadelphia Flyers are the bad boys of hockey.

    Bringing an extremely physical style of play, they are not afraid to lay out opponents with nasty hits.

    Players like Chris Pronger further aggravate fans and opposing teams with physicality and bad attitude.

    Back in 2007, former Flyer Ben Eager heckled former Pittsburgh Penguins coach Michel Therrien after a press conference, calling Therrien "a joke."

    Philly fans love the Flyers for their toughness, while others cannot stand them.

8. Los Angeles Lakers

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    The Los Angeles Lakers have always had star power, and that has irked many in the NBA.

    The Lakers have had 16 Hall of Famers while winning 17 NBA Championships, tying them with the Boston Celtics for the most titles. They also have made the NBA Finals a record 32 times.

    Lamar Odom and Andrew Bynum were extremely classless in 2011's playoff series against the Dallas Mavericks. When the Lakers were blown out in Game 4, Odom and Bynum had dirty hits on Dirk Nowitzki and J.J. Barea that led to ejections.

7. Manchester United

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    Manchester United is known as the Evil Empire for a reason.

    The Red Devils are the most valuable sports franchise in the world ($1.86 billion according to Forbes) while maintaining a top winning tradition.

    Manchester United has won the most trophies in English football, including a record 19 league titles, a record 11 FA Cups, four League Cups and 19 FA Community Shields.

    Stars players like David Beckham, Christiano Ronaldo, Bryan Robson and Ryan Giggs helped win those championships.

    European soccer fans hate that a "Yankee" businessman, Malcolm Glazer, owns the Red Devils, so that gives them motivation to root against them.

6. New England Patriots

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    The New England Patriots have been the NFL's most dominant team of the 2000s, and that has led to the Patriots being loathed for their success.

    The Patriots won three Super Bowls, four AFC Championships while posting 10 straight winning seasons.

    Head coach Bill Belichick is not a very likeable guy, having bad blood with former assistant Eric Mangini and Rex Ryan.

    Don't forget Spygate, where the Patriots were caught taping a New York Jets practice back in 2007. That put a damper on the Patriots' three Super Bowl wins.

5. New York Yankees

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    The New York Yankees have 27 World Series championships and enough money to buy any player they want.

    For example, New York's star pitcher CC Sabathia opted out of the four years and $92 million left on the contract he signed before the 2009 season.

    Most teams would not have been able to afford him, but the Yankees shelled out a five-year, $122 million contract that Sabathia could not refuse.

    The Yankees have been buying star players since free agency hit baseball in the 1970s. Some of the most notable acquisitions in the last 10 years are Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira and Sabathia.

    New York has had the top payroll 13 years running now. 

    The Yankees can also be very arrogant, as Derek Jeter said in 2001 that not winning a World Series is a wasted season.

4. Boston Red Sox

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    As mentioned before, the Boston Red Sox proved these last couple months that they are not a class act.

    Former manager Terry Francona was thrown under the bus after the epic September collapse, with unsourced subjects spreading rumors of Francona's alleged abuse of pain medication and lacking concentration because of marital problems.

    Last time anyone checked, the players play on the field and also should shoulder part of the blame.

    Red Sox principle owner John Henry also lacked class by saying he didn't want left fielder Carl Crawford signed, which puts Crawford in an uncomfortable position.

    Talk about employee loyalty!

3: Cincinnati Bengals

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    For some reason, the Cincinnati Bengals like to hire troublemakers.

    Twelve players have been arrested three or more times since 2000.

    This year alone, cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones was arrested on misdemeanor charges of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest outside a Cincinnati bar in July. Jones pleaded not guilty and faces trial on Nov. 17.

    In September, a package of 2.5 pounds of pot was traced to the home of wide receiver Jerome Simpson and the home was found with over six additional pounds of pot at his residence.

    He could possibly face multiple federal felony charges and possible jail time if convicted. However, the Bengals have allowed Simpson to play despite the on-going investigation.

    Running back Cedric Benson served some jail time to settle two misdemeanor assault cases this year.

    Besides this, Bengals owner Mike Brown is not committed to keeping his top athletes. In the last three years, Brown let Terrell Owens, T.J. Housmandzadeh, Chad Ochocinco and Carson Palmer leave.

2. Miami Heat

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    The most loathsome NBA team right now is the Miami Heat.

    Last summer, the Heat landed Chris Bosh and LeBron James, while re-signing Dwyane Wade.

    The Heat's Big 3 were accused of collusion by agreeing to all sign with Miami before free agency. However, the NBA said there is no proof.

    Miami further alienated themselves with the league and NBA fans by having a championship-like celebration when Wade, James and Bosh were introduced to the media.

    James also predicted the Heat would win multiple championships.

    The 2010-11 NBA season saw fans mercilessly boo the Heat for their arrogance while opponents like Cleveland's coach Byron Scott and Dallas' Shawn Marion could not stand James.

1. Los Angeles Dodgers

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    The Los Angeles Dodgers right now are the most loathsome organization in professional sports.

    Dodgers owner Frank McCourt and his team of lawyers have filed a cross-complaint against San Francisco Giants fan Bryant Stow, who suffered brain damage when Dodger fans Marvin Norwood and Louis Sanchez allegedly attacked him on Opening Day.

    According to CBS, Stow was recently removed from San Francisco General Hospital and placed in rehab.

    Stow originally filed a negligence and liability lawsuit against the Dodgers because of alleged poor lighting and security problems at Dodger Stadium. 

    The Dodgers claim that Norwood and Sanchez should also be considered liable as well.

    Team lawyer Jerome Jackson also suggested that Stow could be found guilty of instigating the fight if the case goes to trial.

    The Dodgers have shown little concern for Stow and his family by trying to defer blame, despite the fact that McCourt's team did increase security after the incident.

    Bob Bajek is a writing intern at Bleacher Report. He is also a freelance reporter and can be followed at and Twitter.