Great Beer Moments in Sports

Nick Dimengo@@itsnickdimengoFeatured ColumnistAugust 5, 2014

Great Beer Moments in Sports

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    If there's one thing that goes hand-in-hand with sports, it's the beer that fans enjoy while watching their teams play.

    And whether that means going to a bar to watch with fellow fans or just cracking open a sixer with a few buddies on your couch, a few cold beers can go a long way in helping deal with an outcome of a game—both good and bad.

    Since there have been plenty of hilarious beer moments over the years, I figured I'd give you the ones that should be recognized as the greatest beer moments in sports.

Drinking Beer from the Stanley Cup

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    It has long been a tradition for hockey players of the winning NHL team to drink a frothy beer out of the top of the Stanley Cup Trophy.

    And, personally, I think it's one of the coolest things ever.

    In fact, comedian Seth Rogen proved that one doesn't have to be an athlete to chug a few suds from it, getting his chance to do it at a charity event just a few weeks ago with the help of Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban.

Catch and Chug

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    Who needs to bring a glove to a major baseball game when they can just use their plastic beer cup?

    This Seattle Mariners fan proved that hauling around a piece of leather isn't necessary. He not only caught a foul ball in his beer cup but then promptly chugged the brew shortly thereafter.

    He could have gotten more in his mouth than on the front of his jacket, but, still, it was a wise move to land some face time, dude.

Phillies Beer Vendor Catches Foul Ball

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    Just like the aforementioned plastic beer cup guy, one Philadelphia Phillies beer vendor got creative when it came to snagging a foul ball.

    While other fans might try to foolishly catch a liner with their bare hands—no doubt leaving them stinging like hell—Earl Chaney used the bucket of beer on top of his head to gain a souvenir, which, of course, got the attention of his section, who cheered him on.

    I wonder if it led to more beer sales, though.

Any Locker Room Celebration

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    Arguably the most exciting moment in any athlete's career is winning a championship.

    And while our favorite players are always seen first jumping around the field or court with their teammates and others within the organization, when they get into the locker room, the celebration turns into a full-fledged drunkfest.

    With beer and champagne being sprayed everywhere, it's safe to assume that the party is a lot better than any New Year's Eve shindig any of us have ever been to.

Cubs Fan Commits Major Fail

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    For anyone who has ever had the privilege to sit with the Bleacher Bums in Wrigley Field, you know how great that experience can be—except when something like this happens.

    A longstanding tradition of the outfield rug rats is to throw back a home run ball that is hit by an opposing playera small, lightheartedly disrespectful gesture.

    But one Cubbies fan might want to be a little more aware of his surroundings, as his attempt to do so ended up going way wrong. He nailed a beer out of the hand of a fellow supporter, splashing beer all over the folks around him.

Jacoby Jones May Have Had a Few

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    I'm not sure if Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Jacoby Jones is drunk in this interview during a New Orleans Pelicans vs. Sacramento Kings game, but it sure seems that way, doesn't it?

    A New Orleans native, Jones was asked about his pending free agency this offseason and his training regimen, which he answered as brutally honest—and sloppy—as possible.

    For anyone who has ever been around a drunk person, Jones appears to be showing similar traits, and if he wasn't somehow drunk in this instance, he definitely was a few months later when he and a few Ravens teammates allegedly got booted from a club for being too boozy, according to TMZ (h/t Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk).

Drunk on the Today Show

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    The multiple stories of the Olympic Village are legendary, so, as one would imagine, when you take athletes and put them among one another, weird things are going to happen.

    That's why hearing U.S. women's national soccer team goalie Hope Solo admit to partying all night with actor Vince Vaughn during the 2008 Beijing Games and then going on live TV for an interview while still boozed up shouldn't be all that surprising.

    Solo and her teammates took in every second of the Olympic experience—even if some of the memories were foggy.

