Sports Views #1
Biggest Frauds in Sports!
2003.1.18 by Big D
Yeah, I watch sports too : )
I realize that everyone out there has their opinions
about sports and "sports figures". So do I. But what
makes me madder than anything is these
imposters-people who have no business being where they
are. E.g.: they have their fame and fortune because of
the hard work of somebody else, not so much their own.
Here's a few that I find to be particularly overrated
(in no particular order):
Note: There will be more additions later : )
shoots a dozen
threes, and then he's back to being the media darling.
And although this may be off-topic, the Lakers seem to
get a lot of help from the referees: in tonight's game
against the Rockets, the Lakers had 1 team foul in the
second quarter. Give me a break.
1. Kobe Bryant, LA Lakers:
This guy has repeatedly shown me that he doesn't have
what it takes to lead the Lakers when ShaqAttaq goes
down with an injury. Hell, you could say this about
half the team (not mentioning any names, except Mr.
Vanessa Williams). He shoots an inordinate amount of
shots. And just as the media is starting to get on his
case, he has a fluke night where he
found that running up the score won't
earn him any accolades in the NFL.
And his constant
use of former Florida players (and current NFL
failures) Weurffel and Matthews has been questionable,
although diminishing. Is there hope? Maybe. Just as
long as SportsCenter stops showing that retarded MNF
footage of Steve flapping his cheeks, for lack of
better term. Best prognosis? 8-8 next year.
2. Steve Spurrier, Washington Redskins:
I have to give him a little bit of credit for his
success at Florida. But the fact that he ran up the
score on a bunch of idiots in college seemed to make
Daniel Snyder (or whoever the hell is the Redskins
owner these days) think that he is the cure-all to all
of his team's problems. Unfortunately for "the old
ball coach", he
zone), his whole "I only want to go to Toronto" is
just ridiculous. Although he isn't a bad player by any
stretch, his best days are behind him. I'll be the
most surprised person out of everyone if he can hit
115 points again, especially since he's on pace for
less than 55 this year. Besides, if the Rangers can't
keep the puck out of their own net, what good will it
3. Eric Lindros, New York Rangers:
Don't get me wrong. Lindros used to be the man when he
was with the Flyers. However, it may have been in his
best interest to hang it up after Scott Stevens rudely
sent him packing in the 2000 playoffs (heh). And
although my loathing of Flyers GM Bob Clarke is
probably unrivaled (at least in the Pacific time
roster with hall-of-famers and ride their
coattails to victory. Hell, with their power, I could
pitch for them and get some W's. Besides, his ERA has
never been particularly impressive: 17-9 with an ERA
over 4 in 1999? Jeez. Since 2000, his record is 24-25.
Not "elite" material in the least. The clincher is,
that if the Expos move to Portland (it is a longshot),
he'll be on our local team. Ergh.
4. Orlando Hernandez, Montreal Expos:
Granted, I hated him more yesterday when he was still
on the Yankees. There, he was just another player (not
unlike those who are going to be on this list in the
future) who was called up at just the right time to
take advantage of the Steinbrenner's MLB-highest
opposing goalie that night) and "Jocelyn Lemiueux",
which isn't even close, and I don't think he's even
playing anymore. I think it's high time that ESPN
hands the reigns of it's A-games (or what's left of
them) to Steve Levy, or even Dave Strader or Jack
Edwards. And while I'm at it, they should definitely
get Jim Schoenfeld back after the Rangers clean out
their office after this year. Give it a rest, Gary,
your banter is tired.
5. Gary Thorne. ESPN/MSG broadcaster:
Broadcasters are not immune to the fraud list! Not to
knock what Thorne has done, but his best days are
clearly behind him. He has been kinda bad as of late,
bumbling names and calls in the name of telling a
joke. Pay attention! Arrrgh! Case in point: While
watching the Blackhawks play a couple weeks ago, he
referred to G Jocelyn Thibault as "Curtis Joseph"
This is my old project, THROWDOWN.
A group of friends and I put together this little project in 2003 as an outlet of out collective rage and anger about the
subjects that each of us cared about. I was the editor-and-chief and games writer back then.
It was a blast to do and it to be involved in a great collaborative effort using the strengths of my friends was simply amazing. I hope you have fun reading our
work as much as we had in creating it.