The 10 Best On-Field Fights in Sports (With Video)
Let's be honest here, people—we all love watching sports. We all also love to yell "FIGHT!" as soon as we see one commencing.
When we see the two at the same time, it's as orgasmic as sports can be.
It's not always the best thing for our teams after the fact, but during? Ooooooooooooo, everyone loves it!
10. Pedro versus Don
We all remember this one from the Yanks-Red Sox game.
It was Game Three of the 2003 ALCS and, after a Yankee batter was hit by a pitch and words were exchanged, the benches decided to clear onto the field.
Whatever the reason, a really old Don Zimmer headed in the direction of Pedro Martinez. The Boston ace simply grabbed good 'ol Don by the head and pulled him down. It was awesome, not because I like one team over the other. But when will we again see a 70-plus year-old coach charge a 30-plus year-old player?
9. Nolan Ryan versus Robin Ventura
Waaaaay back in 1993, we still had the great Nolan Ryan pitching in the majors. As a member of the Texas Rangers, he was facing the White Sox, who had a young player named Robin Ventura.
Ventura was hit by a pitch and kinda jumped around for a second before deciding to charge the mound.
Problem is, Ryan is a G, and Ventura isn't. Before his opponent can strike, Ryan puts Ventura in a headlock and delivers a can of whoop-ass to Ventura's grill.
8. Larry Bird versus Doctor J
During the 1985 NBA Eastern Conference Finals, the Celtics were taking on the 76ers to earn the right to represent the conference in the upcoming NBA Finals.
Despite the Celtics winning the game and the series, Dr. J can honestly say he whooped up on the French Lick resident.
7. Soccer Ref versus Soccer Player
As much as you love soccer, or hate it for that matter, there is one thing I can promise: you have never seen an entire team chasing the referee around the field mid-game.
This is from a game in the south of Brazil and has no impact of any sort on the major soccer organizations in the country. It is the only international selection on this list, but I can't stop laughing about it.
I guess it all started with the ref slapping a player.
6. Senators versus Flyers
Well, I guess the phrase, "he's a hockey player" actually holds up here. This fight from six years ago between the Senators and Flyers was pretty wicked.
Enough to get the goalies involved, this scrap is one of my favorites.
5. Senators versus Sabres
I guess Ottawa just likes to fight.
This one is similar to the last one and, yes, it is also up there for me.
4. Miami versus FIU
Lots of things in play here, especially since the two schools are so close to each other.
It's no rivalry by any means, but all of the FIU players are angry because they aren't Miami players. Lets face it; that is really the reason it all got heated to this point.
The only football fight on this list is significant because you can't really have a brawl with helmets and pads on. Even the announcer got into this one on television, talking about how he wanted to go to the elevator to rush down to the field and join in. Well, they told him to go to the elevator and to never, ever, ever, ever come back. Way to throw your job away, buddy!
Or so we thought....
3. Heat versus Knicks
The Miami-New York rivalry was the biggest one happening in the NBA in the late '90s and it culminated in this bench-clearing brawl between Larry Johnson and Alonzo Mourning.
I remember a body slam and, of course, Jeff Van Gundy clinging onto Zo's leg.
2. Ron Artest versus the Fans
Everyone knows this. I don't need to explain it much more than just to say this was game-changing for the NBA and the NBAPA.
Not to mention for Ron Artest.
1. Batter versus Catcher
This is absolutely my favorite fight in sports. Not because of the size or scale, but because of how it began.
The catcher didn't even know it was coming—he was trying to throw the ball to the pitcher—but then, BAM! The batter goes all "Karate Kid" on him and lets loose a drop-kick to the face before charging the mound.