Trash talking and sports go together like apples and pie. They are synonymous like chicken and dumplings. They mix beautifully like peanut butter and jelly!
I think you get my point.
As long as there has been sports there has also been trash talking. In the heat of competition people will say things to get under their opponents' skin. Other times, it is used strategically as a mental weapon against an opponent.
Now, I think it’s important to realize that trash talking comes in many forms and it is not always mean.
It can be comedic, it can be spur-of-the-moment or planned out, and sometimes it doesn’t even have to be audible. You can talk trash using body language, facial expressions and even the way that you play the game.
Here is a list of the 50 best trash talk moments in sports:
You will notice that Shaquille O’Neal finds himself on this list a lot. You will also notice the trend of specific personalities and players showing up multiple times.
Trash talking runs in the blood.
It’s part of who you are.
Once again, it doesn't always have to be malicious.
Sometimes talking trash can come in the form of an argument.
I can’t understand how Matt Millen could ever criticize Steve Young though.
Just saying…Millen sucked.
These two are still at each other’s throats!
Later on we will see why…
T.O. could never find a quarterback he didn’t want to rag on.
For some reason he felt it necessary to comment on Tony Romo’s relationship with Jessica Simpson, though, and as you know it all went downhill from there.
Before he became busy taking pictures of his privates and sending them to Jets employees, he was one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL.
He was also great at running his mouth.
This is one of my favorite mic’d up clips ever!
This reporter should know better than to get in a joke contest with Shaq.
Rasheed Wallace was one of the best trash talkers in all of sports.
He also got more technical fouls than anybody I have ever seen.
Listen to how the ref ejects him! So Funny!
Wack, get out!
It’s one of the best rivalries in sports for a reason!
Gotta know where ya are at all times.
Gosh I love those microphones under the basket so much!
Some of the most underrated trash talk in sports is the stuff that goes on between the stadium and a single player.
Pedro Martinez is getting an earful from Yankee fans.
I wonder if MasterCard had seen this clip before they asked Manning to do their commercials…
Sometimes trash talking can just be straight-up anger.
Here’s one guy who didn’t buy into the hype.
If you have ever heard Stan Van Gundy speak than this will make you laugh out loud.
Once again, here is a form of trash talking that involves comedy and isn’t necessarily out of anger.
Frank Caliendo is one of the best impressionists I have ever seen. As far as sports are concerned I think he does a great job taking jabs at people or players, all the while being funny and witty.
Sarcasm and wit are incredible methods of trash talk.
Notice how many digs he throws in this sketch.
As a fan of Jim Rome this was one of the funniest things I have ever seen in my life.
I’m a man, I’m 40!
I know that this is a commercial but it very accurately depicts the reality of the Yankees/Red Sox rivalry.
This was tame trash talk…
Yeah…this is real.
Only Allen Iverson could find a way to talk smack about practice as a professional athlete.
These are two of the best smack talkers the NFL has ever seen, and you give them their own show together!
This is a classic case of a picture being worth a thousand words.
Well, in this case pretending to pull down your pants and moon Lambeau Field being worth a thousand words, and a thousand boos.
This was one of the more interesting debacles I have ever seen.
Do you got your popcorn ready?
This was kind of a win-win situation.
Fans of T.O. got to watch him make one of the brashest moves in NFL history, and Dallas fans got to watch him get trucked!
Classic case of trash talking without saying a single word.
Honestly, T.O. might not have realized what he was doing here.
He could have ended up dead…
Barkley was one of the more entertaining players to ever hit the hardwood. This slide starts a nice little collection of Charles Barkley moments, on and off the court.
“In the park on Sunday afternoon saying I got you, you got me.”
Who in the heck was doing this play-by-play!?
Michael Jordan was the best basketball player ever for many reasons, and, yes, one of them was trash talking.
He knew how to get in the head of an opponent better than anybody else.
It made the greatest player in the world even better.
The best part about Sir. Charles is that he doesn’t hold back. The personality that was on display on the court is the same one we see in studio.
It makes for some incredible entertainment.
The art of trash talking under your breath…
The art of trash talking out loud…
The best part about this dig is the graphic editing they did at the end! Gotta wait for it, it’s worth the time!
Boxing has blessed us with some of the best trash talking known to the sports world.
Sometimes, as we will see here and in later clips, it can be more intense outside of the ring before and after the matches than it is during the actual fight!
If you know anything about football in the state of Michigan than you will understand how big of a deal this comment by Mike Hart was.
If you’ve ever had a brother then you will really understand.
Sometimes the best part about talking trash through the media is the response that you’ll get.
After Scott literally flew over to the interview I didn’t think it could get better, but then he called out anybody and anything that came to his mind.
This is kind of like the State of the Union, except Lennox Lewis is briefing us on the state of his opponent's face.
We’ve come back to Reggie a few times in this, but this is the real reason he is on the list.
He apparently thought the Knicks were choking the game away and he definitely let Spike Lee know how he felt about it.
I’m just going to go ahead and speculate that there was a lot of trash talking going on at this point of the game…
Mmm fans in Cleveland have to feel incredible when they see this.
You know what they say about payback...
I don’t know how the fight got turned onto the reporters, but somehow in Mike Tyson's head it was time to bite some ears.
Can you imagine being the poor reporter girl?
I mean, she sounded like she was yelling back and good for her, but really, that’s a fight you’re going to lose, homegirl.
What makes the Fab Five documentaries so shocking and I dare say ruthless is the fact that they actually had a chance to sit down and think, and then they could edit.
They still talked some real cold trash to the Dukies after all that.
Welker is making fun of Rex Ryan’s apparent foot fetish here.
What makes it so great, though, is how cunning and sly he was about it.
Easily one of the best trash talking moments of all time.
You know you are talking some mad trash when you tell Shannon Sharpe that he looks like a horse.
He started it!
I'm not going to get into a peeing contest with a skunk...
Ah, it's finally time for the Kobe Bryant verses Shaquille O’Neal feud, folks.
I’m not really sure what brought it up in the first place, but what ensued was pure trash talking brilliance.
One more than Shaq…
Okay I need to talk some trash for a minute.
Shaq is literally one of the worst rappers I have ever heard in my life.
Okay, now that I got that out of the way, this is great!
Tyson may have taken it a bit further than trash talking, but hey this is an all-time great.
I believe that when you tell a guy you will eat his children and then immediately walk away you have beaten him in a trash talking contest.
What separates Muhammad Ali from all the other trash talkers in sports is that his trash talk was almost magical.
When you can spit fire but do it in a way that sounds like Shakespeare…
The greatest in my book.
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