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    15 Pathetic NBA Fails That No One Will Ever Forget

     

    The history of the National Basketball Association is one of long-short success stories, heartwarming surprises, and risky moves that have paid off. But on the other side of the coin, there have been numerous cases where a move didn’t work out right. To put it bluntly, sometimes things can go horribly wrong. Does Malace at the Palace ring a bell? How about Nick Anderson’s four attempts at a free throw?

    Here’s a list of horribly embarassing and pathetic moments for the NBA to help jog your memory.

    1. When When Ron Artest, Pistons started a brawl with fans before the end of a game

    Leading up to a game in 2004, the Detroit Pistons and Indiana Pacers already had some bad blood brewing from the previous season. Something had to give, and it was Pacers’ forward Ron Artest (now known as Metta World Peace) who sparked the biggest and most infamous brawl in NBA history.

    There was a scuffle under the basket, and play stopped. The scuffle continued over to the benches, and next thing you knew, Artest had jumped into the stands and begun beating a fan that had thrown a full water cup at him. Joined by teammate Steven Jackson, the two Pacers players went on a haymaker spree. The incident is known today as the Malace at the Palace. Artest, along with four other players, were charged with assault and battery (the only incident in NBA history in which an NBA player was charged with a crime from an on-court incident.

    1. When Steve Nash got body-checked, teammates defended him, and the Suns lose the playoff series

    The 2007 NBA playoffs were marred by an incident late in a semifinals game between the San Antonio Spurs and the Phoenix Suns. The Suns were leading in Game 4, led by Steve Nash, when Spurs’ forward Robert Horry knocked Nash into the scorer’s table.

    The Suns would go on to win the game, but at the expense of crucial players on their team. Stars Amar’e Stoudemire and Boris Diaw both came off the bench to defend Nash, which ultimately got them suspended for Game 5. The spurs went on to win that game, and complete the series win in Game 6.

    1. When Reggie Miller scored 8 points in 9 seconds at MSG

    Game 1 of the 1995 Eastern Conference Semifinals looked like it was over, with the New York Knicks boasting a 105-99 lead over the Indiana Pacers with 18.7 seconds left.  But the Pacers’ guard Reggie Miller had other plans.

    Most Knicks fans had probably already turned the game off. But those poor souls who left their televisions on had to witness one of the most unforgettable meltdowns ever to happen on the hardwood court. In the blink of an eye, Miller had single-handedly brought his team a lead they would not relinquish, with the clock winding down favoring the Pacers 107-105. The knicks choked like no team has ever chocked before.

    1. When LeBron droped a dud in the 2010 Eastern Conference Semifinals

    Many people forget it, but long ago before LeBron James had amassed any NBA Championships, he was known primarily as a choke artist late in games and in the playoffs. Game 5 of the 2010 Eastern Conference Semifinals is a prime example of this LeBron.

    The Cleveland Cavaliers were favored at home going into the game against the Boston Celtics. But those pregame numbers quickly went down the drain, when the Celtics clearly came to play and the Cavaliers never left the locker room after the first half. The Celtics won 120-88, LeBron made only three shots from the field, and it was the worst home loss for the Cavaliers in team history. It was the last game LeBron would play at home in a Cavaliers jersey until his return from Miami a few years later.

    1. When the referees rigged the 2002 Lakers-Kings series, cost the Kings an NBA Championship appearance

    At the turn of the 21st century, one of the hottest and most heavily contested rivalries in the NBA was the Los Angeles Lakers and the Sacramento Kings. In 2002, the Kings were looking to avenge their defeats at the hands of the Lakers in back-to-back playoff campaigns. The series began in favor of the Kings and they eventually wound up with a 3-2 lead going in to Game 6.

    The Kings controlled the majority of Game 6. They had outplayed the Lakers for three consecutive quarters and looked to be on their way to their first NBA Finals in franchise history. Then, the referees stepped in and took matters into their own hands. It seemed as if every call went against them, and the free thrown statistics spoke for themselves; the Lakers attempted 18 more free throws than the Kings in the 4th quarter alone. After the series had ended (with the Lakers winning Game 7 and advancing to the NBA finals), disgraced referee Tim Donaghy would attest in court that the officials had been told to throw the game so that the series would go to a Game 7 and be more profitable for the league.

    1. When Kermit Washington almost killed Rudy Tomjanovich with one punch

    Most people reading this right now were not alive to have watched the 1977 infamous game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Houston Rockets. In the 1970’s, the NBA was regarded as a league run by punishing, enforcing big men who would foul you hard for trying to take a shot in the paint.

    In this fateful game, all of the over-aggressiveness came to bite the league. Rockets’ forward Rudy Tomjanovich sprinted onto the court in an attempt to stop an ensuing fight. But as he ran forward, Lakers’ Kermit Washington turned around and put Tomjanovich on his back with one punch. While the knockout blow may have excited many people, it actually ended up almost costing Tomjanovich his life. It eventually cost him his career, and the NBA put a stop to on-court violence from that moment onwards.

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    1. When the Pistons made the inbounds pass to Larry Bird

    Game 5 of the 1987 Eastern Conference Finals is a game that lives in Detroit Pistons’ infamy. It was their game to lose. With less than 10 seconds remaining on the game clock, up one point over the Larry Bird-led Boston Celtics, and the ball in their possession for an inbounds play, a successful pass would have solidified the victory.

    But Bird made sure that did not happen. Legendary Pistons’ guard Isaiah Thomas tried to sneak a quick pass and catch the Celtics off guard, but Bird stepped in front of the pass and intercepted the pass. He immediately fired it to Dennis Johnson under the basket for the game-winning layup. That play alone swung the momentum of the series toward Boston, who wound up winning in seven games.

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    1. When the Lakers lost the 2003 Finals because Shaq and Kobe could not put their differences aside

    Heading into the 2004 NBA Finals, the Los Angeles Lakers were heavily favored to whip through the Eastern Conference champion Detroit Pistons. The Lakers were three-time defending champions, sported four future Hall of Famers on their roster, and were unquestionably the best team in the NBA.

    But their ultimate doom was owed to their two star players, Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal, simply not getting along. The All-NBA forward and All-NBA big man utterly hated playing with each other; each wanted to be “the man.” As a result, the entire team chemistry was off, and the Pistons took full advantage. Detroit wound up winning the series 4-1 and spoiling what would have been Los Angeles; fourth consecutive NBA finals championship.

    1. When the Lakers chocked away the biggest lead in NBA Finals history

    The Los Angeles Lakers seemed to make a habit of being the victims of demoralizing NBA Finals collapses in the mid 2000’s. In 2008, the Lakers faced off against the Boston Celtics in a throwback-style matchup reminiscent of the 1980’s. The series went to six games, but Game 4 was when the Lakers saw their hopes of winning it all get flushed down the tube.

    It was known as the biggest collapse in a NBA Finals game in the history of the sport. The Lakers led by as many as 24 points in the third quarter. It would have taken a miracle for the Celtics to come back from that scenario, but the miracle happened. The Celtics jumped out to a 21-3 run to end the quarter, and the lead did not last long into the fourth quarter. From there, the series was all but history.

