In case you missed it, Forbes.com has released its annual list of "Most Disliked People in Sports," and Eagles quarterback Michael Vick has successfully defended his crown. It's a dubious and somewhat surprising outcome for a player who has earned a lot of respect from his coaches and teammates based on how he's handled his return to the game.
Using E-Poll Market Research, Forbes found that 69 percent of the 1,100 respondents from across the nation said Vick was someone they "dislike a lot," "dislike" or "dislike some." Tom Van Riper, who authored the report, thinks Vick will become more likable once he has more success on the field. Obviously, the nature of his crime still resonates with folks.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones checks in at No. 5 on the "Disliked" list, one spot behind Tiger Woods. Jones is one of the most likable guys you could ever be around, but he's still a villain in the eyes of many Cowboys haters. Former Eagles and Cowboys wide receiver Terrell Owens checked in at No. 7 on the list despite the fact that he's currently not on an NFL roster.
So if you guys had to come up with a "Most Disliked" list for the NFC East, how would it look? Based on the current landscape of the NFC East, here's how I think the rankings would go:
1. Albert Haynesworth, Redskins DT
2. Jerry Jones, Cowboys owner
3. Dan Snyder, Redskins owner
4. Tony Romo, Cowboys QB
5. Osi Umenyiora, Giants DE
6. DeAngelo Hall, Redskins CB
7. Clinton Portis, Redskins RB
8. Brandon Jacobs, Giants RB
9. Roy Williams, Cowboys WR
By the way, Philly.com conducted its own poll with the 10 sports figures from the Forbes.com poll. Jerry Jones finished first and Ben Roethlisberger was a close second. But I sort of think that even the most ardent anti-Jerry voters secretly wish he was their owner.
What, you don't think some Eagles fans would trade the stuffy Jeff Lurie for Jones in a heartbeat?