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Throwing Tomatoes: LeBron James, Miami Heat, Dallas Mavericks, Terrelle Pryor, Bryce Harper, Kobe Bryant and Other Sports Underachievements

The sports world has been active, from the drama at Ohio State, to the NBA Finals, to the Stanley Cup Final, Major League Baseball season and more.

So as the sports world turns, the stories pile up and more sports frustration emerges.  Don’t sweat it, The Wife Hates Sports has them all covered – in lycopene, that is.

Throwing Tomatoes: June 8, 2011

LeBron James

…for falling flat in the 4th during Game 4.

Do you think Scottie Pippen wants to take back his comments about LeBron being the best ever?  What legendary star manages just eight points and barely even takes a shot during the final six minutes during Game 4 of the NBA Finals?  We never saw MJ do that.

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Sorry, LeBron, but we never saw MJ disappear in the 4th quarter of an NBA Finals game

Speaking of LeBron…

DeShawn Stevenson

…for saying that LeBron James “checked out” during Game 4.

Real smart, DeShawn – go out there and awake a sleeping giant.  Why don’t you make fun of Pat Riley’s hair while you’re at it?

Speaking of Giants…

Miguel Tejada

…for not earning a dime of his contract this season.

It all started when the Giants offered Edgar Renteria a $1 million contract during the offseason, all after being a major impact in San Francisco’s World Series win.  Renteria referred to the contract offer as “a lack of respect”, and I agree.

Later, the Giants went with Miguel Tejada, who had shown signs of declining, both defensively and on offense – one reason the Orioles moved him to third base.  But the Giants signed him anyway, played him at short (until Sandoval got hurt), and Tejada responded with not just defensive blunders and lack of range, but also a .214 average – and worse – a .238 OBP!

Now, Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News reports that it may be time to kiss Tejada goodbye in San Francisco.  And once again, I agree.

Speaking of kisses…

Bryce Harper

…for blowing a kiss, then blowing up the headlines.

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If Bryce Harper keeps blowing kisses, he’ll be hearing chin music soon

Most know by now that hyped up Nationals prospect Bryce Harper hit a clutch home run then blew a kiss to the pitcher after.  The act has outraged some and left others indifferent.

Three words: Bad move, Bryce.  It drives me crazy when showboating comes into play like this, and it runs rampant around baseball.  Expect consequences, and don’t be shocked if this leads to some chin music.  He would have already been plunked in the majors.

One would think with all that cash, Harper had enough dough to hire an adviser.

Speaking of cash…

Terrelle Pryor

…for potentially sending Ohio State into a college football abyss.

Everyone knows the Ohio State story – the cars, the tattoos, Jim Tressel’s resignation and more.  Amidst the drama, former top recruit Terrelle Pryor has decided to leave and skip his senior year.

But wait, there’s more.  Reports are emerging that a “former friend” of Pryor said that selling team memorabilia may have earned Pryor “anywhere from $20,000 to $40,000” in a year.

Imagine what could have been with this talent.  Instead, Pryor, per a recent report, could end up in the CFL with the Saskathewan Roughriders.  Time will tell if he gets invited to that party.

Speaking of parties…

Washington Redskins

…for adding party decks.

OK, fine, it’s a pretty sweet addition – but in all seriousness, the Redskins should instead focus on giving the fans a reason to party.

Then again, there’s that whole lockout thing.

Speaking of being locked out…splatteredtomato

Kobe Bryant and the Lakers

…for the ongoing coach drama.

The media continues to be locked out from Kobe’s true feelings about Mike Brown and the coaching situation in LA.  There’s no secret that Bryant’s original vote was for Brian Shaw, but my guess is that’s clearly not what’s bothering him.

It’s the way it went down.  Should Kobe have been included in the discussion before the Brown hiring?  Yes, absolutely.  He’s simply done too much for the franchise, even as a player – and he’s still the current face of the Lakers.  He’s earned the right to give his two cents.