    1. When the Mavericks fell at the hands of Dwayne Wade

    In 2006, the Dallas Mavericks and the Miami Heat both made their first NBA Finals appearances. They would later face off again in 2011 (in which the Mavericks were victorious), but this series belonged to the triumphant Heat. Dirk Nowitzki would have to wait; this was the Dwayne Wade show.

    From the onset, though, it did not look that way. Dallas began the series up 2-0 and had a nice lead in Game 3. Their first championship looked all too close, but the Heat fought back to win that game and the following three games to take home the hardware. Many basketball fans point to questionable officiating in Game 3 and from then on out, but only the Mavericks are truly to blame for their Finals debacle.

    1. When the 2007 Mavericks were made to look silly against the Golden State Warriors

    Following their crushing 2006 NBA Finals defeat, the Dallas Mavericks were supposed to walk through the playoffs in 2007 with ease en route to their second consecutive Finals appearance. They finished the regular season with the best record in the league and were set up to host the eighth seeded Golden State Warriors, who were making their first playoffs appearance since 1994.

    But perhaps the Mavericks were already thinking about the Western Conference Finals, because the Warriors came to play and they subsequently shocked the world. The feisty Warriors took Game 1 in Dallas, and then rode their rambunctious crowd to victories in Games 3, 4, and 6. It was only the second time in the history of the sport that the top seed was upended by the lowest seed in the first round. 

    1. When the Sonics became the first #1 seed to ever lose in the opening round

    Speaking of top seeds embarrassingly losing in the first round, enter the Seattle Supersonics. In 1994, Seattle was largely considered the best team in the NBA, due mostly to Michael Jordan being on a hiatus from the league as he pursued a career in baseball. Seattle jumped out to a 2-0 lead over the lowly Denver Nuggets in the best-of-five series.

    But Denver came storming back, snuck three straight games (the final two in overtime), and were crowned victorious in the largest upset in NBA playoffs history. Many viewers still remember the Nuggets center Dikembe Mutombo after Game 5, laying on the court, displaying the ball over his head and belting out, “I love this game!”

    1. When Nick Anderson bricked four straight free throws in the 1995 Finals

    The Orlando Magic were arguably at their franchise best in the 1995 season. They made it all the way to the NBA Finals to square off with the Houston Rockets. It was a battle of the bigs: Hakeem Olajuwon versus Shaquille O’Neal. But it was a separate player for the Magic that would steal the spotlight, and not in a positive way.

    Late in Game 1, the Magic were leading by three points, and guard Nick Anderson was tasked with shooting four fould shots after being fouled twice in a row. Anderson was a career 66% free throw shooter, so it was stands to reason that he was the man to foul on the Magic. Long story short, Anderson missed all four free throws, and the Rockets stole the game in ovetime. From there, the Rockets went on to sweep the Magic, all thanks to Anderson’s all-time blunder. Now you know why your coach always gets on you to  make your free throws, kids.

    1. When the 2000 Blazers suffered the biggest collapse in playoff (and their franchise) history

    In a nutshell, the 2000 Portland Trail Blazers ended their season in such a harsh way, it set their franchise back for almost 15 years. There have been many NBA playoffs collapses, but none like what Portland was able to accomplish in Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals against the Los Angeles Lakers.

    Boasting a 15-point lead with just under 10 minutes to play in the final quarter, the Trail Blazers let the Lakers complete a 15-0 run. In the end, the Lakers won the game by five points, and the Trail Blazers never won another postseason series until 2014. It was a choke performance of the ages.

    1. When the Warriors Blew a 3-1 Lead in the NBA Finals

    Do we really need to tell you how this one went down? On the biggest stage with the biggest lead and all of the momentum, the 72-win Golden State Warriors were the most dominant team of the 21st century (and possibly ever) and had just coasted to a 3-1 NBA Finals lead over the LeBron James-led Cleveland Cavaliers team. There was only one problem: Warriors’ big man and emotional anchor of the team, Draymond Green, was suspended for Game 5 after a kicking incident.

    Momentum went to the wayside for the Warriors, the Cavaliers scooped it up, and ran with it for three consecutive victories. The marquee moment came when the final buzzer went off in Game 7, with the Cavaliers maintaining the lead in Golden State, and LeBron James yelling out, “Cleveland! This is for you!” Ever since then, fans at all sorts of sporting events and entertainment venues have been spotted holding signs that read “ The Warriors blew a 3-1 lead.”

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    10 Professional Wrestlers Who Are Shockingly Smart In Real Life

    When it comes to combat sports there seems to be an unfortunate stigma that sticks in the air: that the only reason people are fighters is that they are not smart enough for any other type of work. While it is true that fighters take blows to the head for a living, many of them are much smarter then they may seem on the surface.

    The same is true for professional wrestlers. While people have argued endlessly about the education of professional wrestlers because of their chosen profession, the truth is that these individuals are some of the smartest people in the world of professional sports. In fact, it is suggested that most aspiring wrestlers get a college education so that, should things not work out as planned in the squared circle, that there is always something to fall back on.

    The following ten professional wrestlers are just a few that made sure that they had all their bases covered by proving they have the brains to back up their in-ring skills. From teachers to Harvard graduates, it may just surprise you which wrestlers could beat you with both their mind and their muscles.

    1. D’Lo Brown

    While D’Lo Brown has not been seen in a WWE ring in quite some time now, he was one of the mainstays of the WWE’s “Attitude Era” in the late 90’s. During his time with the company, D’Lo was a multiple-time European and Tag Team champion, being part of the Nation of Domination stable as well as tagging with strongman Mark Henry.

    Outside the ring, D’Lo attended the University of Maine, where he graduated as a Certified Public Accountant. This qualification allows the former WWE superstar to provide accounting services for the general public, meaning Brown is one of the few individuals around that could pop your head off your shoulders while managing your finances at the same time.

    1. Raven

    During the 90’s, few wrestlers captured my attention quite like Raven. While Raven’s style was very reminiscent of the times, his manner of speaking and dark demeanor enraptured young punk kids such as myself which were very much a product of the time.

    All of the success of the Raven character, from the look to the attitude, can be attributed directly to the man behind it: Scott Levy. Given how smart the man behind the gimmick is, Raven’s success should come as no surprise.

    Scott Levy possesses a real-life IQ of 143, which is high enough to put him into the elite, high intelligence group known as Mensa. In addition to the high IQ, Levy also possesses a degree in criminal justice. Both of these aspects have lead the Raven character to be one of the most well-spoken, mysterious characters in recent memory, and one that can outsmart you just as well as leave you broken.

    1. Wade Barrett

    Wade Barrett was one of the most criminally underused wrestlers during his time with the WWE. Leading the Nexus during their initial invasion angle, Wade Barrett had a very up-and-down career in the company that saw him both win championships and be frequently injured or jobbed out to other wrestlers. After several years of this, Barrett asked for, and was granted, his release from WWE 2016, where he has since pursued an acting career.

