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.


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.


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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