Time to vent. Though there were plenty of feel-good stories this year, this space is reserved for ranting about the most annoying sports stories of 2014.

The Bears

The BearsStacey Wescott / Chicago Tribune

It started early in the year with the news of Jay Cutler signing a seven-year, multimillion dollar deal to stay with the franchise despite bringing the Bears to one postseason appearance in five years. Though hope was stirred over the offseason with a beefed-up defense to go with "quarterback whisperer" Marc Trestman's offense, the losses piled up, and both the offense and defense fell short of expectations. Disappointment all around.

—Elise De Los Santos

 

Johnny Manziel

Johnny ManzielGetty Images

The guy spent most of the season as a backup quarterback. He's better than Tim Tebow, but have we learned nothing from that debacle? Don't give sponsorships and constant airtime to a guy who isn't playing.

—Matt Pais

 

FIFA and the IOC

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The top governing bodies for soccer and the Olympics, respectively, inspire zero confidence when it comes to addressing their integrity. Allegations of corruption abound. At this rate, will any of their future events be held in countries where people actually want to go?

—Chris Sosa



The Rickettses vs. the Wrigleyville rooftop owners

Cubs vs. rooftop ownersJose M. Osorio / Chicago Tribune

Something tells us this battle isn't over yet, but with the Cubs breaking ground on Wrigley Field renovations, the rooftop owners seem to have lost ground. They put up a good fight throughout 2014, arguing with owners the Ricketts family about the placement of script signs and the square footage of video boards that, they argued, would affect their businesses.

—Elise De Los Santos



The NFL's handling of important issues

NFL's mishandling of problemsReuters

From domestic violence to concussions, terrible issues are facing the NFL right now, and how many times has the league responded in a way that's earned praise?

—Matt Pais



Derrick Rose backlash

Derrick Rose backlashArmando L. Sanchez / Chicago Tribune

The man's been an NBA MVP for crying out loud, and yet fans went nuts over some comments he made about preserving his body for the future. Way, way overblown. For everyone's sake, let's hope he puts all that to rest (see what we did there?) with a title in June.

—Chris Sosa



Carmelo Anthony nonsense

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He said he wanted to come to the Bulls but couldn't imagine leaving New York and wants to change his image. Never mind that the Knicks are terrible and reports indicate he's lousy to his teammates. Maybe there's a reason people see you as a ballhog who can't win?

—Matt Pais



Sochi Olympics

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Though the U.S. finished second in the medal count behind host Russia, the Americans had disappointing results in speedskating and snowboarding, both sports the U.S. had dominated in the past and were expected to bring home gold in.

—Elise De Los Santos



LeBron James' return to Cleveland

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LeBron's vacation in Miami lasted only a few years, and he announced his return to the Cavaliers with—what else?—a spread in Sports Illustrated proclaiming, "I'm Coming Home." Slightly classier than 2010's blown-out TV special "The Decision." Slightly.

—Elise De Los Santos



Fan haters

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Know this, pro athletes (looking at you, Kyle Long and Lamarr Houston): Even if you're right on the money, it doesn't pay to pick a fight with your own fans. It's not really fair—we get it. But you have to brush off the boos and move on.

—Chris Sosa



Chris Sosa is RedEye's sports editor.

Matt Pais is RedEye's movies and music editor.

Elise De Los Santos is a RedEye copy editor.