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After 16 years as the heroic fan favorite of the Packers, Favre is making it hard for a cheesehead to support him. Last year it was the media circus his retirement/un-retirement/retirment/un-retirment caused, eventually forcing a trade to the Jets. Now this year, Favre is wearing the purple and gold of the division-rival Vikings.
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It's the same old story for Owens: exasperate and alienate. After helping the Eagles go 13-3 in 2004 and recovering from a broken leg to play in a 24-21 loss to the Patriots in Super Bowl XXXIX in 2005, Owens turned on his team. Coach Andy Reid suspended him for conduct detrimental to the team and eventually deactivated him. Owens took his controversial ways to Dallas the following season.
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After amassing 136 wins in his seven previous seasons, Clemens was just 40-39 the next three. Angered by a quote from then-Boston manager Dan Duquette hinting that Clemens was slowing down, he signed with the Blue Jays (three years, $24.75 million), posting 41 wins, two Cy Young Awards and earning the ire of Red Sox fans who claimed he was coasting in Boston. To further stoke the fire, Clemens signed with the hated Yankees in 1999 -- all before the steroid allegations began to fly.
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His relationship with Patriots owner Robert Kraft faltering, Parcells quit five days after the 1996 season ended. Despite Parcels still being owned by the Patriots, the bitter division rival Jets actively pursued him, eventually giving up four picks to New England after first trying to circumvent the contract. Within two seasons, Parcells' Jets had a 12-4 record and were playing in the AFC Division Championship game while the New England players watched from home.
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He was Red Sox Nation's leadoff man, All-Star and heroic poster boy of the free-wheeling "Idiots" who rose from an 0-3 ALCS hole to topple the evil Yankees en route to their curse-reversing World Series title in 2004. Then, 14 months later, (for 4 years/$52 million, $12 million more than the Sox offered) Damon defected to the pinstripes. As one blogger on Misery Loves Company wrote, "Enjoy your corporate haircut, Johnny - you're dead to me."
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He publicly feuded with management, criticized the team training staff and, after a multitude of concussions, refused to play until a trade to Toronto occurred. Missing the 2001 season may have finally damned Lindros in the eyes of Philadelphia fans. Six months later, when the Flyers and Rangers (a Lindros-approved destination) finally worked out a deal, Philadelphia GM Bobby Clarke (inset) said "I don't give a crap whether he ever plays again or if I ever see him again. All he ever did was cause aggravation to our team."
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After re-establishing Kentucky basketball and successive championship game appearances in 1996 and 1997 (defeating Syracuse in '96), Pitino bolted to the NBA. Four years later, the prodigal son, the savior of Kentucky basketball, was back -- but with in-state rival Louisville, a mere 70 miles down the road.
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In December 2006, Rodriguez extended his contract with the Mountaineers through the 2014 season. A year later, he packed his bags and left for the University of Michigan.
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During the 1996 WCW Bash at the Beach, Hulk went Hollywood. After a surprise entrance, Hogan turned on the WCW team, joining with The Outsiders (Scott Hall and Kevin Nash). After the match (a no-decision) Hogan announced it was time for a New World Order. It was the birth of NWO and Hollywood Hogan, who replaced his familiar red and yellow with black and red and grew a beard, died black, to accompany his infamous moustache.
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Despite numerous denials that he would take the newly vacated Alabama job, Saban announced on Jan. 3, 2007, that he was leaving the Dolphins for the Alabama Crimson Tide. In doing so, Saban spurned not only the Miami community, but also his former college team and fans, fellow SEC power LSU. Despite Saban helping the Tigers achieve the school's second national championship in 2003, LSU fans retained little love for him. The 2007 matchup between the two schools (which LSU won 41-34 en route to its third championship) garnered so much anticipation it was dubbed the "Saban Bowl."
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In the fall of 2000, just prior to the Mariners' ALCS series against the Yankees, A-Rod spoke about his looming free agency, saying Seattle was definitely in the picture. "Money isn't my top priority. It might not even be in the top five." Months later, Rodriguez signed with the Rangers for the largest contract in baseball history: 10 years, $252 million. The Braves and Mariners were the other finalists in the A- Rod sweepstakes, but he eventually went with Texas, a franchise that had never been beyond the first round of the playoffs.
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He made a last-minute deal on March 12, 1984, to move the team to Indianapolis rather than allow the city of Baltimore to take control. Twelve vans came in the middle of night to transport the team's stuff. Irsay was not well liked before the deal, and is still begrudged in Baltimore.<br><br>Send comments to email@example.com
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While beloved in Baltimore, the former Browns owner, pictured here with former Baltimore mayor Kurt Schmoke, became one of the most hated men in Cleveland when he announced he would move the team to Charm City in 1996.
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