Great Sports TV Rants and Blow Ups


As the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games Closing Ceremony finished last night, Social media was rife with people being genuinely disappointed with the show especially with the exclusion of the athletes parade on the ground.

Little did people expect when Channel 7 crossed back to hosts Johanna Griggs and Basil Zempalis that they would let rip into the ceremony, how they were denied access to the vision from the host broadcaster and how visibly angry they looked on camera – especially Griggs.

It did, however, make for great television and will be a moment that will be talked about for years to come.

The Ladbrokes Blog looks back at some of those unexpected rants, blow-ups and sometimes the feeling of not being mad,  just disappointed that has appeared whilst watching sport on TV over the years.

Johanna Griggs and Basil Zempalis

This is the talk of the town right now.

Has anyone ever seen the likes of Channel Seven presenters Johanna Griggs and Basil Zempalis this disappointed, upset and angry?

When usually positive and sports-loving people like these two aren’t impressed, you know there was seriously a problem with the closing ceremony.


Malcolm Blight

The AFL legend that is Malcolm Blight was always known for doing things differently both on and off the footy field.

His moments on television are no exception.

In Round 2 of the 1997 AFL season, Richmond had defeated Adelaide at the MCG and Blight, who was in his first season as coach of the Crows, let rip into ruckman David Pittman in a post-game interview.

Years later, Blight in his role as a special comments man on Channel 10’s AFL coverage was asked to respond to an article where the then St.Kilda president Rob Butters was critical of his brief stint at the Saints.



Craig Foster

Foz is known for wearing his heart on his sleeve when talking about the Socceroos and during the 2010 World Cup he didn’t hold back when discussing the then Australian coach Pim Verbeek.


Andrew Johns

When another Origin series went to the Queenslanders last year, the GOAT for NSW Joey Johns couldn’t hide his fury and disappointment at the Blues efforts and attitudes in general.


John Singelton

One of the many Colourful Racing Identities out there, ad-man John Singelton aka: “Singo” is synonymous with NSW Racing.

When being interviewed by Richie Callendar at Randwick about his horse More Joyous before the All Aged Stakes in 2012, he declared that his relationship with Gai Waterhouse was over whilst dropping a few bombs as well.


Taylor Twellman

When the USA Soccer team missed out on qualifying for this years FIFA World Cup in Russia, American commentator for ESPN Taylor Twellman took the chance to really tell us what he thinks about the state of the world game in America.


Richie Benaud

Everyone knows what happened when Australian captain Greg Chappel instructed his brother Trevor to bowl underarm to win an ODI against New Zealand in 1981.

Summing up the day’s play, the legend that is Richie Benaud gave his take in a cool, calm, collected way but he certainly wasn’t impressed.



English TV Post Game Coverage after losing to Iceland – Euro 2016 

We all had a good laugh when Iceland beat England 2-1 during Euro 2016.

If you’re in the mood for some serious schadenfreude then get the popcorn out and enjoy this 15-minute clip.

Our English friends are mad, angry, disappointed and fit the criteria to be part of this blog.


Dan Marino

The former Miami Dolphins quarterback wasn’t happy about something when on this NFL panel show.

The looks of the other panelists is priceless.



Dana White

The president of the UFC did not hold back when giving his views on fighter Tyron Woodley’s “boring” win over Demian Maia.