Welcome to the Good, the Bad, and The Ugly Egos of sports. In this weekly segment, we will give a good, bad and ugly ego of people in and around sports. A good ego is someone who knows that they’re a good player or person in sports, and has some fun with it, but without being obnoxious. A bad ego is someone who knows that they’re a great player or person in sports, but will occasionally will put their ego over their skill, and snap when they’re challenged or something doesn’t go their way. Lastly, an ugly ego is someone who thinks that they’re great, or is great, but their actions and words cloud their judgement or give them a negative persona. Feel free to comment, debate and discuss.
P.K. Subban: P.K. Subban is one of the most underrated great people in sports today. He is considered to have a “good” ego for a few reasons. One reason is that while he knows that he is a professional athlete, he still makes time every game to have some fun and let loose a bit. Hockey broadcaster Mike Millbury and former NHL cult hero John Scott have publicly stated that they’re against Subban’s actions on ice, but in reality, he is just having a great time playing the game he loves. Not only that, he now plays in a city that thoroughly embraces him. Recently, Subban has come out and said that he wasn’t treated the way he felt as if he deserved in Montreal, but now feels that he can call Nashville home. Finally, Subban is well known for his community outreach programs, especially to sick children and their families. The overall reason that Subban can be put into the “Good Ego” category is because he is a good guy who does all the right things, while maintaining the ability to have fun and laugh a little.
Bryce Harper: Bryce Harper is one of the best players in baseball, without a doubt, but his ego will occasionally cloud his ability as a stud baseball player. Here is why he has a “bad” ego. He has a bad ego because he will let his emotions cloud his decision making skills and his overall ability. Harper knows that he is one of Baseball’s best players, and he isn’t discreet about it. Whether it is the hair flips, bat flips, and fights. I’m completely fine with him being pompous and passionate, it’s just part of today’s game, but he should take a page out of Mike Trout’s book, and lead by example, not by fighting and cursing. The past three seasons have shown us that Bryce has trouble keeping his emotions in check, based off the fights with Johnathan Papelbon in 2015 and with Hunter Strickland this past Memorial Day. Harper could quite easily be in the “Good Ego” column sometime soon, as long as he cleans up his act a bit.
LaVar Ball: LaVar Ball is a Class-A piece of shit. He is in the Ugly Ego column for many reasons. First of all, he is a proud and blatant sexist. A few weeks ago, he appeared on a Fox Sports radio show with Colin Cowherd and Kristine Leahy. When Leahy asked LaVar Ball whether or not his company, Big Baller Brand, would also make women’s products, he retorted to her, “Stay in yo lane”, implying that Leahy wasn’t an equal part of the broadcast because she was female. Despite ridicule from all across the sports industry, Ball took the slogan to a new level, making it a T-shirt. Secondly, LaVar Ball is quite possibly ruining the future for all of his sons, especially Lonzo, who is projected to be a Top-3 NBA draft pick this June. Lastly, his popularity has shown that he is rude and a liar, especially when asked about his own college stats. LaVar has claimed that he could beat Michael Jordan, The GOAT, in a game of one-on- one, despite the fact that he averaged 2.2 points per game in the 1987-88 season at Washington State. In comparison, Jordan averaged 17.7 points per game in his three seasons at UNC. In conclusion, LaVar Ball is a giant ass who is ruining his life and the lives of his sons.