Magic Johnson is a name that no Lakers fan needs an introduction to, but he shockingly quit right before the last regular game of the 2018/19 NBA season. Although the Lakers have had a poor season, the decision from Johnson to abandon the team came as a huge shock. This is what he had to say about it.
Where It All Went Wrong
Magic Johnson took over as the Lakers’ president of basketball operations two years ago, and it was expected to be a match made in heaven. When he took over, they hadn’t made the playoffs in four years, and it was expected that he could turn their fortunes around.
What happened on the court didn’t really change, and for his two seasons as president of basketball operations, Johnson didn’t help them with their goal. Even bringing in ‘Mr. NBA Finals’ in LeBron James wasn’t enough to inspire the Lakers. They failed once again to make the playoffs in the 2018/19 season and Johnson felt stepping down was the right thing to do.
Wanting To Enjoy Life Again
Johnson said that he had way more fun acting as a “big brother and ambassador to everybody.” The pressures of steering the ship were not enjoyable for the Lakers legend who said he was tired of the backstabbing that had gone on during his time in charge.
He seemingly didn’t want to have the responsibility of firing Lakers coach Luke Walton, so instead of giving him a shove out the door, Johnson walked instead. It didn’t save Walton from losing his job though, and the coach parted ways from the Lakers in a mutual agreement. Johnson said he wanted to go back to the person he was before taking the role with the Lakers, so he bowed out.
Not Warning Anyone
The news of Johnson’s resignation would have been a shock to just about everybody at the team’s headquarters. Magic even said he hadn’t told president Jeanie Buss about his decision after calling an emergency press conference. Lakers management would have hoped with Johnson leading the team they could get back to winning ways, but they ended the season with a 37-45 record.
It’s not clear what this resignation means for Johnson’s future with the Lakers, but for now they’ll have to manage as best they can without their iconic hero.
These Hilarious NFL Photos Will Make You Fall Off Your Seat
What A Mug
Football is one of the greatest sports, reliably producing some of the most hilarious pictures we’ve yet seen. When Jay Cutler joined the Broncos, he was a promising quarterback. Unfortunately for the Broncos, he never delivered. An episode of South Park hits this on the mark when Stan says to Cutler, “Nice to meet you! I mean you kind of suck, but my dad says you might be good someday!” Despite his lack of skill, his faces are some of the best in NFL history.
Getting Over A Breakup
Not all of these images are directly related to the game, but that doesn’t make this sign any less hilarious. Cheating is never the right thing to do, and so when his ex-girlfriend publicly shamed him at the Green Bay Packers game, this guy got exactly what he deserved. The biggest winner is her friend, who got a free ticket to see the game after it became clear the boyfriend was not going to be present to see the competition.
The Patriots’ Tom Brady is one of the greatest players to play the game, having led his team to more Super Bowls than any other quarterback in the game. While this understandably makes him one of the most despised players in the league, the deflate-gate scandal didn’t help his popularity. The NFL suspended him after they found evidence that proved he was complicit in Patriots employees deflating balls so they would be easier to catch. After Brady appealed the suspension, a judge overturned it because he deemed the evidence insufficient to implicate Brady’s involvement.
Taking On The Rams
This young Rams player chose the wrong path and collided with referee number 53. Big mistake. This is a referee that won’t take any shenanigans and is letting the players know it. After his counterpunch took down the Rams’ wide receiver charging right at him, he proved to the teams that even if their players are younger and stronger, he’s still tougher. The referee brushed it off like it was nothing. Maybe he should have chosen boxing as a profession instead of becoming an NFL referee.
Nothing To Be Ashamed Of, Tom
Tom Brady is unpopular with many because of all the teams he’s knocked out on his way to his impressive five Super Bowl wins and eight appearances. Out of all of these teams, perhaps the one that hates him most is the Buffalo Bills. The Bills are the only team to make it to the Super Bowl four times in a row and lose every time. Coupled with the fact that they are forced to play in the Patriots’ division, these Bills have reason to insult Brady.
