'Milly Rock' vs. 'Dabbin': The Biggest Debate in Sports

Giancarlo Ferrari-King@@GiancarloKingFeatured ColumnistOctober 20, 2015

Cincinnati Bengals running back Jeremy Hill (32) celebrates his touchdown during the first half of an NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015, in Orchard Park, N.Y. (AP Photo/Gary Wiepert)
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So, what exactly is "Milly Rock," and what is this "Dabbin" that people have become so fond of?

Two dances that have emerged from the depths of popular culture have turned a group of athletes' celebration games into a battlefield for supremacy.

Defensive tackle Dominique Easley of the New England Patriots—a Milly Rock guy—gave his preferred dance a little dose of national recognition when he sacked Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck on Week 6's edition of Sunday Night Football.

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Besides Easley graciously unveiling the Milly Rock in front of Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth, Cincinnati Bengals running back Jeremy Hill used it to celebrate paydirt earlier in the day after he plunged into the end zone for a 13-yard score.

He also plugged the dance shortly after his team left Rex Ryan's defensive vault victorious:

What's going on here? How have these two dances suddenly become such a big deal?

A little True Detective work reveals that this isn't an isolated incident. Plenty of NFL players such as Tavon Austin, Chris Baker and Muhammad Wilkerson have all gotten their Milly Rock on at some point this season—peep the YouTube video for a sliver of strategic evidence.

Warning: Video has possible NSFW lyrics.

On the flip side, Dabbin' has caught fire too, mainly thanks to everyone's favorite athlete, LeBron James—courtesy of DJ Steph Floss' Instagram account:

Don't worry, plenty of other sports icons have jumped on board the Dab train as well:

Warning: Video has possible NSFW lyrics.

The dance may look intimidating on the surface, but there's no need to stress. Anyone can do it.

You can trace this stuff back to the vibrant hip-hop scenes that have emerged out of Atlanta and New York City. People such as 2 Milly and Migos—to name a few—have helped both waves bounce off the ground and reach Neil Armstrong heights.

MTV2's Kazeem Famuyide parlayed this fad into a question worthy of the next Republican presidential debate:

Now you know, ladies and gentlemen. If you happen to see any NFL or NBA dudes bopping around or waving their hands in celebration, chances are they're either Team Dab or Team Milly Rock.

All we need now to complete this war is a few head coaches awkwardly breaking it down in the locker room after a win. Come to think of it, Bishop Timon St. Jude high basketball coach, Desmond Randall, has the right idea:

The world is patiently waiting on you, coach. Your move.

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