It's funny how a blog can grow out of a random thought.
Watching and rooting for Brett Favre to toss up a game losing interception Sunday, I asked myself if ol' No. 4 is Wisconsin's all-time sports villain?
In reality, he's probably not. Many athletes have done much worse, and talking about the subject on my weekly radio segment on 96.5 WKLH, the list grew and grew ... and got better and better.
With help from Dave, Carole and KB, as well as their passionate listeners, here are a few of the worst offenders -- and why. I'd love to hear your additions via the Talkback feature below:
- Packers' backup quarterback T.J. Rubley for the worst performance in the history of all backup quarterbacks in 1995 against the Vikings
- Brewers pitcher Julio Machado, for murdering a woman after a car accident in Venezuela
- The Bucks' Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, for punching Kent Benson and calling Milwaukee a "cow town" to get traded
- NBA guard/forward Latrell Sprewell, for choking his coach, running his boat aground and various other "party fouls" in and around town
- The Brewers' Gary Sheffield for threatening to commit errors until he got traded
- Bill Bartholomay, the guy who moved the Braves to Atlanta
- Packers backup quarterback Jim McMahon for wearing a Bears jersey to the White House photo shoot after the Packers won the Super Bowl in 1997
- Tony Mandarich, Terrell Buckley, Antone Williamson, Tractor Traylor and Ned Yost, all for sucking
- The Badgers' Don Morton, the coach brought the "Veer" offense to Wisconsin
- Packers' Mark Chmura, for allegedly doing some pretty bad things at a prom party
- Packers' Javon Walker and Mike McKenzie, for demanding trades in "spoiled brat" fashion
- Pirates' Randall Simon, for whacking our wiener
- White Sox outfielder Tony Phillips, for going behind the County Stadium bleachers to fight a heckler
Truth, Paul Molitor stayed eight years past his bad off the field behavior so that had nothing to do with him leaving; it was all financial. I want to pick Herb Kohl for meddling but reality is that the Bucks would be gone without him and the Kohl Center wouldn't exist so begrudingly admit that he is more of a hero than a villain. I guess my choice is Gary Sheffield; biggest jerk to ever wear Brewers uniform and a guy who openly admitted that he didn't try his best.
And how about Gary "I never wanted to be in Milwaukee in the first place" Payton? I hear he bolted straight for the airport after his last Bucks gane here.
I was at that Bucks game and in some ways Benson had it coming, threw a wicked cheap shot elbow right before he got punched. I argued with a friend last weekend that Jabbar knocking out Benson may have directly doomed the Bucks for a decade after. If Benson doesn't get stuck (which pretty much ended his career), the Bucks would have had a force in the middle for the next 10+ years. In the end, they trade Benson to Detroit and get Lanier and his bad knees. If Bensons fulfills potential, the team would've had all the pieces to make several runs at the title from 1980-1985. By the way, the video of that punch is on You Tube.
Show me the other 12 Talkbacks
17 comments about this article.
Post your comment/review now
Disclaimer: Please note that Facebook comments are posted through Facebook and cannot be approved, edited or declined by OnMilwaukee.com. The opinions expressed in Facebook comments do not necessarily reflect those of OnMilwaukee.com or its staff.
Recent Articles & Blogs by Andy Tarnoff
Published Oct. 22, 2014
Apple's new killer app, Apple Pay, may indeed someday change global commerce for good. That day isn't here yet, however. Three days after launch, my experiences with the NFC-based payment / tap to pay system show that Apple Pay is still very, very beta. At this point, you may find yourself using it barely at all.
Published Oct. 21, 2014
Mazen Muna, the owner of the Dogg Haus group of restaurants, shared his plans today to launch PhantomBar this spring at 780 N. Jefferson St. in Cathedral Square. The bar is under the umbrella of his new 12AM Management Group, which Muna says he founded to house "the new wave of businesses being added to the portfolio."
Published Oct. 16, 2014
Well before the Chinese eCommerce company Alibaba began making IPO rumblings in America, I was familiar with its offerings. I'd never bought anything from it ... until this month.
Published Oct. 8, 2014
Once upon a time, I figured that the magnificent, serene and beautiful Door County is a place only to be enjoyed by adults. Maybe my priorities have changed, though, because even after 20 years of visits, only recently did I come to the conclusion that kids could fall in love with this magical retreat, too. Turns out I was right. After the summer rush died down, we took our daughter up to Door County for the first time this weekend. It was a wonderful journey.
Published Oct. 7, 2014
Just about a week ago, our sweet little cat, Jabie, disappeared from our Bay View home. Maybe one of us left the patio door open a bit, I'm not sure. But after hours upon hours of walking the neighborhood, taping up posters and talking to every stranger we see, she's still nowhere to be found.
Published Sept. 27, 2014
I've been lucky enough to see the Dandy Warhols live several times over the last few years. But each time, I've had to travel to Chicago or Madison to hear them, which is a small sacrifice for one of my favorite bands over the last 15-plus years. So the opportunity to see the Dandys at Turner Hall was a welcome one, and as usual, provided for a great venue to see the Portland-based band Saturday night.
Published Sept. 23, 2014
Sunday morning, we headed to Mequon to pick apples, although not to Barthel's. On a friend's tip, we visit R-Apples (Roesch Farm), right next door at 12422 Farmdale Rd. What a wonderful, low-key experience. Not only was it peaceful and quiet, we picked apples and pears of many different varieties. Then we headed to their vegetable garden, and picked peppers and raspberries.
Published Sept. 20, 2014
I've had a full day now to play with the brand new iPhone 6. Like most pieces of new technology, it's a mixed bag. iPhones aren't new to me - I've owned every one but the first model, and I use mine nonstop as both a work and personal device. This model is different in many ways, but as usual, the biggest story here is the software, not the hardware.
Published Sept. 16, 2014
Entering play tonight, the Brewers are 1.5 games out of the playoff picture. Right now, all of Milwaukee should be very excited about the Brewers, starting with me. Yet, for some reason, we're not.
Published Sept. 1, 2014
If OnMilwaukee.com was a child - and it many ways it feels like one to me - Milwaukee's Daily Magazine would be getting its driver's license today. It would be a junior in high school. Hopefully listening to the Violent Femmes and not Justin Bieber.