Few things in the sports world beat a rivalry between two teams because they give meaning to a competition. It doesn’t matter if it’s amateur or professional because they always want to win. But many top teams have taken things to the next level and trolled their rivals off the field.
So today we’ll look at many situations where franchises and teams trolled their rivals to hilarious results. Many of these teams used their official Twitter accounts to great effect. Others had clever in-game ideas that humiliated their foes. But they all brought a smile to their fans and opposing fans, so check them out right here.
The Detroit Lions don’t win much these days but they produce an occasional laugh. We’re not just talking about their antics on the field. Sometimes their Twitter account is also genuinely funny. This time they targeted NFL on Fox after the show’s panel went against them.
All of their analysts selected the Saints to beat the Lions in New Orleans. However, Detroit belied their underdog status and seized the victory. Then their official Twitter page released a hilarious statement that consisted of a single emoji. Words weren’t necessary as they trolled the TV network (via USA Today).
Giannis Antetokounmpo is one of the best basketball players of his era. However, he does have a single weakness of shooting free throws. It’s the one area of the game where he is less consistent. The Nets picked up on this after he took over 10 seconds to take a free throw in a previous game (via Yardbreaker).
This happened twice and negated the free throw attempts. Then, Brooklyn installed a 10-second timer when the Bucks played them. They encouraged their fans to count when he had a free throw. In the end, the NBA stepped in and used an obscure rule to prevent them from continuing.
The Calgary Flames took Twitter trolling to a new subtle level when they played the Vancouver Canucks. They enraged their fellow Canadian franchise after they signed three of their players. During their next game, there was a recurring theme on their social media challenges.
They consistently referenced the athletes writing captions including: “he’s our guy” and “We love our Leivo.” This provoked a strong reaction from Vancouver fans. But their supporters appreciated the banter and jumped on board. It’s amazing how easy it is to annoy people online (via Daily Hive).
The Colts ran one of the worst trick plays in the history of mankind in 2015. Instantly, the whole world trolled them because it was such a ridiculous situation. Officials cited the team for an illegal formation after the attempt against the New England Patriots (via Bleacher Report).
Then college teams including Maine went after the Colts. They showed their successful trick play against James Madison as they won in the dying moments. It was a brilliant victory and expert trolling from Maine, even though most of their players will never make it to the NFL.
Nothing quite beats an in-state rivalry between two college teams. The Washington Huskies and Washington State Cougars maintain a healthy yet contentious bond. They hate each other but they also give each other a sense of purpose. The Cougars beat the Huskies for the first time in a decade to win the Apple Cup in 2021.
Then they instantly trolled their foes on Twitter with a famous scene from ‘Good Will Hunting.’ This infuriated the Huskies fanbase who were quick to remind the Cougars that this was an anomaly. But it’s important to take a win when there is one and they didn’t miss a beat (via Saturday Down South).
The Jacksonville Jaguars are a terrible franchise and few people care about them. They’ve been garbage for many seasons but they still have a sense of humor. Indianapolis suffered the indignity of losing against the Jags in the final week of the 2021 season. This also cost them a place in the postseason as Carson Wentz imploded.
Now Wentz plays for Washington and will meet the Jags in week one. Jacksonville trolled him hard by tweeting: “Tell Carson we said hi.” It was ruthless and ironic because their team was terrible. They wanted to reopen the trauma of losing to the NFL’s worst team (via BroBible).
The Jaguars haven’t been in a position to troll anybody over the past couple of seasons. They were the worst-performing NFL franchise for two straight years. This is despite drafting the highly rated Trevor Lawrence in 2021. However, the Falcons rubbed them the wrong way (via CBS Sports).
Jacksonville released a statement to their fans as they apologized for their early losing record. Then Atlanta did a very similar one that the Jags reposted with the following caption. They wrote: “Hey can I copy your homework?” “Yeah, fam just switch it up a bit.” Who know that garbage play was so contentious?
