5 Reasons Why Everyone Hates the Yankees

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Do you hate the Yankees? If you’re not a Yankees fan, then the answer is “yes.” Let’s take a look at five reasons why most people hate the Yankees.

Reason #5 – New Yorkers

People hate New Yorkers. If you’re not sure why people hate New Yorkers, it has everything to do with arrogance. Then again, perhaps it can be called overconfidence. Have you ever been to New York – The Empire State? Everyone has their head held high – too high. New York City might be the greatest city to visit, but this goes to New Yorker’s heads a little bit too much, especially Yankees fans, who have enjoyed more World Series titles than any other team.

Reason #4 – Legacy

Baseball fans might not want to admit it, but there is no chance that any other team will ever catch the Yankees in terms of success. That particular team would need to go on an incomparable run without the Yankees doing anything during that timeframe. This is highly unlikely considering the Yankees often have the most talented players in the league.

Reason #3 – Money

Whatever happened to winning fair and square? Okay, so the Yankees might play fair on the field, but do they really play fair when it comes to management? They will go out of their way to use their power in order to land the best players – year after year. This makes it close to impossible for other teams to compete on a consistent basis. Have you realized that the Yankees are in the playoffs every single year?

Reason #2 – White Collar Team

The Yankees are all about the bright lights and the big city. Once a player arrives, he’s likely to hit the best restaurants and hottest nightclubs. While the same might be true for Red Sox players, they are perceived as a blue collar team from a blue collar city. That being the case, perception can be misleading, but it’s still a reason people hate the Yankees.

Reason #1 – Derek Jeter

You hate him or you love him. Most females love him. Most guys who aren’t Yankees fans hate him. It’s certain that he has burned their team on more than one occasion. He also has a certain swagger that can irritate any man. The debate rages on whether he is overrated or underrated. A lot depends on which team you’re rooting for. Nevertheless, Derek Jeter is the face of the Yankees and most people hate the Yankees.

Amber Tate was born in New York so naturally, she’s a Yankees fan. She loves the sport but she loves saving money more. Having an extra $300 per year in her pocket due to her affordable health insurance quote she received from Kanetix, an online insurance comparison website.

Top 5 Reasons to Hate A-Rod

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Seeing how the media was treating A-Rod in his entrance to Spring Training inspired me to write about him.  The fact that there is no drama for him entering this season was a headline story on ESPN earlier this week, and that just goes to show you what type of person he is.  There is always something going on with him, whether he’s injured, complaining about his contract, or linked to performance enhancing drugs.  Here are my top 5 reasons to hate him, and I would love to hear what you think!

5.  Yelling “Got it” when running past the Toronto third baseman is Busch League.
4.  One word:  A-ROID! (It’s amazing how fast the media forgets)
3.  I would have probably loved you if you came to the Red Sox, but you didn’t.
2.  Slapping the ball out of Bronson Aaroyo’s glove and whining about being called out shows that you’d cheat to win.
1.  Announcing that you are declaring for free agency in the 9th inning of the Red Sox World Series game shows us how much you crave the attention.

Written by Steve Dade, author of Steve’s Boston Sports Blog http://stevesbostonsports.blogspot.com

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The Top Five most Ludicrously Overpaid Sportspeople

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There’s crazy money in sport ––– we all know it. And it’s never been fresher on the mind: January’s football transfer window saw £136 million spent in transfer fees on just four players, Chelsea’s Fernando Torres, Liverpool’s Andy Carroll, Manchester City’s Edin Dzeko and Aston Villa’s Darren Bent.

But as stunning as those transfer fees are, the real crazy money is in the salaries top sportspeople get paid.
After all, the first big news story of the football season came from the transfer that wasn’t. Having threatened to leave Manchester United, Wayne Rooney’s new contract sees him pocketing £26,000 – the nation’s average annual salary – every day.

Outrageous? Of course. But even those massive earnings pale into insignificance when you compare him to some of sport’s most extravagantly compensated individuals. Rooney might be rich but at least he’s helping to win championships – which is by no means the case for all the stars below. Without further ado, here’s our list of the most ludicrously overpaid sports stars on the global scene.

Fernando Alonso (Motorsport)

Formula 1’s highest earning driver is pocketing an annual £23million retainer from Ferrari – and that’s just his fee for driving. He can (and doubtless does) earn a lot more in top in the form of personal sponsors and team bonuses. Is this fair reward for a driver who risks his life at the highest speeds at the very pinnacle of his sport? Well, first you might weigh up that it’s almost double the fee of the second highest earner, McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton. But then consider who actually raced to the title this year: Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel, whose pay packet is a relatively paltry £2million. Does Alonso look a touch overpaid in comparison?

