All-time Funniest Athletes

Feb 6, 2009

I was asked to help select the funniest moments in sports and sports movies.  I’m going to take a different spin on this and pick out some of the funniest athletes.  I’m sure I’m leaving a bunch out, so feel free to add.  These are in no particular order.

Yogi Berra – The Yankee great was a classic.  He came up with some of baseball’s most memorable quotes.  Here’s an example:  “Baseball is ninety percent mental.  The other half is physical.”

Muhammad Ali – Another guy with the gift of gab.  Here’s one of Ali’s:  “Frazier is so ugly that he should donate his face to the U.S. Bureau of Wildlife.”

Rickey Henderson – Anyone that talks in the third person as much as Rickey is hilarious to me.  Here is one of Rickey’s keepers:  “This is Rickey calling on behalf of Rickey.  Rickey wants to play baseball.”

Charles Barkley – The guy simply doesn’t have an edit button.  His mouth occasionally gets him into trouble, but you have to love his honesty.

Shaq – The Big Aristotle almost always wears a great big smile and delivers some great lines.  You can just tell he is fun.  Went a little over the top with his question to Kobe, but he’s delivered enough over the years to forgive him.

Peyton Manning – Was surprisingly funny on SNL, plus he’s a big time practical joker.

Reggie Miller – If you have ever heard him on the Dan Patrick radio show, you’ll know what I’m talking about.  Reggie Alawishus Miller is a funny cat.

Max Patkin – The Crown Prince of Baseball.  Enough said.

Bob Uecker – Although, I use the word “athlete” loosely with him

Honorable Mention:
Mike Tyson
– If he wasn’t such a train wreck (and scary for that matter), he might crack the list.

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6 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Larry Novak
    February 6th, 2009 at 5:32 pm #

    Great list, I got to see Max Patkin perform at Minor league games several times in the 80s’ He was a total joy. And No one can top Yogi for quotes. And all the others I agree too. Mark Grace was always good on Jim Rome with the Slumpbusters discussion. I always loved Peytons Commercials.

  2. LestersLegends
    February 6th, 2009 at 5:36 pm #

    I knew I’d miss some. Thanks for picking Grace up Larry.

  3. Larry Novak
    February 6th, 2009 at 7:16 pm #

    I forgot someone else. Rex Hudler has some hilarious intervies on Rome and other talk shows.

  4. LestersLegends
    February 6th, 2009 at 7:17 pm #

    Thanks again.

  5. rob65
    March 17th, 2010 at 4:16 am #

    what about steve nash guys he should be on this list as he is one of the funniest guys around

  6. LestersLegends
    March 17th, 2010 at 5:13 am #

    thanks for adding rob

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