Video: Derek Anderson and 20 Best Press Conference Tirades in Sports History
Derek Anderson had a bit of a meltdown last night following the blowout loss to the San Francisco 49ers.
His little temper tantrum in the face of what was a pretty fair question was both entertaining for the audience and embarrassing for a quarterback who continues to just not get it done on the field.
But where does Anderson's tirade rank on the scale of all-time meltdowns? There have been a lot of good ones over the years.
Find out where we ranked the Big Boys like Jim Mora, Denny Green, and Herm Edwards.
But first, a little Bobby Knight for you...
20. Bobby Knight
Bobby Knight is known for his short temper and quick wit with the media. Most of his tirades were on the court, though.
But this little gem perfectly encapsulates what Knight was like when dealing with reporters who weren't very good at asking questions.
19. Bob Huggins
The Bob Huggins video is notable not for any kind of temper tantrum or swearing, but in just how despondent Huggins looks.
Huggins doesn't look like he just lost a game, it looks like he just had to put his dog down at the vet and then hit a raccoon on the way over to the press conference.
18. Sam Wyche
While this wasn't a postgame rant, it qualifies just because of the sheer insanity of it. The Browns were playing the Bengals in Cincinnati in December after a snowstorm when the crowd started pelting the field with snowballs.
This was during the golden age of the Brown's Dawg Pound, which had a reputation for throwing things like snowballs, batteries, bottles, dog bones, the occasional foreign object that defied explanation, etc.
So Coach Wyche put it all in perspective for us.
17. Bill Belichick
Bill Belichick is not known for being emotional during a press conference. But we managed to find a video where the robotic one actually flashes some emotion other than bored irritation. This emotion actually has some anger to it.
16. Bill Parcells
Bill Parcells' postgame interviews and midweek press conferences were legendary. But finding video of some of his postgame material is hard outside of NFL.com's montages.
But we found this one singled out and present it to you.
15. Lee Elia's Rant On Cubs Fans
There is no actual video of this rant, it's an audiotape of a Cubs postgame press conference in 1983. Lee Elia tells the reporters just what he thinks of the fans who booed his team.
WARNING: This clip is unedited and contains a lot of foul language. Consider this one NSFW.
Interlude: Dan Hawkins Wants You To Play Intramurals
Dan Hawkins talked to reporters about a letter. Since it wasn't a postgame meltdown, we'll just break from the list for a moment.
Hawkins correctly points out professional athletes get more vacation time than the average person does.
The rest speaks for itself.
14. Randy Moss vs. the Media
Which sound byte from Randy Moss do you choose? There are so many.
Here's his postgame press conference from New England earlier this year. It speaks for itself.
13. Allen Iverson
Allen Iverson just wanted everyone to know he practiced.
That's all he's saying here.
12. Hal McCrae Throws Everyone Out
Hal McCrae was having a bad day, and then the reporters came in the room to talk about his bad day.
McCrae didn't want to talk about his day. He just wanted to go home and watch "Cheers," and "Night Court."
He had set the recorder on his VCR, you see (it was the '80s).
11. Bill Callahan
Like many Raiders coaches, Bill Callahan didn't last long. But this clip of him describing how the team played will live on forever.
Interlude: Chris Berman Pulls a Kasey Kasem
Chris Berman now has his own Kasey Kasem moment were someone got a hold of behind-the-scenes action that never was supposed to see the light of day.
If you're a Berman-hater, this video is for you.
If you love Berman, it's still quite entertaining.
10. Derek Anderson Takes This Seriously
Yes, Derek Anderson now can live on well past his expiration date with his meltdown after Monday Night Football.
Anderson's expiration date actually was versus the Cincinnati Bengals on Dec. 23, 2007, but let's not confuse the issue with facts.
Anderson was caught on camera laughing with an offensive lineman at the end of the blowout versus the San Francisco 49ers. All the reporter wanted to know was what they were laughing about while the team was burning to death on the field.
It was a fair question.
9. Mike Ditka Was in a Bad Mood
Like a lot of coaches and players on this list, Mike Ditka didn't have just one memorable moment, he had several.
But this one while he was coach of the New Orleans Saints stands out because of its simplicity.
"What do you care?"
8. Mike Singletary
Mike Singletary, whose coaching job with the San Francisco 49ers may be coming to a close shortly, pulled an all-time coaching rant out of his hat right after taking over the head coaching job a few years ago.
Vernon Davis wasn't playing well and Singletary took him out of the game. Most of the unpleasantness on the field was broadcast, so Singletary addressed it in the postgame press conference.
7. Terrell Owens
Terrell Owens and soundbytes are a marriage no one wants to end. But this clip definitely takes the cake because you just know T.O. didn't mean one word of it.
6. The Calipari-Chaney Feud
Usually, a postgame press conference meltdown just involves a coach or a player crying, screaming, swearing, or doing something that gets your attention.
In this one, John Chaney screams at John Calipari, threatens to fight him, kill him, and has to be restrained and forcibly removed from the room.
Now that's a show I'll tune in to see every week.
5. Kevin Borseth Wants You To Understand Rebounds
Kevin Borseth forever will be remembered for slamming paper on the podium and screaming at reporters about offensive rebounds.
Everything else pretty much becomes background noise.
4. Herm Edwards
Now we're into the good stuff.
Herm Edwards, after a loss to the Cleveland Browns, explained to reporters why two teams take the field.
Everyone quiet, Professor Edwards is about to speak.
3. Mike Gundy
The story behind Mike Gundy's rant is long, but basically a reporter did a story speculating as to why one of his players, Bobby Reid, had lost his starting quarterback job.
Gundy disagreed with how the story was written, and this beauty of a video clip is the result.
There's a lot more to the story than this, but this is the best part.
2. Dennis Green's Rant for the Ages
Dennis Green was coach of the Arizona Cardinals before Ken Whisenhunt. In this clip, the Cardinals had just lost a tough game to the Bears.
Well, needless to say, Green thought the team should've played better.
1. Jim Mora
Ladies and gentleman, I give you Jim Mora.
This rant was infamous before there was YouTube. This rant may be one of the reasons they invented YouTube. This is a video clip you want to cue up and watch whenever the mood strikes you.
This is the Mona Lisa of coaching rants.
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