OT: Athletes you dislike...?

Submitted by Jedelman11 on April 8th, 2010 at 7:48 PM

Given the general grumpiness about Tebow, Izzo, Duke, and any of the other punching bags around this here website, I figured I'd start a thread about athletes you genuinely dislike. You know, the guys you just cant root for...not matter what!

As far as criteria are concerned, have fun ... you don't need to have a reason, and the hatred can be of team, player, or anything about them. All I care about is who really makes your blood boil.

I'll start the thread off with some of my picks:

NBA: Rajon Rondo
NFL: Terrelle Owens
MLB: A.J. Pierzynski
NCAA F: Terelle Pryor
NCAA B: Luke Harangody

Now, I'll sit back in my canoe and let this thread steer itself...

Comments

uniqenam

April 8th, 2010 at 7:50 PM ^

I'll start the thread off with some of my p(r)icks.

Mark Dantonio (not an athlete).
Ozzie Guillen (also not an athlete).
Tiger Woods.
Josh Beckett.

Blue Bennie

April 9th, 2010 at 1:53 PM ^

Sometimes I think I am the only one who liked Claude Lemieux.

There was the turtle, but he fought McCarty straight up, at the drop of the puck, the next game.

The thing I always liked about him, however, was that he did something every shift he was out there. Goal, assist, draw a penalty, get a penalty, start a fight. He could change the tempo of a game every shift.

I want a guy like that on my team.

kdhoffma

April 9th, 2010 at 6:31 PM ^

First of all, it's Gordie Howe. Secondly, how many times did you see him play? If Gordie had a problem, he would handle it like a man, not with a pansy hit-and-run sucker-punch. You do remember the sucker-punch Claude delivered to Kozlov a couple nights before the Draper hit, right? Or how about the sucker-punch he delivered while sitting on the bench to Brett Lindros.

Dirty hits may be part of the game, but what set the Lemiuex/Draper hit apart was the obvious premeditated intent to injure on Claudes part.

He was an assclown... but you don't have to take my word for it, just ask the NHL players of that era who consistently voted him the dirtiest player in the league.

Never

April 8th, 2010 at 7:55 PM ^

Kobe Bryant.
Everyone who has ever played for Dook* basketball in my lifetime save Grant Hill.
Miguel Cotto.
Frank Mir.

In the not an athlete category...

Mike Shachefski.
Lane Kiffin.
Urban Meyer.

Dark Blue

April 8th, 2010 at 8:02 PM ^

I absolutely detest Justin Boren. In the MLB, Manny Ramierez(sp?) and Grady Sizemore, one is a former Indian the other is a current Indian. Coincidence, I think not. Also I do not like every current NBA player.

BrianinGR

April 8th, 2010 at 8:07 PM ^

One of my life long goals is to somehow give Carlos Quentin (Chicago White Sox) AIDS. If anyone can help out with this quest, your diligence will be rewarded!

Other honorable mention hates besides anyone from OSU...

Claude and Mario Lemeuix
Sidney Crosby and Malkin
Tony Romo
Brett Favre
Any WR the Lions trade for (all epic fails)
Roy Williams
Tony Parker
and...Mark Kotsay. Seriously google image search Jamie Kotsay. I am burning with jealousy.

BLUEOkie

April 8th, 2010 at 8:12 PM ^

And not because I am a Cubs fan. Because a few years ago Maddux dominated him and Pujols stopped the game three damn times and whined to the umpire saying Maddux was scuffing the ball. It seems every time I see him play now if something doesn't go his way he whines like a little bitch. I still respect him though, hell of a ballplayer.

Agree on A.J. Pierzynski, biggest douchebag in baseball.

Jensencoach

April 8th, 2010 at 8:21 PM ^

NBA- Ron Artest
MLB- Milton Bradley
NHL- Mike Commodore
NFL- Brandon Marshall

My NCAA hate is usually spread to entire teams more then just individually players and depending on if Michigan beat them recently or not.

Oscar Goldman

April 8th, 2010 at 8:21 PM ^

First off, pretty much anyone from ND/OSU/Duke, or the Avalanche/Canucks, but this list of scumbags stick out for me:

Claude Lemieux - explanation not needed
Adam Foote - "
Patrick Roy - have there been many nights great for a Wing fan than the Game 7 shellacking of that arrogant prick back in 02?
Derian Hatcher - both for his cheap play against the wings, and his garbage play for them
David Boston
Golden Tate
Jimmy Clausen
Ryan Kesler
Alex Burrows
Maurice Clarett

OHbornUMfan

April 8th, 2010 at 8:25 PM ^

Cheating, crying, whining - one of the best Onion pieces ever was when they wrote about Bonds's desire to win a World Series title without any teammates. One of the most selfish, arrogant, annoying asshole athletes ever.

Additionally, it's not surprising that a lefty hitter isn't afraid of being pitched inside when he is allowed to strap a Sherman tank to his right arm. All he was missing was the Terry Steinbach jawflap for complete invincibility.

Steve Lorenz

April 8th, 2010 at 9:22 PM ^

Outside of Jeff Kent, who was considered a shitty teammate from a member of basically every team he played for, there is more positive than negative when it comes to Bonds as a teammate. I remember Barry Zito calling him the greatest teammate he ever had.

Hate on him all you want for the roids issue, but I think the media did a pretty good job of destroying his image because he didn't like to do interviews and kept to himself in the locker room.

OHbornUMfan

April 8th, 2010 at 10:56 PM ^

but I think it speaks volumes about Bonds that:

a) the year after his time with the Giants/career ended, almost all traces of his time at PacBell were wiped away. Usually franchises celebrate their stars long after they are gone, or at least try to continue to profit from them.

b) not one team, not one, would take on Bonds when he still wanted to play. He would've been better than Jack Cust at DH and had as established a fan base in the Bay area as anywhere else, but Oakland didn't even make a run at him. And they were desperate for power.

If your franchise wishes you never happened and nobody else will sign you, that says a lot about your relatively high carcinogenic potential in a clubhouse.

Steve Lorenz

April 8th, 2010 at 11:35 PM ^

was probably the worst teammate in history. Hell of a player, not so good teammate.

Both issues you bring up are steroid/PR related, not because the guy was a bad teammate. It's not as if teams were lining up to signing him, but stopped when thinking of what kind of teammate he was. They didn't want the media circus that would ensue after he came back from the steroid scandal. Note that I am not a Bonds fan, but find myself becoming a defender of his more and more often. It's my belief he was blackballed out of the game. For two years, he offered to play for the league minimum and was never even offered a contract. This is arguably the greatest player in history* offering to play for next to nothing, with numerous contenders at the time (NYY, DET) needing DH help. Nothing. Notta. As important as wins are (and how much money they make you), it's beyond explanation that he was never given a contract. He was a convenient fall guy for the steroid era, and subsequently became it.

*- Everyone seems to forget that tons of players in the era were on some sort of steroid (hitters AND pitchers). Were his numbers inflated? Of course they were. But in a relative sense, he was so much better than everyone else who was on the juice that he still should be in the argument for best player ever.

PIJER

April 8th, 2010 at 8:27 PM ^

Michael Jordan

I hated how Stern always made the association cater to him all the time. I hated seeing that Damn like Mike commercial. Last but not least, I hate that he got away with shoving Russel and winning the Title!!!