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7/24/2008 05:01:00 PM
Top Five Most Unforgettable Sports Brawls
Malice at the Palace will go down as one of the most memorable brawls in sports history.
By Lang Whitaker, SI.com
So, the WNBA finally arrived. With the brawl earlier this week between the Shock and the Sparks, the WNBA now joins the other major sports as the not-so-proud host of a fight that got out of control. We're not saying brawls are a good thing, but they are at the least remarkable. Here are my top 5 unforgettable sports brawls...
1. Pistons vs. Pacers -- Also in Detroit, Ron Artest went even more nuts than usual after having a beer thrown on him. Then the crowd got involved, yadda yadda yadda...
2. Ohio State vs. Minnesota -- This one's gone down in history as one of the most violent clashes of all time. Here's video from a single camera angle that captures the essence of the fight.
3. Anything involving Mike Tyson -- Just google "Mike Tyson brawl" and you'll be overwhelmed with info. From a dinner in London to a hotel in New York to a press conference with Lennox Lewis, anything Tyson is involved with certainly has brawl potential.
4. Braves vs. Padres (1984) -- I still remember watching this game as a kid. There were players thrown at, people punched at, everything a classic brawl needs. Anytime 19 people are ejected, it qualifies as a brawl.
5. University of Miami vs. Florida International University -- A lopsided college matchup turned into a turf war, as seen here. Even former Hurricane Lamar Thomas, announcing the game, went a little crazy as the brawl went down: "Now, that's what I'm talking about. You come into our house, you should get your behind kicked... You can't come over to our place talking noise like that. You'll get your butt beat. I was about to go down the elevator to get in that thing."
What is your most unforgettable sports brawl? Let us know below…
Lang Whitaker is the executive editor of SLAM magazine and writes daily at SLAMonline.com
Canadiens-Nordiques, Good Friday 1984. One bench-clearing brawl to end the second period. Another bench-clearing brawl before the third period even begins. Absolute chaos. Louis Sleigher suckerpunches Jean Hamel, and then reappears after the intermission to trigger the second fight.
How about the Yankees Orioles brawl when Benitez hit Tino Martinez with a pitch. The key moment was when Strawberry hay-makered the hell out of Benitez into the dugout. Does anyone have a video of that?
December 23, 1979, in a game against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden, members of the Boston Bruins climb into the stands and starting beating on fans. The highlight was defenceman Mike Milbury hitting a guy with his own shoe. Almost enought to get you to like the Bruins...almost...
The 1987 World Junior Hockey Championship, Canada against the Soviet Union. The Soviet Union had been eliminated. Canada was assured of a medal, but needed to win by 5 to claim gold. While Canada led 4-2, a Soviet player two-handed Theoren Fleury. A brawl ensued, and after a Soviet player left the bench both benches emptied. Eventually the lights were turned off in the arena. Both teams were eventually disqualified from the tournament. Having lost a guaranteed medal while the Soviets lost nothing, Canadians to this day feel they were robbed by the IIHF.
Worst trades... Golden State trades Robert Parish and the rights to the 3rd pick (Kevin McHale)to the Celtics for the #1 pick (Joe Barry Carroll) and the #13 pick (Ricky Brown). Celtics aleady had Bird. The 3-some goes on to win 3 NBA titles.
There was a game between the Blackhawks and Blues back in the early 90s at the old Chicago Stadium that I will never forget. This was when the two teams genuinely detested each other and there would always be some flare-up whenever they played. I don't remember how it started, but by the end the ice was littered with sticks, gloves and helmets, the TV screen filled up at least twice with game misconducts and the game had to be cancelled because neither team had enough players left to finish the game.