May 10, 2004

Ten Things I Hate About You.: By no means a definitive list. Someone should write one for American sporting figures. I'll get that ball rolling by listing Butch Harman's need to begin every sentence he utters with the word "Well..." (just you watch next time he's on TV - it's uncanny).

posted by JJ to general at 04:34 AM - 19 comments

I'll vote for Lisa Leslie's "no-no/denied" fingershake...yeah, Lisa, you're all that, so stop rubbing it in already. And I'd vote for some MLB player's stepping out of the batter's box and adjusting his gloves on Every. Single. Pitch. But there are so many who do it, so who would you pick?

posted by lil_brown_bat at 06:25 AM on May 10, 2004

Maybe the guys who wear all kinds of body armor and adjust that between every pitch...you could hate them. But do you really need another reason to hate Barry Bonds?

posted by LionIndex at 10:10 AM on May 10, 2004

Similarly, I vote for every touchdown-scoring NFL player whose joy of achieving their objective compels them to make themselves into a one man team by break dancing in the end zone.

posted by sixpacker at 10:14 AM on May 10, 2004

I gotta go with Bernie Williams and his pirouette-like follow through after every swing.

posted by usfbull at 10:31 AM on May 10, 2004

Sammy Sosa's chest pound, kiss fingers, and point to sky routine after every homerun.

posted by trox at 10:51 AM on May 10, 2004

9 Monica Sele's grunt I, and many other juvenile men, beg to differ.

posted by dusted at 11:13 AM on May 10, 2004

I'm a big Cardinals fan, but I detest it when Jim Edmonds stands there at the plate looking forlorn when the umpire has the temerity to call a strike. It's not an affront to your manhood just step out of the damned box and get ready to hit again.

posted by wfrazerjr at 11:44 AM on May 10, 2004

I have the usual complaints: - that God seems to ONLY be on the winning team's side...if you were to believe what the players say after the game - reporters that ask questions that are so OBVIOUSLY going to lead to cliche answers ("...we worked hard today...it was a team effort...we got some lucky breaks...") - coaches who think intimidation tactics against players/refs are going to work

posted by grum@work at 01:08 PM on May 10, 2004

I'm a big Cardinals fan, but I detest it when Jim Edmonds stands there at the plate looking forlorn when the umpire has the temerity to call a strike. It's not an affront to your manhood just step out of the damned box and get ready to hit again. I'm sorry, but no one annoyed me more with that sort of thing than Paul O'Neill. He was the absolute worst posing-complainer-whiner I had ever seen. Every strike, every close call and every decision the umpires made that didn't favour him was followed up by yelling, glaring, child-like stomping, and bat/glove throwing.

posted by grum@work at 01:10 PM on May 10, 2004

I vote for NFL defensive players who get all up after making a regular tackle in a game. I would also go with players who score a TD on the wrong end of a blowout, and act all crazy like they've just won the Super Bowl.

posted by bcb2k2 at 01:21 PM on May 10, 2004

Shooter McGavin's finger shooting after sinking a putt.

posted by sixpacker at 01:42 PM on May 10, 2004

I definitely concur with #5 from the link, Sergio Garcia's waggle...from this side of the pond I'd go with Karl Malone's under the breath muttering before every free throw, Doug Christie's endless signaling to his Master/Mistress/wife, Bret Boone's bat flip (fortunately we don't see it much anymore, and he hilariously did it a week ago on what turned out to be a harmless pop-up), every single underdog who says they get no respect from anybody, and ESPN's Mike Greenberg just for general purposes.

posted by vito90 at 04:28 PM on May 10, 2004

"Ho-lee Mackinaw!"

posted by Succa at 05:22 PM on May 10, 2004

Oh, Succa, you vindictive little scamp! There are many (how much smoke from the lungs of America's sportscasters can fit in Roger Clemens' rectum this year? We're going to find out), but ... What Pete Best was to the Beatles, Steve Berthiaume's stupid musical analogies should be to Sportscenter.

posted by chicobangs at 06:45 PM on May 10, 2004

"Ho-lee Mackinaw!" At least finish off the sentence, Succa! "Ho-lee Mackinaw! Lalime let in ANOTHER easy shot!"

posted by grum@work at 08:03 PM on May 10, 2004

Shooter McGavin's finger shooting after sinking a putt. That made my morning.

posted by JJ at 02:25 AM on May 11, 2004

What Pete Best was to the Beatles, Steve Berthiaume's stupid musical analogies should be to Sportscenter. And along those lines, if Keith Olbermann was the Adrian Cronauer of Sportscenter, Rich Eisen was Lieutenant Steve.

posted by zonker at 07:37 AM on May 11, 2004

Darcy Tucker. In his entirety.

posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:38 AM on May 11, 2004

And I'd vote for some MLB player's stepping out of the batter's box and adjusting his gloves on Every. Single. Pitch. But there are so many who do it, so who would you pick? Mr. OCD himself, Nomar Garciaparra.

posted by NoMich at 09:43 AM on May 11, 2004

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