Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Top 5 Most Fearsome Looks in Sports History

Athletes sometimes look mean because they're ripped or because it gets into their opponent's head or even because they simply are mean.  The following list includes the most fearsome looks in sports in the last 30 years.

5: Kimbo Slice (Mixed Martial Arts) - So it turned out that Kimbo Slice was not able to compete with the elite MMA fighters.  But he sure looked the part, which helped him create a buzz about himself.  Just imagine meeting this guy in a dark alley.

4: Brock Lesnar (Mixed Martial Arts, Professional Wrestling) - Not only is this guy as big as a house with cauliflower ears, he looks like the jerk-off in high school who picked on you.  Terrifying.

3: Bill Goldberg (Professional Wrestling) - After being announced, pyrotechnics blasted and Goldberg emerged from a smokey tunnel--as the smoke cleared and Goldberg became visible, you'd see his enormous frame with those huge shoulders, exhaling smoke from his nostrils like a bull rearing to gore a torero.

2: Dave Stewart (Baseball) - The World Champion Oakland A's pitcher stood on the mound with his hat pulled very low casting a shadow on his face so all you could see were the white's of his eyes.  He looked like he was going to just mess up the batter.

1: Mike Tyson (Boxing) - In the late 80s, he'd stare into an opponent's eyes right before a fight when the ref was giving the instructions.  Opponents would bounce around and glance away, and he'd keep that look locked on.  The look was scary because he truly was the baddest man on the planet.  [Look at about 2:42 on the video.]

This list is very top-heavy with "ring" sports.  I thought a lot about NFL and NHL players, but it's hard to pick one because (especially in football) because you don't see their faces too often.  I also considered John McEnroe, but he looked kinda silly in retrospect.  I also thought about NBA players, but couldn't find one that looked scarier or more intimidating than these guys.  Let me know where I went wrong in the comments below, and don't forget to share this article with your friends and like us on facebook!


  1. Dave Stewart pic:

  2. Kimbo is an odd one.  He looks so intimidated but kept getting his a$$ kicked when it counted...

  3. Yeah--I guess ability to fight is not tied to how you look.  The Gracie family never included the biggest guys, but they were usually the baddest!

  4. That's the look--thank you!  I'm going to update the blog to include this pic.

  5. Mike Singletary of the Chicago Bears had some crazy eyes.  Don't think this picture really does him justice, but I wouldn't want to be on the other side of that line of scrimmage. 

  6. I suspect there are a few guys that could be on this list if we as spectators were able to clearly see them more often.