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9/28/2007 12:12:00 PM

Top Press Conference Tirades

Jim Mora
Don't ask Jim Mora about the playoffs.
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By Lang Whitaker, SI.com

Mike Gundy, you are not alone. There are times when a person just can't take it anymore, when the world becomes too much to handle and we feel a need to rage against the machine. For some of us, those times occur in the privacy of our car or office. And for some, those instances play out in public, in front of a phalanx of microphones and cameras. These are the ones we're thankful for. A coach blows his top? We've got it all on film.

Here are our top five press conference tirades...

1. Hal McRae: Don't ask Hal McRae any stupid...well, watch the clip and you'll get it. I like how the camera operator snaps to attention when McRae first gets surly. Also watch for the shot of the reporter walking out of the office with blood running down his cheek.

2. Jon Chaney vs. John Calipari: Maybe my favorite of all time, with the single camera tracking shot going from the beginning to the resolution of the argument. I especially love the part where Chaney is completely obscured from sight but you hear a scratchy voice ring out: "I'll kick your ass!"

3. Bob Knight: We should include him basically as a lifetime achievement, although many of his outbursts have occurred on the court as opposed to in the press room. This one, however, is in the press room. He starts getting grumpy around the 1:15 mark and then it's all downhill from there.

4. Dennis Green: The most recent press conference in this list is also maybe the funniest. Watch as Green gets angrier and angrier, mostly at himself, working himself into a lather. He goes from incredulity to complete rage frighteningly fast.

5. Allen Iverson/Jim Mora: OK, let's take out two press conferences with one entry here. Playoffs? Practice? We're talking about both of them in this video.

What did you say!? You got a problem with this list!? Then give us your best tirade below!

Lang Whitaker is the executive editor of SLAM magazine and writes daily at SLAMonline.com
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Posted: September 28, 2007 6:19 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Lame to combine press conferences Lang. What a copout.

You missed Mora Sr.'s rant after a Monday night loss to Giants (as Saints coach) when he lambasted Saints fans for applauding a fallen Saints QB Wade Wilson.
Best line:
"There are some sick, sick, sick people out there - sick in the head."
Posted: September 28, 2007 8:40 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Lee Elia hands down.
Posted: September 28, 2007 8:45 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
There is a famous rant from soccer coach Giovanni Trappatoni - problem is, it's in German...well, sort of...but it's the funniest rant ever and very huge here.
Posted: September 28, 2007 9:39 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Zero, same as your IQ!! Da Coach in response to a fan.
Posted: September 28, 2007 11:47 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
No one beats Lee Elia. His tirade sets the standard for all the rest.
Posted: September 29, 2007 11:37 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
I agree with the second poster. How could you leave off Lee Elia? Without a doubt the most profane tirade ever. I did the math, he drops the f-bomb an average of once every 4.7 seconds over a 3:15 stretch. And that's not counting all the other profanity.

Plus, most of it was directed at the Cubs fans, whom Elia helpfully suggested that they all go out and find jobs.
Posted: September 29, 2007 3:55 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
I would vote for the great tirade by Jim Boeheim after Syracuse lost to Georgetown in the Big East finals in 1983. He ends up throwing a chair in the post-game news conference. It's classic, particularly for Boeheim's um, unique, sartorial sense. (Elton John-size plastic glasses and a plaid jacket)
Posted: September 29, 2007 5:21 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
i believe it was 1983, Gene Keady after a loss to Michigan State in East Lansing went ballistic after a question if he recruited MSU freshman Scott Skiles, now the Bulls coach. The spit and the expletives were flyin!

either that, or Lee Elia. thats an all time classic.
Posted: September 29, 2007 7:02 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
While they may have happened back in the day, Tommy Lasorda had some of the best rants ever. They were classic and numerous.
Posted: September 29, 2007 11:11 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Former vikings coach Jerry Burns defending one of his assistant coaches.
Posted: September 30, 2007 9:46 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
You can't forget Ken Shamrock (UFC) going off on Tito Ortiz and kicking a chair across the stage. Classic.
Posted: September 30, 2007 5:02 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Is there supposed to be some comedic angle to the Mora/Iverson clip? It's neither clever or particularly entertaining, it's just a video editing exercise. Lame.
Posted: September 30, 2007 5:52 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
The Jim Mora "diddly poo" tirade after his last game with the Saints is better that the playoff tirade.
Posted: October 1, 2007 1:18 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Since there were not press conferences they may not count, but here are my favs:

1. Charlie Stiener and another reporter actually going at it in a locker room and having to be subdues by players and other writters.

2. Ryan Leaf's infamous lockerroom meltdown at his seat with Seau holding him back.

3. Jim Rome and Chris....I mean Jim Everett. Awesome!!
Posted: October 1, 2007 1:41 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Lee Elia NEEDS to be on this list. He puts the others to shame.
Have to go with Elia hands down. Problem is now the Cubs have the opposite probrlem...instead of being a team of the City (jobless and all), it is a team of the elite, have you seen the ticket prices?
Posted: October 2, 2007 2:50 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
How do you miss counting Tommy Lasorda's meltdown in the 1970s after Dave Kingman hit 3 home runs to beat his Dodgers. Classic!!!
Posted: October 2, 2007 3:18 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Lee Elia and it aint even a contest. As for Da coach, he is an idiot
Posted: October 3, 2007 12:51 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Ron Turner should have been on the list with his brother Norv.
Posted: October 4, 2007 11:51 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
google "Tommy Lasorda tirades", a lot of laughs.
Posted: October 5, 2007 9:30 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
I wouldn't put that particular Bobby Knight example into the top-50. That was lame.
Posted: October 5, 2007 11:19 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
I was going to comment about the Dave Kingman 3-homer tirade by Lasorda, but it looks like a bunch of people beat me to it. How did it NOT make the list?
Posted: October 29, 2007 1:22 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Dan Hawkins - "It's the Big 12!!! It's Division 1 football!!! You want time off, go play intramurals, brother. Go play intramurals." Classic
Posted: January 16, 2008 5:12 AM   by Anonymous Batty
Lee Elia must be on the list. It is so profane it could not be aired ...
Posted: February 8, 2008 10:59 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
What about Goose Gossage? I don't know when it occurred, but Howard Stern plays one that is a classic.
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