    Prior to all the lights of Hollywood or the turnbuckles of professional wrestling, Barrett made his living as a marine biologist, having received a degree in the field from the University of Liverpool. While training for professional wrestling, Barrett earned money as a laboratory recruiting consultant, as well as partaking in bare-knuckle boxing.

    Say what you will about the ill-fated WWE career of Barrett, the man certainly knows how to keep busy!

    1. Kurt Angle

    While Kurt Angle is famous for his in-ring accolades, as well as winning an Olympic gold medal with “a broken freakin’ neck”, what is often not stated among Angle’s accomplishments are those of his academic pursuits.

    Prior to his Olympic and WWE career, Angle had attended Clairon University of Pennsylvania. While there, Angle not only competed on his college wrestling team, but also was a member of the college’s student senate. Before moving on to the big time, Kurt finished his college term by earning a degree in Education.

    No matter how his name comes up in conversation, chances are Kurt Angle will mostly only be remembered for his athletic achievement. For those that know Angle, however, they know that he is one of the smartest men to ever grace the squared circle, and one who lives up to his mantra of “Intensity, Integrity, and Intelligence”.

    1. Jack Swagger

    One of the things many people may remember hearing quite often during the WWE run of Jack Swagger are the proud words of Jim Ross, who exclaimed on a regular basis that Swagger was an alumnus of the University of Oklahoma. It was here that Ross actually discovered Swagger and brought him into the world of professional wrestling.

    While attending the University of Oklahoma Swagger, in addition to wrestling for the Sooner collegiate team, was majoring in the area of finance, earning a degree in the profession in 2006. At the time he graduated, Swagger’s original plan was to pursue a career in the finance field, with a WWE career far out of his realm of possibility until the day Jim Ross sent the young man a WWE contract in the mail.

    Jack Swagger really deserves to be called the “All American American”, as he is proof that hard work and pursuit of a good education can sometimes lead you to some unexpected places.

    1. Kane

    When you think of Kane, what do you usually think of? The brother of the Undertaker? The man who set Jim Ross on fire? The maniac that hooked Shane McMahon’s goods up to a car battery? How about English Literature major?

    If that last part threw you for a loop, then you may be shocked to know just how educated Glen Jacobs, the man behind the Kane mask, really is. Before his career in professional wrestling got started, Jacobs pursued, and obtained, a degree in English literature from the Northeast Missouri State University (now Truman State University).

    Jacobs applied this knowledge in his many pursuits outside of the ring, which includes many libertarian activities, owning an Allstate insurance branch, and running under the Republican banner for the mayor of Knox County, Tennessee.

    My only question now is, should Jacobs lose his bid for mayor, will he chokeslam his opponent through the podium?

    1. Xavier Woods

    Xavier Woods is one of the busiest men on the current WWE roster, without question. While wrestling in the ring alongside Big E and Kofi Kingston as part of The New Day, Woods takes time out on the road to work on his gaming YouTube channel, Up Up Down Down, as well as travels to various media events for both wrestling and gaming.

    This kind of busy life is nothing unusual to Woods, as he has had to juggle many things in his life prior to his WWE debut. While training, traveling, and competing for companies such as NWA Anarchy, Deep South Wrestling, and TNA, Woods was also pursuing his doctorate in educational psychology from Capella University. He eventually reached this goal, earning his PhD in 2017 while at the height of The New Day’s WWE popularity.

    That’s right: Woods juggled a successful WWE career, a YouTube channel, and college classes all at the same time. No matter how you feel about Woods or The New Day, the man certainly knows how to multi-task.

    1. Sheamus

    With a shock of red hair and a braided beard, Sheamus’ style choices have often been called “stupid” by the WWE Universe. The truth is that what lies underneath that hair inside of the pale-white dome of the “Celtic Warrior” is anything but that.

    While building himself up towards a career in the squared circle, Sheamus attended college at the National College of Ireland, earning a National Diploma in his native country. After earning his diploma, Sheamus started work as an IT Tech, fixing up computers and other technical devices for various companies and individuals.

    Sheamus probably doesn’t have to worry anytime soon about the need to find gainful employment, being in the middle of successful tag team run with Cesaro, but should the need arise he can always give the Irish Curse to someone’s computer.

    1. Christopher Nowinski

    Christopher Nowinski had a very short-lived career in the WWE, winning the Tough Enough competition and wrestling for the company until concussions put a stop to his career before it got started. While short, there is one thing that many people remember about Nowinski’s run with the WWE: that he was a Harvard graduate, a fact that he was not afraid to let people know.

    While professional wrestling and sports were always Nowinski’s first love, Christopher decided to continue his education in case his dreams didn’t work out. This had lead to him earning his degree BA in Sociology before putting on the tights and jumping into the ring.

    Nowinski may be known for his time in the WWE among fans, but it is his pursuits outside of the ring that makes him truly stand out when compared to his wrestling peers. Since his departure from the WWE, Nowinski has helped draw attention and awareness to the severity of sports-related concussions, starting the Concussion Legacy Foundation. This foundation has helped to identify brain trauma caused in contact sports as a public health crisis, and has paved the way for concussion testing and preventative measures being taken in many popular sports, such as football, hockey, and, of course, professional wrestling.

    1. David Otunga

    It seems that the smarter the wrestler, the worse the wrestling career. Such is the case with David Otunga, who, despite being one of the most intelligent men to grace the squared circle, has failed to gain much notoriety in the WWE aside from being known as Jennifer Hudson’s husband.

    Outside of the ring, Otunga pursued a degree in law from Harvard, making him one of only two Harvard graduates to wrestle in the WWE. He had since used this degree to join the Sidley Austin law firm between 2005 and 2007, and still practices law on occasion today, having appeared in a Pro-Bono case as recently as 2012

    Otunga’s law background has been used several times in WWE as well, with him displaying his legal expertise in “cases” involving personalities such as John Laurinaitis and The Big Show. One has to wonder, however, if David Otunga will be able to flex his legal muscles in the pending Concussion lawsuit that WWE is now facing down.

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    20 Athletes Who’ve Had a Few Too Many Drinks

    We’re sure there’s enough drunk photos of you roaming around the Internet to make an entire scrapbook, so don’t judge too much; however, you’re not an athlete in the spotlight that’s a role model to thousands of kids around the country. If you were embarrassed to see them pop on up Facebook, just imagine how the forth coming athletes felt about the press surrounding these images, bashing them for how “irresponsible” and unstable they seem. While this may be a negative sign, we can’t help but to giggle at some of these photos, as they show the real side of athletes and celebrities that we don’t get to see too much on the field or court.

    While they are incredibly fine-tuned machines that perform for a purpose, they most definitely aren’t invisible or immune to the devil’s juice: alcohol. In fact, they have so much money, they can get their entire family drunk and let them see their silly faces for themselves. A drunk face is quite common in today’s society, so let’s take a look at the intoxicated faces of the familiar.

