Kate Upton and the Best Dancers in Sports
Model Kate Upton recently set the interwebs on fire with her rendition of the Cat Daddy. Her moves were impressive, but it didn't hurt that she was donning the same teeny bikini she wore on the cover of the 2012 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.
This wasn't the first time Utpon's moves have made headlines. Just a year earlier, her rendition of The Dougie from the stands at a Clippers game became full-on viral sensation—it's been viewed over six million times on YouTube.
Obviously we know she can shake it, but she's not the only one in sports who can bust a move. And I'm not talking about ballroom, Dancing with the Stars, kind of dancing. Bleh. I'm talking about busting out some impromptu dance moves on the fly or an impressive (and unexpected) coordinated dance.
Let's take a look at 25 of the best dancers in sports—and a couple of honorable mentions.
Honorable Mention: Jimmer Fredette, Sacramento Kings
The first of a couple of honorable mentions, Kings rookie Jimmer Fredette, impressed the crowd at the All-Star game in 2012, by putting the white boy spin on some classic moves.
Honorable Mention: Jags Fan
This Jags fan busting a move at a home game isn't exactly what one may call a "good" dancer, but I really admire his confidence and enthusiasm. Rock on dude, rock on.
Honorable Mention: Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos
I'm not sure how well, or even if, Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning dances when he's not on Saturday Night Live—so he didn't earn an official spot on the list. But if he has moves anything like this in his repertoire, I'm in.
25. England Cricket Team
When the England cricket team won the fourth Vodafone Ashes Test at the MCG in Australia in late 2010, they performed the sprinkler (collectively) for the Barmy Army.
24. Martin Brodeur, New Jersey Devils
Hockey is a pretty serious game. Fans are treated to 60 minutes of intense action, bone crushing checks and the occasional on-ice beat down—just another day at the office for the players.
Fans are not usually treated to the on-ice-dancing of future Hall of Fame goaltenders, which is what makes Devils' goalie Martin Brodeur rocking out before the game such a welcome treat.
23. Tobi, Brazil
In May 2012, Brazilian player Tobi was issued a red card by the officials during the course of the game. No soccer player is ever pleased to receive a red card and usually they express their displeasure through some kind of hostile scene.
Tobi went another direction entirely—he performed the Moonwalk in protest.
22. NBA Mascots
I realize that not everyone loves mascots as much as I do, so I apologize if their inclusion on this lists angers you. But it's pretty hard for most of us to dance and not look like idiots on our own.
I find it pretty impressive that people dressed in giant furry costumes are able to put most of the population to shame, dance wise.
21. Jerry Rice, NFL Analyst
Niners legend Jerry Rice knows how to move on and off the field—he did come in second on ABC's Dancing with the Stars. Here he is learning how to do the Soulja Boy.
20. Pittsburgh Penguins Fan
Every professional sports team has a couple of ridiculous musical staples that you can expect to hear blaring at every home game. For the Penguins, one of those ridiculous staples is the 90s novelty tune "Cotton Eyed Joe."
This fan has obviously been perfecting his moves over the years and has got his hoedown routine down pat. The announcers even note that this must be a regular occurrence because everyone around him was encouraging him to get up.
19. Steve Nash, Phoenix Suns
In 2008, Steve Nash and Baron Davis starred in this Step Brothers spoof. The video became an instant sensation, but the real star of this show is Nash's dance moves. He puts on a show for Davis around the 50 second mark.
Nash also showcased his moves in this car commercial from awhile back.
18. DeMarcus Cousins, Sacramento Kings
During the 2010 NBA Rookie Camp, standout rookies John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins competed for the title of best dancer. It's a judgement call as to which of them reigned supreme, but since John Wall appears later on this list, let's just give it to Cousins.
17. Dancing Goalie
And another goalie makes the list! In December 2011, this kid was filmed celebrating his team's tournament victory to the tune of LMFAO's stupid song of the moment, "Sexy and I Know It."
16. San Diego Chicken
The San Diego Chicken is one of the most prolific mascots in history. I realize when you're talking about a grown man dressed as a chicken, it's a sliding scale, but be that as it may.
I'm not sure if the things on his Wikipedia are even true, but if they are, he should really be in talks with Hollywood to make a movie of his life story. Check out the Chicken dance battling...Barney?
15. Mike Greenberg, ESPN
ESPN's Mike Greenberg is well-known for his chair dancing and otherwise just being kind of a nerd with bad taste in music. So when it was announced that he'd be performing a Dancing with the Stars style routine after losing his March Madness bracket, nobody expected him to do anything except embarrass himself.
As it turns out though, Greenie has actually got some moves. He impressed everyone, including his skeptical wife who was judging the contest.
14. LeBron James, Miami Heat
NBA superstar LeBron James is often seen moving to the beats with teammate and BFF Dwyane Wade. But that's nothing new—King James used to break it down all the time back in Cleveland, too.
