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The Most Awesome Freakouts in Sports

Gabe ZaldivarPop Culture Lead WriterJanuary 9, 2017

The Most Awesome Freakouts in Sports

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    It is no wonder that when you combine high-octane personalities with competition, there is going to be some fall out. The following sports figures just could not help themselves. They went from borderline-civil citizens to zany nut-jobs in no time flat.

    They are yet another reason to never take your eye off the television. You just may miss some of the greatest freak-outs to ever land in the world of sports. We have shouting matches. We have punches being thrown.

    We have compiled a list of the best moments in momentary insanity. Sometimes it is better to take a deep breath and move on.

15. Henrik Andersen

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    Henrik Andersen is so amazed with his goal that he doesn't know what to do with himself. He decides to chest bump the Plexiglass panel in an epic freak-out celebration.

    The Lambeau Leap never quite took off in hockey. I now understand why. Andersen goes from hero to an insane example of over-zealous celebration. Calm it down out there guys. Don't act like it's your first rodeo.

14. Robbie Fowler

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    Liverpool's Robbie Fowler gets a penalty kick to start off the game against Everton in 1999. He knocks the ball through the net and proceeds to snort the entire field.

    Look, it is a penalty kick. That's like taking off your shirt after hitting a free throw. We all know the ball is going in, just move on. We don't have to be inundated with your predilection for the nose candy.

13. Theo Fleury

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    One of the best celebrations in NHL history, Theo Fleury goes the length of the ice in a mad celebration. There are fist pumps and dog piles a plenty.

    This is how real men celebrate.

12. Wrestling Just Has to Be Real

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    Here we have a fan of professional wrestling have a nerdgasm on video. We all understand that professional wrestling is fixed. It does not negate the fact that these guys are athletes for what they put their bodies through.

    There is no reason to openly weep about it. I mean this guy would do well to suit up for the Heat and join in on the fun in the locker room after a tough defeat.

    Hate mail should be directed to the comments section fans.

11. Dennis Green

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    There are plenty of coach blunders and meltdowns at the podium. Dennis Green had a certified meltdown. He goes from calm-and-collected question answerer to shouting nut-job in five seconds flat.

    I would have loved a follow-up question about the Bears and whether the Cardinals players knew what they were getting into.

10. John McEnroe

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    You can see the fumes starting to become visible just above McEnroe's hairline. First he slams his racket to the floor. It is a benign action, no harm there.

    Yet, we can feel that much more is on the way. On the next point, McEnroe laces the umpire with hell fire. The words used are not safe for work. Nor are they safe for Sunday worship either. McEnroe digs deep to tell the umpire what he thinks of him.

    This is not an angry man, just one who cares too deeply.

9. Earl Weaver

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    Ear muffs people, ear muffs. This clip has a great deal of profanity.

    Earl Weaver is completely drunk with anger in this clip. In fact, he is slammed with the emotion.

    Weaver uses everything in his power to stay on the field and give it to the ump. When the blue gets a little too friendly, Weaver goes on for 10 minutes on how he shouldn't be touched.

    Really, one of the best ejections in sports history.

8. Kevin Garnett

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    I think I like Kevin Garnett better when he is quietly mumbling expletives to himself while he runs up and down the court.

    Here he completely lets loose. Actually let's loose is a tad understated. He loses his mind. It is understandable when you have toiled away in a Timberwolves jersey for most of your career. I just don't need to see this much passion. It makes me a tad uncomfortable.

    The most important note is that he shouted: "ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE." The Adidas slogan that would have netted him some nice coin in endorsements was: "Impossible is Nothing." Then again, I don't see how yelling that would be cool either.

7. Lou Piniella

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    Sweet Lou has a great many ejections to choose from. This one has always been my favorite. It has everything you need in a classic ejection.

    First off, it has Lou Pinella. The man single-handedly invented getting ejected. That may be a stretch, but he sure new what buttons to push.

    It also has all the trademarks of a great meltdown. There is hat kicking, base throwing and even loud shouting in the umpire's face. This ejection should be in a museum somewhere. It is beautiful.

6. Georgia Kid Is Gone

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    And we wonder how riots are started. This guy loves his Georgia Bulldogs, a little too much. I used college for what it was meant for, oversleeping, overeating and over-drinking. This kid is over-caring.

    I never understood the appeal of body paint. You do realize that the only thing you have accomplished is providing more cleanup for after the game. No one cares that you spelled the school name on your belly, or that you even know what the school's colors are.

    I also don't need your best Batman voice when this reporter is trying to get insight on how it feels to look ridiculous.

5. Cheeleader Goes Wild

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    Here is the thing. You want to lay it all on the floor during a cheer competition. I should know. I have seen Bring It On and Bring It On III. So, I am sort of an expert on cheerleading.

    This cheerleader has a whole lot more cheer left. It seems she saved some of the spirit for the awards ceremony. Actually, for a second it looks like she is possessed by a spirit.

4. John Chaney

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    Here is John Chaney calmly airing out some grievances with fellow coach John Calipari. Some people settle their disagreements over some tea and biscuits.

    Chaney prefers the more subtle fine art of yelling threats of murder. Chaney felt that Calipari had manipulated the refs during the contest between their two teams. So he took to the press conference and demanded retribution.

    That is sort of like having a quarter snagged from you at a parking meter and then setting off a grenade to remedy the problem.

3. Mark Mangino

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    Raimond Pendleton takes the ball nearly 80 yards for a touchdown. He then dives into the end zone in a fit of sheer celebration.

    I'll bet when he ran towards the sideline he thought: "Man, coach Mangino is finally going to give me that pat on the back he has been promising all year."

    Instead, Mangino rips into Pendleton for hot dogging. He tore into him like someone just ate his last Hot Pocket.

2. Clemson Fan Just Can't Take It

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    The year is 2009. The Clemson Tigers just dropped the game to Georgia Tech 30-27. This is priceless. I want to show this to a five-year-old having a temper tantrum. I'll bet the five-year-old would stop and say: "Well, that there is just absurd."

    Chris Fowler tries his best to remain composed. It is difficult when you see the face of overreaction in high-definition. This kid has no sense of priorities, and I love it.

    You can see his anger hit full storm at :17 seconds.

    The broadcast booth really gets going on him at 1:05

1. Joakim Noah

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    After Florida won the SEC championship, Joakim Noah lost his marbles. At least, I think that is the name of the dance.

    The best is watching Bill Raftery and Verne Lundquist attempt to stay invested while one of the best players in the nation goes all spastic. This dance gets awkward about five seconds in. Awkward is always good.


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