David Beckham (Football)

East London’s most famous footballing son walked into an astonishing £162million contract when he moved to LA Galaxy in 2007. He might have been approaching the twilight of his career in 2007, but that didn’t stop the Americans using a colossal amount of cash to lure him away from arguably Europe’s most prestigious (and wealthy) club, Real Madrid. Sure, Galaxy have enjoyed modest successes with Beckham in midfield, but he doesn’t even play for them all year round – signing, for example, to play for AC Milan during the mid-season break last year. It’s a ludicrously high salary even if you are an international ‘sex symbol’!

Maria Sharapova (Tennis)

Speaking of which…why is Maria Sharapova (current world ranking: 13) getting paid so much more than the current world number 1, Caroline Wozniacki? Ah, yes: that familiar factor in the world of female sports stars: marketability based on looks. Sharapova made history in 2010 by signing the most lucrative sporting contract ever by a female: she will take home around £45 million for wearing Nike apparel. That’s just one of her endorsements; she also has deals with Tropicana and Gatorade. Oh, and doesn’t she earn some money from tennis as well? Yes… although that’s an interesting point: all this reward overlooks the fact that she hasn’t won a Grand Slam title since 2008. Maybe we should compare her earnings to other models rather than sports stars?

Tiger Woods (Golf)

Despite the recent turmoil in his personal life, Tiger Woods remains one of the most overpaid sports stars. The first athlete to earn over one billion dollars in his career, Tiger has ruthlessly exploited more than just his sporting ability: like many of the other players in this list, the real key to Woods’ wealth is that he’s a marketing machine. From the moment he turned professional, Woods was signing big money endorsements, starting with £40million contracts from Nike and Titleist before he’d won anything at all. Nowadays Nike alone pay him more than £21million a year – handsomely recouped at golf shop tills, no doubt – and that’s before you mention PepsiCo (he launched Gatorade’s ‘Tiger’ drink), Tag Heuer, Buick, Gillette, and at least half a dozen others. However, the picture gets a little murkier following Woods’ recent sordid escapades in the tabloids. Some sponsors have publicly dropped him, others are prevaricating, which means that Woods might have to go back to earning good old fashioned prize money instead.

Alex Rodriguez (Baseball)

Finally, if you thought soccer money was crazy, consider American sport. As characterised in Jerry Maguire, the US sport scene still throws up stories of wild excesses and relentless money-grabbing.

First, take a look at baseball. 8 of the top 10 most lucrative sporting deals in history have been between baseball players and their clubs. Top dog in this league table of notorious money magnets is Alex Rodríguez: A-Rod to his fans, and ‘Darling’, we presume, to girlfriend Cameron Diaz. His 10 year contract with the New York Yankees is worth £180million, not including bonuses and off-field endorsements. Wait, who was the second highest paid player in baseball? Rodríguez again: this time the mere £162million contract with Texas Rangers that preceded his current deal.

Still, at least baseball guys play up to 160 games a season. To really put things into context we should look at what players earn per competitive encounter – and for this we ought to glance at American football. With only 16 games in the regular season, the per-game figures for these guys are staggering. How about Ben Roethlisberger, quarterback for the (recently defeated in Superbowl 40) Pittsburgh Steelers? His £66 million, 7-year contract will see him earn close to £500,000 every game.

So how does all this make you feel, when you consider the effort you put yourself through every day to earn a living?

A little… undervalued, perhaps?

Garry Hudson writes about all things debt and financial related and currently works for Baines and Ernst

A-Rod and the Battle of the Books

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By Bill Smith

In his play Julius Caesar, Shakespeare wrote:

“The evil that men do lives after them,

The good is oft interred with their bones;”

So let it be with A-Rod’s reputation. If it is not dead yet, a couple of new books are trying hard to bury it alive.

Two competing books reportedly describe the many flaws of Alex Rodriguez, the all star infielder of the New York Yankees. The books allege a variety of sins including drug use and tipping pitches to the opposition in blowout games. There is little doubt about the motives of the authors—money. And any time personal profit is involved, the reader needs to take that into consideration in evaluating the potential validity of the text.

The first book that included descriptions of steroid use by MLB players was written by former major league player and admitted steroid user Jose Canseco in his book Juiced in 2005. When the book came out, there was a flood of reviews that dismissed Canseco’s allegations as exaggerations, badly researched fiction, and unnecessarily exploitive sensationalism.

The Congress investigated MLB and steroids. So far, all that has accomplished is one admission of lying to Congress by a player that would not throw his fellow players into the gears of justice. It should be noted that it also took the attention of the legislature away from raising our taxes. For that we can be grateful. We are still awaiting the trial of former Giant slugger and current home run record holder Barry Bonds. The latest news indicates that trial may never happen.

