November 16, 2017 by squish
Written by Al “Squish” Salucco
Professional athletes are some of the most polarizing individuals that our world has to offer. When it comes to an athlete I gravitate towards two types: guys that can get under your skin and leaders.
To be a leader of men or women you obviously need to have characteristics that pertain to your sport, but that is not what I look for most in someone before going into battle. I look for attitude…a positive attitude. Someone who takes a loss just like they would a win, someone who understands what a team is and someone who respects both the game and their peers.
These are the guys that I could never get behind because of the way they act.
6. Dwight Howard
When a guy has played for five different teams in seven years, maybe he is a problem? Or, at the very least, a ‘loser?’ Well, he’s both.
“Loser?” you ask? Yabo. I know he has been in the playoffs in 10 out of the last 11 years, but he’s made the finals only once and since then has only gotten in the way of himself and his teammates.
I’m all about having fun, and Dwight sure has his. I just don’t think I can get behind someone who is so cavalier about losing and clearly doesn’t care if he wins – and teams didn’t trade for him at the last deadline because of that.
5. Jay Cutler
Smokin’ Jay, f this dude.
Not just because Miami signed him instead of Kap, but that doesn’t help his case. This dude has thrown 152 picks in 147 games.
He has taken himself out of playoff games multiple times where his injury didn’t seem to be too impeding and he was rather nonchalant about it. C’mon Jay put it on the line.
And his press conference when he was announced as the newest member of the Dolphins?
“The good thing is I play quarterback, so I don’t have to be in that great of cardiovascular shape.”
4. Cam Newton
The best part about Sundays is when Cam loses and still shows up to the podium looking like the lead role in an 80s buddy cop movie.
He can’t take the heat, and as a quarterback, you have to. Boasting after a win and sulking after a loss is not what a leader does. Neither is not diving for a fumble in the Super Bowl.
You lead 51 other men into battle every week, how are you going to act like a child every time you lose? This kind of adolescent behavior will trickle down eventually and I don’t see this guy winning anything until he realizes this.
3. Lebron James
He makes everything about him and to be honest I don’t want to spend much time on him so I will keep it short.
He’s arguably the greatest player of all time but I would never want to see him in a Celtics uniform. Will you win with him? Yes, but this guy is so in love with himself and uses the word “I” way too much.
2. The Iceland coach from D2: The Mighty Ducks
Fuck Wolf Stansson.
- Alex Rodriguez
He has no redeeming qualities. He knowingly took steroids and lied about it, his teeth are too white, he snags digits in the on-deck circle (respect), has only one ring which was won in his peak steroid days and he apparently has a painting of himself as a centaur.
This probably isn’t true, but it’s definitely believable.
His antics with Bronson Arroyo were laughable and Jason Varitek made him know that but perhaps the shittiest thing this guy has ever done is this. “Ha, I got it!”