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1/14/2008 01:38:00 PM
The Best Criers in Sports
Wade Boggs couldn't keep the tears inside after the Red Sox blew the 1986 World Series.
By Lang Whitaker, SI.com
Don't cry, dry your eyes, Terrell Owens. We already know there's supposed to be no crying in baseball, but how about football? During yesterday's postgame press conference in Dallas, Owens shed a few tears from behind his mirrored glasses. We like our sports heroes larger than life, so when someone in sports shows some genuine emotion, it always comes as a surprise. And as Hillary Clinton taught us just last week, sometimes shedding a tear in public can be a good thing. Here are my top five criers in sports...
1. Dick Vermeil: The former Chiefs and Eagles boss was initially known for his over-the-top preparation, but he later became known for regularly crying during press conferences.
2. Kobe Bryant: Earned himself the nickname Kobe Cryant by publicly shedding tears twice: once, in 2003 as the Lakers fell to the Spurs in the Playoffs; again, during the infamous press conference with Wifey.
3. Andre Agassi: When Agassi got knocked out at the 2006 US Open, he sat and wept in his chair as the New York crowd gave him a rousing ovation. "Over the last 21 years," Agassi said, "I have found you and I will take you and the memory of you with me for the rest of my life. Thank you." Aww...
4. Adam Morrison: The shaggy-haired Gonzaga star let the tears flow like the Exxon Valdez after the Zags were knocked from the 2006 Sweet 16. He hasn't done much else since.
5. Wade Boggs: Red Sox fans might have cried after Bill Buckner let that ball get through the five-hole during the 1986 World Series, but it was Boggs himself who broke down in tears in the dugout once the Mets took the series.
Who are your favorite criers in sports? Let us know below...
Lang Whitaker is the executive editor of SLAM magazine and writes daily at SLAMonline.com
Wayne Gretzky cried when he was traded to LA, when Canada lost in the 1998 Olympics after Canada lost a chance at gold, and at the end of his last game. He makes up for that by having a hot wife and millions of dollars!
Crying is so much a part of figure skating that they have the officially designated "kiss & cry area". If we can actually agree that figure skating is a soprt then any list of the top criers in sports should include at least one figure skater. Which one? Scott Hamilton? Brian Boitano?
Maybe not a crier, but definitely a whiner and totally a big baby is Paul O'Neill the ex-Yankee outfielder. How many times did he throw his helmet or bat, especially after a call he didn't like? Wah! Wah! Wah! anonymous
Totally love the Couch-ster, but remember when he got knocked the f%ck out during a Browns game. The fans were booing prior to that. Some speculate it was b.c of the hit. Others say the fans were letting him know their feelings-he stunk! After the game he was throwin' down some tears.
This is a no contest. Freddy Patek of the KC Royals after the 1977 or 78 playoffs against the Yankees. Everytime the camera returned to the dugout from the Yankee celebration he was still there hunched over sobbing.
Favorite crying moment in sports: Pete Sampras, who'd just discovered that his coach had brain tumors, breaking down in tears during his quarterfinal match at the 1995 Australian Open, playing through the tears, and winning.
I remind everyone that Adam Morrison started crying even before the end of the game. UCLA had taken the lead by one, and Gonzaga still had a chance to win the game. Morrison's breakdown all but ruined any chance they had of that.
Here in the Pacific northwest, we'll always remember Joey Cora of the Mariners for crying. He cried after the 1995 playoff loss and the next year the Mariners made a commercial of him crying after a cactus-league game.
I agree with Sampras. Dude starts losing it during the match, and nobody is quite sure why. Jim Courier hollers across the net (good-naturedly), "we can just do this tomorrow Pete"! Pete takes it the wrong way, gets p155ed, and starts kicking a55. Awesome!
L.T. from S.D not NYG The only reason to say your classy is cause your not. Cry,cry,cry they danced on our logo. Oh like your team on sunday you big oops you little whinebag treat others how you wish to be treated
How does Kobe get #2, yeah he welled up a little after the Spurs beat them but the press conference had nothing to do with sports. Ryan Smith should clearly be #1 and Dwayne Wade should have been in the top 5. Your list is weak, these postings are way more accurate.
My favorite is Matt Leinart after falling out of the top 10 on draft day. That little wretch had been incinerated by Vince Young in the Rose Bowl, and as a side note Leinart said to a reporter on the field post game "yeah they played really well but we are still the better team". But back to the draft...that spoiled pretty boy, thought that he was the greatest athelete of all time and since then he has done zilch
What about Wayne Gretzky? It seemed like he cried more often than he scored when he was playing. Also, Sidney Crosby. After game 3 or 4 of the Finals, he went up and complained to the ref. Not about something that should or should not have been called, but because he did not score a goal.