Let's see - teams and sports I hate:
: Red Sox...there was no curse, your team just sucked for decade after decade! I was glad you finally won the World Series so your fans would stop whining! (Cubs fans I have great respect for, futility handled with grace and class.)
: San Francisco 49ers - not for the team (except for Jerry Rice) but for the fans, I lived there for years and I've never seen a bigger group of fair-weather bandwagon-jumping whiners.
And, for the moment, the Eagles, for signing Vick. Yes, there's an argument to be made for "forgiveness", but let him sit out for at least a season, see how the other half lives, and show he's truly repentant and just not saying what the NFL
"leadership" wants to hear.
And the Dolphins, for constantly being a pain in the a$$ to my beloved Patriots, even in years when they otherwise reek. (And yes, I'm a Patriots fan and hate the Red Sox - it's complicated, even more so by the facts that I live in New York City now, and actually could live without the Yankees as well.)
: the Colorado Avalanche, dirty-hitting scum (except for Roy). Admittedly they may not be that any more, but I have leftover bile from the past that'll carry this hatred on for a while.
: the Utah Jazz, but only for the stupidity of their name ("choirboys" would be so much more appropriate!) Actually, "Toronto Raptors" is pretty stupid too.
: Notre Dame. HATE. Hate NBC for giving them so much coverage - who gives a frack? They're just one team, they're nothing special, what's the big deal?
Florida - just 'cause then win too much. And I find Tebow annoying. And 'cause rivals Florida State have the same initials as my college (Fresno State) so I have to root for FSU.
: while not a hate, I have had to set aside my love for Fresno State because of the thuggishness of their recruits in recent years and the collapse of academic standards. Boyd Grant, where are you when we need you?
: I'd have to actually care to hate anyone. And I can't care for any sport where some of the players' primary skill seems to be acting, falling to the ground and writhing in agony when someone's uniform sleeve grazes them. And where for some reason when you win, all the players start taking their shirts off...WHAT IS
: Hate the entire sport. Particularly hate the fans who feel compelled to put pictures that are blatant rip-offs of Calvin (from Calvin & Hobbes) urinating on someone else's number or a car brand logo.
: Hate dance moves in floor exercise. That doesn't prove you're a gymnast, proves you're a bloody dancer. Any of Madonna's backup dancers could do them better. Get this crap out of gymnastics.
: There are entire sports I hate, if for no reason than their biblical-grade stupidity and yet they're in the Olympics: rhythmic gymnastics, synchronized swimming, Greco-Roman wrestling.
Now as for individual players (and a coach or two):
: A-Rod. Just because.
: Jerry Rice, for blatant "race card" playing back in the day in SF
(I lived there at the time), "wah, I don't get any endorsement contracts, 'cause I'm black..." at the same time Roger Craig was raking in the cash. He didn't get contracts because he had all the personality of a piece of particularly dry, bland wood on TV
. Had the audacity to bitch at Disney for not giving him the "I'm going to Disneyland..." spot even though Disney's contract specifically and clearly said "winning quarterback", not "MVP".
Brett Farve: retire, or don't, but just make up your effing MIND. Tired of hearing about you. Go away. (And any more cheap, illegal shots like last weekend and your a$$ should just be thrown out of the league.)
John Elway: for being annoying. He just is.
Trent Dilfer: for stinking with the reek of a thousand fat men running on a Tampa summer day your entire time at Tampa Bay and making me ashamed to be a Fresno State graduate.
Michael Vick: obvious. Can earn his way off the list by being truly repentant, but prove it first. Actions speak louder than words. Till then the hate stays.
Vince Lombardi: for quite possibly being the most over-rated "motivator" in history. I have had to sit through far, FAR
too many business classes and seminars where some "motivational quote" from Mister Obvious was trotted out.
Claude Lemieux: should have rotted in jail for the Kris Draper incident and been banned for life. Piece of filth.
Martin Brodeur: actually, I love him, but he's just too damn GOOD!