Monday Night Football featured the Kansas City Chiefs traveling up to Pittsburgh to take on the Steelers, and while I had absolutely little-to-no desire to watch the game, I woke up Tuesday morning wishing that I did. However, it wasn't because I missed an amazing game. No, it was due to an act after a sack of Big Ben Roethlisberger that had me regretting going to bed early last night (the incident is described at the end). Once I saw what transpired, this post came to life.
It would be impossible for me to name the absolute funniest sports celebrations ever, so what this will consist of is six of the funniest in recent memory and you, the people, are welcome to chime in with your picks as well.
Shawn Kemp on Alton Lister
This celebration is damn near 20 years old, and I still cry with laughter anytime it is shown. The backstory is that Lister fouled Kemp hard the game before and Kemp warned him that he was going to get him. Either Lister didn’t take heed to Kemp, or he did and it simply didn’t matter.
When Kemp pointed at Lister, the announcers, crowd and other on-lookers went even more berserk, and all Lister could do was pick himself up off the floor and get back on D. To this day, it ranks as the most disrespectful and funniest taunt mine eyes have ever seen.
Joe Horn’s Phone Call
The Joe Horn Cell Phone Game ranks right up there with the Saints returning to glory during the 2009 season, and while I’m sure most Saints fans will say winning the Super Bowl was the highlight of their time as a fan (rightfully so), the Joe Horn Cell Phone Celebration isn’t too far behind.
Deion Sanders in His Return to Atlanta as a Niner
This is not only one of the greatest celebrations of all time, but it is also one of the funniest. Of course, the reason why is because there is a backstory to this particular celebration by The Great Deion Sanders. This celebration took place during his first trip back to the Georgia Dome as a member of the San Francisco 49ers, and he was bound to let the fans of Atlanta know whose house it was. Well, during the game, he and Bad Moon Rison got into a bit of a scuffle. No big deal, nothing to see here, these things happen, right? However, Rison made a mistake of waking up a sleeping giant, and once that happened, this followed not too long after …
Buzz Williams Dancing on West Virginia’s Home Court
One thing about celebrations is that they’re pretty much open to anyone. More often than not, though, players are doing the celebrating, but there’s something about seeing a coach celebrate that will always make me laugh even harder. On top of that, let the coach not care that opposing fans get pissed at him, and it’s even better. Case in point: Buzz Williams and this celebration below after a Marquette win against West Virginia last season.
Steve Novak’s Discount Double-Check
For starters, we can say the original version of this move was prominent in the old wrassling days. Since then, it was brought to the mainstream by Aaron Rodgers and went on to spawn a series of State Farm commercials centered on a move called the Discount Double-Check. Don’t get me wrong; as much as I like Rodgers, when he does the move, I get crunk more than anything. I don’t laugh and never did until Steve Novak took the move to another level.
This is funny for so many reasons. Steve Novak looks like he has about as much athletic ability as an entertainment center, a box of highlighters and a dry erase board. Dude looks like he should be somewhere teaching trigonometry, or balancing checkbooks, or taking quarters out of the machine at the car wash, and while he just might be all of those things in his spare time, he is also one of the best shooters in the entire league.
Bonus and Instant Classic: Tamba Hali and Justin Houston Paying Homage to Kid ‘n Play
Early in the third quarter, Ben was sacked by Big Tamba Hali and Justin Houston, and while the sack was impressive, what happened next took the cake. Hali and Houston quickly converged to pay homage to Kid ‘n Play and perform a dance on Big Ben’s fallen corpse. For reasons that are numerous, this is one of the funniest things I have ever seen in my life.