No matter which team you were rooting for on Sunday, Super Bowl weekend highlights the best aspects of sports—skill, determination and teamwork. So what better weekend to expose its seedy underbelly? After this weekend—not just at the Super Bowl—there are a few more people who deserve recognition for their unsportsmanlike contributions.
She’s not a sports figure, but as a highly visible accessory to Patriots quarterback, Tom Brady, Gisele Bundchen personifies all that’s bad about sports: the sore loser. After the painful 21-17 New England loss to the New York Giants in Super Bowl XLVI, Bundchen lashed out at Brady’s receivers for their performance during the last moments of the game. As Bundchen was leaving the stadium, a rowdy fan taunted her, screaming, “Eli owns your husband!” She responded by walking away, which should have been the end of the story. Waiting for the elevator, though, Bundchen loudly complained to her entourage in full view of the camera, "He didn't even catch the ball when he was supposed to catch the ball," referring to a dropped pass by wide receiver Wes Welker in the final moments of the game. “My husband cannot f--king throw the ball and catch the ball at the same time.” The outburst has earned her the nickname "Yoko Bundchen."
Let’s face it, basketball is a contact sport. Elbows fly, arms flail and shoulders bump. Accidentally, of course—this isn’t hockey. What you don’t expect is full foot-to-face contact on the court, which brings us to our next "winner." During Saturday’s game, Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love stomped on Rockets forward Luis Scola’s face while Scola was down in the third quarter. Love claims it was accidental and even apologized to Scola after the game. Game officials disagreed, giving Love a two-game suspension without pay.
It was a big weekend for contact sports in the NBA, this time with a little coach-to-game official action. On Saturday, Los Angeles Lakers coach Mike Brown was ejected from the game against the Utah Jazz after arguing with an official over a no-call when Lakers forward Pau Gasol was knocked to the ground. Brown jumped up and argued with a game official, appearing to bump into him, while the notoriously hot-tempered Ron Artest ironically tried to hold hold him back (it looks like he really is trying to live up to his new name, Metta World Peace). Officials tossed Brown out of the game, and he missed the Lakers 96-87 loss to the Jazz. He received a one-game suspension, without pay, and a fine of $25,000. Brown will sit out the Lakers game against the Sixers in Philadelphia, retiring to his official-free hotel room for some solitude and cheesesteaks.