Top 5 Embarrassing Sports Moments For Cities
With the impending return of LeBron James to Cleveland tonight to face his old Cavaliers, there is concern it could get ugly for James and Company.
Cleveland has its share of embarrassing sports moments already, but does it top my list of most embarrassing sports moments? Let’s see.
5. Milwaukee – “Pee My Pants For the Brewers.”
Sadly, this was not an April Fools prank. In 2008, when the Brewers were within a Depends box of reaching the playoffs, a fan who may have been a bit too loyal came up with this gem, asking fans to pledge to pee themselves if Milwaukee made the playoffs. Over 7,200 fans joined in this pledge. No word as to whether or not these same fans crapped themselves when Philadelphia showed them the door in four games.
4. Detroit – “Malice in the Palace”
While Ron Artest’s name will always be synonymous with the Nov. 19th 2004 brawl in Auburn Hills, the fans also share the blame in turning the Palace into the Colosseum. According to a story in the Metropolitan Online, John Green, Pistons fan and apparent humanitarian, hit Artest in the face from five rows up with a cup of beer. Then Artest ran into the stands to confront the wrong guy. Green then punches him in the back of the head. What followed was one of the saddest days in NBA history.
3. Chicago – “Disco Demolition Night”
What started as a harmless publicity stunt turned into a riot. Fans could get in for 98 cents if they brought a disco record. In between games, Local Chicago DJ Steve Dahl was going to blow up all the disco records.
Then it got weird.
Fans started pouring out of the stands, running around the bases, tearing up the pitcher’s mound, and climbing the foul poles. The White Sox would end up forfeiting the second game to the Detroit Tigers.
2. Cleveland – “10-cent Beer Night,” “Bottlegate” and “Last Browns Game.”
Yes, Cleveland has already solidified a spot on this illustrious list.
In 1974, the Indians decided to have a cheap beer night at Municipal Stadium. By the ninth inning, the Indians and the Texas Rangers had teamed up to defend themselves from thousands of inebriated fans charging the field. The Indians forfeited that game to Texas.
In 1995, after finding out the Browns were moving to Baltimore, the fans decided to help with demolition of the stadium by tossing chairs out onto the field and starting fires around the stadium. Seven years later, after an issue with instant replay cost the Browns a victory over Jacksonville, fans took to throwing beer bottles at the players, referees, and anyone else who was on the field. The refs needed a police escort from the field and former Browns coach Butch Davis was injured by a wayward beer bottle. The final 48 seconds of the game took over 30 minutes to play, and less than 5,000 fans were left in the stadium to see the Jaguars run out the clock for the 15-10 victory.
1. Philadelphia – “Santa Gets Booed.”
OK, so nothing got destroyed and no one got beat up, but for sheer societal magnitude, you can’t top nearly an entire stadium booing Santa Claus. True, in 1968, the Eagles were wrapping up a 2-12 season and there wasn’t much to cheer about. But to take it out on Santa? A guy who isn’t even real? (Sorry kids) Brotherly Love it was not on this day.