Halloween special column: The scariest things in the sports world

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By Kennedy Collier

The spookiest time of the year is just around the corner and this year it’s extra scary with the COVID-19 pandemic. But, instead of focusing on all the things going on around the county, it’s time to talk about the things that scare both sports fans and athletes alike.

Below are the top 10 scariest things in the sport’s world.

10. Raider’s Fans

Patrick Beckett of New Jersey poses for a photo with Raiders fans in costumes as fans congregate before the first home game of the season outside the newly built Allegiant Stadium on Monday, Sept. 21, 2020, in Las Vegas. (Ellen Schmidt/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Patrick Beckett of New Jersey poses for a photo with Raiders fans in costumes as fans congregate before the first home game of the season outside the newly built Allegiant Stadium on Monday, Sept. 21, 2020, in Las Vegas. (Ellen Schmidt/Las Vegas Review-Journal)

Being a fan of a bad football team is one thing, but being a fan of The Las Vegas Raiders is a whole level of scary. Just search for “Raider’s fan” on your favorite search engine and you will find a plethora of people dressed like demons screaming at sub .500 team. Which is scarier? Derek Carr’s career as a quarterback or putting on black face paint and donning enough spikes to make a porcupine jealous to watch Derek Carr?

9. Derrick Henry

The 26-year-old running back is no joke and it’s no surprise that he always has a highlight trending on Twitter. These highlights can be a 99-yard touchdown run or him literally stiff-arming a full-grown adult man. Derrick Henry does not know the meaning of taking a day off from the gym and could probably crush a midsized vehicle if he felt like the need to.

8. D.K. Metcalf

Similar to Derrick Henry, Metcalf is a beast on the field. On Monday Night Football against the Cardinals, this man ran 22.64 MPH and traveled over 114 yards to chase down Budda Baker and stopped what would have been an easy pick-6. Metcalf also leads the NFL in yards per reception at 21.6 so any defense has to be on their A-game just to slow the man down. He’s also only 22 years old so it’s safe to say he is only going to improve.

7. Lebron James driving towards the basket

How do you stop Lebron James when he decides to straight up destroy the rim? The answer is; there is no stopping the inevitable. Basketball fans will look back once Lebron’s career is over and wish they had appreciated it more instead of constantly comparing him to Michael Jordan. So appreciate the artistry while he’s still in the league because right now he is 35 and straight-up terrifying to guard against.

6. Gritty

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Photo by Kyle Ross/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Philadelphia Flyer’s mascot looks like a sleep paralysis demon. Perfect for Philly.

5. The MMA

A lot of sport’s fans love to boast about how one would fare in their favorite sport. But, stepping into a caged octagon with a man whose only goal is to kill and maim, maybe be a bit too much for the average sports fan. One flying knee to the face and a medical bill the size of the country’s deficit would make most reconsider before pursuing an MMA career.

4. Skip Bayless thinking a team will do well this season

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Image credit Jeff Kern via Flickr

If Skip Bayless predicts a team to win, chances are that team will lose. Skip Bayless endorsing a team is similar to when a mob boss gives someone the “Kiss of Death.”

3. Colin Cowherd thinking a team will do well this season

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Image via Getty Images

Cowherd is similar to Bayless but adds a dash of condescending Hollywood jerk. A certain Moorpark College sport’s reporter has made a few bucks by picking the opposite of Cowherd.

2. Being a hockey goalie

Stand in front of this goal and have Canadians slap vulcanized rubber 100 MPH to win. Only an insane person grows up wanting to be a professional hockey goalie.

1. Getting drafted to the New York Jets

09/08/19 New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) walks off the field after a NFL game against the Buffalo Bills in East Rutherford, NJ.  (Corey Sipkin/Freelance).
09/08/19 New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) walks off the field after a NFL game against the Buffalo Bills in East Rutherford, NJ. (Corey Sipkin/Freelance).

Is there a greater death sentence to a promising football career than playing for the Jets? Just look at Sam Darnold and the sharp decline in his play. Now the Jets are tanking in the most obvious way to get the number one draft pick. With this pick, they hope to snag Trevor Lawrence and ruin his career. Maybe Lawrence should consider finishing school and not go to the dumpster fire on wheels, the New York Jets.