Since you know how much I love those all-time sports rankings that appear on SI.com and ESPN.com on what seems to be a daily basis, you shouldn't be surprised that I'm going to draw your attention to one that showed up yesterday on SI's blog site, FanNation.
It's just a short list of the "Five biggest traitors in sports," and it was inspired by the controversy that erupted when Brett Favre was suspected of leaking inside information to the Detroit Lions before their Week 2 matchup against the Green Bay Packers.
The list includes a certain football owner who jumped town with his NFL franchise on a snowy night in 1984, and that would not garner any complaint from anyone in Baltimore except for the fact that Robert Irsay (in a familiar 1984 pose at left) only ranks third on the list, behind opportunistic football coaches Nick Saban and Bobby Petrino.
Frankly, I don't see how anyone could make such a mistake of scale. Nick Saban might have been a little sleazy when he left the Dolphins to coach Alabama, but for him to equal the audacity of Irsay, the Dolphins would have to be based in Tuscaloosa now. Same goes for Petrino, who left the Falcons for Arkansas, but was nice enough to leave the Falcons franchise in Atlanta where it belonged.
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