Ranking the most hated figures in Boston sports history: Who's the biggest villain in Beantown?

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Ranking the most hated figures in Boston sports history: Who's the biggest villain in Beantown?

20. Bernard Pollard

Pollard may not be a household name, but he surely is in New England. The safety was responsible for Tom Brady's torn ACL in Week 1 that cost him essentially the entire season. The Pats sustained some success with Matt Cassell under center, going 11-5. Cassell's wallet was the biggest beneficiary.

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19. Adam Vinatieri

The kicker is partially responsible for New England's three rings from 2001 through 2004, but Vinatieri left the Pats to join the rival Indianapolis Colts in 2006 -- where he's remained ever since. 

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18. Kobe Bryant

The Lakers-Celtics rivalry will likely never burn as hot as it did in the 1980s, but Kobe was responsible for Boston's most recent Finals ouster in 2010.

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17. Roger Clemens

A hot prospect in 1986, Rocket spent 13 years in Boston. After eventually switching allegiances to the Yankees in 1999 and spending six years in pinstripes -- winning three championships -- Bean Town's opinion on their homegrown ace has dramatically shifted.

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16. Bill Laimbeer

NBA title contenders of the 1980s in the Eastern Conference all had one chronic, gigantic thorn in their side: Bill Laimbeer. The Celtics weren't immune. Detroit knocked Boston out of the playoffs in 1988, 1989 and 1991 -- and you know Laimbeer had a lot to do with it. 

(AP Photo/Peter Southwick)

15. Ulf Samuelsson

In the 1990s, it was difficult to find a Bruins fan that would point out a different public enemy No. 1. Samuelsson delivered a knee-to-knee check on Boston's Cam Neely in 1991, and his career was never quite the same. 

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14. David Tyree

It's hard to hate David Tyree for the spectacular play he made in Super Bowl 42, pressing the football to his helmet on a hail mary pass from Eli Manning late int he game. But the play effectively cost New England a championship.

(AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

13. Roger Goodell

Formerly in the good graces of Pats owner Robert Kraft, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell's four-game suspension of Tom Brady and heavy discipline laid down upon the organization over the Deflategate have turned the tables.

(AP Photo/Brandon Wade)

12. LeBron James

The C's nabbed one title in 2008 with their original Big Three, but it was another trio that stopped them from adding to that total. LeBron James led Miami to a number of series victories over Boston, but none more important than the 2012 Eastern Conference Finals, which Boston once led three games to two. 

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11. Magic Johnson

The Celtics and Lakers put on a number of epic battles in the 1980s, but if it wasn't for Magic Johnson, Boston would likely have come away with at least two more rings.

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10. Eli and Peyton Manning

These two have stolen more rings from New England than a jewelry store thief. 

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9. Derek Jeter

This is more out of principle than anything. Nobody actually despises Derek Jeter. But for all the harm he's done to Red Sox teams over the last 20 years, he's undoubtedly deserving here.

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8. Jacoby Ellsbury

There's nothing worse than a beloved Sox willingly signing on with the pinstripes for a boatload of money. But Jecoby Ellsbury wasn't the first, and won't be the last. 

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7. Johnny Damon

See Ellsbury. Although Damon's transformation was much more painful, given his visible makeover.

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6. Alex Rodriguez

Every fanbase has some sort of distaste for A-Rod, but he hasn't drawn ire from anyone quite like Sox Nation. 

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5. Grady Little

Little's 188-136 (.580) mark over two years as Sox manager are lost in history. His inability to pull Pedro Martinez from Game 7 of the 2003 ALCS cost Boston a pennant, and Little his job.

(AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

4. Aaron Boone

A third baseman who put up a respectable career with the Cincinnati Reds, Boone will always be remembered a Yankee. Even though the 2003 World Series would be his last appearance with the team.

(AP Photo/Bill Kostroun, File)

3. Bucky Dent

A career .239 hitter over his six-year Yankee tenure with 27 total home runs, it was a dinger over the Green Monster that defined Bucky Dent's career.

(AP Photo/Ray Stubblebine, File)

2. Bill Buckner

Responsible for the most inexplicable error in baseball history, Buckner's error capped off an epic Boston collapse during the ninth inning of Game 6 of the 1986 World Series.

(AP Photo/Rusty Kennedy)

1. Babe Ruth

If you have a curse named after you that spans multiple generations over 86 years, you're inarguably the biggest villain known to the sports world.

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The city of Boston is certainly familiar with the feeling of angst, and its fans have been known to let their emotions rain down upon the sports figures they despise the most.

It's a routine passed down through generations. But now, to some of the city's sports lovers, there's a new (temporary) face of disappointment: Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh, who officially shot down the city's 2024 Olympic bid.

The bid had been opposed by several in the community, but for certain sports fans, this is surely an opportunity to get some pent up aggression off their chests. Click through the gallery above to find Boston's biggest enemies of all time -- hint: Mayor Walsh hasn't quite cracked the list just yet.

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