Monday, December 27, 2010
Sports in 2010: The Bad!
In 2010 we saw a lot of bad things happen in the world of sports.
Some say "The Decision" by King LeBron James and all the drama which followed it was bad.
Others say all the soap opera-moments surrounding the New York Jets were bad-- starting with their alleged harassment of a "hottie" female reporter from Mexico, to the thug-like actions of trainer Sal Alosi when he illegally tripped-up Miami Dolphins cornerback Nolan Carroll, to head coach Rex Ryan's alleged foot fetish, and on and on. But through all those fiascos and embarrassments, the Jets (10-5) continue to be a good FOOT-ball team (pun intended) and are playoff bound. That their culture stinks, no matter what owner Woody Johnson says, is another story.
All the above definitely make any "worst of 2010" list, but to me, the 3 "worst" of 2010 were:
3. The Los Angeles Clippers
This one is a no-brainer. I think the Clippers have been on every year-end "bad" list in 35 of the last 40 years. This season they are off to yet another horrific start (9-22) and, since I mentioned the last 40 years, they are 1155-2032 (.362) in that span. The Clippers have almost become a template for the term "worst of ______".
2. The Boston Red Sox put on a clinic. Literally!
The Red Sox had a bad 2010 on the injuries-front, no doubt about it. Things got so bad for manager Terry Francona that I'm sure there were times during the season he wished Carl Yastrzemski, Jim Rice and Fred Lynn would walk in through the door and save his season. No question the injury-bug hit Boston like a tsunami this past season. For a list of all their injuries, click here.
But considering all the injuries, the Bosox still finished an impressive 89-73 and one must wonder what might have been if they didn't have so many injuries. But all in all, it was brutal in Boston.
1. The San Diego Padres collapse!
But the baddest of the bad had to be the Padres and their gigantic late-season collapse.
On August 25, the Padres were 76-49, 6.5 games (8 in the loss column) ahead of the San Francisco Giants, who were 71-57.
Then came the "10-GAME LOSING STREAK".
When it ended on September 6, the Padres were 77-59, just 1 game ahead of the Giants, who were 77-61. Just the simple fact that they were still in first place after suffering such a huge blow was amazing in itself. But the losing streak gave new life and hope to San Francisco. I guess we can say, it woke up a "sleeping giant". The Padres, however, would never recover from the losing streak, going 11-12 the rest of the way. The Giants would finished 14-7 the rest of the way, win the division and go on to win their first World Series in 55 years. And it was all made possible by manager Bud Black and his Padres falling apart.
Sorry San Diego, you were the worst of 2010.