Top 10 Epic Moments of Sports Rage — TopTenzNet

Top 10 Epic Moments of Sports Rage — TopTenzNet


10 Epic Moments of Sports Rage 10. Sergio Garcia’s Shoe Toss Golf is generally thought of as a gentleman’s
game, with a genteel atmosphere of hushed voices and verdant greens. Until it’s not.
Throughout his career, Spanish golfer Sergio Garcia has had trouble keeping his cool when
the game isn’t going his way. Perhaps his most famous tantrum came early in his career,
at 1999’s World Match Play Wentworth tournament. He was only 19 at the time, but the rising
golf star was playing at a high level. However, it didn’t take much to bring out his inner
bratty teenager. After missing a shot that had bedeviled him all week, sending his ball
off the tee of the 15th hole and into the trees in what was a very tight contest with
Retief Goosen, Garcia’s rage bubbled over. He took off one of his shoes and hurled it
into a spectator area. When it was returned, courtesy of his manager, Garcia kicked the
shoe, narrowly missing the head of match referee John Grant. 9. Roger Clemens Throws a Bat at Mike Piazza Tensions were already high in Game 2 of the
2000 “subway series” World Series between the New York Mets and the New York Yankees,
with the previous evening’s game having gone into extra innings, when Mets’ catcher
Mike Piazza came up to bat in the first inning. Adding to the drama, earlier that summer,
Roger Clemens had hit Piazza in the head with a fastball, resulting in a concussion that
forced Piazza to skip the All-Star game. Piazza described that pitch, which could have caused
even more serious injury, as “definitely intentional.” As Piazza swung to hit the pitch, his bat
shattered, sending wooden pieces toward the pitching mound. Clemens picked up a shard
and threw it in the direction of Piazza, who was running for first base. While Clemens
claimed, “there was no intent [to hit Piazza] there,” the benches emptied, and the moment
would become one of the most memorable, and infamous, of the Subway Series, which the
Yankees would go on to win. 8. Serena Williams Chews Out a Line Judge The second set of the 2009 US Open womens’
semifinals was a hotly contested battle between defending champion Serena Williams and unseeded,
unranked Kim Clijsters. Clijsters’ advance in the tournament had come as a bit of surprise.
While she had won the 2005 US Open, the 2009 tournament was only her third since emerging
from retirement. Nonetheless, Clijsters was off to a strong start, taking the first set
6-4. The second set appeared to be leaning toward
Clijsters as well, as Williams was serving at 5-6, 15-30. Williams faulted on her first
serve. On the second serve, a line judge called a foot fault, making it a double-fault, a
call rarely seen in tennis matches at this level. An angry Williams advanced toward the
line judge, shaking the ball at her and unleashing an f-bomb laden rant, screaming, “I swear
to God I’m [expletive] going to take this [expletive] ball and shove it down your [expletive]
throat.” Williams was an assessed a code violation with a mandatory point penalty,
and since this was match point, Clijsters won the match as a result. Williams, who apologized
for her reaction but who also maintains that the call was a bad one, was fined $10,500
by the US Open for her outburst. 7. John McEnroe’s Swedish Meltdown In 1984, John McEnroe was at the top of the
tennis world, winning 78 out of 80 of the matches in which he competed. In addition
to his spectacular record, his scrappy style (many tennis experts felt he lacked proper
form) and angry demeanor, with several on-court outbursts, combined to make him a focal point
in mens’ tennis. While McEnroe’s explosive temper was demonstrated
on numerous occasions, perhaps the most infamous display came at the 1984 Swedish Open. When
the chair umpire calls McEnroe’s serve out, he approaches the judge and fumes, “That
ball was right on the line, right on the line,” he yells. “You’ve made no mistakes in
this match yet, right? No mistakes whatsoever?” When the umpire doesn’t respond, McEnroe
continues, “Answer the question! The question jerk!” A few moments later, after losing
his serve, McEnroe violently explodes, striking his tennis bag with his racket, swiping his
racket across a table holding water before almost sitting down, then returning to strike
the table, splashing spectators, which McEnroe claims included the King of Sweden, in the
front row. McEnroe calls this tantrum his most embarrassing tennis moment, though he
did ultimately win the tournament where it took place. 6. Jose Offerman’s Bat Attack Exactly what happened during an infamous 2007
independent league baseball game between the Long Island Ducks and the Bridgeport Bluefish
is still debated. Jose Offerman, a former All-Star in the latter stages of his baseball
career, was hit by a pitch in the second inning. Bat in hand, Offerman charged the pitching
mound. “I lost it for about 10 seconds,” Offerman would subsequently report. Offerman claims that while he did charge the
mound, he had a last minute change of heart and never swung his bat. John Nathans, catcher
for the Bluefish, tells a different a different story. He says that when he ran to the mound
to defend his pitcher, Offerman cracked him in the head with a baseball bat, causing postconcussion
syndrome and ending Nathans’ professional baseball career. While the lack of video footage
made determining the facts difficult, Offerman was arrested after the game based on witness
statements. A jury later convicted him of assault (though found him not liable for battery),
awarding Nathans $940,000 for his injuries. 5. Bobby Knight Throws a Chair College basketball coach Bobby Knight was
