Dwight Howard among least influential of 2012
by Chris Chase, USA TODAY Sports
Dwight Howard, Ryan Lochte and Gregg Williams were among the 25 men and women named to GQ’s list of the least influential people of 2012.
Mitt Romney, Amanda Bynes and Madonna headlined the group that featured other sports figures like New York Knicks owner James Dolan, former Boston Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine and disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong.
Howard was cited for the lengthy trade discussions that made “every American [hate his guts],” though that probably overstates how many people cared about Howard’s trade status.
Williams made it because he’s “the rare person stupid enough to deserve being scapegoated.”
Dolan: “Does he have some kind of “stubborn [expletive]” gene that the rest of us lack?
Basically, the list is Internet trolling with more snark and better copy editing. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.
Why did Lochte make the list? It probably occurred to editors that they needed some Olympic presence and Lochte seemed like the easiest target. (They must have forgotten about Lolo Jones.) But he was a needed Olympic foil for Michael Phelps, a staunch supporter of grilled catchphrasing, played himself as a “sex idiot” on 30 Rock and won multiple gold medals. For that he gets compared to Guy Fieri?
GQ didn’t rank the list “because all zeros are created equal.” Why did they have to bring Howard’s free-throw percentage into this?
Our only quibble is that this list came out too early. There’s still the whole month of December for Andy Reid to show the breadth of his lack of influence.