     

    1. Michael Jordan

    Oh, yes. Michael Jordan still had incredible career despite this photo – so don’t think one photo will ruin an entire career. Although, it’s worth mentioning that despite being one of the best athletes in the NBA, some of his vices include the unfortunate punking random people for no distinct reason, dunking large people out of spite, and even his gambling addiction. Despite the aforementioned, it’s worth noting that he was never a heavy drinker or someone with that vice. Even though he’s not an alcoholic, he still enjoys a bit of alcohol every now and then. As you can see from the above photo, he definitely knows how to take a hit or two when it comes to alcohol. Even though this may seem like he scored huge, we can’t say that we’ll be seeing this photo under his name in the Hall of Fame anytime soon.

     

    1. Matt Lineart

    Next on our list is a college quarterback that clearly had too many drinks and potentially ruined his career with just this one image alone. In fact, this image is so uncontrollably cringy, that people out there feel sorry for him, despite him willingly drinking that much. Even though this image may be cringy, you really shouldn’t feel sorry, as he now works at the famous Pac-12 Network. He has quite a few beautiful homes, and he’s lived quite a full life as a college athlete. Like any other athlete in college, he loved drinking and partying. If you thought the above picture was bad publicity, just imagine the steamy photos that we aren’t allowed to post!

     

    1. Eli Manning


    Ah, yes, one of the most famous men in football. Even though he has a stoic brother, Eli is the exact opposite, being able to show all sorts of emotion – including those whilst being drunk. There are quite a few faces of Eli, including the infamous “Dumb Eli”. A jaw so slacked it looks as if it’s falling off from head. While you may see this face on the field when someone on the other team does something impressive, or the ref makes an incredibly stupid call, but this time – we’ll chalk it up to the alcohol.

     

    1. Johnny Manziel

    Yet another famous athlete that has had one too many drinks before. It’s okay – we’ve all been there. Yet another college footballer, Johnny Manziel was tacked onto the NFL map by Taxes A&M. He’s also known for upsetting Alabama incredibly bad during one game. Even though he’s become somewhat of a cringe parody icon in the world of football, his performance has declined incredibly, and maybe it has something to do with the alcohol. He should be stashing away that money in a bank, rather than showing it off as a phone – his career (or lack of) will need it.

     

    1. Ben Roethlisberger

    If you hate d-bags, then you’ve probably heard of Ben Roethlisberger, whether you think he fits the part or not. A player on the Pittsburgh Steelers, Ben has had an unfortunate “bro” type event. While unfortunate for us viewers and those that have had to deal with him during that time, it’s a common occurrence for his character. We don’t totally understand what’s going on in this photo, as he seemed confused, as well as sleepy, but we hope he ended up getting his act together and learning how to handle his alcohol.

     

    1. Kyle Orton

    Kyle Orton is someone who is well-versed in the subject of embarrassing photos from drinking, and we could compose an entire list based on those photos without making a dent in the stack. The internet (as well as us) has gathered together to curate and fuel an embarrassing addiction to photos of Kyle Orton whilst drunk. We’ve seen him like this so many times that we feel this might be his natural state.

     

    1. Wayne Gretzky

    You didn’t think the legend was immune, did you? Wayne Gretzky has thrown back some alcohol a time or two, especially with how successful he has been. He has set unbeatable records, and is generally known as a very nice dude. He’s humble, talented, and fun – what else could you want out of an athlete? Maybe that personal info is why we love this photo of Wayne SO much – it just doesn’t seem like his character. Clearly, he’s human, despite his superhero-like abilities, and that he has a bit of a party animal inside of him just as we all do.

     

    1. Alex Ovechkin

    One of the best hockey players in modern history, Ovechkin is not immune to alcohol, either. Ovechkin and Crosby were two of the most famous players that set the bar high for generations to come. With many accomplishments, he surely knew how to celebrate! Seen here enjoying a few too many, his scantily-clad minions beside him were also enjoying themselves. His missing teeth surely make the photo.

     

    1. Andrei Kirilenko

    Andrei may be talented, and his wife practically rewards him for that. Rumor has it, Andrei’s wife allows him to cheat annually – but only once. We’re pretty sure we’re seeing his annual celebration going on in and around this photo, and we’re also sure that he wants this photo to disappear off of the Internet forever. His nickname is also a bit weird – AK-47, and he loved posing in photos with said weapon. He gave off an even weirder vibe than his wife’s “allowance”, and we’re sure you have zero good to say about Andrei in this photo – other than the fact that he looks like a baller, or someone who seriously needs help.

     

    1. Rob Gronkowski

    Being on one of the most successful NFL teams, Gronk has partied here and there. Although, we’ll mention that Gronk has topped Ben Roethlisberger in the “bro” category. It’s ALSO worth mentioning that he’s the type of “bro” that gives a good name to said category of men. Whatever party they were having, we wish we were invited. Being of the best tight ends in the world (and no, we’re not talking about the sack), he’s also one of the biggest party animals, despite being with a franchise that’s competitively conservative. Of course, this photo didn’t get him in any trouble that we know of. Party on Wayne – Party on Gronk.

     

    1. Von Miller

    While Miller might not have the same level of reputation as Gronk does, he definitely doesn’t pull himself away from the nightclubs. The one difference before Gronk and Miller is that despite Gronk coming off as a total party animal, Miller is actually extremely professional in appearance with the organization, and off-field. This photo of Miller is proof, that even he can let off some steam with a good adult beverage or two.

     

    1. Cam Newton

    Ahh, good ‘ole Cam Newton. While once being an unstoppable force, he’s almost past this crossroads he’s stuck on. We aren’t sure this drunken photo helped, but we think his resume with the Panthers may have been his saving grace. Basically carrying his entire team in their Super Bowl appearance, this drunken photo might look bad in some light with the organization.

     

     

    1. Jamal Anderson

    He didn’t have the most streamlined or successfully career, but Jamal Anderson sure did make a mark. Even though many people outside of the Falcons may not remember him, it’s probably because he generally wasn’t a fantastic player. While that’s not the only item he’s known for, he was also known for repeatedly crossing the line with law enforcement. From drugs to alcohol, we aren’t surprised that this photo exists.

     

    1. Mark Hunter

    Compromising positions is something we expect and WANT to see in celebrity athlete photos – even if it does tarnish their career. Other times, we yearn to see something as memorable as this photo of a drunken Mark Hunter. While we’ll always zoom in and focus on him in this photo, we aren’t quite sure what’s happening with everything else. What do you think is going on in this picture filled with drunken haze and possibly regret?

     

    1. Ryan Leaf

    Next on this list is Ryan Leaf – someone who didn’t have the best career and may be a bit too cringy for some to read about. Even though he reached his peak when he became drafted, things indefinitely slid from there. Turns out, he was a d-bag, and was definitely not the most eloquent in the world. This photo probably accurately describes him as a person when he’s not trying to fake being a great person.

