It's one of the few universal signs left to mankind, and allows us to express a whole tirade in a single gesture.
The middle finger has been around since mankind's earliest recorded histories, long before cameras and television were here to record people doling it out in public.
Now, with the power of these technologies, we have the ability capture this hallowed gesture in its most open and powerful arena—on full display in front of thousands at sporting events across the world.
Middle fingers fired off during televised sporting competitions are the reason Tivo was invented (unconfirmed), so in the name of the mighty rewind and replay buttons, here are 20 athlete throwing up the only finger that matters.
NSFW Warning: there will be middle fingers and obscene gestures throughout this slide show. Duh.