Every year we have our share of sports meltdowns. And when we do, inevitably it will bring back some of the classics. The old ones like Tommy Lasorda and Todd Stottlemyre are strictly audio. Some like Ryan Leaf and the minor league manager throwing the rosin grenade are on video. Below are some of my favorite sports meltdowns. I'm sure I forgot some, please feel free to send me some of your favorite sports meltdowns and I'll be sure to get them up on the site.
The biggest news of Monday night in Syracuse wasn’t the Orange beating West Virginia in Big East Conference hoops. It’s what came afterward. In his postgame press conference, Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim used much of his time to criticize a beat writer’s work in comparing him to other prominent Big East coaches.
At the forefront was his recent record against Rick Pitino and his argument that the story didn’t include his record earlier in his career with Pitino. The rant also included an awkward exchange with the beat writer when she couldn’t tell Boeheim what his record was against former West Virginia coach John Beilein.
When his rant drew criticism on talk shows and such on Tuesday, Boeheim’s rant only spilled over onto a local radio show. In the following interview, he enjoys a constructive argument with the host, Danny Parkins, about the press conference itself and then about comments Parkins has made during the course of the season that Boeheim doesn’t agree with.
If you think the video rant is funny, make sure to listen to the radio portion in its entirety as the debate back and forth between Boeheim and Parkins could not be done justice in transcription. So, here you go, two Boeheim media rants for the price of one …
Jim Boeheim joined The Score 1260 in Syracuse with Danny Parkins to discuss his postgame press conference calling out local beat reporters, why he thinks the media are thin-skinned, if he thinks he’s covered fairly and how much longer he’ll coach in Syracuse.
On his postgame press conference where he called out reporters:
“When do you think I can express my opinion? That’s the only time I have to express an opinion about what I feel about what’s going on in our program and in town. That’s really the only time I have.”
His argument about reporters reporting segments of time:
“I find it very unusual that in your hometown paper they’re going to write about a specific coaching matchup. … It was about fairness and it was about, I don’t believe you can pick a segment just like if you do 100 straight radio shows, you’re going to have a few bad ones in there. … I think it’s bad if someone writes just about your bad ones and doesn’t balance it with other matchups or other things that are good.”
On the media being thin-skinned:
“I asked [the reporter a question]. You guys ask me questions all the time, that’s part of my job. When you get asked a question back, you react like you do, you don’t like it. But you know why? Because the media probably has the thinnest skin of any group in the world. Not in the country, in the world.”
Comparing his relationship with the local media to the national media and whether he’s covered fairly:
Is there anything funnier than a post-game rant in the NFL? The answer is yes, a post-game rant in the NFL by a bad quarterback who just played a horrendous game on national television.
So when Derek Anderson went off on Monday night, it was likely funnier than whatever joke it was that got him in the predicament.
You see, when Anderson — who completed just 16 of 35 passes for 196 yards and an interception — was on the sidelines in the fourth quarter, down three touchdowns to San Francisco, cameras caught him laughing with a teammate. In the press conference afterward, he was asked what was so funny. It only got better from there.
XTRA Sports 910 in Phoenix brings us the audio from Derek Anderson as a reporter tries to figure out what was so funny on the sidelines during a 27-6 loss to San Francisco and Anderson tries to explain himself by using a variety of profanities to explain himself before walking off. Note that we’ve cleaned it up for the kids.
On whether he could say what was said that was so funny:
“What Deuce [Lutui] and I talk about is no one else’s business.”
On why anything would be funny when down three touchdowns in the fourth quarter:
“It wasn’t funny. I wasn’t laughing about anything.”
After being told the cameras showed him laughing:
“Ok, that’s fine. That’s fine. That’s fine. I’m not laughing about it. You think this is funny, I take this s*** serious, real serious. I put my heart and soul into this s***.”
After the reporter said, ‘All I’m saying is the cameras showed it:’
The Memphis Grizzlies have been to the NBA playoffs three times in their 15-year existence. Coincidentally, those three years were the only winning seasons in franchise history. The Grizzlies’ winning percentage has gone up since moving to Memphis in 2001, but they are still 126 games under .500 since then and hadn’t won more than 24 games in three seasons until going 40-42 last year.
