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12/17/2007 12:21:00 PM
Disappointing Athletes of 2007
Michael Vick and his fans would like to forget 2007.
By Lang Whitaker, SI.com
As the year dawdles to a close, let's take one day to look back at those who broke our hearts this year. These dudes get the coal in the stocking. Here's my top five disappointing athletes of 2007...
1. Michael Vick: When he was first linked to dog fighting, Vick assured all of his fans that these were just spurious rumors and completely out of character. But as more details leaked, day after day, it became more and more obvious we might never see Vick play football again. Speaking for all Falcons fans, thanks a lot, Mike.
2. Roger Clemens: He's sold himself as Captain America with frosted tips -- all apple pie, pick-up trucks and blue jeans. Clemens always said that hard work was what made him competitive, even though he was twice the age of some of the kids he was competing against. Now, thanks to the Mitchell Report, it seems as though Clemens may have been artificially aided in finding his fountain of youth.
3. Dirk Nowitzki: Funny that the regular season MVP should make this list, but as good as Dirk was in the regular season, he and the Mavs were just as miserable in the postseason, getting embarrassingly bounced from the NBA Playoffs in round one. Dirk had an amazing season, but no MVP on a team with 67 regular season wins should allow his team to go home early.
4. Almost Everyone Involved With College Football: From Dennis Dixon to Bobby Petrino, from the Missouri Tigers to the LSU Tigers to the computers that rank the teams, nearly everyone in college football had a disappointing year. Whether it was coaches up and leaving for a new gig, players suffering heartbreaking injuries or teams losing when they had a chance to lock up that number one spot, nobody stepped up and grabbed the golden ring this season in college football.
5. Eli Manning: These days, at least in the New York City area, Eli Manning is starring in a series of watch commercials which praise his dependability and even uses the word "unstoppable" to describe Eli. New York Giants fans hoped this would be the season in which Eli would finally shake free from Peyton's shadow and become his own superstar. Didn't really work out that way. And when Joey Harrington, Kerry Collins, Kyle Boller and Patrick Ramsey all have a better quarterback rating than you, maybe "unstoppable" isn't the best way to describe your work.
Which athlete left you disappointed in 2007? Let us know below...
Lang Whitaker is the executive editor of SLAM magazine and writes daily at SLAMonline.com
Maybe I'm crazy, but I have this thought that Peyton has done what he did in Indianapolis... I mean, that's not exactly a 'pressure cooker'. I wonder if he were a rookie in NYC, would his confidence be rattled too?
I'm not saying Eli is capable of what Peyton is, or even that Peyton wouldn't be what he is now if he were in NYC, but I have to figure it's played a role in Eli's development.
Marion Jones - way to make us all feel for years that you were not guilty of doping. Crocodile tears anyone?
You could have fully well won those medals without the use of steroids - where did that Marion Jones go?
Thanks for bringing down the name of the sport I love the most - apart from disappointing your fans. I hope they continue to find people such as yourself and ban them from the sport for life. Justin Gatlin take note!
i'd argue that Roger Clemens was a disappointment even before the Mitchell report was issued. he basically made $1 million per start, but looked awfully average when he was healthy enough to pitch then didn't even make it out of the 3rd inning in his postseason start. that's not even close to measuring up to the hype surrounding him.
Trevor Hoffman... Baseball's all time saves leader and 2nd most popular Padre. (behind Tony Gwynn) he was one strike away from allowing the Padres to win a trip to the post-season. Instead he gave up a hit to (ironically) Tony Gwynn Jr. and lost us the game. Several days later in the wild card playoff game against the Rockies, he couldn't hold onto a 2 run lead in extra, extra innings. Again he got shelled and officially ended the season for San Diego.
I can't wait to go to the next Padre game and heckle this "has been" while warming up in the bullpen. His 9th inning entry song is AC/DC's "Hells Bells"? Maybe he should change it to Britney Spears' "Oops I did it Again"!
You're a tool, Whitaker. This has been the greatest season in college football history. How did you get this gig, anyway? Either blackmail (incriminating pics of the SI editor buggering some little boy) or bribery (allowing the SI editor to bugger YOU)? Well, which is it? Jeez.
And, gir, that goes for you, too. Maybe, just maybe, if Eli had allowed himself to go to the San Diego "pressure cooker", he'd be a little bit better off than he is today, hmmmm? Can't say he didn't do it to himself, can we?
How can Mike Vick possibly be #1 on the list, ahead of a numerous Cy Young winning, future (formerly) slam dunk baseball Hall of Famer? I'll give credit to Vick for being an amazing athelete; but, what has he accomplished?
Michael Vick is a weak, weak man. I hope he gets everything he deserves and more in prison. Once he's out of federal prison, hopefully he crawl over the State of Virginia's Penn. His supporters are embarrassments to the human race. Go Peyton!
Barry Bonds has been a living disappointment for a number of years leading up to 2007.
All of major league baseball has been a disappointment since 1994.
The NHL has been a disappointment since its inception. It's nothing more than brawling on ice interspersed with goons committing every flagrant foul imaginable. Now, they've inspired 8 year olds to follow their example. As a sport, hockey doesn't exist anymore.
nik, thanks for mentioning Marion. If you hadn't posted her name, I would have.
Doesn't that POS Pacman Jones deserve a mention? I'm sure the guy that was left paralyzed after the shooting would think so. How about the Falcon players fined for gracing our TV's with Vick shirts and posters. Yeah team. Maybe a catchall mention for NBA, NFL and baseball for all the off field demented acts of violence and self abuse.
