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Monday, December 30, 2013

Best Sports Tantrums of 2013

2013 is coming to an end.  Most other sites are putting together year in review columns that praise a year of excellence in athletics.  Well, not Banshee Sports.  If you want to reminisce about Phil Mickelson winning the British Open or Peyton Manning setting the NFL TD passing record, there are plenty of other sites out there to fill that need.  At Banshee Sports, we are continuing our annual tradition of featuring absurdity in the sports world.  And so, without further ado, we present the Best Sports Tantrums of 2013.  These debacles are presented in chronological order.

1. Basebrawl.  The World Baseball Classic is supposed to be an international celebration of a peaceful and passive game.  But, when Mexico and Canada squared off in pool play on March 9, 2013, the teams were not in a celebratory mood.  Perhaps the Canadians nerves are still raw over the Zimmerman Telegram.  Or perhaps the Mexicans just take the unwritten rules of baseball just a little too seriously.  At any rate, what ensued was one of the finest basebrawls you'll ever see.  This fight features haymakers and body slams and ends with a confrontation between the Canadian players and Mexican fans.  Good thing that the United States is situated between these two countries or else we might see the military version of chin music coming up in the next few weeks.

2.  Friday Night Fights.  I know that people in Texas think they have the market cornered on serious high school football.  Well, evidently, things can get pretty serious on Friday nights in Pennsylvania, too.  On September 6, 2013, Hamburg High faced off against Anville-Cleona.  In the third quarter, a routine skirmish broke out between the two teams.  Then, Joey Cominsky, a senior quarterback and safety for Hamburg, took things to a whole other lever when he ripped the helmet off an opposing lineman and then beat him over the head with it.  Cominsky was ejected from the game and served a mandatory one-game suspension.  Then the law stepped in, and Cominsky was charged with assault and disorderly conduct.

3.  Fight Night in Toronto.  The NHL is the best friend of this column.  The Temper Temper column had been having a slow year until hockey got back on the ice, and we didn't even have to wait for the regular season.  This is a great fight under any circumstances, but it is especially great because it happened during a preseason game.  And, if you stick with this to the end, you'll get to see one of the greatest treats in hockey: a full-fledged goalie fight.

4.  College Class.  Most Big Ten football fans like to root against Ohio State.  That's partly because they win a lot.  But it's also because just when you start to not hate them, they give you a gem like this.  Like many Big Ten fans, I woke up on the morning of The Game with a resolution to root for the Buckeyes.  I wanted to see the Big Ten in the national championship game.  And then this happened.  After the initial fight, you can go ahead and skip ahead to the 3:00 mark.  And then we all remembered just why the Buckeyes are so easy to hate.

5.  A Bear and a Monkey.  Okay.  This is not in chronological order.  And it might not even really be a sport.  But, this video from the Spring Tantrums post is just too outrageous to leave off the Best of 2013 list.  There is really no end to the comments I could make about this video.  But, I'll just say that this is simultaneously the funniest and most violent sports tantrum I've ever seen.

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