The New Year is in its infancy and already there have been some major blunders in the sports world. Some have been personal mistakes and some have been professional, but all of them have been unforgivable.
Arian Foster was one of the best running backs in the National Football League two years ago. Last year, he signed a new contract which would be his first and last big contract as a professional. At the ripe old age of 29, he was guaranteed $40 million. The Houston Texans (his team) were idiots for giving a running back so much money when he was almost 30. Running backs generally have a precipitous fall in statistics at age 30. How did Foster repay them for their generosity? He promptly hurt himself, and missed most of the 2013-14 season. But, the true idiocy of Arian Foster is not in his injury. Any football player can sustain an injury at any time. The married Foster lands one of the top spots for idiot of the year for knocking up a 20 year old student from the nearby University of Houston. Unless he has an airtight prenuptial agreement, Arian can lose up to half of his $20,000,000 contract off the top in divorce court. Then, he has to pay child support and alimony to his soon-to-be ex-wife and child support to his new baby’s mother. On the brighter side though, the Texans should see him return to top form despite his age. He has a lot to run for.
The New York Yankees
The New York Yankees have been down for a while. Though they remain the league’s most profitable team, the Yankees have not competed for a title in nearly a decade. And recently, their most hated rival, the Boston Red Sox, have surpassed them and beaten them in the Playoffs. They had to do something. So, the Yankees in true New York fashion overspent for someone who will probably be a pedestrian baseball player. In a wild attempt to find an ace pitcher, New York looked to Japan, a place where players have come to the majors with mixed results at best. Japanese pitchers have either excelled and then leveled off into mediocrity or disappointed altogether. Masahiro Tanaka has an average major league fastball (low 90′s), a devastating splitter, and three other solid pitches. However, he has not been tested against American bats (which boast better and more powerful hitters) and he has thrown an exorbitant amount of pitches even though he is only 25 years old. In his first two years as a pro, Tananka pitched more innings than all but two players in MLB history. Though he had a 24-0 record last year, Japanese players use a smaller ball and get seven days rest versus the 3-5 days in American ball. The $155 million, seven year contract with a $20 million buyout could really blow up in the Yankees faces if Masahiro Tanaka does not wow right away. And with the number of pitches that he has thrown, the possibility of him throwing out his arm is real. The Yankees are either the brightest guys in the room or idiots.
The verbal response from Richard Sherman was classless, brash, and candid. He called Michael Crabtree a mediocre receiver, and continued to berate him on national television when Erin Andrews approached him for an interview after the 2014 NFC championship game. The two fought and jockeyed for position the entire game, and their on field antics boiled over into Sherman yelling insults about Crabtree at a news camera. But, that is not why Richard Sherman is an idiot. His verbal assault of Michael Crabtree was actually fairly refreshing in today’s world of scripted responses to pointless questions. This incident gave the NFL audience an authentic view into the way sports are played and an intimate look into the minds of athletes. Richard Sherman is not a thug and he is not ignorant. In fact, he is a Stanford graduate who majored in Communications. Sherman’s outburst is idiotic because a Stanford grad who studied communication should know better than to give his opponents ammunition to use against him in the biggest game of his career. Sherman unintentionally insured that the Broncos receivers will try a little harder against him on each play in the Super Bowl. No one likes a loud mouth. And Denver fields the most talented receiving crew in the NFL, plus one of the best quarterbacks in league history. Sherman may have to eat his words soon. Whether or not he is the best corner in the league will be tested next Sunday.
It is always a sad day when anyone files for bankruptcy, and Vince Young did so yesterday. But, it is very difficult to feel sympathy for a man who squandered at least $27 million dollars on an extravagant lifestyle that he could not afford. Young was as physically gifted as any quarterback in the NFL coming into the league. He was strong-armed, nimble footed and had good touch on the deep ball. Young was the player that was supposed to revolutionize the quarterback position, because he was big, fast, and agile with good passing skills. However, he lacked the work ethic and attention to detail that makes quarterbacks great. Young was turnover prone because he made poor decisions on the field, and he made plenty of mistakes off the field too. His first and most costly mistake was hiring a family member as his agent. instead of a registered accountant and attorney. But, Young also allegedly spent $8,000-14,000 once a week at local Houston restaurants buying food and drinks for his entourage. A few failed business deals sealed his fiscal fate. His worth is estimated between $500,000 and 1 mil, but his liabilities are estimated between $1 mil and 10 mill. Vince Young was notoriously frivolous with his money, and now, he does not have anymore.