NBCSports.com's Top 5 teams we love to hate
1. New York Yankees
Commonly referred to as the "Evil Empire," fans hate the Yanks for several reasons, but one of the biggest is their propensity for throwing around money in an effort to buy championships like with the signings of pitchers CC Sabathia and A.J. Burnett. There were plenty of A-Rod haters out there already, but his recent admission of using steroids has just added to those feelings. And many Yankee haters agree that the revered Derek Jeter is one of the most overrated players in baseball.
2. Dallas Cowboys
Hands-on owner Jerry Jones has drawn the ire of football fans everywhere for decades, dating back to his firing of beloved coach Tom Landry in 1988. He's also not afraid to bring in guys with bad public images like Terrell Owens, Tank Johnson and Pacman Jones. Fans had a new reason to hate the Cowboys the last couple of years with the Tony Romo-Jessica Simpson circus. When your QB takes a vacation with his celebrity girlfriend before a playoff game, fans usually won't approve.
3. Duke Blue Devils
The Blue Devils rarely feature any flashy players, and their vanilla style of play may be one reason for the fans' hatred. Several Duke players have been known as complainers and whiners. Whether it was Christian Laettner, J.J. Reddick or Jon Scheyer, facial expressions alone can rile up opposing fans. Then there's Coach Krzyzewski whose squads have increasingly become known for their collapses in the Big Dance, not reaching the Elite Eight since 2004 to the delight of Duke haters everywhere.
4. Boston Red Sox
There's been just as big a backlash against the Red Sox fans, also known as "Red Sox Nation," as there has been against the team itself. As if it wasn't bad enough hearing Boston fans whine and complain year after year about the Curse of the Bambino, once the Red Sox broke the curse and won the World Series in 2004, things got worse and worse. Red Sox Nation has gone on to include a President, Vice President and Governors from seven different states. If that's not obnoxious, what is?
5. Los Angeles Lakers
The Lakers have been one of the most popular franchises at times, but the "Kobe years" have turned the tables. At times it seems like Kobe's teammates don't like him, so it's easy to see how some fans hate him and the Lakers. Kobe's image began to tarnish in 2003 after sexual assault allegations. Then he was blamed for running Shaquille O'Neal out of town in 2004. Phil Jackson even dubbed him "uncoachable" in his book. Many NBA fans were upset to see Kobe finally win a title without Shaq this year.