10/31/2011 05:03 pm ET | Updated Dec 31, 2011

Tony La Russa, Brian Cushing And The Lamest Excuses In Sports

We all know a lame excuse when we hear one. We were spouting them out when we were nine years old and wanted to stay home from school to play Tecmo Bowl.

But we never verbalized our excuses publicly. Maybe it's because we're not famous, or maybe it's because our excuses aren't as epically poor as the ones you're about to read about.

Here they are: the lamest excuses in sports.