Countdown’s first I-hate-him poll: Brooking, D-Hall, other?

The Count held a grudge against his dentist

The Count hates capped teeth.

The Count held a grudge once. His dentist mixed up his patients. So the Count goes in for a routine cleaning and comes out with freshly capped teeth. Freshly FLAT capped teeth. Not funny. You know what it’s like for a vampire to go out on a Friday night and struggle just to give a hickey? He’s a vampire! Anyway, the Count started thinking about grudges this week after gauging the hatred of Atlanta sports fans toward one Keith Brooking. And he started wondering: Gee, whom do fans hate most? And then he wondered: Wait, is it whom or who? We count down . . .

10. Polls results so far: Is Brooking a tool? Yes (2,126), No (508).

Keith Brooking seems to upset people. (Dallas Morning News photo)

Keith Brooking upsets people here. (Dallas Morning News photo)

So I put up a blog the other day, musing (again) at Keith Brooking’s sudden emotional TNT tendencies this season. I made the mistake of saying he was justified in calling Brett Favre and the Minnesota Vikings “classless” for throwing a meaningless, late-game, rub-it-in touchdown pass in Sunday’s playoff game against Dallas. Whoa! I knew Brooking wasn’t exactly popular in Atlanta these days. But you would’ve thought I’d just written: “Himmler: He was largely misunderstood.”

9. Unpopularity quotient: Boos, comments, emails

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The vast majority of comments ripped Brooking. Or me for sticking up for him. Or both. A few bozos were banned from commenting because it seemed they were mixing their meds again, and then took the daring leap from the Crayola box to a keyboard. The online poll (still open) was 81 percent to 19 percent that Brooking was wrong. Just a guess: The fact that it was Brooking skewed the results. Yes, I imagine that if the Falcons were getting drilled by the Vikings, and Favre rubbed it in with a late touchdown, and it was Curtis Lofton walking over to the Minnesota sideline to taunt Brad Childress, some of you would’ve agreed. But since the hatred for Brooking is at an all-time high, here we go. I’ve picked out seven former Atlanta athletes from the last few years who still upset the populace. The factors: boos, comments, emails. It’s my new unpopularity quotient. I’m working with Bill James to come up with an actual statistic. It’s all very scientific.

8. Brooking, Glavine, D-Hall — should we have playoffs?

I think DeAngelo Hall has a good shot to "win" this contest.

I think DeAngelo Hall has a good shot to "win" this contest.

It’s just like a contest — except nobody has home-field advantage. The seven finalists: Brooking, Jeff Francoeur, Tom Glavine, Dany Heatley, DeAngelo Hall, John Smoltz, Michael Vick. I didn’t want to go too far back, which is why Deion Sanders is not included. In short: Brooking trash-talked and flapped his arms in the Falcons-Cowboys game; Francoeur did a career face plant, whined a couple of times and now plays for the Mets; Heatley asked out of Atlanta after the Thrashers and city stood behind him following a car accident, then asked out of his next team (Ottawa) as well; Hall was a great cover cornerback — in his head. And then there was that tussle with Mike Smith; Smoltz — well, I’m not sure exactly what Smoltz did wrong, except for ripping Frank Wren out the door but Wren had it coming; Glavine — players union, left f0r the Mets, came back, ugly exit;  Vick went from making a franchise to wrecking it. So pick one. You only get one.

PHOTOS: Vote in AJC.com’s photo-poll for Atlanta Sports MVP – Most Vilified Player – based on Jeff’s list of pros you love to hate.

7. Because when you think Marbury, you think leader?

Stephon Marbury is going to play basketball in China. Apparently, no other team or planet would have him. Marbury signed with the Shanx club. The owner of that team, Wang Xingjiang, said, “The aim of signing Marbury is to pay back our fans and try to win more games in the rest of the season.” I don’t speak Chinese. But I’m pretty sure Wang Xingjiang translates to Donald Sterling. News of Marbury’s late-career meltdowns probably didn’t make to Beijing. There’s restrictions on Internet use there. But if somebody drops their guard and types Marbury into search window on YouTube, I’m sure they can find this video. It shows him eating Vaseline and crying while listening to a song, “Lean On Me” during his live online show, “Starbury Marbury.”

Marbury’s China video application

6. CBS Sports: Tech is 10th, Georgia is  . . . um . . .

"Men, do not under any circumstances read CBSSports.com."

"Men, do not under any circumstances read CBSSports.com."