The Anaheim Ducks found themselves in an unfortunate situation. In short, they were vulnerable to losing a star player for nothing but there wasn’t a lot of sympathy for them. The Golden Knights trolled them savagely on Twitter with a cruel message (via Hockey Feed).
They wrote: “So Anaheim Ducks. 7 forwards and 3 defensemen or 8 skaters? We’re asking for a friend.” Las Vegas fans thought that this was the most hilarious thing that had ever happened. Needless to say, their Anaheim rival didn’t appreciate the joke at their expense.
The Knicks have a great history but they also have a terrible recent record. They regularly break the hearts of their fans and make it easy for rival teams to troll them. The Pacers added their names to the list after they defeated the New York franchise in 2021. First, they tweeted ‘Bing Bong’ before a follow-up message.
“It’s a beautiful day to beat the Knicks,” they tweeted gleefully as they teased their rivals. However, some fans said that it was petty because they acted like it was the highlight of their season. Nonetheless, it got into the Knicks’ heads and infuriated them (via New York Post).
There are times when teams trolled their rivals but it didn’t end well. The Jets are a great example because they thought that they get one over their cross-city foes, the Giants. In truth, Gang Green has insecurity when it comes to the Giants because the latter has much more success.
Big Blue used the second-overall pick to select Saquon Barkley in 2018. Then the Jets immediately chose Sam Darnold as their franchise quarterback. He flamed out after three horrible seasons. But the Jets wrote: “Thank you @Giants” in a tweet that aged very badly (via USA Today).
Conor McGregor is a brilliant MMA fighter and an elite trash-talker. But there’s always a bigger fish in the sea as he discovered when he messed with Jake Paul. Paul is a famous YouTuber who recently moved into the world of boxing. He fought several MMA fighters including former UFC champion Tyron Woodley.
McGregor wrote: “If you want a knock off me step up and say your piece. I’m still picking who.” Then, Paul responded and trolled him with the image above. He didn’t write a caption but he posted a picture of the Irishman in an unflattering light. Don’t play with the master because it won’t end well.
The Pittsburgh Pirates are one of the worst franchises in baseball. But nobody can accuse them of lacking self-awareness because they know they’re bad. They have barely any money and struggle to compete against the top teams. Yet they inexplicably demolished the Dodgers across a three-game series.
They swept their NL Central rivals as they had five or more home runs in each game. Then their social media team ran amok and trolled the Dodgers. They produced a phenomenal video that mocked their opponents who said that “bad teams always find ways to lose.”
New York City rubbed their local rivals, the Red Bulls, up the wrong way in 2017. They play most of their home games in Yankees Stadium but a scheduling conflict changed everything. They forced the Red Bulls to come to a ‘home game’ in Hartford, Connecticut. But their fellow New York franchise trolled them mercilessly (via ESPN).
They brought an NHL icon into play as they revived the Hartford Whalers. They dragged the Whalers’ old mascot out of bed and played the franchise’s music before the game. Furthermore, they used a visual display to advise fans about all the stadiums that were closer to New York than Hartford’s.
Red Star Belgrade is a Serbian soccer club with a terrible reputation. UEFA cited their fans on multiple occasions for hooliganism and bad behavior. However, they’ve also made people smile on occasion. They hosted their rivals Vojvodina and brilliantly trolled them.
The Vojvodina supporters attempted to chant and make their voices heard. But Red Star had a response for them as they drowned them out with the Looney Tunes theme tune. They placed a speaker beside the away fans’ section and put it on full blast with hilarious results (via Twitter).
We saw earlier how the Detroit Lions trolled NFL on Fox after their analysts picked the Saints. However, the network had the last laugh when Detroit lost against the Cleveland Browns. This guaranteed the franchise their fourth consecutive losing season (via Detroit Sports Nation).
However, the network didn’t show much sympathy as they went after the franchise. They put out a hilarious but completely unnecessary tweet. They emphatically reminded the world that the Lions are garbage. There wasn’t much their fans could do because it’s true.
Khabib Nurmagomedov is one of the greatest UFC fighters ever. He retired with an unblemished 29-0 record after beating some of the best in the world. The Russian is also a devout Muslim and strictly observes his faith. He doesn’t believe that women should fight and has spoken out against ring girls.
