What do LeBron James, Sidney Crosby and Peyton Manning all have in common?
For one, they’re all high-end athletes that are fairly dominant in their respective sports, but there’s something else that ties these three together. Any guesses?
LeBron, Sidney and Peyton have all been accused of being ‘poor sports’ for not shaking hands after a big game, whether it's a win or a loss.
James was the first of the three to come under the microscope back in late May when his Cleveland Cavaliers lost in the NBA’s Eastern Conference Final to the Orlando Magic and he stormed off the court without congratulating the victors.
In mid-June, it was Crosby's turn – after his Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Detroit Red Wings in seven games to take home the Stanley Cup, Crosby was accused of snubbing Wings captain Nick Lidstrom in the post-game handshake, though he did shake some hands.
The latest athlete to be called a “poor sport” is Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning, who left the field immediately after throwing a late interception and then coming up short in the red zone in the final two minutes of a 31-17 loss to the New Orleans Saints in Super Bowl XLIV.
Some people are calling Manning “classless” for darting to the locker room, along with teammate Reggie Wayne, as soon as the game was over, but does that really make those guys poor sports?
If you dislike Peyton Manning, you’re probably having a field day with this one, but does him not fighting through a mob of people moments after losing the biggest game of the season really make him a bad person, or are you just ripping on him because you’re so happy that he lost?
To be honest, I think calling players out for stuff like this is just stupid. I remember hearing people get all up in arms over the Crosby thing and thinking ‘are you kidding me?’ – and I’m a Wings fan!
The examples of Manning and LeBron James are even worse – both players are so upset after a big loss that they just want to get out of there. As a fan of either of those guys, would you rather see that, or see them smiling and joking with the guys they just lost to?
All I know is, if my favorite team loses the big game and I'm the only person whose day is ruined, something is wrong!