<p>Another year passed, another failed <a href="http://www.mensfitness.com/training/the-end-of-days-workout">end-of-the-... prophecy</a>. So yeah, we’re all still here. Unfortunately, that includes this lineup of <a href="http://www.mensfitness.com/leisure/entertainment/the-worst-people-of-201... leftovers</a> we hope to never have to see in 2013. From a blind football coach leading the blind to a hayseed family that introduced the world to “sketti” (that’s spaghetti with ketchup-and-butter sauce for those of you who need a reminder), 2012 was chock-full of athletes, politicians, actors, and reality TV slime that made us shake our collective heads. Or simply feel better about ourselves? Whatever works. Without further ado, we present the worst people of 2012.</p>
1. Rex Ryan
The week-to-week train wreck that was the 2012 New York Jets season is finally over. (Their feeble attempt to steal a playoff spot late in the year brings to mind a dying piece of roadkill begging to be run over again. Thank you, Tennessee Titans, for slamming the pedal.) There’s plenty of blame fingers to point throughout the entire organization, but “Skinny” Rex Ryan really takes the cake. His stubborn refusal to bench Mark Sanchez after every soul-crushing performance was only worsened by his contrived, sound-byte desperate, postgame pressers. "I was going to say we got our butt kicked, but really, we got our ass kicked,” said coach after a 34-0 loss to the 49ers. Thanks for clearing that up, Rexy.
2. David Petraeus
Before November 2012, most Americans couldn’t tell you who ran the CIA if their life depended on it. That all changed when David Petraeus—and the most ironic scandal you could ever imagine—erupted like a never-ending bomb in the news media. How does the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency—one of the most secretive institutions on the planet—get caught having an affair? Well for starters, using gmail to conduct the adultery probably didn’t help. (Petraeus and his biographer-turned-mistress Paula Broadwell actually saved their love notes as drafts on a shared account, so lets give them some credit for creativity. Or not.)
3. Todd Akin
To keep the political ball of shame rolling, no one person torpedoed the Republican Party this past year as much as Todd Akin. He is, of course, the Missouri Congressman who came up with the one catchphrase of 2012 you did not want to be associated with—“legitimate rape.” The Senate hopeful’s controversial stance on abortion (more specifically, his views on when the pregnancy is conceived by rape) resulted in a backlash so swift it made Mitt Romney look like Melissa Etheridge. (Apologies to anyone born before 1985.) Akin ended up losing his Senate bid and a key swing state for the GOP. And everything was right with the world again.
4. Rihanna/Chris Brown
<p>Ok, Chris Brown and Rihanna. We get it. You’re back together (when you feel like it) after being the poster children for domestic abuse just three short years ago. Making an album called <em>Unapologetic</em> and a single together called “Nobody’s Business” makes it only more painstakingly obvious and annoying. But to flaunt and spread your diseased relationship like wildfire on social media, including Twitter feuds with exes and random standup comedians, <a href="http://www.celebuzz.com/photos/chris-brown-and-rihannas-most-controversi... captions</a> like this one, and your combined horrible comprehension of English grammar? It’s just too much, and you both have got to go. Not to mention Brown’s club brawl with Drake’s posse in NYC last June, where the only things “thrown” were expensive champagne bottles across the room. (Seriously, who fights like that?)</p>
5. Lindsay Lohan
Was Lindsay Lohan’s resolution last year to make this list? We think so! Just when we thought it couldn’t get worse, she made 2012 her crappiest year yet. The memory of a once-promising young actress is washed away with every fender bender, club altercation, or visit to rehab. In this past year alone, Lohan supposedly struck a pedestrian with her Porsche, allegedly punched a woman at NYC hotspot Avenue, had a domestic dispute with her crazy mother outside Dina’s Long Island home, and apparently sabotaged some Bravo reality show, all while still serving probation for a 2011 jewelry theft. And if that didn’t do it for you, this LiLo tweet should! “"WHY is everyone in SUCH a panic about hurricane (I'm calling it Sally)..? Stop projecting negativity! Think positive and pray for peace.” Seriously, people!