His rival Conor McGregor regularly trolled him on Twitter. The Irishman shared the gif above from The Simpsons because he wanted to mock his foe. It’s pushing the boundaries of acceptance but that’s typical of ‘The Notorious.’ Some people think he went too far but McGregor didn’t care (via The Sun).
The Houston Astros became one of the most hated franchises on the planet after they cheated their way to World Series victory. Many people felt that MLB didn’t punish them enough and should have stripped them of their prize. There’s no denying that there’s an asterisk beside their wins after the sign-stealing scandal.
However, MLB inadvertently trolled Houston with their hat design for the All-Star game. They added a star beside the team’s badge and made the asterisk real. Rival fans thought that this was hilarious because it reflected what everybody was thinking (via Fansided).
Later we will see that the Saints and the Falcons use every opportunity to take shots at each other. In this case, Atlanta instigated chaos when they trolled Sean Payton on Twitter. This came after the news broke that Netflix planned a film around his story (via Fansided).
Payton coached his son’s football team while he served an NFL suspension. But the Falcons immediately tweeted a photoshopped image of Payton as Paul Blart’s Mall Cop. They wrote the caption: “Sounds fun” as they began a Twitter war with their rival franchise.
Celtic and Rangers hate each more than the longest-married couple. The Glasgow soccer teams enjoy trolling each other more than winning on the field. Celtic fans let off fireworks when Rangers lost their Europa League final in 2022 against Frankfurt (via Glasgow Times).
However, Rangers have a history of sneering at Celtic too. FC Mytilland knocked Celtic out of the Champion’s League in 2021. Then, Rangers announced their goal of the day on Twitter. It saw their striker Scott Arfield score against the Danish team the previous year.
The Patriots have one of the creepiest in the NFL and he occasionally makes the headlines. Jamal Adams infamously sent the man beneath the suit to hospital after he tackled him. But Buffalo fans enjoyed this because the Pats used their mascot to troll them.
In 2021, the Patriots rebounded and crept ahead of the Bills in the AFC East. They crushed the Falcons in a bruising shutout the day before Buffalo played the Colts. Then as the Bills were losing, they released a clip of their mascot eating popcorn with his feet up (via USA Today Sports).
It’s bad news for a baseball franchise when the city police troll them on social media. The St. Louis Cardinals experienced this indignity when they traveled to Cincinnati. The Reds smashed them across the series and Jesse Winker played brilliantly (via Sportscasting).
They tweeted: “At the current time, we can neither confirm nor deny that authorities in St. Louis have asked us to investigate where the Reds obtained the giant broom they used to SWEEP the Cardinals. We however can confirm that Jesse Winker is a suspect!! Go Reds!!!”
Jurgen Klopp is one of the best soccer managers on the planet but he’s a terrible loser. Liverpool drew their opening game of the 2022 campaign against Fulham. Then the German coach complained about the London team pitch and claimed that it was too dry.
Fulham responded with a brilliant tweet on their official account. They shared this beautiful picture of the field and wrote: “The Craven Cottage turf looking absolutely lush yesterday.” Their fans enjoyed this and asked if they watered the grass with Klopp’s tears (via The Sun).
Opposition teams love sneering at the Lakers because they throw money around and think they’re better than everybody. Often the latter part is true, but their rivals enjoy it when they have a bad moment. The Sacramento Kings brilliantly trolled Russell Westbrook in one game.
When he missed a shot, they played “Cold as Ice” to the enjoyment of viewers around the world. Then at the end of the game, they awarded him “The Ice Cold Player of the Game.” However, the NBA clamped down on their antics and banned them from continuing this (via Twitter).
Jake Paul brutally knocked out Tyron Woodley in their rematch. The former UFC champion fought the YouTube star on two weeks’ notice but paid the price. Fans noticed a detail on his walkout uniform as he trolled his rival, Tommy Fury. The British boxer pulled out of his match against Paul on short notice.
