Sunday night at the Oscars got a late jolt -- as well as one of the most awkward, memorable scenes in TV history -- when the wrong card was accidentally handed to the Best Picture presenters. The mixup led to La La Land briefly being named Best Picture, before an insane moment when the speeches were stopped and the audience was informed that it was actually Moonlight that had won.
The auditorium gasped, four thousand people on Twitter made a joke about La La Land blowing a 3-1 lead, and we had ourselves a real Oscars moment.
It got me thinking: What are some cringeworthy comparisons in the world of sports? Here are ten sports moments as awkward as the Oscars' foul up.
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Roger Goodell hands Tom Brady Super Bowl MVP trophy
Less than two years after NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell oversaw a ludicrous Deflategate investigation that resulted in Tom Brady being suspended for the first four games of this season, Goodell then had to hand Brady the Super Bowl MVP trophy after Brady oversaw the greatest comeback in Super Bowl history. Brady took the high road, but it was still lovely in its ickiness.
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Boom Goes the Dynamite
A poor, unprepared young sportscaster gets tossed in front of a camera and the wrong highlights load. What came from it is one of the first great YouTube videos and viral internet moments.
"It's real to me."
While we're on the subject of perfect internet videos, a wrestling fan losing his cool and exclaiming "It's still real to me, damnit" while breaking down in tears is one of the first times I ever had to close a browser window out of sheer secondhand embarrassment.
And then I loaded it up and watched it again because I am a terrible person.
Sergio Ramos drops the Copa del Rey off a bus
There's no ecstasy like winning a major cup for your club. There's no pain like dropping the cup during the victory parade and watching it get smashed under a moving bus.
This is not a plot point from the newest Adam Sandler movie. This actually happened to Sergio Ramos and the Copa del Rey.
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Russian biathletes forced to sing own national anthem
During the 2017 World Championships for biathlon, Russia's gold medal ceremony took a twist when the organizers loaded up the wrong anthem to play. After a few awkward moments, someone handed the team a microphone, and with their coach conducting, the four young men sang their own national anthem. It was a lovely moment of patriotism and also super, duper awkward.
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The Cubs finally winning a World Series has given Steve Bartman his freedom (something he was owed a long time ago), but the moments immediately following his interference with a fly ball, and the dark energy that resulted from an entire stadium turning against him, remains one of the most awkward and insane sporting moments I've ever witnessed. I'm glad it's over, though I still think Bartman should never forgive the city of Chicago for what it did to him.
"The band is on the field!"
Coaches always tell athletes that they should never celebrate until the final whistle. It's rare that a coach would think that he needed to tell the band that as well.
That's exactly what was needed for the 1982 Stanford-Cal game, which saw Cal complete a miracle last-second play, bashing through the celebrating Stanford band to complete the comeback and seal the win.
DeSean Jackson drops the ball before the TD
There have been dozens of instances of football players dropping the ball just ahead of the goal line before a sure touchdown, but Jackson's play -- in a tight divisional rivalry game on Monday Night Football -- stands out. It was a near-perfect touchdown pass, right up until the moment it wasn't.
Eli Manning drafted by the Chargers
Eli Manning was drafted by the San Diego Chargers. He was never going to play for the San Diego Chargers. He knew it. The Chargers pretty much knew it. A lot of people at home knew it. And yet Manning had to go stand up on stage and hoist up the Chargers uniform while looking like a deer in headlights. It didn't really, but in my heart, the Eli Manning Face began on that draft stage.