Mack Brown and 15 of the Most Disappointing 2013 Sports Figures
Mack Brown and the 15 Biggest Sports Disappointments of 2013
With the 2013 calendar year coming to an end, the sports seasons are also coming to a close -- football, that is. While the baseball season has already concluded and the basketball and hockey seasons just beginning, there are a ton of solid games still to be had. The NFL season is far from over, yet, as the Super Bowl is still a couple months away.
As the year is winding down, it seems like the perfect time to look back and reflect on the biggest disappointments of 2013. I'm not talking about the teams that fell flat, but the players who were expected to do big things and the coaches who were expected to lead their teams to huge seasons but didn't. As you already know, Mack Brown is on this list because of his failure of a season with the Texas Longhorns in 2013 even though they almost won the Big 12 title.
Being a disappointment as a sports figure is sometimes a hard pill to swallow. Not only are they a disappointment to themselves, they are a disappointment to their entire team and the fan base that follows them. So when they let themselves down, they are likely letting down thousands of people as well.
Unfortunately, sports today are a 'what have you done for me lately?' business and that extends into every rank of athletics. In the case of Mack Brown, he was once one of the best coaches in college football and will always be remembered as a legend, but eight-win seasons on a regular basis became too mediocre for any Longhorn fan's liking.
With just days left in the 2013 calendar year, who are the year's biggest disappointments. Remember, some of the guys on this list are victim of the 'what have you done for me lately?' treatment. Let me know who I've missed.
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15. Greg Oden
After all the hoopla surrounding the return of Greg Oden to the basketball court for the first time in years, the Miami Heat's newly-acquired big man proceeded to suffer more setbacks in the injury department. It's tough to see a once-promising career marred by injuries, playing in just 82 career games since being drafted in 2008.
14. Lamar Odom
At one point in time, he was once one of the best role players in the NBA, but his disappointment isn't at all basketball-related. He has been busted multiple times this year for drugs, drunken driving and he has recently been in the news for his divorce from Khloe Kardashian. This guy has not had the best of years.
13. Josh Smith
Prior to the 2013-14 season with the Detroit Pistons, Smith had used 17 percent of his field goals attempted on three-pointers just once and never a higher percentage than that. This season already, 34 percent of his shots have been three-pointers and his rate of made threes has been just 26.4 percent. His 40 percent made field goal rate and 56 percent free throw percentage have been equally disappointing.
12. Trent Richardson
Trent Richardson rushed for nearly 1,000 yards in his rookie season and people were singing his praises as a future running back in this league. However, the compact back was traded to the Indianapolis Colts this season and hasn't been the same since, rushing for just 495 yards and two scores -- that's a measly 3.0 yards per carry.
11. Eli Manning
Manning has had one of the worst seasons of his career and it's a bit confusing as to why he's struggling so much. He has won two Super Bowls as the starting quarterback of the New York Giants, but completing 58 percent of his passes for 16 touchdowns and an elevated 25 interceptions won't get you back to the promised land.
10. Lane Kiffin
Wow. Where to start with this guy. Leaving the Tennessee Volunteers high and dry just a few years ago turned out to be a poor choice for Lane Kiffin. Coming off a disappointing 2012 season with the USC Trojans, he started the 2013 campaign in an even more disappointing fashion with a 3-2 record before being fired. He took one of the best college football head coaching jobs in the nation and made a mockery of it.
9. Michael Vick
Michael Vick has been a disappointment for years now. The extremely talented QB has struggled to stay healthy for quite some time and he has played in just six games this season, turning the ball over more times, six, than touchdown passes thrown, five.
8. Matt Schaub
Being booed in your own stadium and having you jersey burned in the parking lot after games will earn you a solid spot on the list of most disappointing athletes of 2013. He had thrown a pick-six in four straight games before suffering an injury that ultimately cost him his starting job. Oh yeah, and the Houston Texans were supposed to contend for a Super Bowl title -- they are now 2-12.
7. Anthony Bennett
Some considered Anthony Bennett a reach for the No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, but he was considered a solid big man with huge upside. However, the No. 1 pick is in danger of being sent to the D-League after beginning the year with an average of 2.2 points, 1.9 rebounds and 0.2 assists per game.
6. Rory McIlroy
Rory McIlroy has had one of his worst years on tour. Finishing in eighth place was his best result of the season in a major and he has just five top-10 finishes out of 16 appearances in 2013. Maybe the breakup between him and his girlfriend was just the icing on the cake of mediocrity.
5. Prince Fielder
Disappearing in the playoffs is kind of Prince's thing. Fielder hit just .225 with no home runs or RBI in the 2013 postseason and he was nothing short of an embarrassment at the plate for a superstar. The 2013 regular season wasn't kind to him, either, as he hit just .279 with a career-low 25 home runs in a full season and that ultimately led to his trade to the Texas Rangers this offseason.
4. Mack Brown
As Mack Brown has already said, winning eight games for the Texas Longhorns is not going to cut it as head coach. For the past four years, Brown has accounted for a 30-20 record overall and an 18-17 record in Big 12 play while finishing sixth in or lower in the conference two times. This season, however, his team had all the talent in the world, but finished 8-4 in the regular season and he is set to resign following the team's appearance in the Alamo Bowl.
3. Josh Hamilton
Josh Hamilton was paid the big bucks by the Los Angeles Angels to hit just .250 with 21 home runs and 79 RBI in 2013. For a superstar who was paid like Hamilton was (five-year, $125 million), he has been a complete and utter disappointment. Not worth the money? Probably not.
2. Jadeveon Clowney
Coming into the season, Jadeveon Clowney was expected to be a lock at the No. 1 overall pick and a contender for the Heisman trophy, but the South Carolina Gamecocks defensive end has been anything but impressive overall. Clowney has recorded 36 tackles and three sacks this season while being dubbed a prima donna for his careless attitude on the field. Hey, he's going to be rich anyway, right?
1. Robert Griffin III
While people understood that RG3 was coming off major knee surgery, expectations were still very high for the Washington Redskins' quarterback. The second-year player was immobile for the better part of the season and his inability to move out of the pocket like he did a season ago caused him to be hit more than any QB in the league. Head coach Mike Shanahan then benched him for the final three games of the year to "get healthy" for the 2014 season. Either way, Griffin III has been disappointing for all of us fans who were expecting him to lead the 'Skins to another improbable playoff run.