In 1994, Jim Rome wasn’t a well-known guy. Then, on his ESPN2 talk show, he interviewed NFL quarterback Jim Everett.
At the time, Rome had developed the shtick of referring to Everett as “Chris” (after the great female tennis player Chris Everett), because of Everett’s perceived aversion to taking a hit. The quarterback did not take this with good humor. And Jim Rome was soon radio’s best-known sports talk host.
Let’s bring on the Super Bowl rage!
A look back to the 1985 Philadelphia Eagles, who didn’t make it to the NFL Super Bowl. They did make it to the Super Bowl of Hathos, however, with this silly rap.
In this clip, which rose to fame in 2007, Mississippi Braves manager Phillip Wellman (of the Southern League) throws a tantrum that would impress any two year old.
Wikipedia gives the blow-by-blow:
He protested the umpire throwing his pitcher out of the game for using a foreign substance by covering home plate with dirt, then tracing in the dirt a new, significantly larger home plate. He then went on to uproot bases and throw them, crawl in a prone position across the infield like a soldier, and pretend to bite and hurl the rosin bag at an umpire as if it were a hand grenade. He concluded his tirade by pretending to eject the umpires themselves with a fist-pump and then blowing a farewell kiss to the crowd while taking a bow.
Let’s go back to 1986, and the classic Hathos spawned by Super Bowl XX, a battle that gave us this bit of unforgettable ugliness:
… as well as this lesser-known–though no less horrible–song:
Perhaps its time to give pro football hall of famers a breathalyzer test before allowing them to appear on live television. Joe Namath presents all of the necessary evidence in less than two minutes. (Thanks for the tip, Sean.)
Memo to talent: The camera’s always rolling, and one of the production guys you’re yelling at probably knows where to make a copy of the tape. ESPN’s Chris Berman learned the hard way. [Warning: Not safe for work.]