Fads, trends, movements—society is filled with these newly emerging and quickly fading phenomena, and sports is no exception.
There is often a predictable life cycle—a new craze bursts onto the scene and then quietly fades away to make room for something else. But sometimes, a trend blows up so much that it sticks around and becomes a tradition.
Sometimes, trends emerge in sports alone—the wave in stadiums, for example.
Other times, a craze sweeps across all spectrums of society, and the sports world simply joins in, a la the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.
Still other times, a trend starts with sports and then spills outward. Folks around the world are Tebowing, and many might not even understand the origin.
Here we examine sports or societal trends that have bowled over the athletic world like Marshawn Lynch over an offensive line.
We’ve got dances. We’ve got fashion. We’ve got facial hair and bicep kissing. Basically, anything that has its own Urban Dictionary entry definitely counts.