never known for his calm, detached demeanor during his team’s games. Angry pacing and
aggressive yelling were the hallmarks of his coaching style. That’s how the 1985 game
between Knight’s Indiana Hoosiers and Purdue began as well. After one of Knight’s players,
forward Daryl Thomas, was whistled for his second (questionable) foul of the game, Knight
Knight exploded. Cursing audibly from the sideline, he was given a technical foul. Continuing to the berate the referee, Knight
furiously picks up a chair and chucks it across the court. The outburst would earn him a total
of three technical fouls and ejection from the game. Knight departed to cheers from the
crowd and the Indiana fight song, though the Hoosiers subsequently lost the game. Knight’s
temper would eventually be his undoing; after being placed on “zero tolerance” probation
after choking a student, Knight allegedly grabbed another student and lectured him about
the need to show respect. IU President Myles Brand promptly fired Knight. 4. Mike Tyson Bites Evander Holyfield’s
Ear Boxing is, by nature, a violent sport. However,
even boxing fans were shocked by what they witnessed in 1997’s World Boxing Association
heavyweight title fight in Las Vegas, NV. The fight was a rematch between Mike Tyson
and Evander Holyfield. The two fighters had last met in the ring the previous November,
where Holyfield had badly beaten Tyson. The match was not going Tyson’s way. In
the first two rounds, all official cards showed Holyfield ahead. Tyson had sustained a gash
over his eye and was angry that what he saw as head-butts from Holyfield (including the
exchange that had produced the gash) were not addressed by the referee. Speaking about
the fight subsequently, Tyson explained his anger, saying, “He butted me in the second
round and he butted me again…nobody would help me. This is my career? What am I supposed
to do?” Definitely not what he ended up doing: biting Holyfield in the ear, tearing
out a portion. Warned by the referee, Tyson then bit Holyfield again and was disqualified.
He exited the arena to boos and had to be restrained from confronting a fan who threw
a bottle at him. 3. Izzy Alcantara’s Face Kick One of baseball’s most infamous brawls occurred
during a July 2001 minor league game between the Pawtucket Red Sox and the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre
Red Barons. Red Sox player Izzy Alcantara, the league home run and batting average leader,
came up to bat and became enraged when Red Barons pitcher Blas Cedeno brushed him back
with an inside pitch. While it’s not entirely unheard-of for batters
to charge the mound after being hit by a pitch, Alcantara took his revenge to a whole new
level. Alcantara did head toward the mound to take a swing at Cedeno, but not before
karate kicking Red Barons catcher Jeremy Salazar in the facemask. A benches-clearing brawl
ensued and 4 players, including Cedeno and Alcantara, received fines and suspensions
for their participation in the melee. 2. Zenedine Zidane’s Headbutt Zenedine Zidane had a long and distinguished
professional football career, having been recognized for his unparalleled technical
prowess as an attacking midfielder. His 2001 contract with Real Madrid, made him the most
expensive footballer in the world at the time. So when Zidane emerged from retirement to
play for his native France in the 2006 World Cup, it seemed like the perfect capstone to
his storied football career. The fairy tale ending appeared within reach as France advanced,
eventually facing off with Italy in the finals. Zidane played admirably throughout the match,
but regulation time ended with the fairly evenly matched teams tied at 1. As the game moved into extra time, things
started to go wrong for Zidane. Italian defender Marco Materazzi had dogged the French squad
throughout the game with his persistent and aggressive style. After Zidane and Materazzi
tangled just outside France’s 18 yard box, the trash talk between the two players escalated,
with Materazzi allegedly insulting Zidane’s sister. Zidane lost it, leveling Materazzi
with a headbutt to the chest. Zidane received a red card for his actions, ejected minutes
before he could realize what he had no doubt envisioned as a triumphant end to his professional
career. In his absence, France fell 5-3 to Italy on penalties. 1. Ron Artest and the “Malice at the Palace”
Brawl On November 19, 2004, the Detroit Pistons
were on the cusp of losing to their division rivals, the Indiana Pacers. With less than
a minute left, the Pistons were down by 15. Pistons center Ben Wallace headed for a layup,
only to be bumped from behind by the Pacers’ Ron Artest (who now goes by “Metta World
Peace”). Wallace responded by hitting Artest in the throat, sending him backwards. Though
the situation seemed volatile, Artest had moved to the scorers’ table while the referees
attempted to restore order. That’s when the fans got involved, with
one tossing a cup of beer that hit Artest. Furious, Artest, along with several other
players, entered the stands, throwing punches and looking for retribution. The 90-second
brawl that ensued would result in a total of 146 games worth of suspensions for nine
players on both teams, with the toughest penalty falling on Artest, who was suspended for the
rest of the season, missing out on 86 games and nearly $5 million in lost salary. Confronted
with negative press, including video footage of the scary and volatile atmosphere of the
incident that would be known as “Malice at the Palace,” the NBA implemented changes,
increasing security, adding a new fan code of conduct, and restricting the sale of alcohol
late in the game.

