Each week I’ll search far and wide to find the players, coaches and fans that are the week’s biggest whiners. Then I’ll tell you what I think of them. We call it The Weekly Whine…
Dallas Cowboys Linebacker Keith Brooking
Brooking plays defense for the Dallas Cowboys. His job, and his only job, is to prevent the opposing team from scoring. He didn’t do it against the Vikings on Sunday. Brett Favre and company rolled up a 34-3 win including a touchdown on a fourth down with two minutes left, which Brooking felt was rubbing it in. Losing in the playoffs is awful (trust me, I’m a Ravens fan), but Brooking had no reason to yell at the Vikings sideline. If Brooking wanted to blame someone for the blowout loss he should have looked in the mirror and whined to himself.
Verdict: Texas is big, but there’s no room for whining.
Los Angeles Clippers center Chris Kaman
Last Thursday Kaman said in an interview that he thought he should get a spot on the All-Star team ahead of Lakers players Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum. His reasoning is that his numbers are superior, he’s played in more games, and he shouldn’t be penalized for playing on a last-place squad. Not only does Kaman have the stats to back-up his rant, he is rightly speaking out again a ridiculous All-Star voting process. When Allen Iverson is starting for the East in 2010, you know something needs to be done.
Verdict: Feel free to Whine and Dine
First the haters said the Jets didn’t deserve to be in the playoffs. Now they’re saying it took a historically bad day from Chargers kicker Nate Kaeding to give them a win in the divisional round. All this whining is bonkers (you hear that Pats fans?). The Jets have to beat the Colts, and all their starters, to get to the Super Bowl. If they win, there’s no question they deserve to be there. And if they lose, then an undeserving team won’t advance.
Verdict: Don’t cross the whine line