No. 1 ... as the most hated NFL team

The Welland Tribune - - Sports - DWIGHT PERRY

Two, four, six, hate: Who do we least ap­pre­ci­ate?

The Pa­tri­ots, of course. New Eng­land is the most-hated Na­tional Foot­ball League team in a whop­ping 13 states — Alaska, Colorado, Hawaii, Florida, In­di­ana, Iowa, Kansas, Ken­tucky, Mis­souri, Ne­braska, New York, Utah and Wy­oming — ac­cord­ing to ZCodeSys­, based on geo­tagged Twit­ter data.

The New York Jets are sec­ond with six — the New Eng­land states.

The Seat­tle Sea­hawks, the most-hated in only two states (California and Ne­vada), shot all the way up to sec­ond when it comes to Elec­toral Col­lege votes, los­ing to the

Pa­tri­ots 129-61.

Know your wheels

The next ve­hi­cle destined to go the way of the Ed­sel,

Pinto and Cor­vair will be the: a) Ford Fu­sion b) Cadil­lac ATS Coupe c) ESPN Booger Mo­bile

Salad days

In one of the stranger sights in English soc­cer last sea­son, an As­ton Villa fan threw a cab­bage at be­lea­guered man­ager Steve Bruce dur­ing a 3-3 draw with Pre­ston North End.

Ap­par­ently he thought his team should’ve been a head.

Trick ques­tion

Q: Which Na­tional Bas­ket­ball As­so­ci­a­tion player trav­els even more than James Har­den?

A: Any mem­ber of the Port­land Trail Blaz­ers, who, ac­cord­ing to USA To­day, have logged the most air miles of any sports team the past 10 years, with 542,383.

(The Min­nesota Tim­ber­wolves are sec­ond, with 512,516.)

Woes Bowl

In case you missed it, the Col­lege Foot­ball Play­off com­mit­tee mem­bers’ Nos. 5, 7 and 8 teams — Ge­or­gia, Michi­gan and Cen­tral Florida — all lost their bowl games to lower-rated teams:

Luck­ily, they got Nos. 1 and 2 right.

You shouldn’t have

Los An­ge­les Charg­ers guard For­rest Lamp gave each of his teammates — drum roll, please — lamps for Christ­mas.

Un­for­tu­nately for the Green Bay Pack­ers, team­mate Davon House didn’t think of it first.

Un­payable Lie Dept.

The PGA, it ap­pears, has no prob­lem with bet­ting on its sport.

Just what de­gen­er­ate gam­blers need — an­other way to get in the hole.


“Six Flags” in con­tem­po­rary con­text refers to:

a) a string of pop­u­lar amuse­ment parks b) what NFL teams re­ceived per game this sea­son — a record

6.7 penal­ties, to be ex­act.

Heard in pass­ing

Pitts­burgh Steel­ers star re­ceiver An­to­nio Brown skipped prac­tice and went in­com­mu­ni­cado in the days lead­ing up to the team bench­ing him for the sea­son fi­nale. Prob­a­bly not the fade pat­tern his coaches had in mind.

Di­a­per dandy

A 14-pound, 13-ounce boy named Ali be­came the heav­i­est baby ever born at Texas Health Ar­ling­ton Memo­rial Hos­pi­tal.

Not sure if he has a baby car­riage yet, but he does have a full ride to Texas A&M.

Talk­ing the talk

• RJ Cur­rie of Sport­, with a sure sign his wife has overheard too many in­jury re­ports: “Yes­ter­day she up­graded my fu­ture sta­tus as her hus­band from doubt­ful to ques­tion­able.”

• Jan­ice Hough of LeftCoastS­port­, on the 30-3 Ir­ish de­ba­cle vs. Clem­son: “Notre Dame looked so over­matched it’s been in­vited to join the Pac-12.”

Rub of the green

Cae­sars En­ter­tain­ment just be­came the first “Of­fi­cial Casino Spon­sor of the NFL.”

So what’s next — us­ing a poker chip for the pregame coin flip?

He’s go­ing long

Cor­ner­back Josh Nor­man told re­porters “you can kiss my ass good­bye; I’m out” if he ever wins a Su­per Bowl.

If Nor­man stays with Wash­ing­ton, keep this in mind: Ge­orge Blanda — who was 48 dur­ing the 1975 sea­son — holds the record for old­est NFL player.

Do As I Say Dept.

Foot­ball coach Manny Diaz bolted Tem­ple af­ter just 18 days on the job — in­clud­ing the sign­ing of his first re­cruit­ing class — to re­turn to Mi­ami when the Hur­ri­canes’ job came open un­ex­pect­edly. “Play­ers need waivers to change schools, but coaches can bail on a whim,” noted Bob Moli­naro in the Nor­folk Vir­ginian-Pi­lot. “What do you want to bet that in his first meet­ing with Tem­ple play­ers, Diaz spoke about the im­por­tance of com­mit­ment? There is no irony in col­lege ath­let­ics.”

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• Jack Finarelli of Sport­sCur­mud­, on hard times in West­wood: “UCLA bas­ket­ball may not be the glam­orous job that it was dur­ing the Wooden years, but it is still a pres­ti­gious job — de­spite the po­ten­tial of hav­ing to deal with LaVar Ball oc­ca­sion­ally.”

• Com­edy writer Alex Kase­berg, af­ter Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said there was no tal­ent dis­par­ity de­spite the 30-3 score vs. Clem­son: “That means the coach­ing on one side had to re­ally suck.”

• Pablo Torre of ESPN, not im­pressed with the Lions coach boast­ing a de­gree in aero­nau­ti­cal en­gi­neer­ing: “Matt Pa­tri­cia seems to be­long to the Wile E. Coy­ote school of rocket sci­ence.”

• Steel­ers tight end Jesse James, to Penn Live, on all the drama sur­round­ing the team this sea­son: “Ah man, we are — Kar­dashi­ans.”

• English na­tional rugby man­ager Ed­die Jones, to the London Guardian, on fly-half Owen Far­rell’s tough­ness: “He doesn’t play in a din­ner suit.”


Guess what ESPN’s Pablo Torre thinks of Detroit Lions head coach Matt Pa­tri­cia’s aero­nau­ti­cal en­gi­neer­ing de­gree?


This was not the way Pitts­burgh Steeler fans, or play­ers, ex­pected to see An­to­nio Brown on the side­lines of their fi­nal game of the reg­u­lar sea­son.

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