Cry-O-Meter: Which Sport Has the Most Sensitive Athletes?

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Cry-O-Meter: Which Sport Has the Most Sensitive Athletes?
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Professional athletes are sometimes seen as rough, tough and emotional walls of stone—but they can be sensitive too. It takes a real man to cry!

Whether it’s breaking down from sheer emotion or whining to a referee, athletes often display feelings of sadness, frustration or just overwhelming emotion.

Hey, I get it: Sports are emotional. It’s part of why we all love them so much. I don’t know what it is that makes some athletes more likely to show their emotions than others, but there does seem to be a pattern by sport.

Soccer’s crop of softies was just on international display at the World Cup in Brazil. Roger Federer quietly wept after his Wimbledon defeat. Even the NBA MVP got emotional talking about his teammates and mother.

Today, we rank 10 major sports from least sensitive to most. Points will be awarded on a scale from one-to-10 for both crying and whining. The total will make up the overall Cry-O-Meter score.

Excluded are tears resulting from injury—that’s just mean.

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