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Our favorite sports fails of all time
If the Internet gods have a sense of irony, the videos in this slideshow will fail to play for you. In case you missed it, National Failures Day was this week, which we celebrated with a glorious compilation of soccer fails.
But that just fueled our appetite for fails. So we thought we’d bring you a few of our favorite sports fails from over the years. And if there is any justice, it will be riddled with typos and broken links.
There is so much room on a list like this for Jose Canseco, but the most enduring moment of his baseball career also happens to be one of the most amusing failures in baseball history.
Playing outfield for the Texas Rangers, Canseco ran down a fly ball and … bounced it off his head and over the fence for a home run.
The game details, if you’re interested in them, are laid out by your friendly local sportscaster in the opening of the video, but the crux of it all is that with 1.3 seconds left, high school football team A lined up to attempt the game-winning field goal. It fell short, and a kid on high school football team B fielded it before dropping it on the ground and running off to celebrate the win.
That, however, was a live ball, so the opponent scooped it up and ran it in to win the game.
In 2003, the New Orleans saints were 7-7, needing to win their last two games to make the playoffs. Things didn’t look good when they were trailing 20-13 with seven seconds left and 75 yards between them and the end zone. But then the Saints pulled off a miracle. The completed a long pass, and lateraled it once, then twice, then a third time and scored a touchdown and the saints came marching in and there was going to be a little extra shrimp in the gumbo that night.
All they had to do to keep their season alive was execute the easiest play in football: The extra point.
American gymnast Nastia Liukin won five medals, including the all-around gold, at the 2008 Olympics, making her one of the best gymnasts of all time.
Alas, a gymnast’s prime is fleeting, and she took a literal faceplant at the 2012 Olympic trials.
When it comes to Leon Lett gaffes, it is impossible to choose just one. You can either have the “premature showboating” Leon Lett gaffe or you can have the “doesn’t know the rules” Leon Lette Gaffe. We give you both.
If there was such a thing as a football court, and this referee was charged with intentionally tackling a ballcarrier and this video was admitted as evidence at trial, well, we could just move on to the sentencing phase.
Oh, he’s not pulling out the driver, is he? He is. Oh dear, he is. Oh no. Jean van De Velde needed only to record a double-bogey (6) or better on the final hole of the 1999 British Open, and he’d have walked away a champion. Play it safe, everyone said. Lay up, man, there’s water up there.
But he would not lay up, a decision that evidently triggered the self-destruct mechanism in his brain.
Lindsey Jacobellis was born in 1985, so she’s old enough to know about Leon Lett. On the other hand, the sport of snowboarding is basically all about showboating and being super chill, man. So when Jacobellis was headed for a gold medal in the 2006 winter Olympics, she decided to style it a little on her final jump and, well, she didn’t win the gold medal.
Gus Frerotte was never a particularly good NFL quarterback, but he could have come and went without infamy as an NFL player if he had found a way to celebrate a touchdown without self-induced head trauma.
And finally, the ultimate combination of style and substance, the dunk shot. When executed carefully, it is practically unmissable, a man placing a ball inside a hole. But that’s hardly any fun. The degree of difficulty is what makes it fun, because it introduces the possibility of this happening.
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