Top 5 L.A. Sports Disappointments of the Past 5 Years
The Los Angeles Angels are close to the finish line in what has been one of the most disappointing sports seasons in Southern California history. After throwing $360 million at Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton, the Halo faithful expected to get some bang for their buck, but instead they got a sub-.500 season with doubtful prospects for improvement. But hey, why throw $240 million at a veteran past the age of 30 when you can trade away an all-star for a questionable pitcher, i.e. (Zack Greinke), mid-season, right?
The Angels are hardly alone in their disappointments when it comes to Southern California: though the region has known plenty of success since the advent of professional sports, the past half-decade has been fraught with disappointment, miscalculation and error. Perhaps the Angelino fanbase has expected too much, accustomed to sweet victory only to occasionally experience the stinging defeat that most other fan bases accept as par for the course. Victory gives way to expectations, but it can also lead to contempt. And let's not even get started on the lack of a NFL franchise...
Whether you're a Halo partisan, you bleed Dodger blue or you love the purple & gold, there's been plenty to be disappointed about over the past five seasons. Here is a brief sample of some of those disappointments; I bring you the top five Los Angeles professional sports disappointments of the past five years.
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Lamar Odom was great for the Lakers; he rebounded, he was unstoppable going to his left, he could seemingly do anything you needed him to do on the court.
Then he started "Keeping Up with the Kardashians." Then he got distracted. Then he reverted to his Jolly Rancher and marijuana days.
With news that Odom has been hitting the crack pipe and driving under the influence, any conscionable Los Angeles fan has to be disturbed. Let's hope this guy is alright and he can still make meaningful contributions throughout the rest of his NBA career.
Los Angeles Dodgers
Frank McCourt caused nearly irreparable damage to one of the most storied franchises in professional sports. Witch doctors, marital spats and mismanagement were all part of the saga that saw the McCourts relinquish their hold on the Dodgers to more able hands. I guess it hardly counts as a disappointment if your franchise rebounds to be one of the best in baseball, but the Dodgers went through quite a scary time in the late 2000s. Thankfully, that time is over, and a playoff run is ahead.
Los Angeles Angels
"Hey, let's completely abandon the system that's done wonders for us thus far, and throw tons of money at players on the wrong side of 30! What could go wrong?!" That has seemingly been the Angels' mentality over the past three years, and it has been rewarded with exactly zero playoff appearances in the last four years. Time to change course?
Is there anything more loathsome than his toad-like grin? Is any league commissioner more full of himself than Stern? No. Absolutely not. And Laker fans will never forgive him for the notorious 2011 veto that would have sent all-star point guard Chris Paul to the Lakeshow. But hey, who needs a transcendental point guard when you have a 40 year-old and unproven young guns, right?
Kobe Bryant Los Angeles Lakers
It was a Sisyphean task to begin with: take this team on your back, ignore your age, do what needs to be done. Kobe has spent more than half his life playing professional basketball for the Lakers. But he finally showed signs of humanity when he went down with a torn Achilles in the spring of 2013. For those of us who had grown up watching the Lower Merion wonder wreak havoc on defenses, it was liking watching the sky fall. The whole season was a disaster, from Steve Nash's inability to guard anyone to Dwight Howard's complacence. Let's hope we never see the like of it again.