Who are some of the biggest wastes of talent in sports history?

Discussion in 'The Mainboard' started by miles, May 26, 2012.

  1. miles

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    Marcus Dupree is an obvious one after his 30 for 30.

    Marat Safin probably could've been one of the all time greats in Tennis if he ever gave a fuck.
     
  2. Cornelius Suttree

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    JaMarcus Russell

    thankfully not Josh Hamilton
     
  3. cal

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  4. cal

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    goddamn he tries his hardest though
     
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  5. Jake Barnes

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    Baseball: Raul Mondesi
    Football: JaMarcus Russell
    Basketball: Michael Beasley
    Golf: Sergio Garcia

    Would also give honorary mention to Andy Roddick. Yes, he's won a Grand Slam title and had to play in the prime of Federer/Nadal/Djokovic, but there's no reason for a guy with his serve and energy to have the modest trophy case he has.
     
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  6. BudKilmer

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  7. miles

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    good one
     
  8. miles

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    I'll throw in a mention for Luke Hochevar

    Edit- If we're talking about "stuff"
     
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  9. gritzy

    gritzy I am a hurricane on the golf course

    Guy is a head case
     
  10. EdmondDantes

    EdmondDantes Both winner in league and apparently at life, haha
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  11. BudKilmer

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    And as a lifelong Braves fan, I never felt like Andruw Jones got the most out of his talent
     
  12. D. Silver

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    Taurean "Keg Chucker" Charles
     
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  13. Red Rover

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  14. miles

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    Thing about Roddick is that he's actually one of the hardest workers on tour.

    Problem is he just doesn't have the footwork or movement ability of guys like Fed/Nadal/Novak or the effortless power/fluidity off the ground of those guys.

    His record against Fed just shows that he's just not as talented as the elite.
     
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  15. miles

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    Another

    Rick Ankiel
     
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  16. CUAngler

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    Was thinking about this as well. I think it was his goofy attitude, because he never really showed that fire, but then again that's just some peoples method of deflecting stress.

    Francour is another that had all the tools.
     
  17. Jimmy the Saint

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  18. Jimmy the Saint

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    Hard to say that somebody that is in their 17th big league season and still a solid contributor didn't get the most out of their talent. He definitely didn't squander it like others ITT.
     
  19. prerecordedlive

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  20. oldberg

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  21. OKCChuck

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    4 million likes. Roddick gets such a bad wrap. He's Dan Marino in a Joe Montana era.
     
  22. CUAngler

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  23. J.R. Bob Dobbs

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  24. J.R. Bob Dobbs

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    So he's better than joe montana but loses because his tennis opponents have better teams?
     
  25. BP

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  26. Jimmy the Saint

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    This makes no sense. Joe Montana benefitted from having tremendous talent around him. Marino had nothing.
     
  27. Celemo

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    JD Drew comes to mind
     
  28. oldberg

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    maybe college but definitely not in the league
     
  29. Celemo

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    Dwight Gooden & Darryl Strawberry also come to mind
     
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  30. OKCChuck

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    Well, I meant he doesnt have the hard ware, so many discredit what he did because of that.

    I stole the anology from a writer years ago.
     
  31. oldberg

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  32. TwoPoor

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  33. D. Silver

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    Yeah, video is old as fuck but it is still one of my favorites.

    #11 in your program and #1 in your hearts, Taurean Charles.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6s23JTmfJOY

    And by the looks of the video and the way he career at UF went, he is now #487BU94 in the Florida Department of Corrections.
     
  34. fish

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  35. OHW

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  36. POWESHOW

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    God bless his soul

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  37. D. Silver

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    He gave us the "East Bay Funk Dunk".

    How dare you
     
  38. NoleNBlue

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  39. CoachKoolandTheGang

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    Funny story about him. He was in an EMD class with my brother to get Fire Certified. My brother was telling me about his squad leader, a giant black guy that played football at UF named Taurean. I put two and two together and said no fucking way in hell can he be at a fire academy with the shit he's pulled. So I put on the "Year of the Bull" documentary on youtube and ask my brother if that's the guy, and he says yes. Next day he calls me, and tells me that Taurean isn't his squad leader any more. I ask him why, and the only thing he said was "He's a little sensitive about that documentary you showed me, and even more sensitive when its being played for the entire class on the board."
    Turns out my brother told one of his classmates about the documentary, who told one of their instructors, who played it for the whole class to find out if it was true or not.

    And in case you were wondering, South Florida is safe from him being a firefighter/ emt. He failed out of the academy.
     
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    How dare you how dare me in regards to anything Bay
     
  41. -Prime-

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  42. Cornelius Suttree

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  43. Cornelius Suttree

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  44. Jake Barnes

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    Also would have to think Darco Millichec (sp?) belongs on this list.
     
  45. Jimmy the Saint

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  46. Tony Ray Bans

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    That was one of the most entertaining videos i have ever seen
     
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  47. oldberg

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  48. blind dog

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    this
     
  49. Cornelius Suttree

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    no

    that would just go on the list of the worst draft picks
     
  50. TDCD

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    FSU in the past 10 years alone:
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    Fred Rouse
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    Willie Downs

    Others:
    Maurice Clarett
    Len Bias
     
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