Trash talk is an undeniable part of competition. Whether you like it or not, it's a very real part of professional sports. And, barring some unforeseen shift in the culture of sports, trash talk is here to stay.
But not all trash talk is created equal.
The vast majority of trash talk consists of ill-advised guarantees of victory, or juvenile stunts and name calling. The same kind of stuff you'd see being exchanged between kids in a junior high gym class.
Although, there are a select few athletes and coaches who have elevated this childish pastime to a legitimate art form. Trash talk is easy to dismiss when the message is simple and the delivery is clunky. And if it's immediately dismissed, what's the point?
The best trash talk resonates with its intended target, as well as the public at-large, for an extended period of time, if not forever. The only way to make it resonate is to put some thought into it and deliver it with some wit.
Here are the most clever smack talk moments in sports.