In light of the Oscar nominations and awards being so horrible, I thought I would bring you “The Sports Watchers Floppies,” which award the best acting performances in all of sports.
Actors and actresses are a special breed. To want the kind of limelight and lifestyle that actors and actress get, it takes a special person, with a special kind of ego and a special perspective of life to desire that lifestyle.
Athletes are no different. Maybe a long time ago, being a professional athlete did not come with the fame, glamour, loads of cash. But in today’s world of sports, athletes often are pampered, pushed, loved, hated, prodded, criticized, agonized, and have their every action and word scrutinized. And that’s why, when put in front of the cameras and microphones, they have no option but to put on a persona and- well, act!
With that said, here is Part 1 of “The Sports Watchers Floppies,” with your nominees and winners for the past year (or so…) in the category of “Best Actor/Actress in a Leading Role.”
Lebron James. His performance in the ESPY’s was laughable. Whether you were laughing with him, or laughing at him, you had to enjoy the show Lebron put on. From LeBobby Brown, to slam dunking a baby, it doesn’t get more funny (or more thwarting) than that.
Martina Hingis – For someone who adamantly denies having used recreational drugs, she sure did belt for the retirement door when the test came back positive. She gets the nomination for one of best acting jobs I’ve ever seen at her retirement press conference.
Jason Kidd – You had a migraine, huh? Yeah, it’s called the New Jersey Nets’ front-office and you being upset that they didn’t trade you to the Lakers last season. But that’s just what I think. But even if you did actually have a legitimate reason for missing the game, your performance in front of the media in deflecting questions about your desire for a trade was worthy of an Oscar.
Terrell Owens – T.O. gets nominated for his crying episode after the Dallas Cowboys’ loss to the New York Giants. To mimic the great Charles Barkley and Kenny “The Jet” Smith, Donovan McNabb and Jeff Garcia are crying in their graves right now! This dude is really acting like he cares about Tony Romo. Maybe he does, but to this degree? To be honest, T.O. is such an enigma, that I can’t tell if those tears are for the camera or if they are actually genuine. But with T.O., does it really matter? Because he is always worth a “Floppy!”
Amare Stoudemire – So you mean to tell me that when you ran off the bench over to where Steve Nash and Robert Horry just had an altercation, all play had been stopped, and there was a brew-ha-ha developing, that you were just trying to check in to the game? Now that’s theater!
And the winner is: Terrell Owens!
The saying is that there is no crying baseball, but if ever there was a sport where crying is more inappropriate than in it is in America’s pastime, it’s in football, where bones get snapped, backs get bruised, and concussions are the athlete’s version of a tension headache. So T.O. gets this year’s Floppy for Best Actor, for his ability to shun the unspoken rules of football, and act as if he could every actually care about the well-being of his quarterback.