     

    1. Reggie Miller

    Reggie is an incredibly talented player, and surely doesn’t get enough praise from those who enjoy the sport; in fact, he’s in incredibly superstar athlete. While no one is truly sure if he’s just as good of a guy in real life, we’ll just assume he’s pretty okay. While this photo might seem a bit pretentious, we don’t know if that’s his true personality on a Michael Jordan level.

     

     

     

    1. Greg Olsen and Jay Cutler

    While Cutler is seen as one of the best quarterbacks in the history of the NFL organization, you may believe that he has the best stats in the land and he may come off as cocky because of this. That all may be fine and dandy, but we aren’t sure if this photo is a prefect depiction of what Cutler thinks of his team’s fans.

     

     

     

    1. James Harden

    Next on our list is the roar behind the Houston Rockets, James Harden. While lately, he isn’t as dominant of a force, he will probably always be naturally good at his sport. Since he did play with the likes of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, we only assumed his party game was top-tier until we saw the above drunken photo that proved it.

     

     

     

    1. Alex Smith

    We’re almost done with the top photos of drunken celebrity athletes, and we want to slip you this one of Alex Smith, at probably the most drunk time of their life. We want to specifically show you this one as we really want to know the story behind it. While not on the level of Gronk’s drunkenness, we believe he may have turned into some supernatural force and is trying to suck on body and take out her soul. We’re wondering why her cheek is the portal for this supernatural force, though. We have other questions, too. We also want to know the man in the mystery Sombrero with that funky phrase on it. Someone, please, email us and let us in on it!

     

    1. Dirk Nowitzki

    We bet you weren’t expecting to see this name on this list. A national treasure in the world of Basketball, this incredible athlete is not immune to drunken and sloppy photos. While he is one of the best, we think he definitely deserves a night off. Of course, this photo is just proof that he tends to take advantage of said nights, but we thank him and the camera man for delivering us this wonderful photo. Thankfully, we won’t have to experience something as silly and can live vicariously through Nowitzki.

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    15 WWE Opponents who Hated Working With Each Other

    The WWE has, since day one, been filled with exciting matches that are usually fought between rivals that can put on spectacles for the audience at home and in attendance. These rivalries and matches, despite being predetermined, are what has captivated fans for decades and brought us back for more.

    What we don’t always see, however, are that some of these matches don’t always go off without a hitch. A lot of times the men and women you see in the ring don’t always see eye-to-eye, or just don’t work well enough together to put on a good show. This can sometimes lead to bitter feelings behind the scenes that are more real then what we see on camera.

    In today’s article, we will be taking a look at 15 opponents in the WWE that just couldn’t work together, either due to ego, skill, or personal disdain for one another that can put some of the scripted, on-camera disputes to shame.

    1. Alex Riley/John Cena

    Many claim that working with John Cena in a program can be a death knell, with Cena “burying” many talented individuals whenever they start to get too big of a push. While in most cases this theory is debatable, in the case of Alex Riley it very well may be fact.

    The whole issue between Cena and Riley started with a simple botch during the 2011 Royal Rumble. In the match Cena, thanks to a distraction from The Miz, was supposed to be eliminated from the match by Riley. Instead, Riley tripped up and managed to eliminate himself from the match, which helped to draw the ire of Cena.

    After this, we mysteriously started to see less and less of Riley, until the man was eventually released from the WWE. It just goes to show that, no matter if the rumors are true or not, you don’t want to find yourself on Cena’s bad side.

    1. CM Punk/Ryback

    While neither of these men are still part of the WWE, there is no doubt that during their time in the company, they didn’t get along all that well: a fact that both men have been quite vocal about.

    On Colt Cabana’s “Art of Wrestling” podcast, Punk had singled out Ryback for being careless in the ring, frequently injuring the people that he worked with, and saying that Ryback was “Stupid” and “A Steroid Guy”. In response, Ryback refuted Punk’s statements, claiming that Punk never told him of these issues to his face and that it is not true, and has since been vocal about his dislike of Punk.

    Given both men’s track record, it is unlikely that we will ever see these two compete against each other again in the ring. With the tension between these two and the egos at play, however, this may be a good thing.

    1. Ultimate Warrior/Hulk Hogan

    Hulk Hogan, for all his accomplishments in the world of professional wrestling, has had more than a few run-ins with his fellow wrestlers backstage (as you will see later). One such man that had issues with “The Hulkster” is none other than the Ultimate Warrior.

    At WrestleMania VI, in what was dubbed “The Ultimate Challenge”, Warrior and Hogan met in the ring to unify the WWF Intercontinental and WWF World Championships. While the match was passable, things between Hogan and Warrior apparently got rough backstage afterward, with Warrior making claims such as Hogan holding other talents back and being openly hostile.

    While Hogan never spoke about these issues much himself, Warrior’s claims have since been backed by more than a few other wrestlers such as Randy Savage and Shawn Michaels. Speaking of Shawn Michaels…

    1. Shawn Michaels/Hulk Hogan

    Hogan drops into our list for a second time due to his backstage politics, this time showing the amount of influence he has even over other people known for their backstage antics such as “The Heartbreak Kid” Shawn Michaels.

    In the summer of 2005, Hogan and Michaels were supposed to compete in a series of “Dream Matches”, starting with Summerslam 2005. This series was supposed to consist of three matches, with each man picking up at least one win, starting with Hogan at Summerslam. Hogan wasn’t having this, however, refusing to put over Michaels and wanting the series of matches to be a one-off instead.

    In response to this, Michaels over-sold all of Hogan’s offense during their Summerslam encounter, creating a terrible match and making Hogan look foolish. Needless to say, neither man endeared themselves to the other as a result of this match, and the two never met in the ring again.

    1. Undertaker/DDP

    Even with all of the backstage politics such as those we have previously discussed, one person that never gets crossed is the Undertaker. No matter what type of maneuvering you try to do backstage, if you get on the Undertaker’s bad side, your career might as well be over. This is what Diamond Dallas Page learned during his very brief feud with “The Deadman”.

    During the WCW invasion of 2001, DDP and Taker were involved in a feud that saw DDP stalking the latter’s wife, which led to a match at the Invasion PPV. Prior to the match, DDP had scripted and planned out everything that he had wanted to happen in the match; something that he had done many times previously in WCW.

    Undertaker, who likes to do things his own way in the ring, saw someone such as DDP telling him how to conduct his match as a slap in the face. As a result, Taker destroyed Page in the ring that night. Afterwords, Page slowly slipped into the role of Jobber to the Stars before eventually being released from the WWE.

    1. Sin Cara/Alberto Del Rio

    Both the original Sin Cara and Alberto Del Rio had a bad reputation backstage in the WWE, where both were accused of being difficult to work with or having bad attitudes. With that in mind, it should come as no surprise that both of them got on the other’s bad side fairly easily.

    The rivalry between Sin Cara and Del Rio can actually be dated all the way back to the two wrestler’s original run in Mexican promotion CMLL, where backstage politics got them in each other’s way a lot. This carried over to the WWE in 2012, when Del Rio “accidentally” tried to remove Sin Cara’s mask in the ring: a cardinal sin in their homeland of Mexico. This was followed up a while later when the two met again in the ring, only for the match to be stopped by Sin Cara for what seemed to be a minor injury.

