From white-knuckle tetherball games played during recess to the biggest postseason matchups across pro sports, trash talk is a fact of life.
Man is born with an on/off switch that can transform a seemingly docile, nonchalant person into a searing mass of verbal fireworks once a little competitive fire enters his blood. So the art of talking trash is truly an equal opportunity element of athletics.
While everyone can talk a little trash on the court or field, like most things in sports, some men and women simply have the ability to take it to another level; and a precious few were bestowed with both rare athletic talent and elite trash-talking chops.
When you can routinely beat your opponent and rub it in their face, you've truly achieved sports badass nirvana—and there have been more than a few occasions when some of the biggest names in sports have set the new standard for talking trash.