50 Really Awkward Champagne Celebration Moments
The champagne shower is the traditional celebration in sports. It's kind of like how we celebrate with champagne toasts in the real world, only we drink it and they shake it up and spray each other in the face with it.
Well, not always in the face. But usually in the general vicinity of the face and head.
From that vague description alone, it should come as no surprise that this particular celebration can be as photographically awkward as it is time-honored. A camera snapped at just the right moment is truly a treasure.
Here are 50 pics of really awkward champagne celebration moments.
St. Louis Cardinals
The Cardinals celebrate after defeating the Pirates in the winner-take-all Game 5 of the NLDS.
It looks like that guy has had enough of the champagne situation.
LV County Championship
The LV County Championship is a cricket competition between 18 clubs in historic England and Wales. This was taken after a match between Lancashire and Gloucestershire.
I can't figure out who won, but it looks like that old man is being punished for something.
The Dodgers celebrate after defeating the Braves in Game 4 of the NLDS, eliminating Atlanta in the first round yet again.
The pouree doesn't look like he's having much fun, and the pourer looks like he's having way too much fun.
SBS Open at Turtle Bay
LPGA player Joo Mi Kim of South Korea celebrates a big victory at the SBS Open at Turtle Bay in February 2006.
I speak from experience when I say that photo is every girl's worst nightmare. It could be worse though—like if it was taken after a crushing loss.
The coach of the Detroit Shock celebrates after defeating the Sacramento Monarchs in the 2006 WNBA Finals.
It's always a little awkward to see a man in a suit engaging in messy activities.
Players (and what looks like a clown with his arm in a cast) celebrate at the end of the final day of the 2006 Ryder Cup.
I've made fun of baseball players for wearing goggles during champagne celebration before, but they definitely look better than this guy's face.
Barclays Scottish Open
Gregory Havret is treated to a champagne shower after the final round at the 2007 Barclays Scottish Open.
Actually, it looks more like he's trying to run away from a hair wash at a salon prior to getting an unwanted haircut.
According to the Getty Images description, this photo of PGA pro Rory McIlroy was taken at a press conference at Hollywood Golf Club in June 2011.
That kid sure brings the party with him everywhere he goes.
The Dodgers celebrate defeating the Cardinals, sweeping them in three games in the 2009 NLDS.
Obviously that's some kind of weird flash thing, but it looks like they're putting out a Manny Ramirez hair fire with champagne.
Or maybe adding fuel to the fire...
Prince Harry at the Manhattan Polo Classic
Great Britain's spare heir Prince Harry was on hand to compete and later celebrate at the 2009 Veuve Clicquot Manhattan Polo Classic.
Part of the celebration including Prince Harry spitting champagne in someone's face. It's one of the lesser known royal customs—this is how Queen Elizabeth greets foreign dignitaries.
World Baseball Classic
Japan celebrates defeating South Korea in the finals of the 2009 World Baseball Classic. The United States came in fourth place.
You know what would change the entire perception of this photo? If I told you that guy is actually crying. He's not…but still.
ATP Masters Series
The caption doesn't say who this is celebrating at the 2008 ATP Masters Series, but that awkward stance and lanky frame sure looks like Scotland's own Andy Murray.
Not to mention the pasty white complexion...except for that I did just mention it. Nevermind.
And this photograph is definitive proof that no matter how old most of us get, we're all just little kids in the back yard playing with the hose at heart.
The Pirates celebrate defeating the Reds in the one-game Wild Card playoff—it was the first time Pittsburgh had seen the postseason since 1992.
Hopefully they savored that one, just in case it's another 21 years before they get to do this again.
Australian National Soccer Team
This is the Australian national soccer team celebrating a 0-0 draw against Qatar in a 2009 FIFA World Cup Qualifier.
This is how they celebrate a tie? It's a good thing they didn't win—this photo would probably be NC-17.
Open De France
A player at the European Tour's 2009 Open de France celebrates by dousing hilariously thrilled—and color coordinated—spectators with champagne.
All that's missing is some Mardi Gras beads…and some hot girls. Actually, it's missing all girls, in general. Typical PGA party.
The Phillies celebrate their series-clinching win over the Rockies in Game 4 of the 2009 NLDS.
Well, presumably those clenched fists are attached to a Phillies player.
Leyton Orient F.C.
Leyton Orient players and old men in suits celebrate on the field after defeating Oxford United in May 2006, which earned them a promotion from League Two to League One—their first promotion in 17 years.
It's both awkward and cute to see owners and executives hanging out with the players like this. Like when Arthur Blank wheeled Michael Vick around in that wheel chair all the time!
The Celtics celebrate defeating the Lakers in the series-clinching Game 6 of the 2008 NBA Finals.
And Glen "Big Baby" Davis looks like a pretty big weirdo.
Rugby World Cup
A member of the South African national rugby team celebrates a dominating victory over England in the 2007 Rugby World Cup Final.
I like how his teammates are all huddled together on the bench looking frightened. This guy is obviously the loose cannon of the group.
AVP Chicago Open
Two shirtless dudes celebrate their win at the 2007 AVP Chicago Open, one of many annual beach volleyball tournaments on the tour.
This is one of the most homoerotic bro moments I've ever seen. Not that there's anything wrong with that.
The Lakers and the legendary coach Phil Jackson celebrate their Game 7 victory over the Celtics in the 2010 NBA Finals.
Jackson actually looks pretty at home being drenched in champagne—I guess we know how he and Jeanie Buss spend their Saturday nights.
MotoGP of Spain
It's nice to see a racing celebration that doesn't involve milk or Coke, like this one at the MotoGP of Spain in September.
Maybe it's just the frat boy in me, but the placement of that giant champagne bottle is just too hilarious for words.
