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Saturday, September 22, 2012

Temper Temper: Sports Tantrums of Summer

Summer is the hottest season of the year.  So, it should come as no surprise that quite a few tempers boiled over.  In this addition, we have baseball, basketball, tennis and, of course, stock car racing.

Minor League Game ... Major League Meltdown.  Clearly, the best baseball in America is played in the Major Leagues.  But, the minor leagues have given us some of the best baseball tantrums of all time.  Joe Mikulik, manager of the single A Asheville Tourists made name for himself back in 2006 with an epic tantrum.  Mikulik was back at it again this July when he lost control in a game against the Charleston River Dogs.  The best part about this video is the play-by-play commentary from the local news anchors.

Olympic Sized Low Blow.  Back in the 17th century, France and Spain fought each other in the Thirty Years War.  This summer, another international incident was nearly ignited when the two nations faced each other on the basketball court during the London Olympics.  This video really doesn't require any further commentary.

Rubbin' is Racin'.  Whenever NASCAR heads to Bristol, tempers are sure to flare.  At this year's August night race, Danica Patrick had the cutest tantrum of the season.  But, it was Tony Stewart who stole the show with the most perfectly executed helmet throw of all time.  Notice the two-handed, southpaw technique.

Kicking and Screaming.  Thanks to John McEnroe, tennis has long had a reputation for spoiled brat outbursts.  But, David Nalbandian took things to a whole new level back in June when he bloodied a line judge at the Aegon Championships at Queens.

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