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Hellmuth Makes "Most Punchable Faces in Sports" List
Labeled the "poster child" for how not to behave after a loss, Phil Hellmuth has earned himself a spot on a "Most Punchable Faces in Professional Sports" list.
Coming in at a solid #12, the tongue-in-cheek list from bleacherreport.com puts Hellmuth in amongst such sports luminaries as LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Terrell Owens, Manny Ramirez and Alex Rodriguez as one of the 50 most punchable sports figures.
Sandwiched between Rafael Nadal at #13 and Cristiano Ronaldo at #11, Hellmuth is noted for his "childish temper tantrums" and derided for speaking "in the most obnoxious and condescending way possible."
The author also goes on to explain why there'd be no regrets with punching him either:
"Absolutely not. Imagine you just won a poker tournament and knocked out a legend in the process.
"Now imagine that legend publicly berates you by insisting your win was nothing more than an inexplicable fluke: a product of your vast ignorance as an amateur.
"Is there any retaliation, outside of one involving a firearm, that would make you regret throwing that punch?"
Despite his three relatively gracious runner-up finishes at the 2011 WSOP and his overall much-improved sportsmanship, Hellmuth will most likely never live down some of his more spectacular blow-ups from the past that live on in video clip infamy.
Other notables to make the list:
Tim Tebow of the Denver Broncos, Kevin Garnett of the Boston Celtics, Tiger Woods, Don Cherry of Hockey Night in Canada, Brian Wilson of the San Francisco Giants and Olympic speed skater Apolo Ohno.