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September 24, 2008 8:27 AM

Powerless Rankings: Yell at reporters at your own risk

Posted by Jerry Brewer

Our weekly tracking of the 10 most absurd, disappointing or unfortunate stories in sports:

10. Marc Bulger
Comment: The desperate St. Louis Rams have benched Bulger and will start Trent Green at quarterback now. Yes, Scott Linehan, that's the answer to saving your job.

9. Stephon Marbury
Comment: Will the Knicks cut him or not? And which punishment is worse: Getting banished or being forced to play for the Knicks?

8. Plaxico Burress
Comment: The Giants have given their top receiver a one-game suspension for skipping work Monday. Good sign for the Seahawks. At last, after weeks of wideout peril, the Hawks will benefit from an opponent being shorthanded.

7. New York Yankees
Comment: First, Yankee Stadium closes. Then, the Yankees fall out of playoff contention for the first time since 1995. What's a bereaved franchise to do? Move into a $1.3 billion new ballpark, of course.

6. Mariners
Comment: Tonight, they will try again to become the first MLB team with a $100 million payroll to lose 100 games. Good luck.

5. WSU quarterbacks Kevin Lopina and Gary Rogers
Comment: Nothing lighthearted or snarky about this one. In a single game, two Cougar quarterbacks suffered spine injuries. As gruesome back injuries go, they were both fortunate it wasn't worse. Here's hoping their recoveries go well.

4. Greg Robinson
Comment: Syracuse athletic director Daryl Gross says of his 8-31 football coach, "It isn't working out." Thanks for the insight. Quick question: If Robinson were 11-28 instead, might Gross have stolen from Scott Woodward and called his coach fabulous?

3. Matt Millen
Comment: The good news is, after a 31-84 record, Matt Millen is finally done doing damage to the Detroit Lions. The bad news is, if you're an inept leader, your reason to convince yourself of job security ("Well, I'm not doing worse than Millen, and he still has a job.") has vanished.

2. Mike Teel
Comment: Not sure what is worse. The Rutgers QB punching a player or his coach ignoring the issue? The blossoming Scarlet Knights program is officially beyond the lovable phase.

1. John Herrera
Comment: Here's another sign the Al Davis regime is beyond redemption. Herrera, a Raiders senior executive, verbally accosted San Jose sports columnist Tim Kawakami this week. Advice to Herrera: If you want to yell at a reporter, don't do it in front of five television cameras.

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