Sports Thanksgiving: Hater Edition

“Haters are going to hate," even on Thanksgiving. What are you snidely thankful for?

Josh Helmuthby Josh Helmuth

There is so much to be thankful in the world. And as we gather with loved ones, we’ll reflect on many of those blessings. In sports, being thankful frequently comes with a bit of ‘hating on’ of our rivals.

I asked around to some of the most outspoken fan bases and asked them what they were thankful for. Some were just down right hatful.

Lakers Organization – Portland Fan
"I am thankful that the Lakers hired Mike D’Antoni. His fast-paced offense will run those old legs down to nubs by Valentine's Day."

Joe Giradi & Raul Ibanez – Seattle Fan
"I am thankful that the Yankees manager sat Alex Rodriguez down during the playoffs. I am thankful Raul Ibanez did what A-Rod could not do. I am thankful of his national embarrassment during the playoffs. It makes the way he departed Seattle all those years ago worth it."

Referees – Green Bay Fan
"I am thankful that the replacement referees will no longer doom the Packers on Monday Night Football again, forever."

Tim Tebow – Atlanta Fan
"I am thankful that the Jets organization brought Tebow in and created a circus. I don’t blame him for the circus, just being the lightening rod."

Baylor & Stanford – Notre Dame Fan
"I am thankful that the Cardinal and Bears took down No. 1 & 2 last week. Those wins puts us into the show."

Lane Kiffin – UCLA & Tennessee Fan
"We are thankful that Lane Kiffin hasn’t lost his zeal for personal records instead of wins. He started the season No. 1 and now sits with four loses. His lack of discipline is bringing down the program much in the same way he left the Volunteers. We look forward to his future broadcast career on the Pac-12 Network."

Magic Johnson & Company – San Francisco Fan
"I am thankful that Magic bought the Dodgers. I am thankful that Magic bought the lead balloon contracts of Carl Crawford and Hanley Ramirez. I am thankful that Magic made winning the west that much easier."

Jerry Jones – NY Giants Fan
"I am thankful that you are such an involved owner."

Bobby Valentine – Yankees Fan
"I am thankful that Valentine became the Red Sox skipper last year. It makes it easier to take down your enemy when their general is stabbing them in the back."

Philadelphia Eagles – Eagles Fan
"I am thankful that snow will come soon, which means snowballs will reign instead of boos."

David Stern – Lakers Fan
"I am thankful that Stern’s concept of a balanced league is a failure. If this was the NFL, there is no way Oklahoma City Thunder trade James Harden to the Houston Rockets."

Chicago Cubs – Cardinals Fan
"I’m thankful that we have the lamest rival in sports."

NHL – all hockey fans
"I am thankful for nothing."

Do you have any of your own snarky “sports Thanksgivings”? Share them below in the comments section.

Brian Reddoch is a CraveOnline reporter and rabid fan of all teams Seattle. You can follow him on Twitter @ReddReddoch and at www.facebookcom/

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