There’s been much wailing and gnashing of teeth about the overcoverage of certain sports figures, something we’ve sometimes engaged in as well, surfers of the tide of news we may be. But when you hear things like “Breaking news: Brett Favre is weeks away from a decision” parroted unironically on SportsCenter, well, it gets to be a little overwhelming.
So it’s time to set an accord. Whoever wins this poll, we’re not talking about for a full month. Obviously, we reserve the right to break radio silence if Athlete X, say, rolls his four-wheeler and disintegrates his spinal column, or Sportsbabe Y cuts off all her hair and takes an umbrella to an SUV - but otherwise, we’re the oasis in a desert of hype. One calendar month of total silence about the most annoying camera magnet in sports. You have our word on this.
Who should SbB ignore for a month?
- Brett Favre (57%, 998 Votes)
- Terrell Owens (18%, 308 Votes)
- Erin Andrews (8%, 144 Votes)
- Danica Patrick (8%, 140 Votes)
- LeBron James (5%, 90 Votes)
- Shaquille O’Neal (4%, 73 Votes)
Total Voters: 1,753
A brief word about each ignore-eligible candidate after the jump.
Erin Andrews: The leggy queen of sideline reporters has long captured our imagination, and to her credit, the she usually stays away from those trite, brainless inanities that characterize most of her peers. Still, there’s probably a breaking point, right? And if there is, we’ve probably gone way past it already, right?
Brett Favre: A favorite of ESPN programming directors and old, 50+ broadcast booth guys (and ONLY those two groups), Favre trots his tired ‘will I or won’t I” act out on an annual basis, delighting cynics who claim to see it coming a mile away. Yes, Nostradamus, you sure called that one. Any predictions on whether the sun will rise tomorrow, genius? Having Ed Werder camped outside the Favre compound, breathlessly reporting the minutiae of this banal soap opera, only exacerbates the situation. We could use a moratorium on Favre, right?
LeBron James: Remember when he and the Cavaliers were all but handed the NBA title in the middle of March? How’d that work out? And yes, it’s only half his doing and half lazy media bullcrap, but the interminable focus on his refusal to shake hands or talk to the media after his series was flushed by the Magic (and don’t think for a second that the media would have cared about the handshakes if he’d shown up at the presser) and his incomprehensible Dunk Tape Fiasco make James one of the most over-discussed, under-important men of the summer.
Shaquille O’Neal: Oh, you didn’t think you’d be seeing Shaq Daddy on the list, did you? But for all his good-natured yapping, it’s not always good-natured; it’s just always all about him. He’s harmless overall and he’d be a good ambassador for the NBA if he’d get over himself, but when, exactly, do you expect that to happen? He’s damn near 40 already. God help us if he and LeBron hit the All-Star Break at, like, 34-7; the mouths will be off and running at that point, without a soul spared.
Terrell Owens: He has a reality show about himself. Who, exactly, thought he didn’t spend enough time in front of the camera as it is? Granted, the show looks vaguely interesting, but shouldn’t he be worried about getting a Super Bowl ring before focusing on the off-field business?
Danica Patrick: She’s not that attractive, funny, or proficient at sports. Granted, she’s above average in all those areas, but that just reserves a spot for her up at Lake Wobegone, not in the pantheon of Legendary Sports Babes.
[Polls will be open until next Friday 7/24 at 7 pm ET. Winner - or loser, depending how you look at it - will be announced shortly thereafter.]