In fact, his moves were so fierce that they were known to throw Bulls star Joakim Noah into an angry, jealous rage.
13. Ottawa Senators Fan
There is only one word for this Senators fan's unexpected dance performance: awesome.
Equally as awesome is the absolutely stunned and giddy reactions of the people sitting all around him. Be sure to check out the guy sitting directly behind him.
12. Layla, WWE Diva
If you're a WWE fan, you know that the Divas are known more for their stripping and dancing than for wrestling. Not that there's anything wrong with that. Diva Layla is one of the best dancers in the bunch—her moves are hot enough to make you forget that she's wearing a Miami Heat jersey.
11. Daylon Trotman, Boston Celtics Fan
After little Daylon Trotman was spotted dancing on the JumboTron at a Celtics game, he was invited on the Ellen show for a repeat performance. He is absolutely fantastic—but I really hate it when little kids are more talented at the age of five than I will ever be in my life.
10. Harry the Hawk and Company
In 2009, the Atlanta Hawks' mascot Harry the Hawk performed a dance number for the crowd and brought a couple of friends along to perform with him. Harry was joined by the mascots for the Braves and Thrashers and the three rocked it hard.
9. Shaquille O'Neal, NBA Analyst
Shaquille O'Neal's dance moves are the stuff of legends these days. He showcased them on the regular throughout his NBA career—including a few memorable appearances at the All-Star game.
You really can't go wrong when it comes to picking a video of Shaq dancing, but my all-time favorite has got to be his dance off with Justin Beiber from his old show Shaq Vs.
8. Brian Wilson, San Francisco Giants
In October 2011, Giants pitcher Brian Wilson appeared in a video for Ed Lee, the (then) interim mayor of San Francisco. The "2 Legit 2 Quit" video also featured MC Hammer, will.i.am, and Ashkon.
I recommend checking out the full video, but this is Wilson's behind the scenes portion. He dons Hammer pants and busts out some awesome dance moves that I haven't seen in decades.
8. Venom Vipers Fan
You gotta love an enthusiastic fan of minor league hockey—that is some serious dedication to the game. In late 2011, Vipers TV caught this fan on camera and his dance had to have brought down the house.
Granted, his two friends look shockingly uninterested, and most of the other seats are empty—but there's no denying that this guy should have been the game's first star.
7. Stacy Keibler, Former WWE Diva
Former WWE Diva Stacy Keibler's third place finish on Season 2 of ABC's Dancing with the Stars showed she has some pretty impressive dance skills.
Personally, I've never seen the show, but I already knew about her moves from her days with the WWE. Keibler was never shy about shaking her stuff for the rowdy audience—in a much more risque dance style.
6. USF and UConn Baseball Teams
During the Big East baseball tournament in 2009, there was a rain delay during the game between USF and UConn. If you've ever experienced a rain delay at a baseball game, you know it's a pretty uneventful occurrence.
This rain delay, however, was probably more entertaining than the actual game. To the delight of the audience, and later the entire Internet, USF and UConn battled in a dance off to kill time. There are worse ways to spend a five hour rain delay.
5. Jack Milos, Vancouver Canucks Fan
In March 2012, Jack Milos captivated the crowd at a Canucks game by showcasing his dance moves to LMFAO's "Sexy and I Know It." The crowd absolutely loved it—and so did I! This kid is amazing.
4. John Wall, Washington Wizards
After being drafted by the Wizards, Kentucky star John Wall had a very memorable introduction to the NBA. At the first Wizards home game, Wall set the standard for athletes doing The Dougie, when he performed it during his introduction to the crowd.
3. Dwight Howard, Orlando Magic
Everyone knows Magic big man Dwight Howard is a pretty funny guy when he's not embroiled in the potential trade saga that has been playing out in Orlando or showing up to Stan Van Gundy's press conference and making things awkward.
Howard is like an overgrown kid who loves nothing more than practical jokes, prank calls and busting a move. There are a number of videos out there of Howard showcasing his moves, but none better than his video homage to Beyonce's "Single Ladies."
2. Kate Upton, SI Model
When Kate Upton did her jiggly rendition of The Dougie at a Clippers game in April 2011, it became an instant Internet sensation—and understandably so. I wouldn't have though she could top it, but Ms. Upton apparently was willing to give it a shot.
And top it she did. A little over a year later, fashion photographer Terry Richardson brilliantly convinced Kate to release a follow up. Only this time she did the Cat Daddy dressed in the barely there bikini she donned on the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.
The results were exponentially sexier and jigglier.
1. Jeremy Fry, Boston Celtics Fan
This video of Celtics fan Jeremy Fry performing to Bon Jovi's "Living on a Prayer" went viral a few years ago, but I actually just saw it for the first time the other day. Let's just say…it changed my life.
Fry's impromptu performance to one of my favorite 80's classics is, quite seriously, one of the best things I've ever seen on the Internet. If not the very best. Sorry I'm late to the game raving about this, but it's just that amazing.