O'BRIEN: Nothing beats a creative sports celebration, even if it gets yellow card

Posted: Jul. 8, 2014 9:58 am Updated: Sep. 30, 2014 12:15 pm

It was only a matter of time until the selfie invaded the sports world.

Believe it or not, Major League Soccer, the pro soccer league in the United States, is still playing games despite the sporting world's focus on the World Cup in Brazil.

An MLS player became the first player to stop and take a selfie as part of a goal celebration over the weekend. Dom Dwyer of Sporting Kansas City raced to the sideline after scoring a first-half goal against the Chicago Fire. He took a cellphone from a photographer and snapped a selfie with teammate Soony Saad, while some of the team's supporters celebrated in the background of the photo. Dwyer got a yellow card for his efforts as he was called for excessive celebration.

That's fair. Hopefully, the referee said, "Dude, you realize that this is a meaningless MLS game, right?"

That said, there's nothing wrong with athletes having a little fun when they're on the field. One man's showboating is another man's entertainment. Here are some of my favorite sports celebrations -- some famous and one that isn't so famous.

º Can you smell what I'm cooking?, May 7, 1999: This one might just be my favorite. I was there to watch it with about 50 other people at QU-Stadium. The Quincy University baseball team played host to the Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament that season. In an opening-round game of the tourney, Indianapolis knocked off Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville with a home run in extra innings. As the Indianapolis player rounded third and headed home to a flock of teammates waiting for him at home plate, he flipped off his cap and crossed his arms like then-WWE champion wrestler "The Rock" used to do before applying his finishing move.

The celebration was a thing of beauty. It probably went against baseball's unwritten rules, but that's fine by me.

º Can you hear me now?, Dec. 15, 2003: History will always show that New Orleans Saints wide receiver Joe Horn was the first to ever use a cellphone in a celebration. Playing the New York Giants on a nationally televised Sunday night game, Horn had stashed a cellphone in one of the field goal posts at the Superdome. After scoring a touchdown, Horn took out the phone and acted like he was making a call from the end zone. "I had told my kids to be at home, watching the game, and I told my momma, ‘Mom, if I score the second one, I'm going to get my cell phone out,' " Horn said after the game.

Horn was chewed out by his coach and was fined $30,000 by the National Football League for his antics.

º Bowling them over, Sept. 6, 2009: The Milwaukee Brewers are difficult to root for. They've never won anything, but they have always been a bit of a pest to the St. Louis Cardinals. Still, credit must be given where credit is due. Prince Fielder had just launched a home run to beat the San Francisco Giants in the bottom of the 12th inning. As usual, his teammates were waiting for him at home plate after he circled the bases. Instead of mobbing him, the Brewers fell down like bowling pins when Fielder reached home.

The only repercussion from that incident came the following spring when Fielder was intentionally hit by a pitch from a Giants pitcher.


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