And finally, the current face of frustration in sports:

 

Cleveland Indians – Losers of 7 of 10, having a six game lead drop to one

Oakland Athletics – Nine straight losses after being swept by Baltimore

Florida Marlins – Six straight defeats and now just three games above .500

Minnesota Twins – Just six wins at home, by far the worst in baseball

 

This has been Throwing Tomatoes… checking out for now – but not forever.

Throwing Tomatoes is a feature that Kevin Paul started five years ago when blogging in the Fox Sports community.  It has been featured numerous times, including on the Fox Sports home page on several occasions.

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  1. admin June 20, 2011 at 10:00 AM

    TOP–

    It certainly seems like the state of Ohio has had a heavy hand in the majority of sports stories this year, doesn’t it? You bring up Pryor, LeBron, all that… just made me start thinking…

  2. admin June 13, 2011 at 8:41 PM

    REV and J-DUB–

    Well, Rev, If I recall… you didn’t sound all that confident when you made that pick. Maybe if you were overflowing with that, we’d give you more credit.

    JW, I think we would have heard the LeBron show no matter what happened, if he won or not…

  3. JW June 13, 2011 at 4:44 PM

    Yes, I know I said when pressed to predict said “Heat in 6,” but I am also the one who said we should all support Dallas so that we didn’t have to listen to a summer of the “King LeButt” show.

  4. Chris Humpherys June 13, 2011 at 4:41 PM

    Ahem…

    Who among us picked Dallas in six?

  5. admin June 13, 2011 at 4:24 PM

    AERO–

    Ha ha, nice. Don’t compliment him, he may blow you a kiss, man…

  6. admin June 13, 2011 at 4:23 PM

    TOP–

    What are your thoughts on the Heat now that they have officially bowed out? Props to the Mavs… they played well… happy for Cuban and Dirk and all those guys…

  7. admin June 13, 2011 at 4:22 PM

    J-DUB–

    Yes, LeBron is getting blamed, but I think that he proved the last few years of performances were not a fluke, and he can’t even come through in the clutch when playing on a team with another elite players. He completely disappeared in the 4th on just about every game of the Finals. I really hope that all the Jordan comparisons can finally go away now… then again, I doubt it happens.

    Yeah, putting together the Power Rankings now… the Twins are out of the cellar!

  8. admin June 13, 2011 at 4:19 PM

    TOP–

    I’m curious to see if anyone purposely throws at Harper to teach him a lesson. I wouldn’t be shocked… I’m more curious when he finally gets the call-up… they have said not this year, so then it would not be surprising to see him in June of next season. But maybe a September call would not be out of the question if he forces the team’s hand.

  9. aero June 10, 2011 at 10:14 AM

    From the look of his mascara maybe Bryce just had storng feelings for the pitcher. Not that there’s anything wrong with that:)
    Have a good one bro!

  10. JW June 10, 2011 at 9:54 AM

    Oh, and how about those Twins winning seven of their last eight?

  11. JW June 10, 2011 at 9:52 AM

    Riddle me this: How can one be a “superstar” when one disappears in 4th quarter crunch time? If the Heat lose this series, LeBron is going to be blamed, and this time he won’t be able to dismiss the critics as “that’s just Cleveland.”

  12. admin June 9, 2011 at 10:30 PM

    REV–

    LeBron could could cover a lot of innings on the podcast now… just not the 4th.

    Count it – and one.

  13. admin June 9, 2011 at 10:28 PM

    JW–

    Apparently, Pryor agrees with you, because reports are saying that he’s not going there.

  14. Chris Humpherys June 9, 2011 at 12:59 PM

    I’m trying to decipher this whole LeBron James situation.

    The whole damn thing is kind of odd, don’t you think?

    Hey, now THAT’S a great topic for a podcast inning.

  15. JW June 9, 2011 at 8:48 AM

    Clearly the winner is Pryor…but banishment to Saskatchewan is brutal.

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