6. Amanda Bynes
<p>Not to outdo Lohan (because that’s pretty much physically impossible), Amanda Bynes wins a spot on our list as another fallen child actress who cannot drive to save her life. When she wasn’t <a href="http://hollywoodlife.com/2010/02/05/amanda-bynes-kid-cudi-romance/">stal... Kid Cudi</a> on Twitter, Bynes was involved in (at least) four traffic incidents in 2012, ultimately having her BMW impounded for driving with a suspended license. The low-light though was an April DUI arrest in which she sideswiped a police car trying to flee the scene. The incident led to Bynes infamously tweeting Barack Obama, “I don’t drink” and “Please fire the cop who arrested me. I also don’t’ hit and run. The end.” Yes, Amanda. “The end” indeed.</p>
7. Kristen Stewart
<p>After five years of knock-down, drag-out torture, men across the nation can finally rejoice—the <em>Twilight</em> saga (aka, those five really shitty movies your girlfriend insisted you take her to) is finally over. At least for now. I think we can probably file more <em>Twilight</em> films up there with death and taxes. But in the meantime, we all get a much-needed break from the awkward musings of one Kristen Stewart, who never quite captivated male audiences as Bella Swan—probably because of things <a href="http://omg.yahoo.com/news/kristen-stewart-kisses-herself-mtv-movie-award... this</a> and oh yeah, let’s not forget <a href="http://www.okmagazine.com/news/ok-cover-story-kristen-stewart-still-play.... And while he did indeed once star in a movie called <em>Water for Elephants</em>, we still got your back R-Patz. Bros before weirdos, always.</p>
8. Alex Rodriguez
Baseball’s version of Madonna (not surprisingly, the two were rumored to have an affair back in ‘08), Alex Rodriguez has never shied from negativity in the media. But 2012 was certainly his banner year. Things basically all came to a head in October during the MLB playoffs, when A-Rod batted a robust .120. His performance got him rightfully benched, and if that wasn’t enough, he decided to use Game 1 of the American League Division Series to flirt with an Aussie model two rows behind the dugout. A-Rod allegedly tossed her a baseball with an inscribed plea for her digits, all while being in a highly publicized relationship with former wrestling beauty Torrie Wilson. Did we mention that A-Rod “earned” a $29 million salary in 2012? Now we did.
9. Lance Armstrong
If you looked up the word “disgraced” in the dictionary ,we wouldn’t be surprised if you found a photo of Lance Armstrong. Cleary, 2012 wasn’t his year. Once the most decorated cyclist in the history of the sport, Armstrong saw all of his accomplishments vanish this year following a report released by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, which basically pegged him as the Tony Montana of performance enhancing drugs. After having all seven of his Tour de France titles stripped, the Armstrong Aftermath raged on as Lance said bye-bye to Nike, tons of sponsors, and his own Livestrong Foundation. All the while, Armstrong continues to deny ever taking or distributing PEDs. You have to admire the man’s stubborn consistency.
10. Metta World Peace
<p>Following his name change to Metta World Peace in 2011, a more tranquil and benevolent persona was expected from the player formerly known as Ron Artest. Not surprisingly, however, MWP remained one of the most physical and dirty players in the NBA. It would have been a mostly low-key year for MWP if not for one incident in April that left most basketball fans sickened. After throwing down a dunk, Peace <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=scqitXx-bkE">swung a vicious elbow</a> to the skull of James Harden, which caused the bearded baller to suffer a concussion. The worst part—MWP claimed the blow was part of his post-dunk celebration. Sure it was Peace, sure it was.</p>
11. Honey Boo Boo & Family
It’s one thing to humor yourself with a two-minute YouTube clip, which is how most of America discovered Honey Boo Boo in early 2012. But an entire TV show? That’s what became of 7-year-old <em>Toddlers & Tiaras</em> star Alana Thompson, aka “Honey Boo Boo,” when she and her family got their own show, <em>Here Comes Honey Boo</em> in August. (Both shows appear on TLC, which ironically enough, once stood for The Learning Channel. Apparently, no more.) The show has been accused of exploiting the family, but the worst offense may be its impact on America’s growing obesity problem. What with grocery shopping trips to the local gas station, mass amounts of expired junk food won at the local auction, and, of course, Honey Boo Boo’s drink of choice—the infamous “Go-Go Juice,” a concoction of Mountain Dew and Red Bull.