But a funny thing happened on the way to the truth—several of Canseco’s claims proved to be true! In fact, it is hard to argue that up to now, he has been proven to be more accurate on his claims in the book than anyone wanted to believe. He has been more accurate than most of the critics that tried to refute his claims point by point.

Canseco’s new book Vindicated is due out this this fall. In a pre-release interview with WEEI-Radio in Boston, Canseco had some interesting comments about its contents relating to Rodriguez. When asked directly if he has documented A-Rod’s use of steroids in the book, Canseco said “wait and see.”

The other new book on Rodriguez is authored by Sports Illustrated writer Selena Roberts. This work hit the book shelves yesterday. According to interviews of the author, the book suggests that Rodriguez began using performance enhancing substances as early as high school. It says that he used them to gain 25 lbs. between his sophomore and junior year. That is not unusual. Many young men come of age and experience growth spurts in those years. She quotes her subject saying that he went from being able to bench press 110 lbs. to 310 lbs. Again, this is supposed to convince the reader of the validity of her claims. She also uses the already disclosed flunked test in 2003 as further proof of her accuracy.

It must be remembered that Ms. Robers was one of the early writers to convict the Duke Lacrosse players accused of rape. She certainly was not alone. The professors of that Univeristy, civil rights leaders, and many of the antique media were also willing to convict and sentence those young men before any evidence was gathered let alone studied and proven.

Sports Illustrated was also one of the first to release the rumors of failed drug tests by NFL draft prospects at the 2009 combine. Not only did most of that information prove to be wrong, it missed the names of those that did in fact fail those tests.

The problem with all of these books about stars is that they depend too much on unnamed sources and conclusions that are not warranted by the facts presented. Opinion is one thing and if it is labeled as such is fine. However, those that are falsely accused have no where to go to get their good names and reputations back. The families of the Duke players spent thousands of dollars defending their sons from lies of the accuser and prosecutorial misconduct.

Personally, I have no interest in any of these books. I suspect that most of my readers will view these books for what they are—a money making project that may or may not be accurate. So both Canseco and Roberts will have to live without my money.

That’s what I think. Tell me what you think.

Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro teams, has officiated both football and basketball, done color on radio for college football and basketball and has scouted talent. He is a senior writer for and edits https://fryingpansports.com. He has also published several novels on and edits .

My email is [email protected]

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Saturday Niblets from around the net for 03/07/09

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Saturday Niblets from around the net for 03/07/09

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By Bill Smith

Best comment of the week from Jack Lochrie [Long-suffering Lions fan]

on Beware of the Combine Warrior‏

I have some unsolicited advice for the Lions: Ignore all of the underclassmen in the April college draft, regardless of their assumed future potential and press clippings. The seniors have an extra year or two of maturity growth that will serve them well in the teeny, tiny, remote possibility they will need to cope with some setbacks in their early years with the Lions. The Lions’s management needs to be focusing on building a winning team, without the distraction of providing day care for fragile egos.

Note: Martin Mayhew has not yet called me for my objective opinions on the draft. ;~)

Updates on previous articles:

On KC’s trade for QB Cassel resulted in some unforeseen repercussions.

Adam Schefter, of the NFL Network, reports Denver Broncos head coach Josh McDaniels said the team will not trade QB Jay Cutler. “Let me be as clear as I can about this. We are not trading Jay Cutler – period,” McDaniels said. McDaniels will meet with QB Jay Cutler next week.

My Analysis: Josh, you might want to put your foot back in your mouth. Your comment would have a lot more credibility if you had not participated in the home version of “Let’s make a deal.” The Broncos had a huge locker room problem with the firing of Mike Shanahan. Josh if you can’t put out the fire, at least stop throwing gas on it.

On Major League Baseball gets “BALCOed” right between the eyes

Alex Rodriguez now has a torn labrum, is considering surgery that would cause him to miss some time. The furor over the admission that he used steroids had just begun to subside and then this news hit the wire. He may decide to try to play through the injury but that will likely reduce his productivity.

My Analysis: The official Yankee position is that A-Rod would miss 10 weeks if he had the surgery. Fantasy fans that drafted him already should be prepared to see him out until the All Star game. Hopefully he will not use steroids to get back sooner.

Barry “Balco” Bonds who will be 45 this year wants to make a comeback. His agent is trying to find a team that will sign him. The only reason he is available is that his purgery trial has been postponed so he won’t be wearing prison stripes this season.

My Analysis: Barry, don’t make things worse. Stay out of the game. Haven’t you done enough to hurt the game that did so much for you?

On My impressions of the first 2 days of the NFL Combine.

WR Michael Crabtree of Texas Tech has decided to have surgery on his foot now. This is a good move and the lack of an official 40 time should not hurt his draft stock too much.

On Will Vince Young ever be an NFL quality QB?

