Professional sports demands the most of an athlete's senses, both physically and mentality. The performance is at the highest level, the money is significant and the pressure is heavy.
Those elements combined with the never-ending media pursuit following sports can make the locker room, clubhouse and press room a powder keg ready to blow. Most athletes and coaches go about their business with a cool demeanor. Others, conversely, are prone to blow up.
It is the latter that we celebrate in this slideshow. These 25 individuals entertained us to no end with their unbelievable and, in some cases, shocking meltdowns. These 25 individuals live in infamy for a few moments in poor judgment that have left an indelible mark on sports.
The legendary coach had his legendary meltdown in 1985, making for one of the most memorable clips in the history of college basketball.
The post-game interview began reasonably enough before a reporter against former Royals manager Hal McRae about a pinch hitter. That was a catalyst for one of the best managerial meltdowns in baseball history, even going as far as to wound a reporter as you'll see in the video.
In a press conference in October 2006, the regularly mild mannered Dennis Green coined a phrase that will live on in the annals of the National Football League. After watching his Arizona Cardinals blow a 20-point lead to the offensively challenged Chicago Bears, Green offered up this gem of a tirade.
Like Green, Oklahoma State head coach Gundy offered up a sound bite that will never be forgotten. While coming to the defense of one his players who had received damaging, local press, Gundy reminded everyone just how old he is.
Delmon Young had yet to make his big league appearance, but he had a big league meltdown in April 2006. After getting punched out on a called third strike, Young did something we had never seen before or since.
Who knows why minor league managers think they can get away with hilarious and ridiculous meltdowns, but they are kidding themselves. Joe Mikulik, former of the Asheville Tourists of the South Atlantic League, set the bar high with this outburst.
Mississippi Braves manager Phillip Wellman took the internet by storm in June 2007 with his meltdown. Wellman came out to argue against his pitcher being thrown out for using a foreign substance. What began as a heated argument turned into a Vietnam flashback.
Zinedine Zidane is arguably the biggest soccer legend in France's history. He led France to the 1998 World Cup title on its home soil. He was award the Golden Ball award as the best player at the 2006 World Cup and gave his team the lead in the final against Italy in the final match of his career.
However, Zidane's career came to a disgraceful ending when he headbutted Italian Marco Materazzi. To this day, Zidane profusely denies he will ever apologize for it.
John Calipari has been known to get under the skin of opposing head coaches. No one was more bothered by Calipari during his days at UMass than former Temple head coach John Chaney who lobbed challenges and death threats at Calipari during a 1994 post-game press conference.
Following a game with his Serbian national team, Darko Milicic unleashed one of the most profane rants in history. While the interview is done in Serbian, the subtitles provide the translation into a shocking meltdown. Who knows if the subtitles are 100 percent accurate, but holy cow Darko was angry and he even crosses a line towards the end.
The video is in Serbian, but you've been forewarned the subtitles are anything but safe for work environments.
Jim Rome in his early days loved to get under the skin of his guests. No more was there an example of that than former Rams quarterback Jim Everett. Rome wasted no time, knowing he would piss off Everett in what turned into one of the hottest web meltdowns of all time.
In 2001, Allen Iverson was called out for being lazy and skipping practice, and he did not like it. What transpired was a somewhat subdued meltdown, but Iverson's repetitions of "practice" was enough to land him in the meltdown hall of fame.
In 2002, former Jets head coach Herman Edwards was challenged for his team's 2-5 effort. The result was a phrase that will forever live in the National Football League's lexicon.
Former New Jersey Devils head coach Jim Schoenfeld watched his team drop Game 3 of the 1988 Eastern Conference semifinals to the Boston Bruins. After the game, Schoenfeld directed his anger at referee Don Koharski in possibly the most hilarious hockey insult ever. The Canadian accent makes it that much better.
It was Game 2 of the 2000 World Series. Roger Clemens v. Mike Piazza. Remember, Clemens had already drilled Piazza in the head earlier that season. This time, Clemens fired a jagged piece of a broken bat right back at Piazza who was jogging up the first base line. Roid rage?
As an Ohio State fan, it is sad to know that Woody Hayes' legendary career came to end with one stupid move. Hayes socked Clemson linebacker Charlie Bauman in the 1978 Gator Bowl, effectively ending his tenure as Buckeyes head coach.
This meltdown involves Ohio State, but it was former Michigan State head coach John L. Smith melting down because of what he perceived to be a huge coaching screw up.
I was in the building for this game, sitting in C deck while Smith melted down after Ohio State ran back a blocked field goal just seconds before halftime. Smith provided one of the best "jog off the field" interviews of all time.
Former Colts head coach Jim Mora was one of the most colorful head coaches in NFL history. On November 25, 2001, he provided a sound bite that has made him a legend. His Colts fell to 4-6, Mora mocked the question and a few weeks later he never coached again.
Before playoffs, there was "diddly-poo" which endeared Mora to millions of NFL fans. When talking about his awful New Orleans Saints team in 1996, Mora tried to keep it as clean as possible. He resigned as Saints head coach the next day.
Lee Elia was a long time baseball coach who for two years served as manager of the Chicago Cubs. Following a loss to the Dodgers in April 1983, Elia let loose with a tirade that made him more famous than anything else he ever accomplished in his career.
In 2008, an 8-year-old video of Chris Berman surfaced on the internet which gave us much greater clarity into the inner-workings of ESPN's biggest figure. We were shocked and entertained at the same time.
Of course, NSFW
Following a fight with Lou Savarese on June 24, 2000, Mike Tyson spat fire about his intentions with Lennox Lewis...and his children.
The long time diminutive Baltimore Orioles manager was the most ferocious arguer of any manager in the history of the game. Nobody got thrown out of a game like Earl Weaver. This argument and ejection from 1981 was his coup de grace.
In 1982, Padres player Kurt Bevacqua accused Tommy Lasorda of ordering his pitcher to bean a player and called Lasorda a "fat little Italian' in the same quote. Lasorda fired back with a dressing down unlike you've ever heard.
This is NSFW, but holy cow is it hilarious.