Seve Trophy Biennial Golf Tournament
European players celebrate defeating Great Britain and Ireland on Day 4 of the Seve Trophy. At least I think that's what's happening here.
If this isn't the most European thing that has ever happened in sports, I don't know what is. And nothing says class like drinking champagne from the bottle and a greasy ponytail.
The Indians celebrate a win over the Twins, which pushed them into the postseason. One Indian seems to be partying harder than the rest of them.
Their shirts say "We Play For October," which is technically true. They played for one day in October.
Players celebrate after the single matches at the 2010 Ryder Cup.
I'm not sure that I could fully appreciate the moment if it felt like someone was literally trying to drown me in champagne.
New York Yankees
The Yankees celebrate their 27th World Series victory after a Game 6 win against the Phillies. It's true, winning never gets old.
Although, if you have your own champagne shower goggles, perhaps you've been there one too many times. Kidding! I know they're probably provided for in the CBA.
Phillies slugger Ryan Howard (or who I believe to be Ryan Howard) celebrates Philadelphia's series-clinching Game 5 win against the Dodgers in the 2009 NLCS.
Howard likes to celebrate like no one's watching.
World Triathlon Grand Final
Top finishers celebrate at the PruHeath World Triathlon Grand Final in London, World Championships Series Day 4.
That's exactly the kind of photo you don't want tagged on Facebook.
St. Louis Cardinals
The Cardinals celebrate clinching their division and a playoff spot against the Cubs, a familiar end to the season for both teams.
That looks like a man who has had one too many champagne showers in his life.
Iowa Corn Indy 250
A driver for the GoDaddy team celebrates on Day 2 of the Iowa Corn Indy 250.
There are few things more awkward than pouring champagne on yourself
A Blackhawks player celebrates their Game 6 victory over the Flyers in the 2010 Stanley Cup Finals.
The game which obviously decided the series—this would be excessive if there was another game yet to play.
Tigers again celebrating their division win and clinching against the Twins.
And...uh...this photo was very unfortunately timed.
Here we've got the Tigers again celebrating their division win and clinching against the Twins.
And...uh...this photo was also very unfortunately timed.
Heat president Pat Riley celebrates the team's Game 7 victory against the Spurs in the NBA Finals in 2013—their second consecutive championship.
Leave it to Riley to make a champagne celebration look like comeuppance day at a Soviet era Gulag.
Malaysian Grand Prix
Here we have two drivers celebrating after the Malaysian Grand Prix in March 2004.
And yeah...that one certainly seems to be savoring the moment.
Boston Red Sox
The Red Sox celebrate clinching their division and a playoff spot more than a full week before most other teams with a victory against the Blue Jays.
This photo looks like it was taken after a festive mood turned hostile and a violent melee was about to break out. That's just how they party in Boston.
Tennis player Victoria Azarenka celebrates at the 2013 Australian Open with what, at first glance, looks like a strangely shaped cheetah.
But that's no cheetah at all! It's actually one of those idiots from LMFAO, who Azarenka is apparently dating these days.
St. Louis Cardinals
The Cardinals celebrate clinching a playoff spot after a win against the Astros in late September 2011.
So that's what the champagne room looks like at an all-male strip club!
Streets of Toronto
The Streets of Toronto is an annual IndyCar Series race held in…you guessed it…Toronto every summer since 1986.
The winner is definitely celebrating...aggressively. He's so thrilled he's forcing a smile through gritted teeth.
St. Louis Cardinals
Cardinals players celebrate in the locker room after defeating the Dodgers in Game 4 of the NLDS.
And it looks like things got out of hand.
St. Louis Cardinals
Again Cardinals players celebrate in the locker room after defeating the Dodgers in Game 4 of the NLDS.
Like really out of hand.
Canadian Grand Prix
Kimi Raikkonen, A McLaren driver, celebrates after the final race of the Canadian Grand Prix in June 2005.
Someone should've told him champagne is easier to drink if you don't shake up the bottle first. Rookie mistake.
Three months after the first and only Grand Slam win of his career, an unsuspecting Andy Roddick is doused with champagne by Mardy Fish at an press conference after winning the ATP Champions Race Trophy.
There are very few more awkward venues for this kind of tomfoolery than at a press conference. Roddick is known for his temper, I bet he freaked the heck out at Fish after and broke a dozen rackets.
The Tigers celebrate their Game 5 victory over the A's in the 2012 NLDS. Why does that sound so familiar?
Probably because they played the rerun in 2013. Also...not Justin Verlander's best look.
V8 Supercars Bathurst 1000
An every direction champagne celebration at the V8 Supercars Bathhurst 1000.
This is what they call "boxed in" in the race world.
The Orioles celebrate their victory over the Rangers in the 2012 AL one-game Wild Card playoff. They went on to lose to the Yankees and didn't return to the postseason in 2013.
Imagine how different Fight Club wold've been if Tyler Durden said "I want you to hit me as hard as you can," and the narrator pulled out an open bottle of champagne and poured it on his head.
This lovely lady obviously didn't win anything at Wimbledon 2012, but that doesn't mean she can't celebrate just being there.
It's awkward because, having looked at all the other photos, she seems to be the only spectator that is drinking and/or drunk.
San Francisco Giants
The Giants celebrate winning the NL West with a victory against the Diamondbacks in late September 2011.
It was probably a pretty good day overall, but you have to think that guy would like to take back one moment...this one.
After a surprise upset against the Mavericks in the 2011 NBA Finals, the Heat won their first championship against the Thunder in 2012.
And no one—and I do mean no one—celebrated the momentous occasion like Chris Bosh. You really need to see the video to get the whole impact.