That said, with the recent squabbling between Grizzlies majority owner Michael Heisley and the agents of his incoming rookies, the Grizzlies could be heading back in the wrong direction. They are the only team in the league that hasn’t signed their first-round picks, which is usually a pretty fast and simple process in the Association.
And after listening to the following radio interview, it’s not very hard to see why the franchise has struggled. Sure, they’ve always been a small-market team in a big-market league, but I can’t imagine how Heisley would go over in a big market. If you’ve got the time, listen to the full 35+ minutes of his fifth-grade arguments and his interesting and sometimes oddball philosophies and decide for yourself. If you don’t have that much time, here are the highlights … or rather, lowlights.
Memphis Grizzlies owner Michael Heisley joined 730 Fox Sports Memphis with The Chris Vernon Show to discuss the Xavier Henry contract situation, why the Grizzlies have decided to make it a situation, how the NBA owner has never read the Collective Bargaining Agreement, how he feels about the media, his signing of Allen Iverson, his drafting of Hasheem Thabeet, his not signing Hakeem Warrick (note that he doesn’t know how to pronounce Hakeem’s last name) and whether he’s got the right people surrounding him to make sound basketball decisions.
On the situation surrounding incoming rookie Xavier Henry and why the Grizzlies haven’t signed him:
“The situation is that, the facts are, that in the Collective Bargaining Agreement for draft contracts, there’s a 40 percent available for what they call a performance clause. So, in that, you can ask the players to make a reasonable performance factor. So we put in some performance criteria and the agent Arn Tellem, for Xavier, he thinks that’s not right and not fair so he has advised his client not to sign.”
On why he has added those performance clauses while most other NBA teams don’t use them in rookie contracts:
“I guess the good question is why doesn’t the rest of the league do it? They negotiated it. It’s part of the collective bargaining agreement. I assume it was put in there — I don’t know, I was not part of that negotiation — but normally you don’t put something like that into the wage scale thing unless you intend to have a performance criteria. Obviously other teams have chose not to use it. There have been teams that have used it. There are teams this year that are using it. But there’s absolutely no question the vast majority of teams have not used it.”
On the fact that teams likely do it to ensure agents aren’t representing players for free and to keep agents happy:
“Good agents, like Arn Tellem, does a lot more for his players than basically what we’re talking about. But I cannot believe that that’s the reason it was negotiated into the collective bargaining agreement. I guess the point is that I think it’s reasonable to have some reasonable performance situation or the league should have just basically said ‘We’re not doing this anymore.’ … I’m not trying to be a hard person about this. I do not have anything against Xavier Henry. I definitely don’t have anything against Arn Tellem. I’m just doing what I think is the proper thing to do. I understand that that may not sit well with the agents and with the player, but quite honestly, I think that’s part of the performance. It doesn’t sit well with me when I get a player that comes out and he’s a rookie and he turns out to be a long-term contract and … virtually doesn’t contribute anything to the team, either.”
On whether, then, Xavier Henry is paying the price for past rookies who have underperformed:
The average golfer might have broken a few clubs, launched into a tirade, and/or demolished the bunker. And they probably would’ve been playing in a weekend scramble. But when a goofy bunker wound up stealing Dustin Johnson’s chance to win the PGA Championship on Sunday, he simply took the high road, stated his case and headed home.
On Monday, he was ready to board a boat in Florida, trying to forget about the whole catastrophe from the day before. Or perhaps he already had.
While you or I might still be out there trying to plug a rules official into that sand, Johnson somehow took the whole thing in stride while everyone else around the country argued about it.
Dustin Johnson joined 97.5 the Fanatic in Philadelphia with Harry Mayes and Tony Bruno to discuss how he was able to sleep Sunday night, how he’s been able to gracefully shake off two blunders in major championships this year, why he didn’t think his second shot on the 18th hole on Sunday was in a bunker, how there was nobody involved that believed it was a sand trap, what would have happened if he had sunk the putt to “win” the tournament and why he didn’t go ballistic when told of the ruling.
On shaking off mishaps in blunders:
“Looking back at yesterday I fought hard all day. Coming down the stretch I hit some really good golf shots and made birdies when I needed to. I had a lot more chances on the backside where I felt like I hit some really good putts that just didn’t go in. I’ve got to look at the positives. I’m really proud of myself for the way that I’ve played. And also, I made the Ryder Cup team, too, which is an unbelievable accomplishment.”
