10 Most Embarrassing Football Moments of 2008
This article began as my "Top 10 Embarrassing Moments in Sports." About five items through the list, and I realized that football is by far the most embarrassing sport in America. So why focus on anything else?
If you have moments to add, feel free to comment, and I will add them to the slideshow as honorable mentions. Or, if I like it enough, into the top 10.
So Who, What, and When will show up on this list of shame? Click "Next" and find out...
10. Plaxico Defends his Right to Bear Arms (as Stupidly as Possible)
Flash back a few weeks, and the Giants were legitimate contenders for the NFC Championship, if not the Lombardi Trophy. For the first time in NFL history, a player mistakenly shoots himself. Now, the Giants are in trouble.
An argument that Dominic Hixon does fine for the Giants can be made. Yet against a playoff team with Pro Bowl caliber CB, only Plaxico is the only proven No. 1 wide out the Giants have. Plus, he did catch the Super Bowl winning touchdown less than a year ago that counts for something right?
But hey, they've done it without Shockey, right?
9. Mike Singletary Drops His Pants
Need I say more than the title?
To Singletary's defense, since the pants incident the San Francisco 49ers have certainly...improved?
Even if they haven't, they are definitely more motivated, if only so Singletary never drops his pants again.
8. Attack (of) the Backups
In the picture above, it appears as though JP Losman is stretching out for the first down.
Wrong. He is most likely getting sacked, or fumbling the ball. Considering he was responsible for four turnovers (not to mention two other fumbles) in a should-be win against the Jets, my odds are pretty good.
But, don't let JP Losman take all the credit as the worst backup quarterback of the season. Sage Rosenfels is pretty damn close, especially considering how he handed the Colts victory earlier on during the season.
7. Eagle Fever
Desean Jackson is about to score a huge touchdown, but drops the ball in celebration...before breaking the plain. Thankfully the Eagles recovered the ball or Jackson would have made the worst on-field celebration since TO danced on the Cowboys Star.
Weeks later, Asante makes the same mistake, but picks the ball up very quickly. It seems as if Eagle fever has struck Philadelphia.
6. Jane Seymour's Open Hearts Collection
Sorry for all of you that expected 10 slides of sports, but I had to throw this in. Jane Seymour and Kay Jewelers have saturated my TV screen since Day One, and I'm sick of her Open Hearts collection. It's a stupid idea, and a stupid commercial.
Now back to our regular programming...
5. Ex-Patriot Coaches
Nothing could be as embarassing as Charlie Weis' fall from grace with the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. For all his offensive genius, the team couldn't even get a first down against USC until the end of the third quarter.
But wait! What about Romeo Crennel? Surely his team, the Cleveland Brown pieces of poop (sorry, lame joke, but easy opening) is just as bad as Neutered Dame (once again, my apologies).
Both Coaches should be out of a job by the end of the season, but only one will. Expect Weis to get one last chance.
P.S. Mangini also makes dishonorable mention, as he is one of the fattest coaches ever to grace the sideline. Combined with Weis and Crennel, the three coaches could outweigh Ted Washington, a feat almost as incredible as real magic.
4. The '07-'08 BCS Bowl Selections
Maybe this is so high because I'm a USC fan. Maybe it's so high because the BCS is a National Epidemic (08-09 results TBD).
I think the scores should speak for themselves:
USC 49, Illinois 17
Georgia 41, Hawaii 10
LSU 38, Ohio State 24
All three of these games, which were major BCS bowls, were decided by two touchdowns or more. And Ohio State was considered No. 1 before that week. Great job, BCS. And thanks for screwing up again with Texas and USC this year.
3. Football, Meet...
A new trend has established itself in the NFL. No longer are players satisfied with playing in the pros, no longer are they satisfied with playing the game they love. No longer are they satisfied with their own names.
Chad Johnson is now Chad Ocho Cinco. It's creative, but not as creative as my personal favorite, Stylez G White, formerly known as Greg White. He is named after the sidekick of Michael J. Fox in the '80s TV show "Teen Wolf."
Well done, boys. You have both made fools of yourselves.
2. The Detroit Lions
0-14. Can they do what the Dolphins failed to accomplish last year?
At least they can't go anywhere but up next season, you would hope right?
1. The No Fun League
So Chad Johnson makes it into my list a second time. I guess he's still somewhat fun to watch, but he was certainly more entertaining before the NFL became the No Fun League.
This is actually a serious concern of mine. Compared to the trash talk uttered between players, celebrations in the end zone are nothing.
Let the players celebrate. It makes it more fun for the viewers at home, the fans in attendance, and the players on the field.
And who knows, maybe Chad Ocho Cinco will start performing again once he gets an opportunity to celebrate. But alas, wishful thinking on my part.