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November 24, 2008 3:46 PM

Powerless Rankings: Drops, firings and an embarrassing new peer for our state's woebegone teams

Posted by Jerry Brewer

Our weekly tracking of the 10 most hapless stories in sports:

10. Koren Robinson
Mr. Drop's much-discussed second chance with the Seahawks might be coming to an end soon. With all the errors Robinson makes during a game, why not just lean on the young wide receivers? It's not like the Seahawks can avoid a losing season anymore.

9. Eddie Jordan
If you still care about the NBA, then let it be noted that Jordan, after leading the Wizards to four straight playoff berths, was only given 11 games this season. The hot seat is a vicious animal.

8. Rich Rodriguez
First, RichRod told rabid Michigan fans last week to "get a life." Then he lost to Ohio State by 35 points Saturday to conclude a 3-9 season. If he doesn't improve dramatically next season, Wolverines fans will be saying, "Take a hike."

7. State of Michigan athletics
Speaking of Michigan, the state is fast becoming Washington's competition for futility. Michigan football just finished its worst season ever. The Detroit Lions are 0-11. And the auto industry is struggling so much that General Motors Corp. can no longer afford Tiger Woods. What's next? The downfall of the Pistons? Well, they did lose by 26 to Minnesota at home Sunday.

6. Matt Hasselbeck
He's entering bless-his-heart territory, which is no place for a competitor to be. Clearly, he's trying to grind through his back problems. It's quite admirable, but you fear he might never get back to his Pro Bowl level.

5. Charlie Weis
Syracuse? Really, Syracuse? Even Tyrone Willingham could handle the 'Cuse. Here's guessing Weis won't be around past the 2009 season.

4. Tyrone Willingham
Washington State? Really, Washington State? Here's guessing Willingham won't be getting any head-coaching offers after he leaves the Huskies.

3. Bad field-storming etiquette
Not to belabor the point (OK, who am I kidding?), but c'mon, who storms the field after beating a winless team? I can't get over that. I'm sorry. Just can't.

2. Donovan McNabb
No doubt, his Philly career needs to end after this season. Eagles coach Andy Reid, his most steadfast supporter, benched him Sunday. There's no turning back.

1. P.J. Carlesimo
He was stopped before he could board the team plane Friday night and told he was fired. Clay Bennett is now 2 for 2 in awkward firings. Remember when he canned Bob Hill on the same day he had surgery? You'll be better off with having to deal with Bennett, P.J. Trust us.

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