The 10 Craziest Recent Sports Meltdowns

Nick DimengoFeatured ColumnistMay 20, 2016

CORRECTS UMPIRE ID TO DOUG EDDINGS NOT JEFF NELSON Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus, left, yells at home plate umpire Doug Eddings against the Minnesota Twins in the fourth inning of a baseball game Monday, May 16, 2016 in Detroit. Ausmus was thrown out of the game. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
Paul Sancya/Associated Press

Over the course of sports history, there have been some seriously epic meltdowns and tirades that fans still talk about today. And while Dennis Rodman's head-butt and Bobby Knight's chair toss will forever live on in lore, there have been some more recent examples that are pretty good, too.

There's almost nothing more fun to see than a player or coach absolutely lose it, so here are some memorable instances from the past year or so.

 

Pekka Rinne Just Can't Take It Anymore

The Nashville Predators surprised a bunch of people this season by advancing to the Western Conference semifinals. And instead of bowing out to the more talented San Jose Sharks, the Preds put up a fight that saw the series stretch to seven games.

It's too bad that was one too many for the Predators, though.

Losing 5-0 in the deciding game was bad. In fact, it was so bad that goaltender Pekka Rinne lost his, well, you know, and cracked his stick out of frustration as he got pulled.

 

Rougned Odor Nearly Knocks Out Jose Bautista

In the history of major league baseball, there may not be a better right hook than the one Texas Rangers second basemen Rougned Odor busted out on Toronto Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista last weekend.

Without hesitation, Odor wound up and struck Joey Bats square in the jaw following an altercation where Bautista slid hard into second base to try and breakup a double play.

Clearly spilling over from the epic bat flip that the Blue Jays slugger pulled during last year's playoffs, Rougned Odor got payback by losing his cool in a classic meltdown that will live on in infamy.

 

Zac Blair Disqualified

If you want proof that even PGA golfers react like this when things aren't going their way on the golf course, look no further than what Zac Blair did during the second round of this year's Wells Fargo Championship.

Blair, who wasn't playing well and was probably going to miss the cut, missed a putt, got upset and snapped his putter over his head, causing it to bend.

For using the putter after the mini meltdown, Blair got himself disqualified from the tourney, sending him home in rare fashion and causing him to apologize for his actions on Twitter.

 

Brad Ausmus Goes Fully Mental

Life for Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus isn't going too well right now.

In addition to his team underachieving thus far this season, there are rumors floating around that Ausmus may be on the chopping block, meaning he needs to coach as if each game is his last with the team.

Maybe that explains why he went so ballistic in an incredible rant last week that included umpire Doug Eddings. Ausmus came out to argue about the strike zone and ended up covering the dish with his sweatshirt.

Ausmus may not last the entire year as Detroit's skipper, but he may walk away with the Best Managerial Tirade Award—if there were such a thing.

 

Charles Barkley Goes On Epic Rant

It's hard being a sports fan and not enjoying what Basketball Hall of Famer and current TNT analyst Charles Barkley has to say.

Always outspoken and honest with this thoughts, Sir Charles likes to stir up controversy anytime he can—remember his thoughts on the Golden State Warriors? But his rant about the Phoenix Suns, a team he used to play for, is one that is an all-time great meltdown.

Barkley laid into the Phoenix organization after the team let go of then head coach Jeff Hornacek, ripping everything from the team management to the arena's "stale popcorn."

It was classic Chuckster.

 

David Ortiz Releases Scary Papi

Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz is generally known as a down to earth guy who always has a smile on his face. So it was a little alarming when he let his inner Hulk come out during a recent game against the New York Yankees.

After being called out on strikes by home plate umpire Ron Kulpa, Ortiz wouldn't go quietly into the night, or dugout, losing his cool and scaring the daylights out of everyone who witnessed his meltdown.

The pitch did look low and outside, so Ortiz had a point—especially since the bases were loaded and the game was on the line.

 

Bernard Tomic's Self-Deprecation On Match Point

If an athlete is going to get upset with himself and lose his cool, this is one way to do it.

The Australian tennis player, who's ranked No. 22 in the world right now, wasn't too pleased with his performance in a match against Fabio Fognini at this year's Mutua Madrid Open.

Rather than yell at himself or something of that nature, Tomic revolted against himself by turning his racket around to "play" with just the handle during match point versus Fognini.

Predictably, Tomic did not return the ball and lost the match. This instance proved that, sometimes, the most subtle meltdowns are the most effective.

 

Bryce Harper Yells F-Word

Editor's Note: Video contains mature language.

Arguably the greatest ballplayer on the planet right now, Washington Nationals All-Star Bryce Harper showed that he could lose his cool like the rest of them during a game last week against the Detroit Tigers.

While celebrating a walk-off win, Harper didn't just storm the field and jump around with his teammates, he actually went out of his way to yell a certain F-word towards the umpire who had tossed him from the game prior to the ninth inning.

 

Dan Boyle Scolds Journalists

Editor's Note: Video contains mature language.

This is one of the best outbursts on this list because it has nothing to do with an opponent or self-frustration, but everything to do with the media.

After the New York Rangers' season came to an end and reporters gathered around defenseman Dan Boyle in the locker room, Boyle told several journalists to leave after he found some of the criticism they wrote about him all year particularly upsetting.

And in a classic mic drop moment, after cursing out the reporters he didn't want there and answering questions from those he was OK with, Boyle later said he would probably retire anyway, leaving with one epic NHL moment.

 

Goose Gossage Calls Out Sluggers, Nerds

Brennan Linsley/Associated Press

Hall of Famer Goose Gossage is about as old school as one can find, which probably explains his very vocal opinions on the current state of baseball.

In a recent interview with ESPN, Gossage had a profanity-laced tirade about current sluggers Bautista and Yoenis Cespedes, as well as the Sabermetrics strategy that has become the current fad for organizations.

Per Andrew Marchand and Adam Rubin of ESPN:

Bautista is a f—ing disgrace to the game. He’s embarrassing to all the Latin players, whoever played before him. Throwing his bat and acting like a fool, like all those guys in Toronto. [Yoenis] Cespedes, same thing.

The game is becoming a freaking joke because of the nerds who are running it. I’ll tell you what has happened, these guys played Rotisserie baseball at Harvard or wherever the f— they went and they thought they figured the f—ing game out. They don’t know s—.

Tell us what you really think, Goose.