Whether you just ran 40-yards down the sideline for a game-sealing touchdown, jacked a 450-foot long-bomb into the second deck of the bleachers, or are celebrating a hard-fought championship win, you need to remember one thing: it's what you do next that makes the moment memorable.
The celebration, or "celly," is the moment in which the jubilation of your teammates and fans washes over you like a crisp Caribbean wave as they roar approvingly of your magnificent effort. In that moment, your actions dictate the next sound: an even greater roar, a voracious laugh, or deafening silence?
Some of the greatest athletes of all-time have also been some of the most entertaining showmen to ever grace a field, court or rink. Some are have become tradition: Aaron Rodgers' championship belt, Victor Cruz' salsa dance, Jaromir Jagr's salute, or "the bat flip," a favorite of MLB's greatest sluggers.
Others have a little bit more difficulty celebrating in the moment - we've seen tumbles, epic fails, teammates trying to work a celebration with other teammates who just happen to have no idea what's going on, and many more.
Above all those, though, are the celebrations that make you forget about the sporting achievement (no matter how great it was) and look on, perplexed, at the aftermath. We're talking about the celebrations that were embarrassing, made little to no sense, or were just flat out awful - to the point where the player in question should have been penalized by the official or benched for the rest of eternity by their coach or manager.
15 Rashard Mendenhall
14 The Grey Cup
CANADIANA ALERT Grey Cup broken in celebration. Player: "I politely gave it to someone else." http://t.co/vOt5WDqnlj pic.twitter.com/3AkXBMmKiR
— John Grigg (@John_Grigg) December 1, 2014
For the uninitiated, the Grey Cup is awarded to the champion of the Canadian Football League - it's essentially the equivalent of the Vince Lombardi Trophy (don't take that too literally), although much bigger (in size, not in terms of the game). Anyway, the Cup isn't exactly the most sturdy trophy out there, as it's been broken a reported six times (that's not counting what goes on behind the scenes). The most recent incident involved the 2014 champion Calgary Stampeders, who snapped it in half celebrating in the locker room after their win over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats
13 Chris Bruton
Chris Bruton was a member of the 2008 Memorial Cup champion Spokane Chiefs, the victory was probably one of the greatest moments of his life...until the trophy crumbled in his hands. Bruton, who was the first to receive the trophy, was handing off the hardware to a teammate when it suddenly fell apart. An awkward silence and moment of shock took over, minus his teammates cracking their rib cages from laughing so hard in the background, but the players ultimately improvised and paraded around the ice with the base of the trophy.
12 Cam Fowler
11 Robert Kraft
Robert Kraft could have landed himself on this lift for a couple of incidents and he might even be worthy for a list on his own. He's been left hanging more times than anyone can remember, but his most recent Super Bowl celebration takes the cake.
10 Peter Crouch
9 Kirk Cousins
When a quarterback heaves a gorgeous pass over the middle of the field and watches his receiver glide under it and trot into the endzone, it is common for the quarterback to raise his arms and celebrate with the closest person to him. That person usually ends up being an offensive lineman, and this often leads to one of the big men lifting up their quarterback in celebration.
8 Tom Brady
Can Tom Brady throw touchdown passes with relative ease? Yes. Can he boast multiple MVP awards and show off his four Super Bowl rings? Yup. Can he walk into a room with a Victoria Secret model - scratch that, legend - on his arm? Of course he can.
Can Tom Brady get a high-five? No. No he cannot.
7 Jerry Jones & Chris Christie
There was an inexplicable controversy that surrounded the high-profile friendship of Dallas Cowboys owner and New Jersey governor Chris Christie, but there was a short reprieve that had us all howling.
6 Yao Ming
5 Chris Bosh
Good: Chris Bosh and the Miami Heat win the NBA Championship. The team heads to the locker room and start spraying champagne all over the room and themselves. We all love a good championship champagne celebration, so we watch earnestly.
Better: Bosh is going all out, so he starts pouring a bottle of champagne all over himself, taking an occasional swig with the passion of a man singing "Kissed by A Rose" by Seal to his soon to be wife. It gets intimate.
4 Mike Iaconelli
You must be asking yourself "how did a competitive fisherman land on this list? How does a competitive fisherman land on any sports related list?"
An excellent question. Mike Iaconelli is the exception to the rule, thanks to his ridiculous celebration after catching what he refers to as a massive fish in the video (even though it didn't seem to look very big - then again, I'm not the leading voice on fish, either). His celebration is eerily similar to Kevin Garnett's "Anything is Possible" celebration...except he's yelling about catching a fish.
3 Pete Weber
2 Steve Yzerman
The Stanley Cup is often considered the greatest trophy in sports. While that debate can go on, there's one thing that probably can't be debated ,no trophy in professional sports has gone through what the Stanley Cup has gone through.
The Cup has been booted into canals, left on the side of highways, eaten and drank out of (begging the question whether or not the Cup's handlers are really handlers or glorified dishwashers), used as a toilet, thrown into swimming pools...you get the idea.
The majority of these can be chalked up to "boys will be boys," "hockey players are wild animals" or simply blaming the alcohol. What Steve Yzerman did, though, begs the question of what exactly he was thinking.
1 Francisco Gallardo
Unless you've never watched a Sportscenter "Top 10" feature in your life, you knew this was going to be at the top of the list.
We all know what Sevilla's Francisco Gallardo did - we don't need to rehash the details, either. What's fascinating was his reaction after the fact, specifically when he found out he might be punished for the gesture:
""I don't think what I did was very noteworthy," Gallardo was quoted as saying by Spanish media.
Alright, Francisco. You go ahead and believe that.
Perhaps worse was the answer given by the victim, Jose Antonio Reyes:
"I just felt a slight pinch."
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