The 20 Most Awesome Fan Takedowns In Sports History
"Don't taze me bro!"
Before the Phillies fan who ran out onto the field the other night even had a chance to utter those words, he was taken down by an overzealous security guard who had watched The Hangover too many times.
Still, it serves the guy right. There's been a long and sordid history of fans running out onto the field and very rarely does it ever end well for them.
Here are The 20 Most Awesome Fan Takedowns In Sports.
No. 20: Twins Fan Almost Makes It
This Twins fan was coming down the home stretch and heading for the fence. And even when it looked like he just might make it when his nearest pursuer bit the dust, he can't get over the fence himself.
He is then dragged down and subjected to the standard security guard dog pile of shame.
Dude, you were almost there.
No. 19: Red Sox Fan Faceplant
This Red Sox fan gets caught by the legs and doesn't quite get his hands up in time to brace his fall.
You can tell that he's dazed as he gets escorted off and doesn't even put up a fight. Now that I think of it, that sounds more like the Red Sox of this year.
No. 18: Yankees Fan Makes A Run For It
This looked like a night game, so I don't understand why this guy needed sunglasses, but it must have aided him in a pretty good escape from security.
He was bobbing and weaving, but an attempt to touch second slowed him down and he got dropped around the pitcher's mound.
Good thing that wasn't Dallas Braden's mound or he would have tackled the guy himself.
No. 17: Fan Tackles Junior Seau
Most of the takedowns we have on this list are ones of fans getting taken down, but in this case the fan took down one of the players.
A drunk, off-duty National Guardsman ran onto the field and tackled Junior Seau and wished him a Merry Christmas.
Seau didn't press charges. He was probably grateful to the guy for making him realize it was probably about time to hang 'em up when a fan can take you down.
No. 16: White Sox Fan Goes Down
I have to say, this White Sox fan makes one of the most impressive reverses of field I've seen in a long time.
However, he couldn't quite pick up enough speed to make the full get away. And what is it with waving towels when you rush the field? It certainly doesn't help you run any faster.
The person in the video said it best: "The sad thing about that is that kid can't afford to get himself out of jail."
No. 15: Dodgers Break Dancer Get Tackled
I didn't get to see him break dance, but the title of the video lets me know that this guy didn't just run onto the field, he boogied onto it.
He also learned a valuable lesson that most guys never get to learn. It doesn't matter if you give up easily or make it difficult, the guys chasing you are bringing your ass to the ground.
Man... Lenny Kravitz is having a rough time, huh?
No. 14: Bikini Streaker Gets Escorted Off Nicely
So this wasn't necessarily a takedown, but we did learn another valuable lesson. If you're hot and dressed in almost nothing (or exactly nothing) you won't get tackled for fear of a lawsuit.
Instead, they'll walk you nicely off the field and probably get you some nice hot cocoa to warm you up.*
*May not work for guys.
No. 13: Cheerleaders Take Down Thief
I don't care if it was actually three big dudes and not this particular cheerleader, but for the guy who stole Harvard's flag and was subsequently dropped, it won't matter.
He'll forever be the guy who got taken down by a bunch of cheerleaders.
No. 12: Dodgers Fan Doesn't Get To Say Hi To Manny
You don't get to see the whole chase here, but the tackle is pretty damn solid.
All this guy wanted to do was to go say hi to Manny. Hell, for all we know, Manny probably invited him down to the field in the first place.
No. 11: Terry Tate Destroys A Streaker
I wish this was real.
So Nike ran an ad where a streaker wore nothing but a scarf and Nike shoes and got away from everyone.
Reebok responded with this. God I miss Terry Tate.
"You just did it, so I had to hit it! Woo!"
No. 10: Padres Fans Outrun Security
One streaker is tough for security, but multiple ones is a particular kind of hell for them.
The first gets all the way around and manages to slide into home before being tackled. The other just gets tired of running and lays down on the ground where the out-of-breath security guys finally manage to round him up.
The best part of this takedown was how the guy had to take himself down. Maybe the Padres should invest in better security. Or a treadmill...
No. 9: Tigers Fan Won't Give Up
This Tigers fan gets all the way to the middle of the field before finally giving up.
Psych! He fools security into a false sense of - well - security, and then takes off again, only to get dragged down by the infamous swirling tackle.
Maybe the should have listed to the fans who were yelling at them to shoot him.
No. 8: Cubs Fan Goes Down On Mother's Day
Way to make Momma proud on her day, buddy.
This Cubs fan manages to barely get away from one guy before another takes him and a fellow grounds crew member with him.
Remember, it's take me out to the ball game, not at the ball game.
No. 7: Phillies Fan Gets Tazed
Man, this picture is just classic. How long has that security guard been waiting to use that tazer?
While some of the other hits may have looked more painful, I bet that guy would have loved to be tackled instead of getting electrocuted like that.
No. 6: James Harrison Takes Down Browns Fan
And this is why you don't run onto the field at football games.
Do it at baseball games, where the players are too worried about pulling a hamstring and missing two months.
No. 5: Cal Adds Injury To Insult
This one is a little different than the rest. Instead of one guy running onto the field, it was an entire band. And one unlucky trombone player got ran the heck over at the end.
As if Cal coming back wasn't bad enough for a Stanford fan, he had to get drilled by the guy who scored the touchdown. Ouch.
No. 4: Jermaine O'Neal Pops A Fan In The Face
Normally it's the fans running on to the field, but Ron Artest changed the rules by going at the fans.
However, once everything deteriorated around them, the fans came on to the court and Jermaine O'Neal made one unfortunate, plump soul pay with a hard right to his face.
No. 3: Red Sox Fan Gets Laid Out
This guy got - wait for it - JACKED UP!
No. 2: Fan Takes Handoff From Favre, Gets Sacked
This will make me laugh every single time no matter how many times I watch it.
It doesn't even seem real. The guy comes up to Favre, takes the ball, then runs away victoriously.
Then he splits two defenders Michael Vick style before getting hit hard. One of the greatest fan rushes of all time.
No. 1: Bertie Bee Saves The Day
By far the most bad-ass takedown of all time.
Bertie Bee, the mascot of all people, absolutely rocks this one streaker, flipping him end over end and slamming him to the ground.
Just epic. Who would have thought that Bertie Bee would go down in history as the most bad-ass mascot of all time?