100 Replies to “Top 10 Epic Moments of Sports Rage — TopTenzNet”

  1. Wow and I thought my father could have a temper. Interesting bunch of tempter tantrums but I doubt I would have wanted to be there to witness any of them firsthand.

  2. Juan Marichal using a bat on John Roseboro. I know it was almost 50 years ago, but there are photos.
    Roger Clemens denied that he was throwing the bat at Piazza, just like he denied swearing at the home plate umpire during a playoff game, or taking PEDs.

  3. I'm surprised there was only one soccer incident mentioned here…Luis Suarez taking a nice bite out of an Italian player during the Italy-Uruguay match at the 2014 World Cup was definitely one of the more memorable rage-filled sports moments

  4. Would have loved to of seen Barry Halls punch (from AFL so understandable it not being in here) it was pure aggression from one of the sports most intense players

  5. Ctrl+F "Bruins"

    No mention of the 1979 Bruins-Rangers hockey game. I guess because it's hockey.

    December 23, 1979. The Bruins beat the Rangers 4 to 3 with a last minute save by Gerry Cheevers against Phil Esposito. And to add insult to injury, Al Secord from the Bruins skates up and punches the Rangers’ Ulf Nilsson. Why? Because Nilsson punched him first earlier in the game. It was a revenge punch.

    So the Rangers and the Bruins stare menacingly at each other in a big scrum in the middle of the ice, not fighting yet. Then a fight between a single Bruin and a single Ranger breaks out. Pretty standard fare. But then a fan, John Kaptain, interrupts the fight by thwacking the Bruins' Stan Jonathan with a rolled up piece of hockey game literature. In a remarkable show of restraint, Jonathan doesn't attack Kaptain yet. He throws his stick up to protect himself from further beatings. So Kaptain steals his hockey stick. But Jonathan still doesn't attack Kaptain yet.

