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The 17 Greatest Sports Rants of All-Time

by: Esteban On  Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Tags:  MLB   NFL   NHL   Rants   Sports  

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Football fans across America didn’t really need another reason to root for the Broncos and against the Seahawks in Super Bowl XLVIII. Everyone already hated the Seahawks and their fans. But apparently Richard Sherman wasn’t convince, and he wanted to be absolutely sure that his team was the most hated team in the NFL. So, after Seattle beat San Francisco on Sunday night, he went on that epic rant against Michael Crabtree during his interview with Erin Andrews.

Classless? Unsportsmanlike? Entertaining? Hilarious? Personally I think, yes, it was all of the above. And that’s what makes it one of of the greatest rants in the history of pro sports. But where does it rank among all the other epic rants we’ve seen over the years? Well, that’s the question we’re asking today. And if you want our answer, then take a look at our complete rankings.

Obviously, this list is completely correct, as usual. However, if you really think we missed one, by all means leave a comment and let us know.



17. Bart Scott

Before there was Richard Sherman there was Bart Scott, ranting about how nobody respected his team after beating the Patriots in 2011. Scott may have lacked some of Sherman’s vitriol, but that whole “pretending to be an airplane” thing was a really nice touch.


16. Serena Williams

What made Serena’s rant against the chair umpire at the 2011 U.S. Open amazing wasn’t the profanity. It was the lack of profanity. Rather than blowing up and unleashing a string of cuss words at the official, Serena rather calmly says she is “out of control,” “a hater,” “unattractive inside,” and “a loser”—then she cites her First Amendment right to free speech…and to not be looked at.

God bless America!


15. Rick Pitino

Remember when Rick Pitino tried his hand at coaching professional basketball? Well, it didn’t go that well. And in 2000, after a particularly tough loss to the Toronto Raptors, Pitino demanded that Boston sports fans stop harboring unrealistic expectations—which is like asking the sky to stop being blue.


14. Kevin Keegan

This one seems relatively tame, but in England it was a huge deal. In 1996, former Newcastle manager (and former two-time Ballon d’Or winner) Kevin Keegan gave legendary Manchester United Manager Sir Alex Ferguson—who was pretty much untouchable in the British press—a piece of his mind over the supposed “mind games” the latter was trying to play.

Unfortunately, those mind games worked. Newcastle ended up collapsing, Manchester United won the EPL title, and Keegan quit Newcastle the very next year.


13. Matt Mahanic

This college coach’s rant probably wouldn’t be all that special if not for the fact the sport he coaches is golf. I mean, despite the fact that golf is one of the most infuriating sports on earth to play, you rarely see or hear this kind of rage from a coach or player. However, on this day in 2012, the Huntington College golf team sure got an earful.


12. Bobby Knight Light

Here is how legendary NCAA basketball coach Bobby Knight talked to reporters…


11. Bob Knight Extra Strength

…And here is how he talked to his players. Sounds like a great guy to be around.


10. Phyllis from Mulga

Every day there are ridiculous rants from callers on sports talk radio shows, but this one really stands out. For one thing, her name is Phyllis and she is from a town called Mulga. For another thing, the woman is personally offended and believes every single fan of the Alabama Crimson Tide has been insulted simply because ESPN’s Danny Kannell had the nerve to say Alabama was not the best team in the country. It’s just priceless.


9. Kellen Winslow

Let’s all remember that the college kid acting all macho here after a 2003 loss to the Tennessee Volunteers is the very same man who was arrested in November of 2013 because he was smoking synthetic marijuana…and and because a woman saw him masturbating in his car in a Target parking lot. (Seriously. Police even found two opened containers of vaseline in his console. Two!)


8. Richard Sherman

So here we have it. Richard Sherman’s post-NFC Championship Game victory rant comes in at #8, which is pretty good.

That being said, now you’re going to see why it probably will never rank any higher.


7. Barry Hinson

Any time a coach brings his wife into a rant, you know it’s going to be good. And that’s exactly what Southern Illinois basketball coach Barry Hinson did back in December of 2013 in a rant that made him (temporarily, anyway) a household name.


6. John McEnroe

John McEnroe is one of the greatest ranters in sports history. In fact, he’s probably known more today for his temper than he is for his remarkable accomplishments on the tennis court. This particular rant from the 1981 Wimbledon tournament was by far his most quotable.


5. Mike Tyson

There is just so much to unpack here. The references to Allah, the vocabulary, the threats of cannibalism, the utter inability to even try to answer the actual question being asked—this was Mike Tyson at his craziest. You’ve got to love it.


4. Allen Iverson

In case you haven’t noticed, the top rants in sports history happen to be extremely quotable. And certainly Allen Iverson’s remarks from a press conference on May 2002 were nothing if not quotable.

What were they talking about again?


3. Jim Mora

Just like Allen Iverson, former Indianapolis Colts coach Jim Mora will forever be remembered for the way in which he uttered a particular p-word at a 2001 press conference following a blowout loss to the 49ers. Of course, for Mora that word wasn’t “practice.” It was “playoffs.”


2. Mike Gundy

When it comes to quotable rants, it’s hard to find a better one that this one from OSU football coach Mike Gundy in 2007 after he felt a newspaper reporter unfairly slammed one of his players. “I’m a man! I’m 40!” is just an all-time classic.


1. Lee Elia [NSFW]

Of course, when it comes to rants, no one beats former Cubs skipper Lee Elia. In 1983, fed up with a line of questioning at a post-game press conference, this dude absolutely tore Cubs fans a new one and gave us one of the greatest quotes in baseball history:

“What…what the f–k am I supposed to do? Go out there and get destroyed,and be quiet about it? For the f–kin’ nickel/dime people that show up? The motherf–kers don’t even work! That’s why they’re out at the f–kin’ game! They ought to get a f–kin’ job and find out what it’s like to go out and earn a f–kin’ living. Eighty-five percent of the f–kin’ world is working. The other fifteen come out here. A f–kin’ playground for the c–ksuckers.”

If any manager today said something like this he’d be out of work about ten minutes later. However, this being 1983, Elia actually kept his job for another four months.