A look at memorable blowups in Philadelphia sports
Sept. 14, 2014 — Papelbon's 'adjustment'
Oh, Jonathan Papelbon.
If anything, that guy sure was entertaining during his time in Philadelphia.
One of his many head-scratching moments came in 2014 when he blew a 4-1 lead to the Marlins, resulting in an ugly 5-4 loss for the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. It was especially ugly thanks to Papelbon, who made an "adjustment," as he called it, while walking off the mound (see story). To just about everyone else, it looked like an obscene gesture directed at booing fans (see video).
Papelbon turned irate after being ejected by umpire Joe West. The closer was later suspended seven games and fined by Major League Baseball for his actions. (AP Images)
April 1, 2012 — Laviolette vs. Bylsma
This was fun.
It will never get old watching Peter Laviolette standing on top of the boards and screaming at the Penguins' coaching staff, specifically Dan Bylsma, as fights and brawls broke loose during the Flyers' 6-4 victory over Pittsburgh in 2012 (see video).
Both coaches didn't cool down after the game, with Laviolette calling out a "gutless move" by Bylsma. The game summary listing the penalties racked up in the final 1:03 of the action is pretty great. Scott Hartnell having fun with the Penguins fans was also a classic.
The Flyers ended up beating the Penguins in the first round of the playoffs, their last postseason series victory to date. (AP Images)
Nov. 8, 2004 — T.O. hounds McNabb
The Eagles were 7-0 but in the process of suffering their first loss of the 2004 season, a 27-3 drubbing at the hands of the Steelers in Pittsburgh.
Terrell Owens was infamously seen following Donovan McNabb on the sideline and talking to the quarterback in animated fashion as No. 5 kept trying to walk away.
"When things aren't happening, you get frustrated," McNabb said after the game. "He was there telling me to be positive about everything. I'm usually the guy to provide confidence, but today he was that guy."
Not everyone believed it. The Eagles still went 13-3 that season and made a trip to the Super Bowl despite Owens' injury that kept him out all playoffs until the big game.
The McNabb-Owens relationship never seemed to get much better and we all know how T.O.'s Philly days came to an end. (AP Images)
Jan. 15, 2018 — Simmons, Lowry ejected
Were Ben Simmons and Kyle Lowry about to throw down in the bowels of the Wells Fargo Center?
Not quite, but the two were ejected and had words for each other near the end of the Sixers' 117-111 win over the Raptors in January of this year.
Simmons and Lowry both signaled as if they wanted to meet postgame. Lowry apparently didn't take the invitation lightly. Nothing came from the spat, but Simmons made himself clear.
"I don't play around," he said after the game. "I'm not going to take s--- from anybody." (AP Images)
Aug. 24, 2010 — Angry Howard tossed
We've never seen Ryan Howard so mad. That's what Charlie Manuel said.
During the 14th inning of a 2-2 game against the Astros at Citizens Bank Park in 2010, Howard was given the heave-ho by third base umpire Scott Barry (not pictured) after a strikeout. What probably built up Howard's frustration was Barry mocking the Phillies' slugger following a check-swing strike earlier in the at-bat.
Howard had to be held back by teammates as he ran toward Barry. The ejection and some defensive maneuvering forced Roy Oswalt into action ... in left field.
It was quite the scene before the Phillies lost, 4-2, in 16 innings. (AP Images)
May 16, 2003 — Brown's final hurrah
Think Larry Brown wanted this technical foul?
There was no way he wasn't getting whistled here by referee Bennett Salvatore during Game 6 of the 2003 Sixers-Pistons Eastern Conference semifinals series.
Brown was complaining that Salvatore was calling too many fouls. He had a nice message for the ref and the beauty of it is watching Allen Iverson let his coach go right at it.
The Sixers lost the game — 93-89 in overtime — and series that night. It was Brown's last game as Sixers head coach. He won the NBA Finals with the Pistons the very next year. (AP Images)