I've been watching sports for the better part of three decades now and it still amazes me that after all that time I still see new and amazing feats of athleticism and courage.
These moments, however, contain neither. Some are meant to be funny while others are so tragic they end up being humorous. Either way, sit back relax and enjoy my favorite comical moments and/or personalities.
No doubt the funniest moment I have ever seen in person. This one gets lost in all the drama of the 1999 NLCS between the Mets and the Braves that would follow it but in Game Three someone hits a weak foul ball down the line that heads towards the newly installed VIP rows down the RF line. Fans eagerly reach out to try and make a play on the ball and then it happens. The whole wall gives out and VIP's start tumbling and spilling onto the field.
No one is hurt and the wall is put back rather quickly but the memory of that VIP wave keeps me warm on cold winter days. (If anyone has video of this, please email me:)
In 1996, FOX did a lot of experimenting with microphones on the field. Most of it was fruitless but it paid off big time in the fifth inning of Game One of the World Series when the crime dog hit a home run off the foul pole which provided one of the best sound bytes in baseball comedy history.
Fox must have had a mic on that pole because on TV you hear the gong of the ball followed by 50,000 people all groaning in unison. Don't worry Yankees fans, you guys still won it in six.
Olympic mascots have a long an honored tradition of being weird as all hell, but there is special place in the WTF hall of fame for Izzy. For those of you fortunate enough to have forgotten Izzy, I'll refresh your memory. Izzy was the psychedelic nightmare we trotted out for the '96 summer games in Atlanta. The cock-eyed googly eyes. The weird lightning eyebrows. The creepy "package."
What is Izzy? No one knows. A bug perhaps, or maybe some kind of small animal. What I do know is that Izzy creeps me right the $@#* out.
It's not easy to get respect as a journeyman in the MLB. Just ask Adam Riggs.
While playing for the Angels in 2003 Riggs took the field wearing, unbeknown to him, a misprinted uniform featuring two E's and no L. For that reason Riggs goes into the history books as the only player to ever play for the Anaheim "ANGEES".
Speaking of wardrobe malfunctions... A pair of ripped pants is always good for a laugh or two but how about the antics of one Steve "Psycho" Lyons on the night of July 16th, 1990. Lyons slid headfirst into first to beat out a bunt. He got up to brush himself off and out of sheer reflex, proceeded to drop his pants to get the dirt out. It wasn't until a few seconds later and quite a crowd reaction that Psycho realized what he had done and quickly yanked his pants back up.
It's hard to choose a favorite "Sean Avery is a dirtbag" moment. For me it came when he decided during the Stanley Cup Playoffs in 2008 to further his rep by seeing how much he could torment Marty Brodeur and get away with.
Much to my chagrin at the time, Avery posted himself in front of Marty with his back to the play and proceeded to stick his stick in the face of Brodeur and just wave it around. Not against the rules, but about as amateur a play as you can find at this level. Even his own teammates didn't know how to react, with some of them yelling at him to get his "stick down" and "knock it off."
But Avery wouldn't stop there, calling Brodeur "fatso" during a post game interview. Makes you wonder why no team seems to keep this guy around for more than a year.
By far my favorite of all NFL coaching rants. Denny Green's "They are who we thought they were" speech still makes me laugh to this day with an honorable mention going to Jim Mora for his "Playoffs!" tirade.
A guy in a green fur suit battling a fat guy who went on TV pushing diet shakes and coined the term "sensible dinner." The hilarity pretty much writes itself.
Behind this whole scenario is the hilarious idea that in this day and age, we still eject managers from baseball games as if that is some kind of punishment. As if there is no way a manager could relay his instructions to his coaches in the slowest moving of all American sports. The suspension of disbelief required is almost at a WWE level.
Regardless, Bobby Valentine challenged that logic as only he could during a game against the Braves in 1999 when, after being ejected, he donned a pair of sunglasses, a Mets t-shirt and an mustache made of eye-black and sneaked back into the Mets dugout. He was later suspended but I hope to one day see that disguise in Cooperstown.
"That's my quarterback!" "It's not fair." T.O. sobbed at the podium in defense of Tony Romo. One year later he is accusing Romo of conspiring with Jason Witten to not throw him the ball. Oh T.O., don't ever change.
Oh Alex, we the fans have no way to properly thank you for all you have given us over the years. Just when I'm about to give you the #1 spot for your early work, you go out at do it again. Madonna? Sterioids? Derek Jeter? Joe Torre? Strippers? I'll let you guys pick for yourselves.
Just remember...be kind to Alex. He is just doing his part to help the economy. By being who he is, he his keeping sportswriters, barbershops, and blog sites in business at the slowest sports time of the year. He is like a one-man stimulus package.