He wore a Union Jack flag with a note for his desired opponent (via new.com.au). It read: “Hey Tommy, wish you could’ve been here but watching from a TV is cool too.” Fury missed out on a massive payday twice because he canceled again. This was a brilliant troll job by ‘The Problem Child.’
Ohio State and Michigan troll each other in one of the most brilliant ways possible. Their marching bands put on the most incredible half-time performances. One Michigan showing saw them create a synchronized display where they played beer pong using an OSU badge as the ball.
But their rivals answered in style as they created a remarkable garbage can sequence. Oscar the Grouch emerged from the trashcan and swallowed the Wolverines’ badge. This is a unique way for the college teams to display their rivalry healthily and creatively (via Sports Illustrated).
NFL rivalries are intense because teams don’t forget when their opponents wrong them. The Raiders antagonized the Chiefs after a victory in 2020 at Arrowhead Stadium. Then they drove their team buses in a convoy around the venue, making it clear that they owned the town now (via CBS Sports).
This hurt Kansas City and they took revenge the following season in a 48-9 blowout. Then they humiliated the Raiders by playing, “the wheels on the bus go round and round” on repeat. It was a subtle and entertaining jibe as they sent the Raiders home with their tails between their legs.
Soccer fans must receive permission from stadiums to bring banners. That’s because some material may be offensive and incite a dangerous situation. These Swiss supporters trolled Italy when they played them in a game. That’s because Switzerland qualified for the World Cup but Italy didn’t.
Italy is the most successful side in the world alongside Brazil. The neighboring countries maintain a strong rivalry when it comes to sports. Usually, Italy is the stronger of the two so Switzerland takes full advantage of these types of opportunities (via Live Soccer TV).
The Arizona Sun Devils and their rivals, the Arizona Wildcats contest the Territorial Cup every year. These teams don’t like each other and take every opportunity to put each other down. The Wildcats recently released a video that encouraged a fast-paced game as they reacted to NCAA efforts to slow the sport down.
Then the Sun Devils trolled them with the image above. It didn’t matter that they also have a high-pressure offense and play the game fast. They wanted to make a show out of their rivals so they went against their principles. That brings pettiness to the next level (via Arizona Sports).
Fans always love when their team releases a new uniform. These days franchises put a lot of effort into promotional materials because they want to sell as much merchandise as possible. However, the Atlanta Falcons didn’t expect this reaction from the Carolina Panthers.
The Panthers trolled their rivals by posting a follow-up clip after the Falcons unveiled their new uniforms. They compared them to the Mean Machine uniforms in the Adam Sandler’s movie, ‘The Longest Yard.’ Some people may like this but the Panthers used it as an opportunity to mock their opposition (via Twitter).
The Chargers have one of the most dynamic young quarterbacks in the league, Justin Herbert. They also have some of the best uniforms. Now they can say that they have a top social media marketing team because of this brilliant troll job. They went down a different and more creative route as they revealed their schedule.
This time they used an anime video to put down their rivals in a clever promotion. It drew from popular shows like Demon Slayer and One Piece. Even neutral fans agreed that this was a great idea and it won plaudits from animation studios (via CBR).
Imagine flying a team’s benches halfway across a subcontinent to infuriate a rival. That’s exactly what the Cowboys did to the Commanders in 2021. They loaded up six benches and brought them to the FedEx Stadium as they trolled Washington. There was nothing that the home team could do about it either.
Some people described this as reprehensible and that the Cowboys are a joke of a franchise. This may be true but they couldn’t have chosen a more suitable victim. It’s very easy to despise the Commanders too because of their owner, Dan Snyder. Neither franchise keeps it classy at all (via On3).
The New York Jets had a hilarious response to Tom Brady’s retirement in 2022. They trolled the quarterback by saying, “this better be real.” Then they doubled down by saying that they won’t miss him but the rest of the world will. It was petty but a sign of Brady’s dominance with the New England Patriots.
