| ||Friday, December 31|
|10. 1985: Bobby Knight tosses a chair|
Or the time he hit a policeman in Puerto Rico. Or shoved an LSU fan into a garbage can. Or pulled his team off the court in an exhibition game against the Soviet national team. Or slammed his fist into the scorer's table. Or ...
How mean was Ty Cobb? On May 15, 1912, the Tigers were in New York to play the Yankees. A fan named Claude Lueker, who had lost one hand and three fingers on the other in a printing press accident, was heckling Cobb. The two traded insults for a couple of innings. After one exchange, teammate Sam Crawford asked Cobb if he was going to take that. Cobb charged into the grandstand and proceeded to beat and stomp Lueker. When somebody said he has no hands, Cobb shouted, "I don't care if he has no feet." 8. 1978: Woody Hayes punches Charlie Bauman
The legendary Ohio State coach led the Buckeyes to three national championships (1954, 1957, 1968) while going 205-61-10 from 1951 to 1978. But the end of his career came in most inglorious fashion. Clemson led Ohio State 17-15 in the Gator Bowl, when Clemson's Charlie Bauman intercepted a pass with two minutes left. As he was run out-of-bounds on the Ohio State sideline, Hayes took a swing at him. Hayes' coaching career was over after that. 7. 1979: Disco Demolition Night
The Disco Era was fading and Mike Veeck, director of promotions for the White Sox, had a grand idea: the Sox would sell 98-cent tickets to any fan bringing a disco record to Comiskey Park and between games of a doubleheader, the records would be blown up. Except the promotion turned into a riot, as fans began burning and flinging their records. The field was destroyed, the Sox had to forfeit the second game, Veeck quit his job in embarrassment and started drinking. Soon, his father, Bill, sold the team. 6. 1988: Ben Johnson busted for steroids
The 100-meter showdown between Ben Johnson and Carl Lewis at the Seoul Olympics was one of the most anticipated races in Olympic history. Johnson shattered the world record with a time of 9.79 seconds, but tested positive for steroids and was stripped of his gold medal and banned for life. Johnson was later reinstated (and tested positive again), but his Olympic banishment made the general public more aware of steroid use in sports. 5. 1994: Tonya and Nancy
It was done in the hallway with the lead pipe by the bodyguard. This sordid tale of jealousy and intrigue captivated America. Who did it? Who hurt Nancy? Was Tonya involved? It goes like this: Tonya wanted to make the Olympic team. So did Nancy. Tonya was married to Jeff. Jeff and bodyguard Shawn hatch a plot to knock Nancy out of the trials. A guy named Shane delivers the blow on Nancy's knee. Nancy and Tonya both make the Olympic team, but Nancy wins silver, while Tonya finishes eighth. Go, Nancy, go. 4. 1934: Tigers fans lose it
In Game 7 of the World Series at Tiger Stadium, Joe Medwick's sixth-inning triple gave the Cardinals an 8-0 lead. Medwick slid hard into third baseman Marv Owen and the two nearly came to blows. When Medwick took his place in left field, he was pelted with fruit, soda bottles and other debris, causing a five-minute delay. Medwick returned to the field and was again pelted with garbage. Finally, after another 15-minute delay, Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis ordered the Cardinals to replace Medwick and the game was resumed. 3. 1955: The Rocket Richard riots
Montreal Canadiens star Maurice "Rocket" Richard was suspended for the final three games of the season and playoffs after attacking Boston's Hal Laycoe with his stick and scuffling with linesman Cliff Thompson. When NHL president Clarence Campbell showed up in Montreal for the Canadiens' game against Detroit for first place on March 17, he was pelted with debris and a teargas bomb was launched onto the ice when a fan attacked Campbell. A riot ensued on Rue Ste. Catherine. Richard had to go on the radio the next day to calm down the city. Detroit won the regular season title and later beat the Canadiens in seven games to capture the Stanley Cup. 2. The Play: Cal beats Stanford
Four seconds left, Stanford up 20-19 in the Big Game. Cal takes the kickoff at its own 43. Cal laterals ... and laterals again. At one point, it appears a Cal player's knee hit the ground. Maybe. Maybe not. The play continues. At some point, the famed Stanford band rushes onto the field. Cal's Kevin Moen takes the team's fifth lateral of the play, avoids a couple Stanford tacklers, plows through the band and crushes a trombone player in the end zone. Cal wins 25-20. 1. Tyson bites Holyfield
Man bites man. Twice. Reckon you heard of this one.
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