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Top 10 Sports Rants

VO: Rebecca Brayton
Script written by Derick McDuff. In sports, in the heat of the moment, it can be hard not to be emotional. Unfortunately for some people, those emotions can be a bit over the top. Join as we count down our picks for the top 10 rants in sports. For this list, we are looking at rants, outbursts and tirades from athletes and coaches both professionally and at the college level. Special thanks to our users Rico Goldstar and kurtcmaf316 for submitting the idea on our Suggestions Page at WatchMojo.comsuggest

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Script written by Derick McDuff.

Top 10 Sports Rants

In sports, in the heat of the moment, it can be hard not to be emotional. Unfortunately for some people, those emotions can be a bit over the top. Welcome to, and today we’re counting down our picks for the top 10 rants in sports.

For this list, we are looking at rants, outbursts and tirades from athletes and coaches both professionally and at the college level.

#10: I’m a Man! I’m 40!
Mike Gundy

Oklahoma State Cowboys football coach Mike Gundy was less than happy after hearing about an article that critiqued one of his players, accusing QB Bobby Reid of being soft, a mama’s boy and of losing the confidence of his coaches. Gundy loudly defended his player saying he’d done nothing wrong, that the article was primarily fiction and that the editor was garbage. Gundy continued to rant and rave, saying that it wasn’t fair to target a non-professional, and that perhaps the media should target a real adult, like himself, prompting the line, “Come after me! I’m a man, I’m 40!”

#9: His Entire Career
John McEnroe

Despite being one of the best tennis players of all time, Johnny Mac may be better known for his temper and tirades than his play. Unlike the other entries on this list, McEnroe didn’t have one particular moment where he seemed to lose his cool; instead he had a string of famous outbursts over the course of decades. McEnroe may have been one of the all-time bests at yelling at officials with classic lines like; “You guys the absolute pits of the world!” “The question, jerk!” and of course “You cannot be serious!”

#8: Real Fans Don’t Boo
Phil Esposito

At the height of the Cold War, and in an era when NHL players were still banned from competing at the Olympics, the question on everyone’s mind was: who’s really better, the Canadians or the Soviets? The Summit Series sought to answer that, with a head-to-head competition comprised of four games in each country. When the heavily favored Team Canada was booed following a Game 4 at-home loss, team leader Phil Esposito had some choice words for the fans. Esposito spoke with a sense of brevity, implying that the series was about much more than hockey, and many credit his speech with helping the Canadians turn the series around.

#7: Put That In Your Pipe and Smoke It
Hal McRae

At first, there seemed to be nothing out of the ordinary in a post-game interview with Royals manager Hal McRae following a loss. However, apparently, after his team had had a rough season the previous year and was off to a slow start in the current season, asking if he considered using a pinch hitter crossed the line. McRae immediately went into a frenzy, spewing profanities and throwing anything he could get his hands on across the room, even injuring one reporter with a gash to the face. After he’d expelled all the reporters from the room, he ended his rant with a classic line: “Put that in your f**king pipe and smoke it!”

#6: You Play to Win the Game
Herm Edwards

Things did not look good for coach Herm Edwards’ 2-5 New York Jets in 2002, but Herm never was one to give up. A few days after one loss, when asked about the team’s motivation to win, he delivered one of the most intense and motivational answers of all time. “You play to win the game!” quickly became Herm’s catchphrase, and he went on to write a book bearing that title. Perhaps more importantly for Herm and the ‘02 Jets: the speech sparked a turnaround that saw them win eight of their next ten games, including a 41-0 playoff game.

#5: Playoffs?
Jim Mora

If Herm Edwards was a motivational leader, Colts coach Jim Mora was anything but. It was 2001, and his team was 4-6, having just lost their latest to the 49ers. Mora began by discussing his disappointment with the Colts’ play, and that they’d turned the ball over five times. Actually, he didn’t have a lot of positive things to say about the team’s performance, calling it pitiful, and saying that it sucked. When asked about the team’s odds of making it into the playoffs, it’s safe to say that Mora was less than optimistic. In fact, he seemed doubtful his team could even pull off another victory during the regular season. P.S. They finished 6-10.

#4: The Crabtree Rant
Richard Sherman

When two divisional rivals met in the 2013 NFC Championship game, things were bound to get heated – especially when one of the league’s best receivers, Michael Crabtree, went up against one of the best corners, Richard Sherman. After Sherman’s Seattle Seahawks defeated the defending NFC champion 49ers with a game-saving move by Sherman himself – dubbed the Immaculate Deflection – he had some choice things to say to Crabtree or any other doubters, shouting next to a clearly disturbed Erin Andrews. Love him or hate him, Sherman’s attitude seemed to work for him and his team, as the Seahawks went on to win Super Bowl XLVIII (48) that year.

#3: I Want to Eat His Children!
Mike Tyson

Iron Mike was one of the most unpredictable boxers ever to step into the ring, and he always had a particular way with words. However, his erratic behavior when giving speeches reached an all-time high when he was hyping his much-anticipated match with Lennox Lewis. In one moment, Tyson compared himself to historical figures and the greatest boxers of all time, the next he described his skill with a flurry of adjectives, before finally making one of the most bizarre statements in the history of sports speeches “I want your heart! I want to eat his children.” He finished with a prayer.

#2: That’s How I Feel!
Kevin Borseth

A lot of coaches like to build up their rage during a rant, but Michigan Wolverines women’s basketball coach Kevin Borseth came in with a furious entrance unlike anyone else. Borseth was understandably upset after his team had just blown a 20 point lead that fateful day in 2008, and according to Borseth there was one thing to blame: offensive rebounds. Citing either his team’s lack of blocking skills or unfair refs as aggravating factors, Borseth went on for several minutes, before he seemed to run out of steam and finally apologized.

Before we reveal our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions:

- My Wife Can Score More Than 2 Buckets on 11 Shots
Barry Hinson

- Pens’ Defense Is Soft
Michel Therrien

- Ray Buchanan’s On His Own in a Snow Storm
Shannon Sharpe

- Little C*nts & Big C*nts
John Sitton

- They Are Who We Thought They Were
Dennis Green

- Dogs > Cats
David Bennett

#1: Practice
Allen Iverson

Allen Iverson has always been a, let’s call it, “charismatic” player. Notorious for saying and doing what he wanted on and off the court, Iverson was questioned one day after a loss in 2002 about his tendency to miss practices, and his response was one for the ages. He seemed skeptical about the importance of missing a few practices, and failed to see how his attendance would really impact his fellow players. But most importantly, A.I. wanted to make it explicitly clear that they were, in fact, talking about practice and not the game, so much so that he repeated the word “practice” in his rant over 20 times. Not the game… Practice.

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