Twitter takes a lot of heat for being one of the worst virtual places on earth, but it has its merits. One of the things Twitter is great for is coming together on a topic when the stakes are low and arguments are unlikely to be had. One such topic hit my feed asking Cleveland fans who their least favorite player is from each of the Cleveland professional sports teams.
I put it to the WFNY crew behind the scenes, and this is where we came out on it.
Scott: Shawn Kemp — I used to have my parents take me to Cavs games to see Kemp when he played for the Sonics, so you can imagine how elated I was when they acquired him. You can also imagine my disappointment when it was evident that he gave up on trying and got by on nothing but sheer talent.
Bode: Ricky Davis – Davis epitomized the worst era of NBA basketball. A selfish-showboater who was brutal to watch and somehow made the players around him worse. Removing him once we drafted LeBron should have been an even higher priority.
Dave: Carlos Boozer – Not only was he a greedy two-timer who double-crossed a blind man, but he also walked away from playing with the best player in NBA history. He also rented a house he owned to Prince in 2004 and sued him because he redecorated it without asking him. Thank him Carlos, don’t sue him.
Craig: Trajan Langdon: I really shouldn’t blame a guy for getting drafted over his head, but damn. The 11th overall pick in the 1999 draft played three seasons in the NBA for a total of 119 games. The supposed sharp-shooter with the nickname “The Alaskan Assassin” couldn’t get his shot off in the NBA. He averaged 4.4 shots and less than one three per game in his career. Maybe I should have picked Luke Jackson or Anthony Bennett, but there’s something about your first NBA draft bust. Trajan Langdon is burned into my brain forever.
Andrew: Carlos Boozer – The only Cavalier past or present that I actively despise. I have never found anything redeemable about Boozer and I think his career reflected the karma he brought upon himself. Also, that spray-on hair.
Pat: LeBron James – It was only for the time right after he left the Cavaliers, but I was as angry with him as anyone. I wasn’t angry because he left, I was angry because he kept treating Cleveland fans like jealous lovers who just wanted him to come back to them. He acted like waiting until the last possible second without giving any indication of leaving didn’t completely screw over the Cavs in their planning for the future. I got over it, obviously.
Joe G: Carlos Boozer – He screwed over the Cavs and Gordon Gund. He could have been the “star” player LeBron needed beside him the first time around in Cleveland. Those two could have been a real nice duo and LeBron would have had a player to play with who he could rely on.
Josh: Carlos Boozer: Everyone else has already stated everything that needs to be said, but, the fact that he screwed over the Cavs and it ended up costing him millions solely due to the fact that he then couldn’t play with LeBron shows that karma is a real thing. As Andrew stated, I still can’t believe he thought he could get away with some spray-on hair.
Scott: Russell Branyan — #BlameBranyan
Bode: David Justice – Game 6 1995. I don’t care if everyone else embraced him when we traded for him. I didn’t. It was a relief when he was traded to the Yankees and I could root against his smug self openly again.
Craig: Trot Nixon – I know he was probably good in the clubhouse, but he was everything I hated about being an Indians fan. Sure, he was around for a 91-win season where the Indians lost in the ALCS to the Red Sox, but it still makes me angry that a guy like Trot Nixon is a free agent that the Indians would sign for $3 million and think they’re accomplishing something. Plus, he was so very much “Red Sox Nation” that I wanted to throw up.
Dave: Jason Giambi – Despite his one major Cleveland sports moment, I’ve always associated Giambi with two terrible things… Steroids and The Yankees.
Andrew: Jose Mesa – It’s not fair. It’s really not. But it is what it is.
Pat: Manny Ramirez – Yes his talent was through the roof, but the lazy way that he would play and general disinterest he showed towards base running was so incredibly infuriating.
Joe G: Chris Perez – He had so much talent, but he just was unable to put it all together consistently. He was also just not a pleasant person. He was a hot head. And who could forget the drug possession story with the drugs addressed to his dog.
Josh: Jose Mesa: If only he could close a game. Side note: Manny Ramirez is the GOAT, I don’t know what Pat’s talking about. It’s just “Manny being Manny”, right?
Scott: Kellen Winslow Jr. — I can’t think of another player with so much potential and freakish athletic ability who risked it all — and lost — by biffing a wheely in a parking lot. We talk about the Browns’ inability to cover tight ends. We marvel at some of the mismatches guys like Jimmy Graham create. Think of how good Winslow was in ’07 on half a knee. Browns would have had that.
Bode: Braylon Edwards – Hey, we’ll always have 2007 and he did give a ton of money to disadvantaged kids. But, his drops and his diva persona were so amazingly grating. The entire experience with him was awful and his clashes with disciplinarian Eric Mangini just made it worse.
Dave: Johnny Manziel – I know this is an easy target, but there were so many red flags people. He was short, he played in an unorganized mess of an offense, and everyone on this earth knew that he had off the field party issues. Why Jimmy Haslam thought handing the dude a bunch of money was going to clean him up is beyond me.
Craig: Braylon Edwards – Not only should Braylon have been good because of his physical abilities, he had that swagger. The problem was that you could tell Braylon Edwards was awkward from the get-go. While Kellen Winslow’s ego impacted him negatively, you got the sense that Braylon’s ego caused a rift between him and his teammates. Just such a weird dude and such a high draft pick to bust out for the Browns.
Andrew: Braylon Edwards – You might think it’s because he’s a Michigan man, but I actually bought a Braylon jersey and was a huge fan of his for his first couple years with the Browns. But with his performance in his last year with the Browns, combined with his comments about Cleveland when he left, proved him to be nothing more than a petulant child who blames everyone else for his own shortcomings.
Pat: Johnny Manziel – It’s hard to find a more infuriating player than Manziel. No one on the Browns has ever been more about himself over the team.
Joe G: Derek Anderson – He gave us that one glorious Pro Bowl season and then completely fell apart after that. He gave Browns fans hope for finally having a quarterback, but he never regained that level of play. After that Pro Bowl season, he was incredibly difficult to watch, missing easy passes with his inaccurate arm. He also left in a horrible way, attacking the Cleveland fans.
Josh: Johnny Manziel: So much talent wasted—literally. He may have been small, but he had so much potential. Instead, he brought plenty of bad press and news to the Browns. It really is amazing how someone could just throw so much money and talent down the drain.
Twitter Weighs In
@WFNYCLE Has to be JFF right?
— ClintMayoFoundation (@ihavechappedlip) December 22, 2016
@WFNYCLE Braylon Edwards for sure. Dude had one good season, dropped so many passes, and went to Michigan.
— John B (@ClevelandBebbs) December 22, 2016
@WFNYCLE Derek Andersen
— Nate Scaparotti (@HIPSandNIPS) December 22, 2016
— Jimi Cleveland (@JimiCleveland) December 22, 2016
If I was going to pick a winner from Twitter, it might just be this one.
— Eric Zahn (@Ericez74) December 22, 2016
Now it’s your turn in the comments. Who ya got?