The 25 Biggest Temper Tantrums in Sports History

David Daniels@TheRealDDanielsSenior Writer IJanuary 3, 2011

The 25 Biggest Temper Tantrums in Sports History

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    Whether it's a reaction to a bad call or a press conference meltdown, temper tantrums happen all too often in the world of sports.

    Where grown men play, the child inside is on display. No one will shed a tear on this list, but you'll be crying with laughter after watching 25 fits of rage.

    Here are the biggest temper tantrums in sports history.

25. Bobby Knight

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    It's called gamesmanship.

    The goal was just to distract the free throw shooter, but he just mistimed the throw of the chair.

24. Robbie Ftorek

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    What's the biggest thing I can throw?! The bench!

    Look at the guy to his left: "Hey, I was using that."

23. John McEnroe 1

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    John McEnroe: the king of the tantrum.

    You guys are the absolute pits of the world...

22. Ryan Leaf

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    What could that guy have said to make Leaf explode like that?

    Noting that the man didn't look like the aggravating type, I'd say:

    1) Somebody has to lose.

    2) There's always next year.

    3) There's always Canada.

21. Dennis Rodman 1

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    Rodman head-butts a ref, gets ejected, takes off and throws his jersey, calls out the ref, knocks over the Gatorade...

    And Phil Jackson is laughing his head off.

20. John McEnroe 2

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    What would McEnroe be known for if he played today with all the technology? The video camera is wrong!

    When he asks a question, you give him the answer to that question and his next one.

19. Dennis Green

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    I love how Green seems semi-calm but then all of a sudden just melts down.

    Classic phrase: "They are who we thought they were!"

18. Tim Belcher

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    14 Jul 1998:  Pitcher Tim Belcher #41 of the Kansas City Royals in action during a game against the Detroit Tigers at Tiger Stadium in Detroit, Michigan.  The Tigers defeated the Royals 8-3. Mandatory Credit: Rick Stewart  /Allsport
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    Tim Belcher Temper Tantrum

    This was after giving up the game-winning home run in the playoffs.

    After this video, I want to see Roger Clemens angry after giving up a game-winning home run.

17. Brent Sapergia

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    I know exactly what the owner saw in this coach when he hired him: resourcefulness.

    I'm just surprised he didn't start taking the players' equipment off and throwing it.

16. John Chaney

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    I'll kill you!

    To me, Chaney's outburst is surprising because he just looks like an innocent old man.

15. Dennis Rodman 2

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    I could have done a lot worse things than kicking somebody—I could have killed somebody!

    I love how the cameraman needed to be carried off the court on a stretcher.

14. Mike Sanford

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    Watch your step.

    The game's not over! We're not leaving the field!

13. John McEnroe 3

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    You can't teach an old dog new tricks.

    This old !@#$%& dog doesn't need any new !@#$%& tricks!

12. Derek Anderson

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    That's fine, that's fine, that's fine, that's fine, that's fine.

    Don't you dare laugh—it's not funny.

11. Carlos Perez

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    23 Apr 2000:  Carlos Perez #33 of the Los Angeles Dodgers walks on the field during the game against the Cincinnati Reds at Cinergy Field in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Dodgers defeated the Reds 11-3. Mandatory Credit: Harry How  /Allsport
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    Carlos Perez Temper Tantrum

    That's a pitcher swinging that bat, folks.

    He's in the National League for a reason: no designated hitter to take his at-bat.

10. Lou Piniella

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    Lou Piniella: an umpire's worst nightmare.

    The third base umpire probably has more spit on his face than dirt on his shoes after the tantrum.

9. Delmon Young

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    Some people automatically laugh when they are tickled.

    I automatically laugh when that bat hits the umpire.

8. Jim Everett

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    If you call me Chris one more time...CHRIS!

    Jim Rome is the man.

7. Kevin Borseth

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    That has to be the greatest entrance to a press conference ever.

    What else do you want to know?!

6. Mike Gundy

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    If I was that kid, I'd be more embarrassed after this press conference than after the article.

    I'm a man! I'm 40!

5. Carlos Zambrano

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    CHICAGO - JUNE 25: Starting pitcher Carlos Zambrano #38 of the Chicago Cubs looks for the catcher's signs in the 1st inning against the Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field on June 25, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. Zambrano was suspended indefinitely by
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    Carlos Zambrano Temper Tantrum

    Too bad there's no audio: It's always funny to hear someone that speaks a different language flip out.

    Stupido! Stupido! Stupido!

4. Hal McRae

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    You want to clear a room? Just start throwing everything.

    Put that in your !@#$%& pipe and smoke it!

3. Jim Playfair

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    I could make a pun out of his name, but that would be too corny.

    Jim Playfair's pet peeve is unfair calls. 

2. Joe Mikulik

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    Lou Piniella and Ozzie Guillen have a bad rep for their attitudes, but this guy takes it to a whole other level: perfection.

    The PA announcers make the whole episode even funnier.

1. Phillip Wellman

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    Who is Phillip Wellman? He's the greatest manger in Atlanta Braves history.

    Seriously though, what is it with minor league managers?

    David Daniels is an NFL Featured Columnist and Writing Intern at Bleacher Report and a Syndicated Writer. Follow him at One Yard Short.com or on Twitter.