Jerry Jones Jeer
This skillfully-timed photograph should have won a Pulitzer Prize. On the left, Philip Rivers sneers at Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones after defeating his team in a preseason game. As the game plainly didn’t count for anything, it makes his hilarious face even funnier. Jones doesn’t seem to notice, which makes the snapshot all the more impressive. The teams don’t meet often because they are in different conferences, but it doesn’t appear to have been lost on Rivers that the last time the Cowboys defeated the Chargers was in 2005.
Can’t Say It’s Not Deserved
These Jets fans knew how to take the burns to a new level at this matchup with the Eagles. For those who are too young to remember, Michael Vick used to be an Atlanta Falcon. He was selected to three Pro-bowls there, thanks in no small part to his groundbreaking rushing prowess. He fell from grace, however, after it was discovered he was running a dog fighting ring and served time in prison. On his return to the NFL, he was welcomed into the Philadelphia Eagles but (deservingly) disparaged by dog lovers everywhere.
First To Be Worst
The most tragic team in the NFL over the past two decades are the Cleveland Browns. The last time they had a winning season was over 10 years ago, so fans figured the least they could do is hold a record for being the worst; at least then their names would be in the books. However, as this Lions fan points out, the Browns can’t even be the first in losing. In 2008, the Lions became first NFL team to boast a 0-16 season, a feat the Browns only managed after 11 straight years of losing seasons.
The Truth Comes Out
For some reason, Jay Cutler is just one of those NFL players fans love to hate. It wasn’t until this sign, however, that we realized that Tony Romo is just as fun to poke fun at. There are many similarities between the two: both have decent quarterback ratings, for example, but neither has ever won a Super Bowl. While similarities such as these have been long overlooked, it took a Philadelphia Eagles fan to point it out. Indeed, they are a very special breed.
Good Ol’ Goodell
Plainly not the most popular of figures in the NFL, everywhere Commissioner Roger Goodell goes he is accompanied by jeers and boos from angry fans. He is hated by many for siding with team owners instead of promoting long-ignored player safety considerations, but this New Orleans Saints fan likely hates him for swiftly punishing the Saints with the toughest sanctions on a team ever, for a deplorable bounties program that rewarded Saints players for injuring opponents. Saints fans felt unfairly punished after their team’s rise in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, which devastated their city.
Maybe we’re being too harsh on Jay Culter, as he probably is the best quarterback the Chicago Bears have ever had. That being said, this isn’t the type of face the Pittsburgh Steelers’ Ben Roethlisberger wears when he’s tied at the fourth quarter with 20 seconds left on the clock. There’s still time for a winning play, but Culter looks completely incapable of leading his teammates to victory. Maybe that’s just the difference between a winner and a loser; We’d choose number seven over number six any old day of the week.
Rocky Mountain High
While the rest of the Denver Broncos stadium appears to have bundled up in the cold Rocky Mountain winds up in Mile High Stadium, this fanatical fan is showing off his team spirit by wearing a barrel. We hope he didn’t get hypothermia dressed like that! It seems like a sure way to die of exposure. Maybe he’s keeping warm by screaming into his megaphone because his hat and gloves are certainly not enough to keep out the cold.
Finding Johnson’s Johnson
Thursday night was a very special evening for Andre Johnson of the Houston Texans. While he thought jumping into the crowd to celebrate would be fun, he got much more than he bargained for. Most of the other fans in the bleachers seem to be celebrating appropriately, the blonde woman on the left looks like she is ecstatic to get the opportunity to explore his nether parts. Johnson is the best receiver the Texans have ever had, so maybe she’s just trying to thank him for helping the team out.
Why, Of Course He’s A Steelers Fan
It’s been assumed that God is indeed a Steelers fan, as they have had more Super Bowl victories than any other team, six to be exact. Perhaps this year the Steelers will finally climb their stairway to seven rings, but only if they listen to the advice of the big guy upstairs. If you’re from Pittsburgh, the three words you’ve probably heard more than any others is “run the ball!” and their biggest fan has the same advice.
