Tiger Woods, Mel Kiper, and Missed FTs

R KContributor IApril 30, 2009

CHICAGO - APRIL 26: Tyrus Thomas #24 of the Chicago Bulls pops his mouthpiece out of his mouth after missing a free throw against the Boston Celtics in Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2009 NBA Playoffs at the United Center on April 26, 2009 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bulls defeated the Celtics 121-118 in double overtime. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agreees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

There are some things that just boil my blood. Here is my sports pet peeve list.

No. 1: Tiger v. The Field

Prior to every golf major, reporters, bloggers, and pundits proclaim Tiger Woods is the man to beat. We keep hearing over and over about Tiger’s dominance over the course and the rest of the field.

While it is true, Tiger is the best golfer on the planet, let us remember he is batting .250 in the majors. Picking “The Field” is actually a great bet.

No. 2: Mock Drafts

There is a reason why mock drafts get taken down the day of the draft—because nearly all are seriously flawed. I recall one year, Mel Kiper getting almost 30 percent of the first round correct—and that was considered a success.

Would you be able to keep your job if you nailed your predictions 30 percent of the time? Doubt it. Now I am not saying Mel Kiper, Todd Mcshay, or the rest of the mock draft gurus need to get fired (they do offer great insight on the college game and the combine), they just need to stop feeding us the useless garbage that is irrelevant by the third pick.

No. 3: High Fives After Missed Free Throws

Is it me or does the NBA currently stand for New Bromance Association? After every free throw, whether made or not, the shooting player steps forward to get some “love” from his teammates.

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The Free Throw is the easiest shot in the game. As a professional you are expected to make the shot. You do not deserve any “love” whether you make the shot or not.

These pet peeves are only a fraction of the many that drive me nuts. I would appreciate if you would add some of your own.

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