Grab a Kleenex: crying in sports

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Adam Morrison

BOO HOO, MY MOUSTACHE IS TICKLY. Despite his best Larry Bird impressions, former Gonzaga forward Adam Morrison fell short in last year’s NCAA tournament and, as a result, cried like a baby.

It’s a tough life in professional sports, and once in a while the game affects an athlete enough to make them break down and weep. Here are the top athletes and coaches who have cried in public:

Tony Romo
We had no sympathy for Romo while he sulked on the ground after throwing away the Cowboys’ playoff hopes last weekend with a fumbled field goal snap against the Seattle Seahawks. Romo might have been the one crying on national television, but Cowboys fans across the nation wept themselves to sleep that night.

Todd Bertuzzi
As the aftermath of the Steve Moore incident unfolded, Bertuzzi did what Moore couldn’t " he bent his head and wept. Apparently the only thing that hurts more than three fractured vertebrae is the knowledge that you’ll be suspended for the rest of the season. At least it was good to see Bertuzzi feeling remorse over ending another player’s career.

Dick Vermeil
Whoever said there’s no crying in football didn’t take two teams to the Super Bowl. Vermeil’s storied career with the Eagles, Rams and Chiefs was marked by frequent breakdowns after games and during press conferences. Vermeil’s retirement speech featured more crying than a Hell’s Angels biker subjected to an All My Children marathon.

Adam Morrison
Nothing helps your draft stock like a tear-soaked teenage moustache. Morrison made that point loud and clear after Gonzaga squandered a nine-point lead in the final minutes of its March Madness matchup with UCLA last season. Morrison was sobbing in the backcourt before the buzzer sounded, then collapsed to the floor in despair after the game.

Wayne Gretzky
Quite memorably, the Great One squeezed a few out during the press conference regarding his trade to the Los Angeles Kings in 1988. Gretzky breaking down and crying was indeed out of the norm for him, as he was used to making opposing defenders and coaches blubber like infants. Some SoCal sun, fun and plastic surgery (we’re looking at you, Janet) surely made the tears short lived.

Mark Messier
The Moose joins a small group of pros like Steve Yzerman, Joe Sakic and Ray Bourque as unquestioned leaders, winners and captains of their respective teams. Messier’s admirable career doesn’t overshadow the fact that when he announced his retirement he turned on the waterworks like a Universal Studios wave pool. Maybe he hadn’t gotten his sodium fix from his trademark bag of Lays potato chips.

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