You’ve probably already forgotten the 17 funniest sports moments of 2022
It’s easy to get caught up in the sports drama and forget how stupid it is. Billions of dollars spent and made so grown adults can play recess games. Throughout the year, we’ve kept track of the things that made us laugh, from drunk fans setting several cars on fire at a tailgate, to thousands of people demanding a bird be named after a dick joke.
January 4: Sucks eAt Cfootball
During Kansas State’s 42-20 Texas Bowl win over LSU in January, one smart Wildcats fan took aim at the entire SEC with one of the most perfect fan signs we’ve ever seen. It has become a mantra that we couldn’t stop repeating all year. Pacifiers eat football, forever.
January 16: Novak Djokovic’s very awkward sending off
Novak Djokovic, one of many anti-vaccine athletes this year who tried to wriggle around the public health policy, was deported from Australia when he was caught lying on his visa application ahead of the Australian Open. That in itself isn’t funny, mostly just sad and pathetic, but the way his deportation happened was funny.
February 5: The Russell Westbrook experience officially reaches peak fun
When Russell Westbrook was traded to the Lakers in August 2021, he was immediately heralded as part of a new Big Three in LA along with LeBron James and Anthony Davis. The honeymoon ended almost immediately. The Lakers struggled, and Westbrook posted historically poor shooting stats. His back hurt from sitting too much on the bench. Then the fans started begging him to stop shooting.
At least things got better for Russ and the Lakers after this point, right?
February 11: Joel Embiid can’t keep his face right after Ben Simmons is traded
The Ben Simmons era in Philadelphia came to a merciless end in February when he was dealt to the Brooklyn Nets. His relationship with Joel Embiid had deteriorated noticeably, and when the trade finally became official, Embiid posted a meme about showing up at my biggest hater’s funeral. The next night he was asked about the photo at a press conference and could barely keep a straight face as he lied that he didn’t know what it meant, he just thought the guy “had a nice suit. on”
Joel Embiid on his viral tweet when the Ben Simmons trade happened:
“I just saw the picture on the internet. I thought he was well dressed, he had a nice suit on, good looking. He had some swag, I thought it was a good picture.” pic.twitter.com/UoVFVoeW3N
— Nets Videos (@SNYNets) 12 February 2022
March 25: BIG BOSS
A delightful theatrical stadium entrance from Tsuyoshi Shinjo, who has adopted the nickname BIGBOSS after becoming the manager of a professional team in Japan. He later showed up for a match on a hover bike.
April 8: This pathetic tweet from the Chicago Bulls
The Bulls were one of the most entertaining teams in the 2021-22 NBA season before a string of unfortunate injuries completely decimated their core. They were 18 games over .500 at the end of February, but would go on to win just 6 games the rest of the season. After a particularly bad loss in the penultimate game of the season against Charlotte, the team account attempted to adopt WorldWideWob’s “this is a safe place” tweet format. It was not well received, as you can imagine.
April 19: John Daly’s son signs NIL deal with Hooters
There have been some big moments in NIL marketing from De’Coldest Crawford and Kool-Aid McKinstry, but none were as perfect as a pair of Arkansas golfer John Daly II signing a deal with Hooters. The quote that accompanied the announcement was also an all-timer.
John Daly II, son of PGA pro John Daly, is Hooters’ first NIL ambassador.
“I’ve seen my father’s great relationship with Hooters over the years, and I’m proud to continue my family’s association with this iconic brand.” pic.twitter.com/N6vp9DzI2x
— Front Office Sports (@FOS) 19 April 2022
May 28: Tommy Pham beat Joc Pederson over fantasy football spat
Cameras caught a brawl between Reds outfielder Tommy Pham and Giants outfielder Joc Pederson, and while it initially looked like Beef History in progress, Pederson explained in the locker room that it all stemmed from a dispute over fantasy football etiquette. Pham was suspended for three games for the incident, which gave us some incredible quotes in the process.
Joc shares details of what happened in his fantasy football league that started his feud with Tommy Pham today pic.twitter.com/d9NBTwPVoG
— SF Giants on NBCS (@NBCSGiants) 28 May 2022
June 16: Klay Thompson has the perfect response to win a fourth NBA title
The Warriors, like a phoenix rising from the ashes, bounced back from a terrible 2020-21 season to claim their fourth title in the Steph-Klay-Draymond era in June. There are many things you can say after achieving such a rare feat, perhaps “We are the best!” or “I’m on top of the world!” Klay Thompson said this:
Never change, Klay.
June 30th: The Stanley Cup was delivered to the wrong house
After the Colorado Avalanche won the Stanley Cup in June, the trophy was mistakenly delivered to the wrong house in Denver. A couple went out to check the mail and found a delivery driver with a giant box meant for Captain Gabriel Landeskog. The cup eventually arrived at the right address, but not before some pictures were snapped to share it with the world.
July 1st: Brian Windhorst’s “now why is that?” monologue about jazz
The way Brian Windhorst had it all First Take sat in the palm of his hand as he waxed poetic about the Utah Jazz’s one of the greatest moments in sports television history. The man monologues with the pathos of a Shakespearean sonnet about Royce O’Neal. And the best part? HE IS ABSOLUTELY RIGHT. The Jazz traded Rudy Gobert five days later, and Donovan Mitchell in September.
August 1: Jeannie Buss’s Twitter account gets hacked, starts selling PS5s
I just love that the official Lakers account had to tweet this. I hope they never delete it.
“Lakers Fans, my Twitter account has been hacked. Do not engage in it or send money. These are NOT legitimate offers. The Lakers will notify you when I am back in control of my account.” – Jeanie Buss
— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) 2 August 2022
August 25: South Carolina is trying to rename its mascot until fans vote on Cock Commander
After a complicated dispute during a change of ownership of Sir Big Spur, South Carolina’s living rooster mascot, the university attempted to request a new name for their avian icon. Unfortunately, the name fans rallied behind was Cock Commander. The school eventually landed on The General as the new name, before everyone decided to hash out their differences and let the Sir Big Spur name live on.
September 12: Absolute genius destroying 8 cars with grills during the Pats-Dolphins game
“Hey guys, I have a great idea! (hic) If I leave the grill on low, the burgers will still be hot after the game! Anyway, kick-off is in 10 minutes, let’s get started.”
October 14: Tennessee beats Alabama and takes the goalposts out and drinks
You can always expect pandemonium after a game of this magnitude, but Vols fans took it to another level after a massive win over Alabama. After the ceremonial lifting of the goalposts, Tennessee fans marched out of Neyland Stadium and down the street for a night of partying. They eventually ended up in the middle of the Tennessee River.
November 7: Ted Cruz brawled with bids and beer at the Astros World Series parade
Whatever you think of Ted Cruz, it’s just a massive clown move to put yourself in a championship parade like you did anything to help the team win. You’re a fan, act like one. Luckily, a real fan was on hand to remind Cruz of his place. Or maybe he thought the senator was just thirsty?
December 6: Arson Judge signs with the Giants
Scoop hunting is a very tough business. You must be well connected. You need reliable sources. And above all, you need spell check.
On December 6, Jon Heyman had none of the above. Frantically trying to break some Aaron Judge news, Heyman instead tweeted the plot of a fantasy novel about an underworld named ARSON JUDGE who fights some giants.
Aaron Judge, on the other hand, did not sign with the San Francisco Giants.