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October 22, 2008 9:53 AM

Powerless Rankings: Suspensions, traitors and all-around dunces

Posted by Jerry Brewer

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

10. P.J. Carlesimo, the event planner
Comment: Sorry interrupt you with Thunder, but Carlesimo made a bold prediction that 15,000 fans would show up for an open practice Monday. He was off -- by 12,000. At least he felt a desire to sell his team to the public, which the Raiders refused to do when the Thunder was named the Sonics. (Sigh.)

9. Sunday Night Football
Comment: It's the new Monday Night Football, supposedly. But not this past Sunday. Bucs-Seahawks was the lowest-rated televised Sunday or Monday night game ever, according to Sports Business Daily. If you watched it, you know why.

8. Darius Miles
Comment: The Boston Celtics cut him, halting his comeback pursuit. The C's did go out of their way to say he was a decent guy, which was a first. At least he accomplished something.

7. Kellen Winslow
Comment: He's been suspended one game for ripping the Browns organization and revealing they tried to hide his staph infection. For once, though, I think the loud-mouthed tight end has a point.

6. Larry Johnson
Comment: Continuing with the suspension theme, the NFL is investigating Johnson for allegedly assaulting a woman and may punish him. Even if they don't, Kansas City coach Herm Edwards is considering benching his running back for a second straight game. And to think this guy was one of the best three RBs in the game two years ago.

5. Seahawks backup QBs
Comment: If Matt Hasselbeck can't go again this week, which do you prefer: Charlie Frye's 6-14 career record as a starter or Seneca Wallace's hesitant play? Can the Seahawks give safety Brian Russell a start?

4. Jerry Jones
Comment: First, the owner foolishly signed Pacman. Then, with his team's secondary in a crisis, he hands over a fortune (money and draft picks) for wide receiver Roy Williams. No surprise, the Cowboys are fading fast.

3. Mike Nolan
Comment: He's out as the San Francisco 49ers coach. A throwback era has ended. It's a sad day. Suits on the sideline are truly in the past.

2. Traitor Brett
Comment: This story on Brett Favre should be getting way more attention. He denies that he leaked information on his old Green Bay Packers to Detroit, and the story will end there. No punishment, nada. Nothing except tarnish on his Packers legacy.

1. Lou Holtz
Comment: Repeat after me: Never, ever, ever, ever use Hitler in sports dialogue unless you are referring to Jesse Owens and the 1936 Olympics. Especially if you work for ESPN. Got it?

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