The sports world has been active, from Super Bowl XLV to National Signing Day, and much, much more.  This sounds like a job for Throwing Tomatoes!

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: February 7, 2011

Christina Aguilera


Christina Aguilera may look good here, but she made herself look bad at Super Bowl XLV

There’s one song you don’t mess up, and that’s the National Anthem.  It symbolizes the United States of America, and while countless Americans likely don’t know this famous hymn word-for-word, when you’re placed on the biggest stage in sports (a.k.a. the Super Bowl), you simply must get it right.

Christina Aguilera didn’t, and while she arguably has the best pipes of musicians today, she’ll instead be forever remembered as the one that botched the anthem at Super Bowl XLV.  If I were the NFL, I wouldn’t invite her back to do it again, either.

Then again, it could have been worse – at least she wasn’t Enrico Pallazzo

Video: YouTube  – clip from “The Naked Gun”, featuring the late Leslie Nielsen

The Cowboys Stadium Ticket Debacle

…for hosing 400 fans, and robbing them of an entertaining Super Bowl experience.

For those that haven’t heard, 400 fans lost their spots at Super Bowl XLV due to “incomplete installation of temporary seats” at Cowboys Stadium.splatteredtomato

How does this happen?  How long did they know that these seats would be required?  It’s embarrassing.  I’ve never been a fan of selling seats that don’t exist.  I don’t care what arrogance is involved in trying to get an attendance record (cough cough, Jerry Jones).

However, in the end, the NFL (and Dallas Cowboys) should be applauded for the eventual compensation, which included triple the tickets’ value in return, plus tickets to next year’s Super Bowl in Indy.  But talk about ruining a trip for a group of fans, some of which could have been die-hard Packers or Steelers fans.

Cyrus Kouandjio

… for “pulling a Brett Favre”

Cyrus Kouandjio – one of the more talented linemen in this year’s college football recruiting class – has made a mockery of National Signing Day.  The young man went on national TV, donned an Auburn hat and said he was going to play for the Tigers.  Three days later – after not signing his letter of intent – it was announced (on Facebook of all places) that he instead would play for Alabama.

The Brett Favre School of Sports Decision-Making is in full effect, yet again.  I don’t care how young he is – you don’t waste people’s time by going on TV.  Own up to it and make a decision later, or instead be one of the thousands of kids that signed outside the national spotlight.

Seriously, I’d hate to be behind this kid in a buffet line.

Cleveland Cavaliers

…for creating more karma for Dan Gilbert.

Cavaliers Warriors Basketball

Mo Williams and the Cavaliers – losers of 25 straight – have nothing to smile about these days (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

The Cleveland Cavaliers recently set the NBA’s single-season record with its 24th consecutive loss. The 25th straight loss occurred Monday night against Dallas.  It’s not the kind of record that Cavs owner Dan Gilbert wanted to set this year.  Perhaps LeBron James would refer to it as “additional karma.”

Either way, it’s just ugly.  But it actually could get worse – specifically on Sunday, February 13th, which could be the biggest regular season train wreck in NBA history: The Cleveland Cavaliers – who could be riding a 27-game losing streak by Sunday – would be hosting the Washington Wizards, a team that is – and will still be – 0-25 on the road.

A matchup of Wizards (0-25 on road) at Cavs (with 27-game losing streak) would be a game worthy of all the tomatoes in the Northern Hemisphere.

But damn, would I want to watch!

And finally…

…a quick-strike of red to the following teams…


Orlando Magic – 5-5 over its last 10, and now third place in Southeast divisionthrowingtomatoesbanner

Utah Jazz – The Jazz have lost 7 of 10, and falling behind in division race

Washington Wizards – The Wizards are 0-25 on the road this season.

Edmonton Oilers – Just one win in its last ten games

Colorado Avalanche – Four straight losses and falling behind in the playoff chase

Ottawa Senators – The Sens’ losing streak has hit nine straight games


This has been Throwing Tomatoes, where the red fruit never waffles.