Ironically, Brady later changed his mind and committed to another season with Tampa Bay. History would have been very different if the Jets retained the services of Bill Belichick. After all, he was the man who gave the fifth-rounder his chance as an NFL starter (via Twitter).
Celtic and Rangers hate each other more than most rivals because of sectarian differences. They take every opportunity to poke fun at each other and to put the other down. In 2022 there was controversy because they agreed to play a friendly in Australia. In the end, Rangers withdrew because their fans protested.
However, Celtic didn’t take this lying down and went on Twitter to show their feelings. Premier League side Everton replaced Rangers in the Sydney Super Cup. Celtic wrote: “The Sydney Super Cup just got even bigger and better” as their city rivals flew back to Glasgow (via Daily Record).
Baseball’s minor leagues can be a goldmine when it comes to crazy events. The Reno Aces destroyed the Las Vegas Aviators in a harrowing 15-1 victory. The Diamondbacks’ Triple-A affiliate enjoyed their moment and trolled their victims on Twitter (via NSN).
Perhaps it wasn’t the classiest response to their win but they couldn’t help themselves. They uploaded the iconic Simpsons clip as we can see above. However, the Aces shouldn’t act too big for their boots because they’re prone to a mishap. They once forgot their hats and had to borrow their opponents during the game.
Arsenal and Spurs are two of the Premier League’s biggest rivals. The North-London teams maintain massive support but the former is more successful. It’s always a big occasion when they clash because these clubs hate each other so much. But they aim at each other off the playing field too (via Caught Offside).
Go onto Arsenal’s online store but don’t select anything. Then open the empty card and read the following message. It says: “your basket is as empty as Tottenham’s trophy cabinet.” They trolled their enemies in a brutal and petty fashion. The site’s administrator deserves a raise because this is brilliant.
Aaron Rodgers broke his collarbone after a savage Anthony Barr collision in 2013. The linebacker shattered the quarterback in a controversial clash that enraged Packers fans. But the Vikings enjoyed the moment and like to bring it up from time to time. Perhaps they shouldn’t celebrate it but they don’t care.
Barr departed Wisconsin for the Cowboys in 2022 and the Vikings thanked him for his service. But they trolled the Packers by including the violent hit in a highlights package. Green Pay fans instantly responded in droves and called the Vikings a disgrace of a franchise (via Fansided).
Manchester United suffered horrific back-to-back defeats in the first two games of 2022. First, Brighton beat them 2-1 before Brentford hammered them 4-0. The smaller teams humiliated the global giant and enjoyed every moment of their victories (via TalkSport).
Brentford took to Twitter to celebrate their crushing win. Then, Brighton’s official page commented the following message as they trolled United. They wrote, “welcome to the club” in a moment of sheer brutality. It was a brilliant tweet as the Premier League sides joined forces.
The Lakers are one of the biggest NBA franchises today but they court a lot of drama. Meanwhile, they have a bit of a superiority complex over other teams. But this makes it easy for rival fans and franchises to hate them. The Pelicans trolled them brilliantly in July 2022 (via Fansided).
A Lakers fan page mocked the Pelicans because their official Twitter account’s profile was a selfie of their players. Then the Pelicans responded with a brutal putdown as they said that at least their athletes like each other. It was an intense dig and one that reverberated around the league.
It’s not easy to be a Russian soccer team in 2022 because they can’t play in continental competitions. Furthermore, a host of international stars left the league. However, Spartak Moscow retains a sense of humor and trolled Manchester United on Twitter (via Sportskeeda).
They created a mock-up of an Instagram exchange between them and Cristiano Ronaldo. They reject the Portuguese superstar who can’t find any love around Europe right now in the post. It was a parody of another joke post where Lionel Messi rejected Spartak’s advances.
The Raiders and Chargers didn’t enjoy too much success in the years before 2021. Yet they still engaged in the dumb “you had to be there” trend. They didn’t have much to celebrate but acted as though they were the best teams in the league (via Bleacher Report).
Then the Kansas City Chiefs came out of nowhere and obliterated them both. Check out their tweet above as they trolled their rival franchises in brilliant style. They mentioned their incredible winning record and exposed how stupid the other teams were. This infuriated a lot of fans but it was worthwhile.