    Instead, the Bruins' Terry O'Reilly does. Then Peter McNab. Then ALL the Bruins start climbing into the stands like its The Battle Of Helm's Deep or something to lay chaos and smackdown on Kaptain, and all who would oppose them. And it was ALL the Bruins. Even Mike Milbury, who was in the locker room at the time, heard about the fight and ran out to help the rest of the Bruins. Milbury ended up stealing one of Kaptain's shoes and hitting him with it.

    Absolute madmen. But what loyalty for them all to assemble and fight as one.

  6. Purdue and Evander have slightly different accented syllables. Wilkes-Barre is also pronounced a little differently…not that I blame you. No one seems to know that one: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talk%3AWilkes-Barre,_Pennsylvania#Pronunciation And I'm not being negatively critical. I just know how crazy it drives me when someone not from the area says Louisville, Kentucky. I figure other people probably feel the same. People in Purdue, for instance, take it pretty seriously. Not in a rude way; Indiana is just passionate about a few things…basketball, various universities in the state, and being Hoosiers instead of Indianians. I like Indianians, myself.

  7. So a basketball player attacks a fan (who was a dick, no one's arguing that) and the changes made all deal with the fans? Okay. It seems it's done some good. I don't watch a lot of pro-basketball and am no expert; it just seems weird.

  8. No Eric Cantona kung-fu kicking a Crystal Palace fan, leaping over the advertising boards to do so? Much more worthy of inclusion than tennis players swearing.

    And then there's Joey Barton of Newcastle United, at the time, picking a fight with his own team mate during a match.

  9. You seem to have a grasp of the English language, being British and all, which makes me wonder how you mispronounce so many words. How can you possibly mispronounce evander and artest? It's not that hard

  10. Mike Millbury beating a fan with a shoe?!?! that doesn't make your list?!?!?! what gives man seriously?!?!?! no hockey? Patric Roy losing it on the crowd in Montreal and then storming off telling the teams gm he's done! Todd Bertuzzi ending Steve Moores career? so on and so on.

  11. Just a couple helpful corrections: E-VAN-Der (pronounce like you would a van that one would drive) and Holy (holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty…) and not like the "holly" one might find on a tree or bush. Thanks.

  12. there's clearly only one 'l' in holyfield. why are you pronouncing it like my name? the first name mispronunciation is acceptable, because of the word 'evan', but the bastardisation of the last name is not.

  13. Oh man, you guys included some of the very best, minus one, the big blowout between Detroit Red Wings and the Colorado Avalanche!

  14. 1. Hal McCrae going nuts on journalists and leaving one of them bloody
    2. George Brett pine tar incident
    3. Anything by Ilie Nastase, Jimmy Connors, or JOhn McEnroe

  15. If you're gonna have Tennis-complaining in list of All Time Sports Meltdowns…maybe have some audio of all the tirades? Instead of u reading manuscript of a few lines.
    You limey tosser.

  16. What confuses me is that in order to mispronounce EVERY person you ever mention you genuinely can't have either heard nor read a single news article about ANYTHING you ever talk about. His name is pronounced e van der.

  17. 2000 MLB Season, Red Sox vs Devil Rays. Three bench clearing brawls and three Rays pitchers ejected for beaning the Sox player they thought was responsible for the first brawl. Best baseball game ever.

  18. Simon I love your voice, narration style and accent but how you pronounced Evander Holyfield was a little too crazy. Still infinitely better than Chillz or whatever from Top5 or Alltime10 or whichever channel he's on. Keep up the awesome work!

  19. Mike Tyson is a force to be reckoned with. His trash talking is bar none & he'll put the big hurt on anyone who wants to scrap. Mike will forever be an immortal, only being lost to time by the shameless & out of touch.

  20. What about Eric Cantona fly kicking a crazy crystal palace fan while playing for Man utd, thought that would be number one for sure.

  21. That Italy guy did one of the best embellishments in football history! I mean, to be fair to him, a headbutt to the chest WILL hurt, but the way he fell defies my understanding of Newtonian physics

  22. im kinda shocked that there was no hockey on here. the game is rough enough, but us fans get into more brutal fights than the teams do.

  23. What about the brawl with the Bruins in the stands when Don Cherry was coaching. I was just a kid but I remember it well

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