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1/14/2008 01:38:00 PM

The Best Criers in Sports

Wade Boggs
Wade Boggs couldn't keep the tears inside after the Red Sox blew the 1986 World Series.
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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
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Posted: January 14, 2008 2:34 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
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!
Posted: January 14, 2008 2:40 PM   by Anonymous Mark The Shark
Mike Schmidt during his "I'm retiring from the game" speech! Sounds like a little girl!
Posted: January 14, 2008 2:48 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Mr. Kleenex himself, Mark Messier. How can anyone not vote for him.
Posted: January 14, 2008 4:12 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Seems like everyone who gets into a sports Hall of Fame sheds a few. As I recall, Larry Czonka was about the worst.
What about Ryan Smyth when he was traded from Edmonton to Long Island. He cried on like 10 different occasions because of that.
Posted: January 14, 2008 4:24 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
how about Wince Carter?
Posted: January 14, 2008 4:25 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Tom Seaver when he was traded from the Mets to the Reds. Whaaaaah!
Posted: January 14, 2008 4:45 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
"20 Years ago I left Dayton Ohio with 2 bad knees ***sniffle** and a Dream to become a Major League Baseball player * more sniffles***

Thank God my Dream Came True Wah wah wah wah wah..

There isn't a better sports cryer than Schmitty!
Posted: January 14, 2008 4:52 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
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?
Posted: January 14, 2008 4:53 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
What about Nancy Kerrigan when Tanya Harding had her taken out? She cried like a baby.
Posted: January 14, 2008 4:54 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
How the heck is Cryin' Roy Williams not on this list? Man cries at the drop of the hat, makes Dick Vermill look like the winner of a tough man contest!
Posted: January 14, 2008 5:12 PM   by Anonymous realslayer
Christiano Ronaldo on several occasions for portugal and manutd. What a cry-baby!
Posted: January 14, 2008 5:50 PM   by Anonymous Chris
I may be misremembering, but didn't Kordell Stewart cry publicly a few times?
Posted: January 14, 2008 5:59 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Mike Schmidt is by far the best (worst).
Posted: January 14, 2008 6:04 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Kordell Stweart cried on the sideline after being benched. ON THE SIDELINE.
Posted: January 14, 2008 6:31 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Cristiano Ronaldo in the most recent World Cup, when the Dutch intentionally injured him because they could not contain him.
Posted: January 14, 2008 6:33 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
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!
Posted: January 14, 2008 6:38 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Vote #2 for Mike Schmidt. Talk about out of control.....I must disagree with other voter....Little girls don't cry that hard.
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.
Posted: January 14, 2008 9:09 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
I can't believe you left out Jim Mora.
Posted: January 14, 2008 10:57 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
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.
Posted: January 15, 2008 2:47 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
You forgot to mention Roger Federer. As much as I like him, the guy still cries everytime he wins a grand slam.
Posted: January 15, 2008 6:25 AM   by Anonymous The Sun King
Adam Morrison should have been #1 on this list. He didn't cry after the loss, as the comment in the list stated. He cried WHILE THE GAME WAS STILL GOING ON!
Posted: January 15, 2008 7:07 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
My Favorite is definately Brett Favre. His interview after the last game of last season had lots of people convinced he was not coming back. Thankfully, we will live to see him cry again someday...
Posted: January 15, 2008 7:11 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
KORDELL STEWART after being pulled in a loss against Tampa Bay.
Posted: January 15, 2008 7:27 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
How did you possibly miss Jim Leyland?
Posted: January 15, 2008 9:08 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
How about Tom Hanks - "Crying, there ain't no crying in baseball".
Posted: January 15, 2008 10:19 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
how is it you can mention dick vermiel and not include the Rams as a former team? If i recall correctly, he only won a super bowl while he was with them.
Posted: January 15, 2008 10:51 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
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.
Posted: January 15, 2008 10:54 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
What about Illinois head coach Bruce Weber and the Illini fan base?
Posted: January 15, 2008 10:55 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Bruce Weber should be #1, he is terrible along with his fan base.
Posted: January 15, 2008 10:59 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Tears of joy... Ben Crenshaw making the putt on 18 to win the 95 Masters.
Posted: January 15, 2008 11:10 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
How about Urban Meyer after losing to LSU in 2005.
Posted: January 15, 2008 11:19 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
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.
Posted: January 15, 2008 11:31 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Tonya Harding crying over her shoelace
Posted: January 15, 2008 11:31 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Mary Decker Slaney in the Olympic infield
Posted: January 15, 2008 12:38 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Michael Irvin's HOF induction speech has to be up there.
Posted: January 15, 2008 12:51 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Oliver McCall crying in the ring DURING his bout with Lenox Lewis!
Posted: January 15, 2008 1:18 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
What... no Brett Favre on the "crying list"???... mmph....mmph....waaahhhh.......
Posted: January 15, 2008 1:27 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
One of the most amusing was when Steve Francis started crying immediately after being drafted by the Vancouver Grizzles.
Posted: January 15, 2008 1:57 PM   by Anonymous JT
Oliver McCall cried during his fight with Lennox Lewis, actually that is what stopped the fight, kind of hard to fight when you are fighting drug withdrawl.
Posted: January 15, 2008 2:54 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
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.
Posted: January 15, 2008 3:41 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Rashard Lewis after falling into the second round of the NBA draft.
Posted: January 15, 2008 4:02 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Joey Cora during the 1995 playoff and he had to be comforted by Alex Rodriguez. He was balling like a baby.
Posted: January 15, 2008 4:09 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
I'm crying like a little girl because you don't have anything better to write about than this schlock.
Posted: January 15, 2008 4:27 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
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!
Posted: January 15, 2008 11:23 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Schmidt. His voice went way up high like a little girl. That, combined with the blow-dried hair and pornstache, make him the champion.
Posted: January 16, 2008 1:15 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
andrei kirilenko cried last year during the playoffs because he was playing bad. but he came back to help the jazz win game 7 at houston
Posted: January 16, 2008 10:39 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Kelly Tripucka's famous melt down in Detroit
Posted: January 16, 2008 10:53 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Duke coach Mike Kryziewski would be number one if it wasn't for Vermeil.
Posted: January 16, 2008 12:07 PM   by Anonymous patsPERFECT
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
Posted: January 16, 2008 12:14 PM   by Anonymous beedub
Nancy Kerrigan. Why, why, why!
Posted: January 16, 2008 12:36 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
every little leaguer after striking out, regardless of inning.
Posted: January 16, 2008 1:23 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
I find it interestinig that when listing Dick Vermiel you neglect to list the Rams but that is the team he won his super bowl with.
Posted: January 16, 2008 1:28 PM   by Anonymous Matt in Brooklyn
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.
Posted: January 16, 2008 2:09 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Paul O'neill of the yankees... the biggest piss-baby known to man.
Posted: January 16, 2008 2:38 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
kordell stewart cried every time he tossed a pass
How about Bobby Knight?
Messier used to cry at everything, it took an hour to retire his number at the Garden because he wouldn't stop crying.
Posted: January 28, 2008 3:10 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
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
Posted: January 30, 2008 3:28 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
I don't know if it's only about U.S sports but it was a very emotional moment when Maradona cried in his farewell match, stating that his drug problems shouldn't stain the sport of football.
Posted: February 1, 2008 12:11 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
adam morrison looked like a retarded meksican in that picture
you should add kevin youklis to this list. he cries after every called strike. they say thaht's the reason him and manny had thst blowout.
Posted: July 20, 2008 6:16 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
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.
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