• CHRIS CULLIVER
The 49ers' backup cornerback used the platform of Super Bowl XLVII to share his views on homosexual players in the locker room: "We don't got no gay people on the team. They gotta get up outta here if they do. Can't be with that sweet stuff." Culliver apologized before his team lost to the Ravens 34--31.
• RORY MCILROY
After struggling for two months with new gear and a balky swing, the world No. 1 was seven over through eight holes in the second round of the Honda Classic when he withdrew, citing distraction from a lingering toothache. He ended the year winless and embroiled in a bitter legal fight with his ex-agent.
• MARTY MAGID
The former agent of Broncos linebacker ELVIS DUMERVIL blew his client's renegotiation with Denver when the contract Magid faxed arrived six minutes after the league deadline. Dumervil fired him and signed with the Ravens for $1.5 million less in guaranteed money and a lower average salary.
• ED RUSH After Arizona coach Sean Miller was hit with a controversial technical during a 66--64 loss to UCLA in the Pac-12 tournament, allegations surfaced that Rush, the conference's director of officiating, had offered money or a free trip to any refs who T'ed up Miller. The Pac-12 announced that Rush had been joking, but he later resigned.
• LARRY SANDERS The Bucks' center cost himself six weeks on the court after he needed surgery to repair a torn thumb ligament sustained in a bar fight on Nov. 3. No charges have been filed following the incident, and Milwaukee has gone 1--8 without Sanders, who signed a four-year $44 million extension in August.
*For SI's complete list of this year's turkeys, go to SI.com/mag
SIGN OF THE APOCALYPSE
Two assistants at a Tennessee high school were fired—and arrested—after they were caught defacing their own field house with faux graffiti to fire up their team before a rivalry game.
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