    The heat between these two wrestlers is said to be so bad that fellow Luchadore Konnan has claimed that Sin Cara once pulled a gun on Del Rio in a locker room in Mexico. With this kind of bad blood, it may be a good thing that WWE released them before they had a potentially serious problem on their hands.

    1. Mr. Kennedy/ Randy Orton

    While John Cena often gets a bad rap for pushing killing a wrestler’s push, Randy Orton is no slouch in that area himself. Even though this can be evidenced in the way he ended Kofi Kingston’s push during their angle (during which Orton audibly called Kingston “Stupid” during a match), it is perhaps even prominent in the sad tale of one Ken Kennedy.

    During a match that the Kennedy and Orton had on a taping of Smackdown, Orton got dropped awkwardly on his neck and head by Kennedy during a botched backdrop. This move would infuriate Orton to the point that he threw a tantrum backstage, saying that Kennedy was reckless and that the botched move could have easily ruined his career. This incident eventually led to the release of Mr. Kennedy from the WWE.

    Since his release, Kennedy has been very vocal about his disdain for Orton by criticizing “The Viper” every chance that he gets. Being so outspoken about one of the WWE’s top stars has pretty much guaranteed that Kennedy will not be back in the WWE anytime soon, but considering the career that he has had since leaving the company, it’s doubtful he would ever want to come back anyway.

    1. Chris Jericho/Chyna

    Known today for pioneering the way for female wrestlers in the WWE as well as her many accomplishments in the company, Chyna was not always the most well-liked individual behind the scenes. In fact, many of her fellow wrestlers have had negative things to say about their experience working with her, and none more so than “Y2J” Chris Jericho.

    During Jericho’s first few months he was shoehorned into an angle where he was “co-holder” of the WWF Intercontinental Championship with Chyna, which led to the two of them being involved in several matches together both as partners and opponents. During this time, the two of them complained incessantly about the other, with Chyna saying that Jericho always worked stiff with her and Jericho claiming that “Chyna was one of the worst in-ring workers” that he ever worked with.

    To this day, Jericho still has a sour tone when talking about that period of his career. And although Chyna is no longer with us, her career both in and out of the ring will never be forgotten, for better or worse.

    1. Dynamite Kid/Davey Boy Smith

    The British Bulldogs during their time with the WWF were two of the most popular competitors to ever grace the ring. The duo of Davey Boy Smith and The Dynamite Kid went on to defeat some of the top tag teams of the 80’s, including close friends The Hart Foundation, and won the WWF Tag Team gold. Despite all this, these two individuals had very little love for each other.

    This mainly came as a result of the attitude of The Dynamite Kid. Kid was said to be quite unpleasant to be around at the best of times, and a straight-up ass every other time. This reputation made many wrestlers steer clear of the British grappler, including his long-time partner Smith.

    The situation between these two was reportedly so bad that Smith was said to be “ecstatic” when the WWF finally decided to split the team into singles competitors. This decision led to massive success for Smith, who became Intercontinental champion and main evented Summerslam with Bret Hart, and relative obscurity for the surly Dynamite Kid.

    1. Andre the Giant/Kamala

    Both Andre the Giant and Kamala are now considered legends of the squared circle today. Despite their relatively limited move set, the two wrestlers were able to capture the imagination of the crowd simply by size and intimidation. According to Kamala, however, these two behemoths could never see eye-to-eye despite having many similarities.

    In an interview that was conducted with Kamala, the “Ugandan Giant” claims that he and Andre had not liked each other since day one, and often stiffed each other in the ring with their strikes. This mutual dislike boiled over to the backstage area, and neither man was ever able to put their differences aside before the untimely death of Andre.

    It is a shame that neither man seemed to like each other that much, as a tag team consisting of Andre and Kamala could easily have been one of the best big-man tag teams to ever compete in a wrestling ring.

    1. Edge/Matt Hardy

    This is one rivalry that, despite the genuine dislike between the individuals involved, the matches that the two faced off against each other in were generally good. Despite this, it really is impressive that these two didn’t try to do more damage to the other considering the circumstances behind their hatred.

    While Matt Hardy was injured and off the road, Edge moved in on Hardy’s real-life girlfriend Lita and the two became romantically involved. Incensed, Hardy tried legitimately jumping Edge during an episode of Raw, an incident that would get Hardy canned by the WWE. Hardy’s unemployment didn’t last long, however, as the WWE fans were very vocal about their opinion on the matter, with chants of “We Want Matt”.

    Once Hardy was re-instated with the WWE, the company capitalized on the real-life animosity between the two and created one of WWE’s most memorable angles to date. This was an angle that helped both men out in the long run, as Hardy would go on to have a bit of a career resurgence and Edge would move on to become a main event player in WWE.

    1. Jeff Hardy/CM Punk

    For this entry, we have a case of life imitating art. On one side you have Jeff Hardy, a man that has had to battle personal demons to get to where he was in the WWE, including drug addiction. On the other side, we have CM Punk, a man who has led a straight-edge, drug-free life which helped him become the man that he was. These two dynamics were mixed together by WWE creative to make one of the more personal storylines in the PG era.

    It seems that this matchup was more than an on-screen storyline, as behind the scenes Hardy hated working with Punk, who he felt legitimately looked down his nose at him for his life choices. Having left the company after this angle, Jeff, along with brother Matt, took their grievances with Punk online where the pair voiced their real opinions on the man and his attitude.

    Even though it is easy to look up to CM Punk for his life choices and standing by what he believes, with all the heat the man seemed to garner backstage with fellow wrestlers, one has to wonder if he really should take a “chill pill”.

    1. Booker T/Batista

    Sometimes when you become a big-name WWE superstar, you become respected and well-liked, such as Steve Austin or The Undertaker. Other times, your ego can get away from you and you can start to rub people the wrong way, as in the case of Batista and Booker T.

    In the beginning of “The Animal’s” WWE push, when he won the Royal Rumble the first time and beat Triple H at WrestleMania, the man started to get a bit of a large head, which led to him becoming a bit of a bully backstage. This was a fact that didn’t elude Booker T, who was in an angle with the big man at the time. During a filming for a 2005 Summerslam commercial, the issues between the two boiled over into an actual fist fight that saw Booker come out on top.

    Despite the behind-the-scenes issues between the two men, WWE continued to have them work together afterward, a fact which both men detested. It has been said that, since this incident, things between the two men have gotten better and that they have reconciled their differences.

    1. Hulk Hogan/Randy Savage

    Hulk Hogan makes a hat trick on this list with yet another person that he rubbed the wrong way, this time in probably his most infamous rival, “Macho Man” Randy Savage.

    These two individuals, at one time good friends, have a backstage rivalry that is almost as well documented as their on-screen one. From incidents including Hogan supposedly putting the moves on Savage’s wife, Elizabeth, to a dis-track dedicated to Hogan on Savage’s poorly received rap album entitled “Be a Man”, it looked as if these two were at each other’s throats on a nearly constant basis.