Major Adams, agent for Young, says that Vince wants to regain the starting position for the Titans again. “He is preparing like he is going to start.”

My Analysis: Well DAH! Vince, you can prepare all you want but until you learn to read coverages and the playbook, you will be a VERY expensive backup.

Beckham is coming back—Yeah?

David Beckham is reportedly coming back to the LA Galaxy after the AC Milan season is over. He has missed over half the season and has violated the “lending” agreement between the two teams in which he was supposed to be back to LA on Monday.

My Advice: DON’T BOTHER. Nobody cares, David. Stay in Europe and keep your over hyped wife there too.

Florida State will be penalized by the NCAA

FSU will be penalized for student athletes cheating on an on-line test. The penalty will affect all FSU sports and will cost the football team scholarships, a 4 year probation, and some wins off their record. According to a release by the NCAA Bobby Bowden who was not personally implicated in the scandal could lose as many as 14 wins in his race the Joe Paterno for the all time record for college wins. 67 players in 10 sports were involved. Virtually all the FSU sports are involved including the womens programs. According to the NCAA, the violations go back to 2006. FSU says it will oppose any loss of wins or championships.

Why the Cardinals REALLY needed to get Warner resigned:

Bill Kipouras, of The Salem News reported on a conversation with QB Brian St. Pierre about his position with the team. “I got a raise and (Whisenhunt) said he’d let me compete with Matt Leinart for the No. 2 job,” St. Pierre said. “I trust the coach. I’ve enjoyed him, and my wife Joceyln and I both love Arizona. It’s he best decision we could have made.”

My Advice: If Coach Whisenhunt thinks St. Pierre is competitive with Leinart, the team needs to start looking soon for a QB of the future. St. Pierre has no future in the league what so ever. If Leinart is in the same class, he doesn’t either.

That’s what I think. Tell me what you think.

Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro teams, has officiated both football and basketball, done color on radio for college football and basketball and has scouted talent. He is a senior writer for and edits https://fryingpansports.com. He has also published several novels on and edits .

My email is [email protected]

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Major League Baseball gets “BALCOed” right between the eyes

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Major League Baseball gets “BALCOed” right between the eyes

By Bill Smith

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The second worst thing that could have happened to MLB was that their all time home run king Barry “I never saw a steroid I wouldn’t use” Bonds was found to have gotten many of those home runs by use of the clear among other things. That put a whole new meaning to the phrase “juiced up baseball.”

Now the worst thing has happened—Alex Rodriguez has admitted he used steroids too. This is a horrible disclosure for a number of reasons. Baseball was hoping that ARod would pass the permanently stained Bonds to save baseball from the insult of having the top record in the game held by a drug user. As bad as things are now, they will get worse. ARod was one of 104 players that tested positive. You can bet that the names of the others will be leaked one or two at a time. SI has gotten the list and they will use it to sell as many magazines as possible.

It was bad enough when Jason Giambi admitted using steroids in May 2007 when he told USA Today he was wrong for using the “stuff.” Now things have gone from worse to irreparable. The admission by ARod has been the deepest possible wound to baseball. Many other stars have admitted or been proven to have used steroids as well.

The BALCO scandal has done what most baseball experts felt was the impossible—give credibility to Jose Canseco’s claims in his book Juiced: Wild Times, Rampant ‘Roids, Smash Hits, and How Baseball Got Big. With every new disclosure, Canseco becomes more and more believable. That is a scary thing for the sport.

But baseball didn’t do this all by themselves—they had help from the Players Association. The results of a “survey” of players in 2003 done by MLB to determine if a full testing program would be necessary were leaked to Sports Illustrated. In addition, the article that named ARod as one of the players on the list that was found to have tested positive for steroids claimed that the players were tipped off about tests ahead of time.

Monday, Donald Fehr, Major League Baseball Players Association’s executive director, said that the results were not destroyed due to a subpoena from a federal grand jury for the information. He also denied that the association ever warned players about tests.

So what if anything should be done about the official records surpassed during the Roids era by suspected or proven users? As always, I have an opinion. Don’t put an asterisk next to Bonds and who ever else has been proven to use juice. Instead use white out and wipe the record off the book entirely. In my opinion and that of many baseball fans, Hank Aaron is the all time home run leader. I don’t care if ARod or anyone else hits 1000 home runs—they don’t count for me and never will.

As far as the Baseball Hall of Fame, I am still willing to have ARod considered based on his play before whatever date the study finds was the real beginning of the steroid era. But no records should count. If you don’t do it honestly, you don’t get credit for it.

That’s what I think. Tell me what you think.

Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro teams, has officiated both football and basketball, done color on radio for college football and basketball and has scouted talent. He is a senior writer for and edits https://fryingpansports.com. He has also published several novels on and edits .

My email is [email protected]

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