What’s it been – not even two weeks since the last college football game? So of course everybody already is coming out with their pre-spring, pre-season and certainly pre-logic top 25 rankings already. The latest comes from CBSSports.com. No surprise: Alabama is No. 1. CBS Sports senior writer Dennis Dodd also ranks Georgia Tech 10th  and does not have Georgia in the top 25. Dodd on the Jackets: “Forget the Orange Bowl. It was an anomaly. It’s the system that works. The bowl performance overshadowed the fact that Paul Johnson won the ACC with his signature offense in his second season. This year Johnson loses his best receiver (Demaryius Thomas), defensive end (Derrick Morgan), tailback (Jonathan Dwyer) and safety (Morgan Burnett). The ACC still will have to catch up to the Jackets. Thousand-yard rushing quarterback Josh Nesbitt is elusive. Anthony Allen and/or Roddy Jones should get a chance to make up for Dwyer’s absence. …The early NFL defections hurt but it’s an even trade for new defensive coordinator Al Groh.” Dodd did not have a direct comment on the Dogs since he didn’t rank them, but made a passing reference with the Alabama pick: “Not exactly going out on a limb here but look for Alabama to keep dominating. College football’s worst nightmare is that Nick Saban puts a chokehold on the SEC. That appears to be the case with uncertain situations at Florida, LSU, Georgia and Tennessee.”

5. Look — it’s a whole new reason to hate PETA

If there was any question how disingenuous, hypocritical and phony PETA is, this should remove all doubt. PETA president Ingrid E. Newkirk released a statement defending the Washington Wizards’ Gilbert Arenas, who has been suspended indefinitely by the NBA for gun play in the locker room. Why did PETA defend Arenas? Because he did an anti-fur ad for them, of course, and they don’t want to look bad. So let me get this straight. The same outfit that asked Georgia to replace its deceased mascot, Uga, with an animatronic bulldog and lambasted Manu Ginobili for swatting a bat out of midair during a game (see video below) has no problem with somebody bringing guns into a sports arena in Washington D.C.? May I suggest that PETA replace its real president with an animatronic one?

I’ve posted this before but can’t see it enough. It’s from a Spurs-Kings game.

4. Tiger found the only place where he can’t have fun — Hattiesburg

Pretty sure Tiger can't get into trouble in downtown Hattiesburg.

Tiger can't get into trouble in downtown Hattiesburg.

A New York Times Magazine writer reports on his blog that Tiger Woods has checked into a treatment center for sex addicts. The center is in Hattiesburg, Miss. Woods picked the center because of the female Jello wrestling on Thursday nights. The Count has a question: Do sex addicts have a 12-step program, too, or is it just four bases?

3. Hawks since 11-2 start: 15-12

The Count has a headache. He is trying to get a fix on the Hawks. They are 26-14. That’s the good. But they’re 7-8 in the last 15 games (not good) and fairly average (15-12) since starting the season 11-2. And Joe Johnson: He’s shooting 41 percent in January (73 for 176). Teams generally don’t give some indication if they’re going to be a serious contender until March. But wouldn’t it be nice to get a hint now?

2. His eyes were spitting fire . . .

For the record, Dallas owner Jerry Jones only said that he supports the job coach Wade Phillips has done this season and reports suggest the Cowboys coach is going to get a contract extension. But Jones never said he wouldn’t fry Phillips’ braincells with his laser beam eyes. (Check out the photo.)

Jerry-Jones-Wade-Phillips-Stare

1. And finally . . .

Tragically, Haiti has been in the news quite a bit lately. I can only assume that with word leaking of the 50-year-old Jim Nantz having an affair with a 26-year-old, leading to his divorce and a whopping $916,000 a year in alimony, he is still a little bit frazzled and hasn’t kept up on world events. So he manufactured a new republic in the Caribbean: “Hay-sha.”

227 comments Add your comment

BuckCommander

January 19th, 2010
8:48 am

BuckCommander

January 19th, 2010
8:49 am

BuckCommander

January 19th, 2010
8:56 am

It sure is lonely in here this morning.

BuckCommander

January 19th, 2010
8:59 am

Don’t worry Jeff, I will never leave you even though everyone else has.

Ryno

January 19th, 2010
9:02 am

It’s Vick and then everyone else. Brooking-Glavine-Smoltz-Hall might have beenunproductive and caused lossed to pile up, but no professional athlete in the history of the NFL caused more damage to a team in one season than Vick did to the Falcons in 2007. It was a total destruction of a team.

Maker of Nobel Sports Journalists

January 19th, 2010
9:04 am

Off topic,Jeff, but here’s a future headline for you in case new UGA DB coach Scott Lakatos doesn’t cut it and the fans turn on him: “Lakatos Intolerance”

You’re welcome.

Russ, the Temporary Mascot

January 19th, 2010
9:10 am

There is a place for PETA and you would think so, too, if they painted your a$$.