    Even though there were certainly hard feelings between the two throughout their careers, the two seemed to meet constantly in the ring as both partners (as part of the Mega Powers and nWo), and as opponents. It is for this reason that it is almost impossible to this day to mention one of these men without bringing up the other’s name (or Slim Jim’s).

    1. Bret Hart/Shawn Michaels

    If you thought that Hogan and Savage had an infamous off-camera rivalry, it pales in comparison to the real-life soap opera that is Bret Hart vs. Shawn Michaels. For the longest time, neither man had anything good to say about the other, and the ramifications of their rivalry are ones that are still felt to this day.

    Both men, despite putting on many classic matches like the Wrestlemania XII “Iron Man” match, hated working with each other. Both men had claimed that the other was immature, was disrespectful, or had too large of an ego, and both had refused to “do the job” (or lose) to the other on separate occasions. Perhaps the most infamous of these was at Survivor Series 1997, where Hart refused to lose to Michaels in his home country of Canada, which led to the now infamous “Montreal Screw Job”, where the title was taken off of Hart under dubious circumstances.

    While Hart and Michaels had supposedly put their issues behind them when Hart returned to the WWE, there still seems to be some tension between the two whenever they are seen together. Even so, the effects that this rivalry had on the wrestling business as a whole cannot be understated, as the “Montreal Screw Job” ended up becoming the catalyst for the “Attitude Era” as well as the Monday Night Wars.

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    30 Surprising Athlete Bans That Destroyed Careers Forever

    Over the course of sports history, there have been many instances of professional athletes with all of the skills and love on the their respective fields, but none of it off the field. That is because of choices they made, whether it be to accept a bribe to throw a championship game, or to take performance enhancing drugs to elevate their game, or to not be able to shake a cocaine addiction, or even to break a rival opponent’s leg in an unthinkable lack of sportsmanship. Here’s a list of everything NOT to do if and when you become a professional athlete, if you want to avoid being banned for the rest of your life.

    1. Pete Rose (baseball)

    Pete Rose is often spoken of as the greatest hitter in major league baseball history. Unfortunately for him, he will never fully be recognized for his achievements because he has been banned from baseball (in 1989) for his role in betting on games while playing for and managing the Cincinnati Reds.

    In 2004, Rose finally admitted to doing so. He will continue to haunt the streets leading into the Cooperstown Hall of Fame for many years to come.

     

    1. Lance Armstrong (cycling)

    There was perhaps no bigger, more revered, and more successful American athlete in the early 2000’s than Lance Armstrong. He won the hearts of his fellow Americans after successfully beating cancer and going on to win seven Tour de Frances.

    However, doping allegations followed him for quite some time, and they finally caught up to him in 2012. He was banned from cycling for the rest of his life, after an investigation concluded that he had been doping for the entirety of his career.

     

    1. “Shoeless” Joe Jackson (baseball)

    “Shoeless” Joe Jackson is a name still referenced today as one in baseball lore, despite not having played for close to 100 years. The former Chicago White Sox slugger was considered the best in his day, dominating the 1910’s in many hitting categories.

    However, he and a few other teammates were found to have accepted a bribe to throw the 1919 World Series in what is now referred to as the Black Sox Scandal. The commissioner at the time, Kenesaw Mountain Landis, banned Jackson and his fellow cheaters from the game of baseball for life.

     

    1. Tonya Harding (figure skating)

    In the early to mid 1990’s, the pinnacle of women’s figure skating was occupied by Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan. Many believed Kerrigan to be the better competitor, and this troubled Harding.

    In one of the most shocking turn of events in Olympic history, Kerrigan conspicuously broke her leg, and it was rumored to be of Harding’s doing. The rumors were later confirmed – Harding and her ex-husband had hired a man to do the dirty work. Harding was banned from figure skating for life in 1994.

     

    1. Connie Hawkins (basketball)

    Point shaving was all the craze in college basketball in the 1950’s. For Connie “The Hawk” Hawkins, it became far too real. He was given a life ban from basketball, though he had no confirmed connection to gamblers or suspicious foul play. Not only that, but he was not even playing ball during the time was allegedly cheating – his freshman year in college.

    Hawkins fought the man and ultimately won his right back to play basketball. After successfully suing the NBA for mistreatment, he found a place with the Phoenix Suns and was well on his way to a Hall of Fame career.

     

    1. Michael Vick (football)

    The Virginia Tech phenomenon and Atlanta Falcons slinger, Michael Vick was touted as the best dual threat quarterback ever to step foot on an NFL turf. He lit up opposing defenses, until a strange and ghastly story broke in 2007 that broke many peoples’ perception of him forever.

    Sources had it that Vick was running a dogfighting ring, which landed him 21 months in prison and an indefinite ban from football. After serving his time and rehabilitating himself, Vick’s ban was lifted and he was given the opportunity to play in the NFL again with the Philadelphia Eagles. He would play another seven seasons, but never to the same form as his Atlanta days and never again held with the high regard that many had held him in before 2007.

     

    1. Mickey Mantle and Willie Mays (baseball)

    If you are talking baseball legends, the names Mickey Mantle and Willie Mays are certainly in your vocabulary. They are considered two of the best center fielders ever to play the great American game.

    Oddly enough, after their careers were long gone in 1983, both Mantle and Mays accepted employment as greeters in the casinos in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Commissioner of baseball at the time Bowie Kuhn banned them both from baseball because of their proximity to gambling. Peter Ueberroth, the successor to the throne, would later reinstate Mantle and Mays in 1985.

     

    1. Marion Jones (track and field)

    Marion Jones was an American hero at the 2000 Sydney Summer Olympics. In that campaign, she amassed three gold medals and two bronze medals.

    But after a performance enhancing drugs scandal broke, Jones had to relinquish all five of those medals. Jones was named as an athlete involved in the BALCO scandal involving star athletes from various sports that were found to be taking performance enhancing drugs. Not only was she stripped of her medals that year, but she was also banned from competing in track and field for the rest of her life.

     

    1. Art Schlichter (football)

    Art Schlichter was a quarterback for the Baltimore (and Indianapolis) Colts and was expected to be their quarterback of the future when drafted in 1982. But those expectations would never materialize, due to his four-decade long bout with a gambling addiction.

    In 1983, Schlichter was said to be over $700,000 in debt. He fled to the government for protection, but the NFL took notice and suspended him indefinitely. The ban was lifted a year later with the expectation that the gambling was behind him, but the Colts had to cut him in 1985 after finding him gambling again. He is currently serving a 10-year stint in federal prison for stealing thousands of dollars to fund his gambling habits.

     

    1. Billy Coutu (hockey)

    Billy Coutu stands in a class of his own for professional hockey players. But before we get to that, we must preface his story by noting that he was a hard-nosed fighter on the ice. Coutu would throw his fists up against his opponents and sometimes even his own teammates.