The Futility Of It All
The Browns have never won a Super Bowl but they remember well the last time they won an NFL Championship in 1964. Year after year since then, they have dropped the ball when they were doing well. After decades of struggling to win a Super Bowl, despite being in the running very often, team owner Art Modell moved the team to Baltimore and changed their name to the Ravens. Cleveland would retain a team that inherited the history and reputation, but since then they have only had two winning seasons.
Sometimes things line up just right to emphasize the irony of a given situation. Looks like this Colts fan is all partied out as the game isn’t going in his team’s favor. The TV broadcaster didn’t get the memo, however, and put an advertisement for Bud Light’s Party Zone right over a broken man who just watched his team drop the ball. What makes the whole thing much worse is that he really looks like he came prepared for the party!
It doesn’t look like Eli Manning was having a very good game at all. He just doesn’t seem to be able to focus. A full 20% of the interceptions he threw during this season were during this particular game. In typical NFL fashion, they pulled out a random statistic so specifically tailored to the game that you wonder how they found it so fast. Apparently, the last QB to have so many interceptions at the start of a season was none other than Chargers Hall of Famer Dan Fouts.
Don’t Lose Your Head
Sometimes so much is on the line during the game that people let their nerves get in the way of performing athletically. This is especially true of games played with other teams in your division because these games count for that much more. When you’re playing in front of so many people, it’s important to keep your head. Although Dre Bly of the Lions looks like he’d been decapitated, in reality he kept his cool to make an interception while under pressure.
Cowboys, Or Boy-Cows?
The NFL has been making serious efforts to extend its popularity to the other side of the pond. Little did they know that English football fans take things a bit too literally — as you can see, this pair has dressed up as boy-cows to root for their team, the Cowboys. They claim to be America’s team, but these Brits have claimed the team as their own, clearly. As the league increases its presence on the island, one of the perks is England’s peculiar humor and wit.
This picture is one of our favorites because it captures such a fantastic moment. If we’re not mistaken, that’s Ritchie James Jr. shoving mud right smack into Fred Warner’s face after sneaking up on him from behind. He never even saw it coming, poor guy. We’re not even sure which game this is from, but wow! This photographer should win a Pulitzer for knowing exactly when to open the shutter. This is clearly not Warner’s favorite moment.
Fly Like An Eagle
This looks like it could easily be a scene from Adam Sandler’s The Waterboy, but it is in fact from an NFL game. It looks like DeAndre Carter was trying to fly like an eagle to catch the ball and landed instead on the Arizona Cardinals’ Gatorade stand. One way to win is by making sure the opponent is deprived of electrolytes. Hopefully for the Philadelphia Eagles, the Cardinals didn’t have any Gatorade spare to replenish what was spilled after this incident.
Don’t Leave Me Hangin’, Bro!
It’s very hard to deny that Tom Brady is the greatest quarterback of all time, if not the greatest football player in general. He now has led his team, the New England Patriots, to six Superbowl victories. Fans have been bragging that this is two more than any other QB ever since February when he made history in one of the most boring Superbowls of all time. But as great as he is, he isn’t immune to people walking by as he tries to high-five them.
Even though Philip Rivers took a hit here and suffered a sacked at the hands of the Raiders, the camera angle and the photographer’s timing makes it look like he just needed to rest his feet for a second. His left hand is even resting comfortably on Richard Seymour’s lap in a familiar manner. It’s as if they do this all the time. We’re not even sure if the drive ended with a touchdown or who won the game, but Rivers certainly won the picture.
Is This Seat Taken?
Tight end Jason Witten retired from the Dallas Cowboys after 15 years of outstanding performances in the NFL. Surely a future Hall of Famer, you would be hard pressed to find another picture that best represents his years there. It appears that he chose then and there to sit down, much to the dismay of the defending Eagle. The two teams are also vicious rivals, which makes the image just that much sweeter for Cowboys fans commemorating Witten’s retirement.
I Feel Pretty, Oh So Pretty…
People often come dressed up to games as the thing that they feel best identifies their love for the team, and this Cowboys fan is no exception. This guy did such a good job dressing up as a cheerleader that we think he might just be doing it every other day of the week. The gap in his teeth and mustache are the topping on top of his hot get-up that comes complete with pom poms.
