Sometimes there is simply nothing more entertaining—more intriguing—than a good old-fashioned freakout.
I'm talking about one of those epic meltdowns that happens every so often during some of the most competitive, contentious moments of a sport, often by an athlete infamous for such displays, but occasionally from someone you'd least expect.
Smashing a tennis racket to smithereens; crossing that sacred line between player and fan with malice—these dramatic moments can fit the narrative of a "do or die" struggle between rivals or seem to be an aberration that overshadows the competition.
When athletes lose their mind, it can shape their identity—it can endear us to them or make us despise them more.
Many of these moments have been captured in photo or film and have become some of the most memorable images in sports.
Today, these moments are virtually on demand, thanks to that "series of tubes" known as the Internet.
Here are 25 videos of athletes losing their minds.