The rant by California Chrome co-owner Steve Coburn after his horse was beaten in the Belmont makes him just the latest sore loser to step into the spotlight -- Coburn, that is; Chrome seemed to handle it pretty well. But as this list shows, Coburn is far from alone.
The co-owner of California Chrome was disappointed his horse didn't become the one to break racing's Triple Crown drought that now has reached 36 years. So in the aftermath of Chrome's Belmont loss on Saturday, Coburn ranted in front of a national TV audience about changing the rules of the Triple Crown that have been in effect only for about, oh, forever, by not letting horses run in the Preakness or Belmont if they didn't compete in the Kentucky Derby. Then the next day, Coburn compared the situation to himself 'at 6-2 ... playing basketball with a kid in a wheelchair.'
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When Russia beat the Netherlands in a team relay at the European short-track speedskating championships in January, Viktor Ahn let everyone know his team was No. 1. Knegt, well, he wasn't quite saying the same thing with his gesture. Knegt was disqualified from the championships for his gesture. He did come back to win a bronze medal in the 1,000 meters at the Sochi Olympics.
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Speaking of the Olympics, after American gymnast Maroney slipped while landing her second try and had to settle for silver in the vault at the London Games in 2012, finishing second to Romania's Sandra Izbasa in an event the American was favored to win, she didn't hide her disappointment on the medal stand. And with that, McKayla Maroney is not impressed was launched as one of the most popular Internet memes of recent years. In fact, the meme made it all the way to the U.S. gymnastics team's visit to the White House.
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Ohio State's greatest football coach went out with a loss and punch. In the 1978 Gator Bowl, Hayes slugged Clemson's Charlie Bauman after Bauman had intercepted a Buckeyes pass to thwart Ohio State's attempt to pull out a victory. Hayes, nearly as famous for his temper as for his winning ways in Columbus, went at Bauman after the Clemson nose guard was tackled near the Ohio State sideline on the return. By the next day, Hayes had been fired.
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In the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, the South Korean boxer refused to accept the decision that he had lost his bantamweight match to Alexander Hristov of Bulgaria. So he sat down in the ring. And stayed there. And he was still sitting when the lights were turned off in the arena. Still, at least Byun behaved better than his countrymen, who charged into the ring and went after the referee, Keith Walker, who was so fearful for his safety that he flew home for New Zealand right after the bout.
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The Cuban taekwando competitor also couldn't handle an Olympic decision. But Matos was far worse than the petulant Korean boxer. At a bronze-medal match during the 2008 Beijing Games, Matos sent a roundhouse kick at a referee (above) after Matos was disqualified for taking too much injury time against Kazakhstan's Arman Chilmanov. Matos, a gold medalist in 2000, nailed the Swedish referee in the face. He was banned for life by taekwondo's world governing body.
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Samuel L. Jackson
At the Oscars, you're just supposed to smile politely when somebody else wins an Academy Award. Not Jackson. When the 1995 award for Best Supporting Actor went to Martin Landau in "Ed Wood" instead of to Jackson for his performance in "Pulp Fiction," Jackson was caught uttering an obscenity on the air. A sore loser? Sure, but you know he was right.
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Now, given what had happened to Swift in 2009, when Kanye West interrupted her acceptance speech for an MTV Video Music Award by briefly taking over the stage to let everyone know that Beyonce should have won it, you might think that the singer would put on a more pleasant face when she didn't win. But that wasn't the case when Adele beat her out for Best Original Song at the 2013 Golden Globes.
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1991 Detroit Pistons
Should we really have expected the Bad Boys to be gracious in defeat? When the Chicago Bulls finally got past the Pistons in the 1991 playoffs, eliminating the two-time defending NBA champs, Isiah Thomas, Bill Laimbeer and Co. didn't hang around for the end of the game. Instead, with time still on the clock in a game that had been decided, the Pistons starters left the bench and walked off the floor rather than hang around to shake hands and congratulate Michael Jordan and his teammates. Last year, Thomas did say he regretted the snub.
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With a 1,000-yard season as an NFL rookie in 2010 for the Buccaneers and a solid year for the Patriots in 2013 and now moving on to the Steelers, Blount has mostly gotten past his most infamous act of temper from his college days at Oregon. Except when someone like us brings it up. In Oregon's 2009 season opener, the Ducks lost at Boise State. Coming off the field, the Broncos' Byron Hout taunted Blount, who responded by decking Hout with a punch. Blount initially was suspended for the rest of the season, but coach Chip Kelly (seen escorting Blount off the field above) reinstated him after eight games.
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The Boston Bruins forward couldn't just go through the traditional handshakes after the Montreal Canadiens won their bitterly contested playoff series last month by telling the Habs, "Good luck." Montreal forward Dale Weise said Lucic threatened him in the handshake line.
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It seems so long ago now, but Serena had an epic meltdown in the semifinals of the 2009 U.S. Open during a loss to Kim Clijsters. She was given a point penalty that ended the match, abusing a lineswoman who made an unusually timed foot-fault call that had made it 15-40 and gave Clijsters match point. Williams reportedly said: “If I could, I would take this f****** ball and shove it down your f****** throat.” Penalty point, game set, match. After the match, Williams said: “No, I didn’t threaten [her]. I don't remember anymore [what I said], to be honest.”