Pick Me, Coach
The Arizona Cardinals haven’t had the same luck as the New England Patriots at securing a dependable QB they can get behind to bring them success year after year. Kurt Warner was with them for only five years, which hardly holds a light up to the two decades Tom Brady is approaching as the franchise QB for the Pats. This little guy just needs an opportunity to prove himself on the field. Give him a chance, coach!
Roger The Clown
Roger Goodell isn’t the most popular person in the NFL. Of course, being the commissioner of the NFL is no easy task and he has to do his job, at the end of the day. In this photo specifically, New England Patriots fans here are lampooning him, which he was reportedly quite annoyed about. Their hatred of Goodell stems from his handling of the Deflategate, which ended in Tom Brady’s suspension for involvement in tampering with balls during a game being overturned in court.
T-Rac’s Favorite Snack
As far as mascots go, the Tennessee Titans’ T-Rac isn’t the worst choice. The state animal is, after all, the raccoon. T-Rac, Tennessee raccoon, get it? These critters are known for eating just about anything, and the Tennessee Titan cheerleaders are no exception. She was trying to fend him off with her pom poms as he got close, but he was too ravenous to let that faze him. He just swallowed her up like he hadn’t eaten in a week.
The Cheesesteak Play
When Chip Kelly was the coach for the Philadelphia Eagles, he found some very unique ways to disguise what plays to call, as you can see by the picture. We don’t know what it means and hopefully the opposing team didn’t understand what the play call was, either. Maybe it’s all just a ploy to make their opponents hungry for some of those delicious Philly cheesesteaks. If you’re ever in the city of brotherly love, make sure to try one of these ridiculously tasty hoagies!
He’ll Grow Out Of It
The Detroit Lions have had so many losing seasons in recent history that this poor young fan hasn’t ever seen them get anywhere close to winning the Superbowl. You may say there’s no chance they’ll win this upcoming year with the same conviction in your voice when you say there’s no such thing as Santa. As for this little guy, though, he still believes. Let’s hope he doesn’t grow out of his faith in his team, even if he does sneakily spot his parents putting his presents under the tree.
Has It Been That Long?
Being a Buffalo Bills fan may just be the saddest thing in the world. They actually went to four straight Superbowls, only to lose every single last one of them. Since then, the last time they made the playoffs was in 1999, as these fans point out. Despite being in the same division as Tom Brady and the New England Patriots, led by Bill Belichick, these fans are still supporting their team, even after two-decades worth of a playoff drought.
Having A Gay Time
Sometimes two unrelated things come together at the right time to produce a beautiful result. The cameraman thought he was capturing these two Indiana Colts in a tight embrace after they put points on the board, but just then the Saint’s Randall Gay passed into the frame. What are the chances Gay would display his surname at the right place and at the right time for the camera? Actually, something like this probably happened nearly every game he started in for the Saints.
Second Year In A Row
If this list seems saturated by Browns signs, there’s a pretty good reason. This team hasn’t had a winning season in years. Year after year, the Browns are reliably horrible. In Cleveland’s credit, fans do seem to make the best of it, always coming to games with a hopeful smile on, despite the reality that they will probably lose. This poor fan appears to have come to terms with the stark world he lives in, with his partner next to him emphasizing how truly miserable the situation is.
Rookie Of The Year
Being drafted into the NFL is a huge deal, one that carries with it a lot of pressure and responsibility. You’re given the opportunity to make it big in one of the most competitive leagues in the world, but you’re still a part of a band of brothers, meaning you have to put in work doing the less-desired jobs around the field for veteran players. This guy looks like he’s able to take it all and carry it on his shoulders without any issues.
For those unfamiliar with the sport, this picture demonstrates exactly how bad the officiation can be in the NFL. Thankfully, the organization has wised up and implemented reviews of footage in real time as part of the officiating apparatus over the years. This ensures the calls on the field are as accurate as possible, something that couldn’t be said before the age of replays. While we don’t envy the head referee trying to make sense of the situation pictured below, we certainly can laugh!