Public Displays of Terrible Sportsmanship

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Throughout history, many professional sports personalities have taken their competitive edge to the next level, by not being able to keep their frustrations and anger sealed. Usually, such unsavoury acts of sportsmanship are witnessed by the public eye and, as a consequence, their careers are forever tarnished. Here’s a look at the sporting personalities who have committed foul play, a heinous hack, or generally flipped out in front of the cameras for the viewing world to see.

 

Mike Tyson

This is perhaps one of the most notorious displays of terrible sportsmanship – the infamous WBA heavyweight championship match between Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield. It was to be a fight which was expected to see an end to Mike Tyson’s career, and one which neither fighter nor referee, Mills Lane, will ever forget. The first two rounds were like any other heavyweight title fight, with both men looking very hungry for the big shots and the even bigger win. There was an accidental, stray head-butt from Holyfield in the second round, cutting Tyson just above is right eye, which he didn’t take kindly too. In retaliation, Tyson resorted to feasting on of Holyfield’s ears in the third round. The bites resulted in Tyson being disqualified from the match, having his boxing license revoked and getting hit with a $3million fine, plus legal costs. During the aftermath Tyson was also very close to serving a prison sentence but got off lightly a year later when a decision was taken to restore his license.

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Zinedine Zidane

The French football superstar didn’t have the best of ends to his untarnished professional career after getting sent off in the 2006 World Cup final for assaulting Italian superstar Marco Materazzi. Zidane had already announced his plans to retire and everyone knew that the 2006 World Cup final would be the last game he ever played, but it was to be one of the most memorable of his career. Sadly it won’t be remembered for the way he gave France the lead after scoring in the first 7 minutes, but for his intentional head-butt to the chest of Marco Materazzi, after he apparently insulted his sister.

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Kevin Muskat

Football has certainly seen its fair share of fouls over the years: some accidental, some that were a result of the offending player simply losing their cool. The former Wolverhampton and Millwall star Kevin Muskat, who now plays for Australian side Melbourne Victory, had the worst end to his final season as a professional footballer after his horrific scissor kick tackle on Melbourne Hearts Adrian Zahra, which has also been hailed as one of the worst football fouls ever.

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Eric Cantona

This is one of the most notorious displays of a sports personality losing their head, which is still a talking point fifteen years on. Something that will haunt Cantona for the rest of his life. Sadly it’s the only thing people remember him for. It was to be a comment which Crystal Palace supporter, Mathew Simmons, wishes he had kept for pub banter. After Simmons supposedly made a comment about Cantona’s mum, the Manchester United super star saw red and preceded to flying kick the spectator over the side-line barrier. Cantona was banned from the game for nine months and was given community service. Simmons is still receiving threats, to this day, for causing the incident.

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The Appeal of Funny Boxing

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There are many people that do not have a stomach for the violence and unnecessary brutality that the people who are not boxing fans associate with the game. These sports enthusiasts who do not appreciate the actual boxing game, but its elements as a sport have primarily been behind the emergence of another interesting trend of funny boxing. This is a widely accepted selection of snippets of a typical boxing match, but with the hilarious aspects of it extracted to make a collection of interesting footage. The first use of funny boxing was in the early 80’s and this could well have marked the start of another equally interesting kind of boxing common with video games.

In the recent years, video game platforms have become more creative in their use of various types of animation with each new release. Some of the video games that have a high level of animation are games that take their simulation themes from the boxing arena. Basically, the aim of these types of games is to punch an opponent silly and vanquish them. The level of animation can rise from one color two dimensional videos to high techno-color three dimensional animation. The higher the color and animation that is in these games, the costlier they become and often, the more interesting the variety of play becomes too.

Some of the more recent games even have a virtual reality component to them where the player can simulate their boxing actions just by moving the controls in their hands. They then appear to be physically punching an animated opponent on the game screen. It can actually be a very hilarious sight to watch someone punch the air, and get pretty exhausted doing it, while all through they are simulating virtual reality imagery in their imagination.

These kinds of video games come in handy during the holiday season and when it is too cold to do anything outdoors as it sometimes gets in winter. They can serve as a captivating pastime for the family and most especially for those members of the family that enjoy the real boxing matches. A lot of boxing fans will appreciate not only the animation, but will also understand the scoring parameters. This fact can make watching the video footage made from aspects of actual boxing matches that were funny very interesting too. It is only a boxing fan that will really appreciate the humor in these videos that are for the sole purpose of bringing humor into what many may see as a fairly unpleasant game.

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