Thank heavens the election is over. I mean, it’s just been taxing my brain so wickedly for so long (a little over an hour). The polls are closed. The votes are in. They’ve been tallied. And we’re ready to announce the winner of The Best Dumb Sports Moment in Recent Weeks. It is …. (drum roooooooooll) …

Wait. Let’s review the candidates one last time before we make it official:

Mike Singletary, former bruising linebacker for the Chicago Bears and current interim head coach for the San Francisco 49ers, used an unusual motivational tool to inspire his players at halftime during a game against Seattle on Oct 26-he dropped his pants. It was reported that Singletary, who was wearing boxer shorts, lowered his pants to make the point of how badly the 49ers were playing and embarrassing themselves.

He issued a statement after the incident: “I used my pants to illustrate that we were getting our tails whipped on Sunday and how humiliating that should feel for all of us. I needed to do something to dramatize my point; there were other ways I could have done it, but I think this got the message across.” The team was down 20-3 at halftime and ended up losing 34-13.

Note to self: Keep my pants on when attempting to inspire my colleagues here at the newspaper.

Former Detroit Pistons star and New York Knicks coach Isiah Thomas publicly claimed it was his 17-year-old daughter who received emergency medical attention at his home for an accidental drug overdose, and not him as reports suggested. But authorities called to Thomas’ home said a 47-year-old man was taken to the hospital and treated for an overdose of sleeping pills. Several media outlets reported that police confirmed it was Thomas who went to the hospital.

“It wasn’t his daughter,” Harrison Police Chief David Hall told Associated Press, “and why they’re throwing her under the bus is beyond my ability to understand.”

John Daly was taken into custody for disorderly conduct after police were called to a Hooters restaurant in Winston-Salem, N.C., and found the pro golfer “extremely intoxicated and uncooperative.” Daly spent the next 24 hours locked up.

It wasn’t supposed to be made public, but during a recent interview, Fox Sports sideline reporter Danyelle Sargent asked Singletary the following question: “I heard your mentor Bill Walsh was one of the first phone calls you made when you found out you had the job. What does it mean to you to be the head coach of the 49ers?”

Walsh died in July of 2007. But Singletary, who was baffled by the question, reportedly kept his pants on despite Sargent’s embarrassing gaffe.

So, who’s to be appointed Supreme Leader of the Dumb?

Well, there really is no winner here.


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Brad Spencer

Brad Spencer has been covering sports in and around Oak Park for more than a decade, which means the young athletes he once covered in high school are now out of college and at home living with their parents...