Ranking the top five sports Harlem Shake videos

The “Harlem Shake” craze has swept the athletic world, resulting in countless versions performed by sports teams.
by Jason Kersey Published: March 16, 2013

Coach Bill Self is drawing plays on a white board. He erases them all, writes “HARLEM SHAKE!!!” in huge letters, shakes his head and walks off.

“They wanted me to dance,” Self said last month of the video. “And that wasn't gonna happen. If I would have known I could wear a chicken head, (and) nobody (would) know who I was, I might have done it. But I didn't know what the ‘Harlem Shake' was.

“I do think it shows kind of team unity, and the other thing is, I think our fans like seeing that our guys are real.”

4. Arizona Diamondbacks

The D-backs' “Harlem Shake” isn't all that memorable until the final six seconds, when manager Kirk Gibson runs in front of the group pumping his fist, imitating his own jog around the bases after a game-winning home run in the 1988 World Series.

5. Louisville basketball

Coach Rick Pitino is giving a postgame speech, lauding his squad for strong defensive play, when Russ Smith stands on a chair and starts dancing. Pitino reacts, “What are you doing? What the hell are you doing?”


by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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