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15 Most Famous (or Infamous) Cases of Streaking in Sports

by: Esteban On  Sunday, August 19, 2012
Tags:  Funny   Lists   Streakers  

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England has contributed a lot to the world of sports. They’ve given us soccer. They’ve given us rugby. They’ve given us (indirectly) American football. And they’ve given us tennis—or at least the modern version.

Oh, right, and they’ve given us sports streaking.

Yes, while streaking in North America was pretty much confined to college campuses and hippy drum circles, the Brits brought the 1970s fad into the world of sports, with the first known instance occurring at a rugby game in 1974. Since then, there have been hundreds (or maybe even thousands) of cases of people ditching their clothes and interrupting pro sports events.

Of course, not all of these were particularly memorable. I mean, after a while, watching a pasty white guy run naked across the field at a EPL game gets kind of boring. But some streakers have found ways to stand out from the naked pack. And it’s these memorable ones we’re looking at today.

15. The Rally Streaker

cardinals phillies streaker may 2012

When: May 24, 2012

Where: Busch Stadium, St. Louis, MO

Degree of Difficulty: 5

Style Points: 6

Overall Score: 7

Comments: This case of sports streaking form a Cardinals-Phillies game earlier this season wasn’t all that original, but he made the security guys run a lot. Also, baseball streakers are rare, so I gave him a bonus point for that.

(PS, the title “Rally Streaker” is obviously a reference to the St. Louis Rally Squirrel.)

14. Cricket Streaker Taken Out

cricket streaker australia-india may 4 2008

When: March 4, 2008

Where: The Gabba, Brisbane, Australia

Degree of Difficulty: 5

Style Points: 8

Overall Score: 7

Comments: This instance occurred during a cricket match between Australia and India. It gets a high score for style because he got taken out hard by Australia’s Andrew Symonds.

13. U.S. Open '03

brittney skye u.s. open streaker

When: June 15, 2003

Where: Olympia Fields Country Club, Olympia Fields, Illinois

Degree of Difficulty: 6

Style Points: 7

Overall Score: 7

Comments: Online gambling website Golden Palace has “sponsored” a number of sports streakers over the years, but they were usually flabby guys nobody wants to look at. For the 2003 U.S. Open, however, they hired porn star Brittney Skye. She’d have been higher on the list if she didn’t chicken out and cover her nipples. (I don’t think it was a matter of modesty, but rather a desire not to get charged with public indecency.)

12. Streaker Scores a Try

A Streaker dives over the tryline

When: April 25, 2004

Where: Halliwell Jones Stadium, Warrington, England

Degree of Difficulty: 7

Style Points: 9

Overall Score: 8

Comments: This guy ran out onto the field during a rugby Challenge Cup semifinal between St. Helens and Huddersfield, then dove through the uprights, which was awesome.

11. Streaker at Nude Rugby Game

streaker at nude rugby game (2011)

When: September 24, 2011

Where: New Zealand

Degree of Difficulty: 5

Style Points: 6

Overall Score: 8

Comments: This lady gets bonus points for streaking nude at a nudist rugby tournament match between the New Zealand Nude Blacks (a pun on the national team’s name—the All Blacks) and the Romanian Vampires.

10. Grand Prix of England '98

F1 Grand Prix of England streaker

When: July 12, 2008

Where: Silverstone, England

Degree of Difficulty: 8

Style Points: 8

Overall Score: 8

Comments: It takes balls to streak at a Formula One event.

9. Wimbledon '00

When: July 3, 2000

Where: All-England Tennis Club

Degree of Difficulty: 7

Style Points: 8

Overall Score: 8

Comments: This is the world’s most successful professional streaker, Mark Roberts. We’ll be seeing more of him on this list. In this instance, he gets bonus points for streaking during a ladies doubles match featuring none other than Anna Kournikova. (He wrote “only the balls should bounce” on his chest, which was the slogan of Kournikova’s Wonderbra ad campaign.)

8. Sheffield's Smooching Streaker

streaker kisses john hills of sheffield

When: October 24, 2005

Where: Hillsborough Stadium, Sheffield, England

Degree of Difficulty: 8

Style Points: 9

Overall Score: 8.5

Comments: Only a female streaker could pull this one off. If it were a dude, he’d have been kicked in the nuts before he got anywhere near Sheffield’s John Hills.

7. British Open '00

2000 British Open Streaker

When: July 23, 2000

Where: Old Course at St. Andrews, St. Andrews, Scotland

Degree of Difficulty: 7

Style Points: 8

Overall Score: 8.5

Comments: This streaker gets points for context—it was the 18th hole on the final day at the British Open at the world’s most historic golf club. Also, she interrupted Tiger Woods, kind of foreshadowing what was to come for the world’s greatest golfer.

6. World Swimming Championships '03

world swimming championships mark roberts streaking in tutu

When: July 2003

Where: Barcelona, Spain

Degree of Difficulty: 9

Style Points: 9

Overall Score: 9

Comments: This is another great moment in sports streaking courtesy of Mark Roberts. It came during the Synchronized finals.

5. Wimbledon '06

2006 wimbledon streaker sharapova match

When: July 4, 2006

Where: All-England Tennis Club

Degree of Difficulty: 9

Style Points: 9

Overall Score: 9.25

Comments: a 29-year-old MTV VJ from Holland named Sander Lantinga did a cartwheel during a quarterfinal match between Maria Sharapova and Elena Dementieva. That’s some clutch streaking.

4. The Moruya Race Track Streaker

When: Feb 16, 2008

Where: Moruya Jockey Club, New South Whales, Australia

Degree of Difficulty: 10

Style Points: 9

Overall Score: 9.5

Comments: this legendary case of sports streaking came courtesy of a drunk dude celebrating his bachelor party at the track with 25 of his buddies. It’s easily the most dangerous case on this list.

3. British Open '95

1995 british open streaker john daly>

When: July 23, 1995

Where: Old Course at St. Andrews, St. Andrews, Scotland

Degree of Difficulty: 7

Style Points: 10

Overall Score: 9.5

Comments: Here’s another one that occurred at the world’s most famous golf course. This guy gets a perfect score for style, given the message written on his back.

2. Wimbledon '96

1996 wimbledon streaker

When: July 6, 1996

Where: All-England Tennis Club

Degree of Difficulty: 8

Style Points: 10

Overall Score: 9.5

Comments: this streaker, 23-year-old student Melissa Johnson, gets bonus points for being the first streaker ever to halt a match at Wimbledon, for choosing such a great time to do it (the men’s final), and for helping to create one of sports’ most iconic photographs.

1. Super Bowl XXXVIII

When: February 1, 2004

Where: Reliant Stadium, Houston, Texas

Degree of Difficulty: 10

Style Points: 10

Overall Score: 10

Comments: the only perfect score on the list is courtesy of—who else?–Mark Roberts. The guy managed to get out on to the field dressed as a referee before stripping down and doing a 50-yard dash. Of course, the whole thing was overshadowed by nipple-gate, which had happened just 15 minutes earlier, and they didn’t show it on American TV. Luckily it lives on thanks to the Dutch broadcast.




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