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Michael Sam And 10 Athletes Who Get Way Too Much Media Attention

Michael Sam And 10 Athletes Who Get Way Too Much Media Attention

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Even Michaels Sam's supporters are about to get sick of hearing about him, and it's not his fault. Every time he fails, succeeds, says anything remotely interesting, or has something controversial said about him, it will be a story. If recent history has taught us anything, it's that there's no such thing as beating a dead horse in the media. Here are 10 more athletes who know a little something about that.

10. Bryce Harper

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10. Bryce Harper

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Harper represents all of the 'next big thing' athletes who get way too much coverage before they've done anything to deserve it. Harper has put up decent numbers thus far in his young career, but he hasn't really done anything to garner all of the media attention he receives.

9. Richard Sherman

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9. Richard Sherman

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Sherman is one of the few on this list who deserves a good chunk of the blame for being over-covered. He's an attention seeker, and the media gives him exactly what he wants. He's a great cornerback, but there are plenty of players in the NFL who are just as talented and aren't in the headlines nearly as often.

8. Danica Patrick

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8. Danica Patrick

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Of all the people on this list, Patrick is probably the most qualified to tell Sam what he can expect. She is one of the most covered auto racers in history despite less-than-impressive results. What she does will always be a bigger story than if the average racer did the same. But thanks to people like her and Sam, gender and sexual orientation may not be such a big deal in their respective sports one day.

7. Tony Romo

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7. Tony Romo

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Romo is talked about too much for a couple of reasons. First, he's the Dallas Cowboys' quarterback. Like the Los Angeles Lakers of the NBA or the New York Yankees of MLB, for some reason the Cowboys automatically get more media attention than other teams in the league. His former relationships with Jessica Simpson and Carrie Underwood also didn't help things.

6. Johnny Manziel

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6. Johnny Manziel

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Manziel certainly doesn't mind the spotlight, which is good considering that every step he takes in the NFL is going to be covered ad nauseam. An incredible college career combined with his frat boy antics have kept him in the news. He'll probably stay in the headlines for quite a while regardless of his performance.

5. Kobe Bryant

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5. Kobe Bryant

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As a Laker who is also one of the greatest players in NBA history, Bryant had no chance to avoid the spotlight. His rings, his controversies, and weird relationships with Shaq and Phil Jackson have made things much worse for him.

4. LeBron James

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4. LeBron James

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James is so big in the media that if anyone remotely related to the sports world has an opinion on whether he or Michael Jordan is better, it will make headlines.

3. Alex Rodriguez

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3. Alex Rodriguez

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Rodriguez is one of the most hated athletes in the world, which makes the attention he gets that much more annoying. He's a liar, cheater, and an overall disgusting human being who refuses to go away.

2. Tim Tebow

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2. Tim Tebow

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The Tebow fire should have died down a long time ago, but anything he does, or any rumor concerning something he might do, will make the news. I'm absolutely baffled about how the public and media hasn't complete moved on from him yet. Lin-sanity passed so nicely and quietly while Jeremy Lin was still playing, and somehow Tebow Time won't end even when Tebow is out of the game.

1. Tiger Woods

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1. Tiger Woods

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Tiger Woods isn't the only golfer who exists. He's probably the greatest ever, but there are other golfers out there. There is no other sport in the world in which one player gets this much attention over all others combined. No other sport at any point in its history had one player dominate the headlines like Woods has for golf. And by the way, I realize the hypocrisy in giving athletes attention for getting too much attention, and don't care.