Why Sports Illustrated's Most Disliked List Is Outdated

Published on 22-May-2014 by Stacey Mickles

Football - NCAA    NCAA Football Daily Review

Share this article

Why Sports Illustrated's Most Disliked List Is Outdated

 A few days ago, Sports Illustrated released its list of the most disliked figures in sports.

The usual suspects were there, like Nick Saban, Jerry Jones, and Michael Vick. 

Hasn't this schtick gone stale? I mean, really, most of the usual suspects named are on there not because they're bad people; it's mainly because they win or they're just easy targets.

For example, why the hell is Michael Vick still on this list? Vick's done his time, has stayed out of trouble, and yet, he's still disliked?

Says who? In fact, he was a peacemaker last season when Riley Cooper got in trouble for, shall we say, breaking social protocol. Cooper probably deserves to be on this list more than Vick.

And what has Jerry Jones done to make him so disliked? The Dallas Cowboys haven't won a Super Bowl since the 90s. If anything, he's a laughingstock.

Oh, and when is Nick Saban not on this list? As someone in one my hometown newspaper pointed out, the same day this article was published, Saban gave 50 grand to a charity. Yeah, he's a bad guy.

Not all the names weren't deserving. There were staples like Donald Sterling and Richie Incognito, but SI needs to come up with better criteria then this.

How about putting people on the list who actually deserve to be there, not because they aren't media friendly at times or winners, but legitimate a-holes of the sporting world.

Men -- and women, for that matter -- who aren't good people. Donald Sterling's a racist; he deserves his spot. Richie Incognito is a bully; put him there. But instead of Saban, how about Steve Spurrier? Among other dubious bits of behavior, the Ol' Ball Coach tried to get a media member fired this past year and talked down his best player.

Spurrier also disses opponents and other coaches in public. Dude's a pro at fanning the flames. 

I've never seen Saban do either.

How about Jameis Winston? He's been accused of rape, stealing, and abuse of public property. Why isn't he on there?

Lebron James is still not a fan favorite, and neither is Kobe Bryant. There are reasons outside of the court why they aren't liked.

And yes, I realize SI is just trolling. I just happen to think a longtime media outlet in the sporting scene can do better than that.