Easy choice

January 19th, 2010
9:15 am

Keith Brooking. Jerk.

Tom

January 19th, 2010
9:16 am

What about that DeCamillis rumor, Jeff?

UGASlobberknocker

January 19th, 2010
9:19 am

How could you forget the little Napolean, Michael Adams, on your hate list poll? Other than his wife and his mama, no one likes him. And his mama is on the fence. His dog ran away with the garbage man. .Jimmy Buffet had a perfect song for Doc Adams..”The A$$hole Song”.if you dont know it , listen to it..its a perfect fit.

Josh M

January 19th, 2010
9:19 am

Ten most hated people in Atlanta athletics:
1) Keith Brooking
2) Keith Brooking
3) Keith Brooking’s mama
4) Keith Brooking
5) Keith Brooking
6) Michael Vick’s supporters
7) Michael Vick
8) Keith Brooking
9) Keith Brooking
10) DeAng – no, Keith Brooking

fl bubba

January 19th, 2010
9:20 am

Count, Sex Addiction programs are measured in strokes, just like golf, except the higher the score the better.

Dan the Nerd

January 19th, 2010
9:21 am

Joe is killing the hawks. 40% shooting and he keeps chucking ‘em. If he would have just fed Horford down low they would have won yesterday. As bad as Marvin played at least he had the good sense to stop shooting after he missed a couple and he played some D in the 2nd half. Friggin Joe with his tight sphincter is killing this team. Yes, you can see that thing tighten up as soon as he goes to shoot. He is the Andruw Jones of basketball. Up by 12 and he never misses a 3. Down by 15 and he wears ‘em out. Tie game and he is lucky to catch iron. I will be glad to see him go.

BBrown

January 19th, 2010
9:23 am

DeAngelo Hall will win this one hands down. Hey, no mention of Lane Kiffin in the Tuesday Top 10? Has his 15 minutes of fame come and gone? Let’s just put it this way, UT fans may be upset by what happened. However, I think they will come to realize that the departure was a gift to UT in the long run. Hope USC enjoys that coming NCAA probation.

Old Dawg New Trick

January 19th, 2010
9:23 am

I agree Vick did a number on this city but I don’t hate him.(anymore)He did his time and his whole attitude has changed. Hall on the other hand has always been an A$$ Train and it shows no sign of stopping.

Herschel Talker

January 19th, 2010
9:23 am

Of course Brooking is a tool. He went to Georgia Tech. Enough said.

mountain_jim

January 19th, 2010
9:24 am

Once more for good measure: Brooking is a crybaby tool for whom this GT grad’s opionion of has gone from appreciation to contempt, starting with 4th and 16 in the playoffs last year. For him to call anyone classless after how he celebrated the win over Atlanta shows just how un-self-aware he really is.

UGASlobberknocker

January 19th, 2010
9:25 am

Tiger’s not gonna like that salt peter (petre ?) pudding.

His new nickname is Tiger “I cant get a ” Wood (y).

Tech is my bee-otch

January 19th, 2010
9:25 am

You forgot to add the two who are really the most despised: and from the AJC… Mrs. the Mark Badly and Jeff “I know nut-ting” Schultz

Russ.....

January 19th, 2010
9:26 am

Russ, the Temporary Mascot — Your bit about the a$$ painting would be funny if….
a.) It were actually funny
b.) If you hadn’t posted the same bit 12,650 times now
c.) said mascot did not go to Joke by the Coke and pull CPJs pants down on national prime-time TV

Seriously dude, move along….it is an old, tired and lame bit….people aren’t laughing with you, they are laughing AT you — and not in the way you are hoping for.

Peadawg

January 19th, 2010
9:27 am

“Gailey knows what a winner looks like because he has to stare at them for 60 minutes a game on the other side line.”

Funny quote of the ESPN blogs!! LMAO!!!!!!!

PMC

January 19th, 2010
9:32 am

Perhaps Keith is just getting used to some new antidepressants?

Jerry Jones has only himself and his own family to blame. The offense that they have created is spray and pray. I imagine it will get better but this idea that Jason Garrett is some kind of genius…. is just false. When Flozell Adams isn’t throwing cheap shots he’s worthless. They should have upgraded that position long ago.

Bradley G

January 19th, 2010
9:38 am

Loved the “four-bases” comment.

Who is “Himmler”?

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

January 19th, 2010
9:44 am

Good Stuff JS- i think D.Hall will always remain the #1 most hated ATL athlete. Maybe you should also do a coaches section with the likes of Petrino, Mora, Gailey, etc. Is Tiger’s clinic the same one Wade Boggs went to? How do they treat such things?

