Top Ten Sports DivasPosted: August 17, 2010
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In the sports world, the men are men…well most of them are. Some of them are petulant sixteen-year-old girls trapped in men’s bodies. In addition to winning championships, the following athletes-turned-drama queens should also be up for Oscars. Here are my top ten sports divas:
10. Alexander Ovechkin: Hockey players may not seem like the diva type, but Ovie isn’t your average blueliner. Between his feud with Sidney Crosby over who is the best player in the NHL (it’s Crosby, by the way), his excessive celebrations, and his sore loser attitude, Ovechkin can run with the best of the drama queens.
9. Tim Tebow: This guy is supposedly renowned for his toughness…until he loses a game. Former Florida quarterback Tim Tebow was seen bawling on national TV not once, but twice. The first time, Ole Miss narrowly upset the Gators, shattering Florida’s hopes of going undefeated. Tebow got all teary-eyed in the post-game press conference, vowing not to lose another game. The following year, the Gators played Alabama for the SEC championship and got crushed. I may never forget sitting in a bar in South Carolina with a crowd of cheering Gator haters as we watched Tebow cry not only on the field, but all the way to the locker room and in the press conference. Come on, Tim. There’s no tears in football.
8. Urban Meyer: Another Gator, another diva. Florida Head Coach Urban Meyer was apparently so upset by Alabama’s defeat of the Gators that he developed a career-ending heart problem. His retirement lasted for less than 24 hours. The next day, he basically said ‘JK guys! See you in the fall!’ Expect to hear more about Coach Meyer’s mysterious heart condition following the coming season, as many have predicted a 2-3 loss season for the Gators.
7. Tiger Wood: Did anyone besides David Duchovny even think sex addiction was a real thing before Tiger’s wife beat him upside the head with a 9-iron? Woods, former golden boy of golf, has shown his dark side and the media LOVES it. Seriously, the guy finished +13 last at the Bridgestone Invitational and the press still wouldn’t leave him alone. Sure, they loved him back when he was the do-no-wrong greatest player in the history of golf, but now that he’s a sex junkie, he has a constant entourage of paparazzi. He may not ask for the attention, but his inability to keep it in his pants has secured his place as a sports diva for many years to come.
6. Chad Ochocinco: You gotta love Chad because you’re never really sure if he just wants attention or he’s legitimately insane. The last name Johnson wasn’t cool enough for him, so he had to change it to the Spanish version of his jersey number. Rumor has it, he’s considering another name change, this time to the Japanese version of 85. Luckily, Chad’s drama is fairly harmless, except to his own bank account. He had to give Reebok several million dollars for all the jerseys and merchandise they had to alter as a result of his name change. And who could forget the time he tried to give the ref a $1 ‘bribe’ on field after failing to make a catch inbounds? That one only cost him $20,000. Anything for comedy, right?
5. Alex Rodriguez: An oldie but a goodie. A-Rod is used to being in the limelight for a variety of reasons, the least of which being his talent. His choice in girlfriends alone could get him on this list. First came Madonna, then Kate Hudson. I think the most recent one is Cameron Diaz. Add to that the scandal that followed after it was revealed that he tested positive for steroids in 2003, and you’ve got a recipe for drama. He must have been very upset when he hit his 600th career home run and no one gave a damn.
4. Lebron James: In the NBA, Lebron is known as “The King”, but blaming your team for your inability to perform in the playoffs definitely earns you the label of “queen”. I know, I know, he never said he blamed them. But actions speak louder than words, and to me, leaving the Cavs to play for the Heat because he feels like he’ll win more championships there just screams “It’s your fault I suck in the playoffs, Cavs!” Oh, let’s not forget, in his best Brett Favre imitation, he withheld his decision about where he would go for several months and announced it in a primetime press conference. It’s all about you, Lebron. Just don’t get caught dead in the state of Ohio.
3. Manny Ramirez: One day, during his prolific career with the Boston Red Sox, Manny Ramirez woke up and decided he wasn’t being paid enough. He proceeded to fake an injury, or so the story goes, and was ultimately traded to the Dodgers. Now in Los Angeles, where his star shines quite brightly (they’ve even dubbed a section of Dodgers Stadium ‘Mannywood’), Ramirez is still convinced he’s not receiving the best available offer and remains a free agent. He’s a great player, and the fans love him, but not nearly as much as he loves himself.
2. Terrell Owens: T.O. is the face of drama in the NFL. He always finds a way to get in front of the cameras, whether by taking a fan’s popcorn and dumping it in his face after a big play, or continuing to insist that he was unfairly cut by the Cowboys. He’s even been caught crying in a post-loss press conference, sobbing, “That’s my team, man. That’s my team.” For T.O., drama’s all a part of the business, and as he’s still capturing headlines at age 36 (approximately 65 in football years), business is good.
1. Brett Favre: I feel like I don’t even need to say anything. I mean, this is the guy who sends his teammates ambiguous texts about retiring, then denies telling anyone anything about retirement just to get the story back on the air. ‘Favre Watch’ has become a preseason tradition in the NFL, and until he makes a decision, all eyes are on him…which is just the way he likes it. Brett, you are the uncontested Queen of the Sports Divas.