John Daly Tee Shot off Beer Can

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    One of the longest drivers on the PGA Tour, John Daly showed that he doesn't need a tee to knock the snot out of a golf ball.

    Daly showed that when, a few years ago, he teed up his ball by placing it on Kid Rock's beer can, presumably smacking the thing hundreds of yards down the fairway with a simple swing.

    Say what you want about the guy, but Daly sure knows how to use his driver—remember, he also drove a ball off a tee in a model's mouth earlier this year.

Beer Kiss Cam

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    As everyone probably knows, PDA is never a good look—especially when it's on the Jumbotron at a sporting event on the Kiss Cam.

    But when that PDA happens to be a cold beer, well, that's an entirely different story.

    This guy proved that by shunning the lady next to him—who, I assume, was with him—and showing just how much he loved the beverage he was enjoying during the game he was watching.

Accidentally Catches Foul Ball in Beer

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    While I showed you a Seattle Mariners fan using his beer cup to catch a foul ball on purpose, a Boston Red Sox fan actually had a one-in-a-million chance to do the same thing by accident.

    While he was seemingly enjoying good conversation in a box above home plate, a ball ricochets off a few fans in front of him and straight into his beer cup, leaving him soaked in suds before he drinks what's left.

    Sure, he was uncomfortable the rest of the game, but that's a small price to pay for making highlight shows everywhere that night.

Howard Cosell Throws Up

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    I don't know about you, but for me, the best way to stay warm on a chilly day is to take down as much alcohol as possible.

    That seemed to be the thought that legendary commentator Howard Cosell had, as he did just that while broadcasting a 16-degree game between the Philadelphia Eagles and New York Giants back in 1970, allegedly sucking back on Grandpa's juice a bit too much.

    In fact, Cosell had so much to drink that he actually threw up into his colleague Don Meredith's cowboy boots.

    Classic Cosell, if you ask me.

52 Beers in One Flight

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    I'm not sure about you, but one thing that's always a treat for me is enjoying a beer while flying.

    I don't use it to help relax any nerves; it's just a good way to make a long trip go a little bit faster, and if you're lucky, it might even make you pass out during most of it.

    One athlete, though—former Australian cricketer David Boon—proved during a 1989 flight that he is a first-class drinker, downing 52 beers on a single flight from Australia to England.

    If you're wondering, yes, he was able to walk off the aircraft under his own power—now that's a professional drinker!

Touchdown Celebration

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    We all may be familiar with the fact that the NFL typically stands for the "No Fun League," due to the strict rules on celebrating big plays, but not every football league is as harsh.

    Take the Legends Football League—formerly known as the Lingerie Football League—which saw the quarterback for the Chicago Bliss, Heather Furr, score six points and do what every athlete probably wishes he or she could do—slam a beer!

    There have been some remarkably memorable scoring celebrations, but I think Furr's takes home the gold, because this is amazing.

Fan Steals Ball from Favre

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    There have been many memorable field-rushers over the years, but Cincinnati Bengals fan Greg Gall has to be in the Hall of Fame.

    During a late fourth-quarter drive in a 2005 game between the Bengals and Green Bay Packers, Gall didn't just run onto the field and get a few seconds of fame before getting taken out by security, but actually stole the ball right out of future Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre's hands!

    Of course, after juking a few guards who embarrassingly ran into each other, the dude got taken to the turf—but only after his one shining moment.

    Oh, booze, you can make us do nearly anything.

David Wells' Perfect Game

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    This is one of the most legendary stories ever.

    Before a game in 1998, former MLB pitcher David Wells wasn't just enjoying a few beers before his start the next day but rather partying it up with the Saturday Night Live cast until 5:30 a.m.

    Instead of calling in sick to work the next day as most of us would, Wells went out and retired each Minnesota Twins batter he faced, tossing a perfect game and, of course, continuing the party shortly thereafter with his New York Yankees teammates.

    You know what they say: The best hangover cure is to just keep on drinking.