On why a rules guy couldn’t have told him it was a bunker:
“I was wondering that myself. But, it’s not up to them, it’s up to me. Obviously I never once thought I was in a bunker. I know the rules of golf very well and I know that I can’t ground my club in a bunker. But it never even crossed my mind that I was in a bunker. But that’s how it goes. I made a mistake.”
On what the bunker looked like to him:
“There was all kinds of grass in it. Obviously people had been walking in it. What it looked like, to me, was just a bare spot. It’s real sandy out there when you get off the fairway no matter where you are. It just looked like a bare spot where people had worn it down from the crowd walking on it. There was no definition to it at all. Every sand trap on that whole course, you can tell it’s a sand trap because it has a distinct definition and outline in it. Even going back and looking on the TV, there’s really no definition to it, so I just never thought it was a bunker.”
Wally Backman’s career has been full of twists and turns. From playing on the New York Mets’ 1986 championship team to earning a Minor League Manager of the Year award to gaining — and losing — a major league managerial job in the span of one week (and zero games), he’s certainly seen it all.
Now sports fans are getting somewhat of a fresh look into his fiery personality. A newly released video (see below, NSFW) on the internet shows a clip of Backman being ejected during a managerial stint with the South Georgia Peanuts a few years ago. After lacing into a South Coast League umpire, Backman empties his teams bat and ball bags onto the field.
Ah, the life of Wally Backman.
Now he’s back as a minor league manager, this time with the Brooklyn Cyclones, a farm team of the New York Mets.
Wally Backmanjoined WFAN in NY with Boomer and Carton to talk about that tirade, his short stint with the Diamondbacks and a certain wild game with those wacky 1986 Mets.
On the 25th anniversary of his New York Mets championship team:
“I would say that there’s more than just a few of us that are bonded. We do things together at least once a year. We’re close, we talk, we get together. … It’s a good bunch of guys. Trust me.”
Host: Darryl [Strawberry] told us a story. It’s his story, not mine. … But to give you an example of what it was like in the mid-80s with you guys, that there was a pretty girl in the crowd one day and another guy on the team kind of summoned her down and kind of did what he wanted to do with the girl in the trainer’s room or something in the middle of the game. And then Darryl saw the girl walking back to her seat and was like, ‘Wow, I like that. She’s pretty hot.’ He motioned her to go back and in the middle of the fourth inning when you guys were at bat and his turn wasn’t up, he went back there and nailed her. And then Ronny Darling walks in on him banging this broad:
“God, I missed all that? What happened?”
On his bat- and ball-throwing tirade after being ejected during a game while coaching South Georgia a few years ago:
“It wasn’t that bad. It wasn’t that bad, guys. A few bats, a few balls. It wasn’t that bad. You just ask them a question. They threw a guy out of the game and they wouldn’t tell me why they threw him out and I got a little upset that day.”
Remember hearing about actor Christian Bale going off on the set of Terminator Salvation a few months ago? If not, take a listen, but be sure to remove the kids from the room first and if you’re at work, either wait until you get home or make sure your headphones are on nice and snug. It’s extremely NSFW. Bale goes on a profanity laced tirade against some helpless set guy. Damn, what a jerk.
‘I ain’t walking on this ***** set if you’re still hired.’
Sad to think that Denny Green will be remembered more for the quote “They are who we thought they were”, then for taking the Vikings to the playoffs eight different times with six or seven different quarterbacks. I know of warren Moon, Jeff George, Randall Cunningham, Daunte Culpepper, Brad Johnson, and Sean Salisbury.
Denny even trademarked the phrase. Maybe he can eventually make some money off of it. He isn’t the first coach to trademark a phrase. Pat Riley trademarked “Threepeat” and John Calipari trademarked “Refuse to Lose”.
This might be my favorite Mike Tyson rant of all time. I memorized the last 20 seconds of this interview and recited it as often as I did the hilarious bar scene with Anthony Michael Hall in “Weird Science”.
Arguably the best performance by a manager in history. Phillip Wellman, minor league manager for the Mississippi Braves literally steals the bases and uses the rosin bag as a grenade. The best part about it may be the song “Let’s Stay Together” playing in the background.
Former Michigan State football coach John L. Smith lambastes his assistant coaches during a halftime interview with Jack Arute in a 2005 game against Ohio State. I would have paid money to hear what he said to the assistants.