Jeff Schultz

January 19th, 2010
9:48 am

AND IT’S D-HALL WITH THE EARLY LEAD!!! . . . .

Russ, the Temporary Mascot

January 19th, 2010
9:48 am

Well, I have touched a nerve . . . did they paint your a$$, too? Seriously, “dude” a little dog with a painted a$$ might be your intellectual equal. Second thought, that little dog proabably has a higher SAT.

Jeff Schultz

January 19th, 2010
9:49 am

Buck Commander — Win, place and show. Did you bet the trifecta?

Without-a-clue

January 19th, 2010
9:49 am

I can’t believe you would leave Booby Peetrino off the most hated list.

Jeff Schultz

January 19th, 2010
9:50 am

Maker of Nobels — I will be stealing that Lakatos Intolerance line, thank you very much.

4tix4dogs4cokes

January 19th, 2010
9:50 am

Dr Noisewater — The treatments involve Fathead-style wall hangings of a nude Roseanne Barr, a cheese grater and a taser.

NOLA

January 19th, 2010
9:50 am

WTF is going on with this blog jeff? come on dude.

Jeff Schultz

January 19th, 2010
9:51 am

Tom — I ask you again: Are you starting this or did somebody actually report this?

Russ, the Temporary Mascot

January 19th, 2010
9:51 am

Georgia fans love their little mascots but for some reason not many have come to my aid since the a$$ painting incident. Now some clown is getting on me for posting about it. Well, that guy may be a closet a$$ painter himself. It gets lonely in Athens on a winter night.

The Murf

January 19th, 2010
9:52 am

Let’s not forget to add that Dany Heatley killed his teammate. I wonder if DH bought himself a new ferrari?

Without-a-clue

January 19th, 2010
9:56 am

BTW, Arkansas has come up with a new way to call pigs. “Here Bobby, Here Bobby!”

waw

January 19th, 2010
9:59 am

A distinction: Brooking said what the Vikings DID was classless, not that they ARE classless.

TeflonDon

January 19th, 2010
10:00 am

Jim Nantz and Greg Gumbel must have attended Chip Caray’s seminar on Playoff Broadcasting Preparation. Greg Gumbel called it the “Island of Haiti” and also referred to golfer Duffy Waldorf as “Dusty” during a pitch for CSI: Miami.

Jeff Schultz

January 19th, 2010
10:00 am

BBrown — Trust me, I looked hard for a Kiffin item. Didn’t find anything worthy. But I figure he’ll say or do something before long. Maybe even before lunch.

Jeff Schultz

January 19th, 2010
10:02 am

Jeff Schultz

January 19th, 2010
10:03 am

Dr. Kenneth– Thanks. And yes, I can see this turning into a series. Ex-coaches, owners, etc.

Jeff Schultz

January 19th, 2010
10:03 am

Without-a-clue — I limited it to athletes.

waw(That's waw, backwards)

January 19th, 2010
10:04 am

2 distinctions: What Brooking did, and said at the end of the Falcon/Cowboy game WAS classless and he IS classless.

waw

January 19th, 2010
10:06 am

I agree with most of that.

SOUTH GA DAWG FAN

January 19th, 2010
10:08 am

I voted for Hall because Rankin smith wasn’t on the ballot . what is the supposed rumor about Joe D

cattle dawg

January 19th, 2010
10:10 am

Im hearing that Decamillas rumors to Tom. I think its all over rivals. Havent heard from a legit source . Jeff, its the Vick supporters that keep some Atlanta fans from moving past vick. At least , thats my opinion.

washedup

January 19th, 2010
10:11 am

I thought I heard him say “hay-sha”, but I’ve been seeing this 26 yr old female, and they can mess up everything!

MJ

January 19th, 2010
10:14 am

Smoltz, Glavine, Frenchy, and Brooking all left town because the mgt of their teams did not want them. If readers don’t understand these circumstances, they are not sports fans, and should think before they speak. If you hate one of these guys you are about as intelligent as a Tennessee recruit. Leave Vick alone – it’s time to move on. That leaves Heatley and Hall. Who really cares? I just flipped a coin and D Hall won.

whatever dawg

January 19th, 2010
10:14 am

Jeff next countdown the most hated coaches/executives. List could include Petrino for obvious reasons, Glanville for trading Farve, Goff for being Goff, Gaily for never beating Ga, Wren for Smoltz/Glanville mess, etc.

Ted

January 19th, 2010
10:26 am

Is there some kind of back story to that stupid Marbury video?

Dawgs 2010

January 19th, 2010
10:34 am

Brooking is a Turd.