Annoying Stuff in Sports

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We’re happy to introduce Jim Sweeney—the MIKE Maker and Creator of MIKE—the ultimate talking head on sports!

MIKE just might become an animated brand everyone will know. The sports world needs one!

Born and raised in Trenton, New Jersey, Jim grew up with a passion for sports and fun. Participating in baseball, basketball, swimming, soccer and street hockey as a kid, Jim wound up playing basketball at Boston College where he captained the Eagles from 1977 – 1980 and received the Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award as the nation’s top NCAA basketball under six feet tall.

After a 20-year-career in sales, Jim developed MIKE as an alter-ego sports personality and has penned dozens of sports comic books under the MIKE name.

Now in his sixties and living in Florida, Jim continues to play basketball regularly and always finds time for fun. He also serves as the Head of USA for FIMBA – Federation of International Masters Basketball Association.

Jim/Mike – (we get confused between the two) finds some things in sports to be very annoying and he offers his opinions in free books available online at THEEMIKE.com. Here’s one that makes the top of his list:

By Jim Sweeney – The MIKE Maker (MIKE – the ultimate talking head on sports!)  

Sports fans not only like to boast about what they admire about an athlete, a team or a game. They also love to pontificate about the sports related stuff that irritates them.

As a prolific sports commentator, I consider it my personal obligation to speak up about the personalities, situations, ill-advised behavior, etc., in sports that stoke my embers of distaste.

One of the worst sights in all of sports is the ridiculous spectacle known as the “missed free throw celebration.”

It deserves my top spot in Annoying Stuff in Sports. Incredulously, we witness this “poor shooting party” whenever we watch an NBA, NCAA, high school or biddy league basketball game.

These “failed free throw festivities” occur whenever basketball players enthusiastically approach their brick-laying, free throw shooting teammate. They oddly congratulate him with high fives and pats to the butt after he just clanged an important freebie from 15 feet?

Doesn’t anybody else on the planet find this behavior ridiculous?

Why don’t ESPN announcers decry the dreadful display of celebrating ineptitude whenever a shooter misses a gimme from the charity stripe? Instead, they claim there’s a mysterious lid on the basket.

Imagine if MLB infielders sprint to the pitcher’s mound to bask in the embarrassment of a pitcher immediately after his last fast ball wound up 450’ away in the centerfield stands?

And, what if NFL players party-hearty with their team’s running back after he coughs up the football in the red zone?

You get where I’m going here. So, let’s stop the “missed free throw celebrations” before these pitiful parties spread to other sports.

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