Gavin Bazunu had a brilliant year with Portsmouth after he joined them on loan in 2021. He became their player of the season after he kept them in multiple games with big saves. Then he left the League One side after his loan expired. Suddenly, rivals Southampton swooped and signed the exciting goalkeeper.
Southampton also trolled their foes on social media. Portsmouth announced that Bazunu was their player of the year and Southampton left an emoji in response (via Daily Mirror). It was subtle but extremely petty and fans love that type of thing. In the end, it was a step up for the young Irishman.
The Browns and the Bengals are the two biggest sports franchises in Ohio. The pair have endured mixed fortunes over the past few decades but Cincinnati is on the rise. However, they woke up their state rivals when they posted a side-by-side image of their helmet update (via ESPN).
But the difference was minimal because they barely changed the shade of orange. Then Cleveland trolled the Bengals with a similar ‘update’ of their symphony orchestra’s logo. They fired shots but did so in a hilarious manner that ripped Cincinnati to shreds.
Mexican soccer fans are some of the most passionate on the planet. They also hate the supporters of rival teams and make this known. Sometimes the clubs stir the pot themselves with hilarious internet attacks. Here is an example of when Club America trolled Chivas (via 90 Min).
The Mexico City team aimed at their Guadalajara rivals with a funny promotional video. A Chivas fan falls asleep and then dreams of being a Club America supporter. He watches his new team win games and trophies but then he wakes up. Finally, he cries because he realizes that he is still a Chivas fan.
DeShaun Watson is one of the most polarizing NFL players on the planet. The alleged sexual abuser plays for the Cleveland Browns and is a brilliant quarterback. Some people overlook the former because of his talents. However, opposition fans make their feelings known when their team plays the Browns.
Jacksonville’s supporters trolled the QB when they met in a preseason game. They chanted: “You sick f***” repeatedly as they got into his head. We’ve tried to keep fans off this list but they spoke what everybody was thinking. Meanwhile, the stadium didn’t try to stop them either (via BroBible).
NFL teams love to troll each other especially when they have a rivalry. New York and Washington are two of the biggest franchises on the east coast and their relationship reflects this. In 2021 the Giants threw the game away against Washington after a shocking penalty execution.
Then Washington stole victory from the jaws of defeat with a field goal. They decided to rub salt into their rival’s wounds with a petty tweet. The Giants didn’t appreciate this but there was nothing that they could do about it. Perhaps they’ll take their revenge in 2022 (via Yardbreaker).
RB Leipzig is one of the most hated soccer teams in Germany. Rival fans despise them because the Red Bull franchise bought and developed the club. They think that the team has no history and that they’re effectively a glorified marketing ploy (via The Guardian).
German giants Borussia Dortmund hilariously trolled their rivals in 2019. This came when the 10-year challenge was a popular trend. They posted a side-by-side image of Leipzig’s 10-year history. But the punchline was that the East German team didn’t exist in the previous decade.
Some of the best troll jobs come out of nowhere. The Saints made headlines in 2022 when they tore into their divisional rivals, the Falcons. They ruthlessly trolled Atlanta after they installed a new express elevator at the Superdome. Check out their hilarious online assault below.
They released a graphic that said the elevator travels 28.3 times faster than before. This was unbelievably petty because the Falcons blew the same scoreline in Super Bowl LI. The Saints didn’t even play in that game but they were happy to remind their foes about it (The Spun).
Doug Pederson lost his job after pulling off one of the most shameless troll jobs in the history of the world. The Eagles played Washington in the final game of the season. They knew that a Washington victory would seal the division title for the franchise. However, the Giants were also in contention for the NFC East title.
If Philly beat Washington and the Giants won, then they’d proceed to the postseason. But they withdrew quarterback Jalen Hurts and effectively tanked the game. This infuriated the Giants who finished with a 6-10 record. They didn’t have a case but that didn’t stop them from complaining (via USA Today Sports).