About a week ago, Rory from Bleacher Report shot me an e-mail. It's subject? "Funniest Moments In Sports." All of you fine gentlemen and gentlewomen on this site received the same message, requesting your contributions. Immediately, I thought of two classics: Joe Namath making his move on Suzy Kolber on "Monday Night Football" and Allen Iverson saying the word "practice" 20+ times during a press conference in 2002. There are so many examples.
At the end of the day, these sports that we follow are merely games, so they cannot be taken too seriously. On top of that, people are funny. So in the sports world, humorous stuff is happening all of the time.
Funny is any NBA studio show featuring any combination of Ernie Johnson, Ahmad Rashad, Gary Payton, Chris Webber, Kenny Smith, and Charles Barkley (making his return Thursday night on TNT).
It's Bill Simmons and his buddy Jack-O mocking Alex Rodriguez's attempts to explain the mess he 's made for himself by using steroids.
It's A-Rod being asked whether or not he would have admitted taking performance enhancers if he had not been caught, and him dancing around the question, when we all know the only correct answer was "no."
It's Nate Robinson and Dwight Howard walking together after arriving at the arena in Phoenix on the night they were to compete against each other in the dunk contest at All-Star Weekend, and Robinson looking into the camera and whispering, "He (Howard) has no idea I'm going to win."
It's Shaq's choreographed dance routine with the JabbaWockeeZ during pre-game introductions, and his subsequent coining of himself as "The Big JabbaWockee."
It's Kobe Bryant hogging the ball during that same game. It's Bryant pretending not to be disgusted by having to be in O'Neal's general vicinity.
It's Ron Artest acting crazy.
It's Craig Sager's suits.
It's Kevin Garnett making fun of Craig Sager's suits, and making fun of Sager for wearing them.
It's the old Portland Jailblazers.
It's the feud between Stephon Marbury and Isiah Thomas.
It's the Anucha Browne Sanders v. Isiah and MSG trial.
It's the comments index on SLAM Online.
It's Oklahoma State head football coach Mike Gundy hilariously exclaiming, "I'm a man! I'm 40!" as if telling us his exact age would have added anything at all to the point he was trying to make.
It's Bob Knight's tirades.
It's Jim Mora, Herm Edwards, Denny Green, and Mike Singletary at the podium.
It's Bill Parcells with with reporters.
It's Bill Belichick being totally bland and completely facetious with reporters.
It's bloggers making fun of Emmitt Smith's malapropisms.
It's this exchange between Mike Tyson and Jim Gray during a post-fight interview several years ago:
Gray: Mike, were you really sick this week? What was the problem?
Tyson: I broke my back.
Gray: What do you mean by that?
Tyson: My back is broken.
Gray: A vertebrae, what portion?
Tyson: Well, spinal.
It's Jim Rome.
It's Joe McDonnell and Doug Krikorian's old drive-time radio show on ESPN 710.
It's all of those things and so much more.
Our country is currently mired in the most frightening and depressing economic funk that it's been in about 80 years. These are scary times. So, now more than ever, it's good to laugh whenever we can, because not much is funny. Following sports is one surefire was to guarantee ourselves some chuckles.