If you’re a professional athlete, you probably don’t want to be on any list that includes Mike Vick. Since Vick hasn’t done anything worthwhile with a football in about three years, if you’re on a list with him, it probably has something to do with people not liking you very much.
In fact, it probably means that you’re despised by a lot of people.
Ben Roethlisberger has a lot of work to do.
He came in third on Forbes Magazine’s “Most Disliked People in Sports” list. The only two ahead of him are Al Davis and Vick.
I’m actually kind of surprised that Davis finished ahead of Roethlisberger. What’s Al done lately?
Vick got a 69% unfavorable rating, which is understandable. He’s going to be on just about every ten most disliked list for the rest of his life, no matter what he does. And deservedly so.
I have him at the top of my career ending injury list. I hope he blows his knee out on his next snap.
Davis got a 66 and Ben got a 57. Tiger Woods and Jerry Jones tied for fourth. Mark McGwire and Alex Rodriguez are on it, too.
That’s some pretty bad company.
Whatever it is that Jones and Davis did to get on the list can’t be overcome. They’re just there because the sight of them annoys people.
Roethlisberger and Woods have a chance to get off the list. They can ask Kobe Bryant.
All they have to do is stay out of trouble and play up to the standards they set before they got into trouble.
Ben took the first steps toward getting off the list last week with his sit down TV interviews.
Woods has kept a low profile and could have had people talking about his game a lot more if he had been four strokes better at the U.S. Open. Based on his post-round interview on Sunday, he still has a long way to go if he’s interested in getting people to like him again.
He was his usual grouchy, impatient, condescending self. He probably succeeded in making most of the people watching glad that he didn’t win.