Top 30 Celebrations In Sports Today
The best thing about sports is the fun we, as fans, get to witness the players having on a daily basis. These are professionals busting their butts to be the best they can be, sometimes sacrificing their bodies for the ultimate goal, but at their hearts they are kids still having fun in their backyards or at their local park. It is because of this we see some of the coolest celebrations.
Celebrating after a touchdown in football or a goal in soccer and hockey has become common place, and almost a contest of who can be the best at it. Stevie Johnson of the Buffalo Bills is famous for a couple controversial celebrations, and who can forget the many antics of Terrell Owens,Chad Johnson or Joe Horn?
The NFL has given us plenty to laugh at, but they aren't the only sport who's gotten creative with their celebrating. This list is not the best celebrations of all time, but rather a list of the top celebrations currently out there. Believe me, there are plenty to choose from. Some of these happened just once, but the better ones have a recurring celebration that everyone has seen at one point or the other.
Then you have the ultimate celebrations, ones that are not unique to one player or one team, but are just the pinnacle of the sport and some of the best sights to see from any fan's perspective.
Enjoy, and feel free to tell me any I left off.
30. Clay Matthews Sack Celebration
Clay Matthews III has a very unique celebration. Chicago Bears fans cannot stand it, but I absolutely love it.
29. Tony Scheffler Pulls Out His Sword
Tony Scheffler has multiple unique touchdown celebrations, but I feel like this one is the best.
28. Aaron Hernandez Makes it Rain
Aaron Hernandez is one of the more dynamic tight ends in the NFL, and this touchdown celebration of his is very unique. Check it out.
Every time Cam Newton scored a touchdown on the ground, which has happened quite a bit in his short career, he pretends to pull open his jersey to reveal an imaginary 'S' on his chest. Clever, and appropriate.
26. Aldon Smith Mocks NFL
Aldon Smith decided to play it safe on this one, avoiding any flags or fines from the NFL by simply running off the field after a sack. It really was quite clever.
25. Stjarnan FC's Incredible Antics
Stjarnan FC has come up with some pretty hilarious celebrations after scoring goals. These were obviously thought out and rehearsed to a t. Check them all out in the video below.
24. Danny Briere Fist Pump
Philadelphia Flyers' Danny Briere is famous for his goal scoring and the eccentric fist pump action he performs after every goal. It is one of the classic fist pumps of all time.
23. Team me How to Raji
Is there anything quite like a fat guy touchdown celebrations? B.J. Raji hit us with this classic after he scored against the Bears in the NFC Championship game. It's turned into something much bigger.
22. Gronk Must Spike Ball
Rob Gronkowski has entertained us over the years with his many touchdowns and his emphatic spikes.
21. Robinson Cano's Many Handshakes
Robinson Cano has so many handshakes with his New York Yankees teammates I can't keep up. It also led to this Sportscenter commercial.
20. Stevie Johnson's Many Antics
Love him or hate him, Stevie Johnson is going to let you know when he's scored a touchdown. This one in particular is my favorite.
19. Jose Valverde Doing....Something
Jose Valverde never does the same save celebration twice in a row, but man he sure does like to be different.
18. Movin' Like Berney
Multiple NFL players have pulled off this awesome dance as touchdown celebrations, but none better than Lance Moore.
17. Aroldis Chapman Double Somersault
Aroldis Chapman got very excited about this converted save back in June. Easy there, tiger.
16. Alex Ovechkin Stick On Fire
After scoring his 50th goal of this season, Alex Ovechkin celebrated by pretending his stick was a little hotter than normal.
15. Victor Cruz Salsa Dance
Victor Cruz made himself famous by not only making big plays, but capping off touchdowns with his trademarked salsa dance.
14. Jaromir Jagr Salute
Though incredibly subtle, Jaromir Jagr's salute is one of the most well-known celebrations. He's had it imitated by two other people so you know it's a popular one.
13. Marshawn Lynch Raining Skittles
Marshawn Lynch became popular with his monster touchdown runs, and because he has an assistant feed him skittles on the sideline during games. After he scored this touchdown, fans rained skittles down on the field.
12. Brian Wilson X-Factor
Brian Wilson has a classic celebration where he crosses his arms to an 'X' then points to the sky. A celebration is instantly made more awesome when you get to use it after striking out the final batter in the World Series.
11. Highstepping to 6
Deion Sanders made this famous in the 90s, but many defensive players have adopted the high step. It's a way to show off to your opponents if you've made a big play and are about to score.
Any time you have a touchdown celebration that makes millions of fans do it in every day situations and have a website dedicated to this, I think it's safe to say you're on to something. Tebowing is a cultural phenomenon, made famous when Tim Tebow first dropped to one knee in praise of his Lord.
9. Barry Cofield Don't Tase Me, Bro
Barry Cofield, formerly of the New York Giants, made himself famous with this very awkward celebration after a sack. I'm not really sure what he was thinking here, but it's still funny.
8. Hanging on the Rim After Monster Dunk
Nothing embarrasses an opponent more than dunking on them. You can rub it even more by hanging on the rim for a few seconds while he gets a good look at you. Russell Westbrook does this quite a bit.
7. Tiger Woods Fist Pump Action
Tiger Woods hasn't had much to fist pump for lately, but back when he was winning fans looked forward to his celebration after a huge putt. Hopefully he gives himself a reason to bring this back soon.
6. Aaron Rodgers Championship Belt
Aaron Rodgers came up with this idea while on the scout team and backing up Brett Favre, but it's now one of the coolest celebrations in sports today. When he pulls out the belt, you know something good has happened.
5. Lambeau Leap
Made famous by Leroy Butler in 1993, the Lambeau Leap is one of the most popular celebrations in all of sports. You can see players jumping into the stands at Lambeau just about every single game.
4. Kissing the Stanley Cup
A tradition in the NHL after a team has won the Stanley Cup is for their players to each get a turn holding the Cup over their heads, and many choose to kiss the cup in what amounts to an awesome still frame every time.
3. Holding Form After Game-Winning Shot
Michael Jordan made a habit of this, but is there anything cooler in basketball than making a game winning shot and just holding your hand up, showing off your elite form? No, there is not.
2. The Walk-Off Helmet Toss and Leap
Not everyone in Major League Baseball does this, but it's pretty universal. Hitting a walk-off blast is one of the most exciting plays in sports, and it's made even cooler when the hitter rounds third base, slows down, tosses his helmet in the air and jumps to home plate, where his teammates are waiting to swarm him. I get goosebumps just thinking about it.
1. Champagne Championship Celebration
Easily the best and timeless celebration is the champagne shower players partake in after winning the ultimate prize. It is universal across all sports and signifies you've achieved the highest possible goal in your sport.