VICK IS GARBBAGE & ALL THE FAL-CONS WHO PAYED RESPECT FOR THAT FOOL. ARE GARBBAGE TOO. ELI IS NO PEYTON. NEW YORK IS NO INDY. NFC IS NO AFC. IF YOU SWITCHED THEM ELI`S NUMBERS WOULD BE BETTER. ROGER CLEMENS IS ONE OF THE GREATEST SO IS BONDS THIS CRAP IS ALL A JOKE. IT WILL WRECK BASEBALL. WHAT 15% MLB USE, 50% NFL USE, 75% NBA USE, 10% NHL USE. YET THE SENATOR WANTS ONLY TO WRECK BASEBALL. THIS IS USE OF ANY ILLEGAL DRUGS. THEY TOOK THESE ROIDS SO THAT THEY COULD GIVE THE FANS. WHAT FANS PAY TOO SEE. THESE DRUGS HAVE BEEN KNOWN TO SHORTEN THIER LIFE SPAN. YOU TELL ME WHO THE WINNER IS. LET THE SENATOR LOOK AT ALL SPORTS & NOT SINGLE OUT ONE. PETE ROSE SHOULD BE IN THE HALL OF FAME. THE GREATEST HITTER EVER. MR STRAWBERRY BROKE THE LAW 4 TIME WITH COCAIN. THE NBA HAS MORE DEADBEAT DADS THAN ALL OTHER SPORTS TOGETHER. WHEN GIVE MILLIONS TO MORRONS ALL THEY DO IS BREAK LAWS. DRUG USERS, RAPIST, SHOOTINGS, BEATING ON THIER WIVIES, CARRYING GUNS. NOW WHAT LAWS SHOULD END A SPORTING CAREER. WHAT LAWS SHOULD KEEP SOME ONE OUT OF THE HALL OF FAME. WHAT LAWS SHOULD WE LET THEM BUY THIER WAY OUT OF PRISON. MORRONS ABOVE LAW. THE NBA IS THE WORST ABOUT A 6TH GRADE EDUCATION.
This should have been split into two lists: disappointing athletes and disappointing athletic performaces. Put Vick and Clemens on list 1, along with 1) Pacman Jones 2) Mackey Davis, 20, and Eddie Scott, 19, were arrested on suspicion of child molestation with a victim under 14 and oral copulation with a victim under 18. Both were being held Sunday at Fresno County Jail on $100,000 bail.
The rape allegedly took place in apartments that house some Fresno City College football players. Davis and Scott were students at Reedley and may have been in the process of transferring to Fresno City College, Cardinale said.
Try Googling "athletes arrested in 2007". It will make you sick - especially all of the rape charges.
As far as Dirk, Eli, and most of the college football thing - they're human and they are going to make mistakes in their performance. What they did (and others who did not live up to their athletic potential for a little while) is so trivial compared to what the people on the other list did.
How about Milton Bradley for blowing out his knee while throwing a tantrum, because an umpire baited him?! He let the Padres and the city of San Diego down due to his immaturity. Maybe he should be tested for drugs or stupidity...he's gotta be on something to lose it like he does all the time.
anyone who plays in or watches the NBA. this is a league of savages and losers. nothing but criminals and punks. same goes for the losers in the NFL who do some juvenile danse every time they make a play. act like a professional not some kid on the playground, idiots.
Right on the money with Eli Manning. I'm a long-time (I remember Y.A. Tittle) Giant fan and I have to admit that Eli is just not that good. He's inaccurate and is careless with the ball. Its amazing that with all of the turnovers the Giants still made the playoffs
Yankee's Derek Jeter thinking he's too good to pay his taxes and trying to cheat New York City out of paying them. Jeter again defending Clemens, Bonds, and Giambi, then stating he's proud of Andy Pettite for confessing. But Jeter could not defend his coach Joe Torre or his other teammate Alex Rodriguez when they were faced with problems.He ran from the press when Torre's job was on the line, yet he comments his support for those players using steroids. Jeter's a fake and a hypocrite.
the whole NCAA football thing is spot on correct (which is a big surprise from a guy who thought the 85 Bears were the best NFL team ever, I'll say it again, the 49ers of 84 and 89 were far superior and even they took a back seat to the 66-67 Packers). LSU in the championship? SEC/East Coast bias is the ONLY reason. USC, the best team in the nation losing to Stanford? Absolutely Pathetic. 2007 should be the year the NCAA declares "No team was good enough to be National Champion."
The words moron and idiot are too kind to you. You are much worse. To put Eli and Dirk on this list is preposterous(look it up). What do you base this list on? Is it who you would most like to bugger? How can you put anyone on this list for having a few poor performances. Disappointing is what I call athletes who cheat or commit felonies, or exhibit bad morals. You are just a hater who couldn't even carry Eli's jock and you know it. The ironic thing is that neither Dirk nor Eli would lower themselves to acknowledge your hate-ittude.
That stellar Knicks' organization tops my list. From ownership on down to players, they've given their all to tarnish a once proud franchise and demonstrate how little regard they have for their sport and more importantly, their loyal fans. Even a Celts fan like myself feels the anguish of those fans.
The problem with that statement is, that Eli didn't have to be in NYC he CHOSE to be. He was drafted by the Chargers and refused to play there. He brought the New York attention on himself, so it doesn't work as an excuse (although he has played well as of late).