    But in 1927, he took the fighting urges too far and socked a couple of referees in the Stanley Cup Finals. He was promptly ushered a lifetime ban by the NHL, and though he was later permitted to partake in minor league play, Coutu is the only player in the NHL who has ever been officially banned for life.

     

    1. Ben Johnson (track and field)

    The fastest man in the world throughout the 1980’s was definitely Ben Johnson. The sprinter had it all going for him at the Olympics, breaking the world record in the 100-meter dash and in 1988 winning a gold medal while smashing his own record in the process.

    However, in a matter of two days, his world came crashing down around him. Johnson tested positive for steroids, and did not gain much sympathy for the old “everybody is doing it” cry. Johnson would be stripped of all his records and medals, and was banned from track and field competition for life.

     

    1. Eddie Cicotte (baseball)

    Another member of the Black Sox Scandal in the early 20th century, Eddie Cicotte was a dominant pitcher and was about to cash in big time. In 1919, Cicotte was chasing a feat of 30 wins that would have guaranteed him double his salary, but he only made it to 29 because then owner Charles Comiskey, cheap as he was, demanded Cicotte be benched the rest of the season so he would not have to cough up the cash.

    Unfair as that was for Cicotte, he turned around and did something equally as unfair. The pitcher was one of the White Sox who took a bribe to help throw the World Series. Cicotte turned an unfair situation for himself into an unfair situation for baseball fans everywhere.

     

    1. Roy Tarpley (basketball)

    The NBA in the 1980’s was a microcosm of America at that time – a cocaine riddled, lively party scene. No NBA player was more at the forefront of the cocaine image in the sport than Roy Tarpley.

    Tarpley was awarded the Sixth Man of the Year in 1988. But after testing positive for cocaine for the third time in 1994, Tarpley (a member of the Dallas Mavericks at the time) was banned from the league. Court orders had him free of all drug or alcoholic substances as part of an aftercare program. But when Tarpley was set to be reinstated into the league in 1995, he was caught drinking alcohol and officially banned for life.

     

    1. Dexter Manley (football)

    In a similar way to Tarpley, Dexter Manley was an above average athlete who suffered from cocaine addiction that wound up costing him his career.

    The defensive stud was a key cog in the machine for the Washington Redskins defense in the 1980’s, but could not lay off the cocaine and promptly failed his third drug test in 1989. This unfortunate circumstance cost him a lifetime ban from the NFL. Manley appealed and was reinstated in 1991, but squandered this opportunity when he failed yet another drug test. This time, he was out of the league for good.

     

    1. Jenrry Mejia (baseball)

    It seems incredibly odd that for all of the baseball players who have confessed or have been accused of taking steroids, Jenrry Mejia is the first and only player to date who has ever been banned for life under the MLB’s steroids suspension policy. Lucky for guys like Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa, and Mark McGwire, the league did not have a policy for steroids in those days to the likes of the one that exists today.

    In early 2016, Mejia tested positive for performance enhancing drugs for the third time in two years. As per league policy, this warrants him a lifetime ban from the game. Mejia has the right to appeal for reinstatement after the 2018 season, but who knows if the player once regarded as a dominant closer for the New York Mets will ever come back in full form.

     

    1. Justin Gatlin (track and field)

    American hero Justin Gatlin has shown the world that he can out race anybody in a 100-meter dash. A former gold-medal winner for the US, he recently took home silver in last year’s Rio Olympics.

    But if we rewind over ten years ago, Gatlin was a rising star in track and field before he tested positive for testosterone, which landed him a ban from the sport for four years. Gatlin would later return to the sport in 2010 and continue to have success, but not without suspicion, because he is always one of the older guys in the race. Is he performance enhancing again? You be the judge.

     

    1. Jack Molinas (basketball)

    Point shaving in college basketball has historically been almost as synonymous as steroids in baseball. There have been many documented (and likely, undocumented) cases of point shaving in collegiate basketball, especially in the 1950’s.

    Jack Molinas is a name many remember as at the center of the controversy. In 1954 while playing professional basketball with the Fort Wayne Zollner Pistons, he was dealt with the consequences of point shaving from the 1951 collegiate season and was handed a ban for life. The story gets even worse for Molinas, as he was reportedly gunned down in a drive-by shooting in what was likely a mob hit over unsettled debts in the 1970’s.

     

    1. Marty McSorley (hockey)

    Marty McSorley was perhaps the instigator of the dirtiest play in NHL history. Known for being the gritty tough guy for the Wayne Gretzky-led Edmonton Oilers in the 1980’s, McSorley enjoyed a long career up to 2000.

    But in that final season, McSorley made the most bone-headed play of all when he lifted his stick into the side of the head of opposing player Donald Brashear, causing the latter to fall to the ice and scarily thrust his head into the ice, undoubtedly leading to a graphic concussion. McSorley was charged and found guilty of the assault in the altercation, and was suspended for the rest of the season. He would never return to the sport, and though he was never officially banned from the game, it might as well have been considered one; he probably would not have been welcomed back into hockey with open arms.

     

    1. Roger Brown (basketball)

    In a similar story to Connie Hawkins, Roger Brown was a basketball player banned from the NBA for suspicion of being associated with gamblers. In an ironic twist of events, one of the shady people he was accused of dealing with was Jack Molinas. Though Brown was never accused of point shaving, he was handed a life ban from the NBA and went on to have an illustrious career in the American Basketball Association.

    The NBA ultimately allowed Brown back in to the league, but at that time Brown was past his prime and too aged to be able to compete at a high level. In 2013, he was voted into the Hall of Fame, nearly 20 years after he had passed away.

     

    1. Tim Montgomery (track and field)

    Like Marion Jones, another sprinter by the name of Tim Montgomery had all of his accomplishments stripped from him after being caught cheating. The gold-medal runner was given a ban for life from track and field competition and was another central name listed in the infamous BALCO scandal.

    Montgomery never actually tested positive for steroid use, but the information disclosed in the BALCO uncovering were substantial enough to earn him a lifetime ban and put a stop to his competitive career. Years later, in 2008, Montgomery finally admitted to using performance enhancing drugs.

     

    1. Michael Ray Richardson (basketball)

    If it were not for the cocaine addiction that fueled many suspensions and bans from basketball in the 1980’s, Michael Ray Richardson would be remembered today as one of the best players ever to grace an NBA hardwood and would certainly be one of the best individuals ever to dawn a New York Knicks or New Jersey Nets uniform.

    The lockdown, surefire shooting guard had it all going for him until cocaine took over. In 1986, he was banned from basketball after failing his third drug test. Richardson would be given a second chance in 1988 after being reinstated, but would go on to blow it in 1991 because of, you guessed it, another positive cocaine test.

     

    1. Frank Filchock and Merle Hapes (football)

    There have not been many documented cases of players or coaches accepting bribes to throw a championship game. The 1946 NFL championship game is one of the only instances that is remembered to this day.

    Frank Filchock and Merle Hapes were accused and later admitted under oath to taking bribes to fix the game. Hapes would never set foot on an NFL field professionally again after receiving his ban, but Filchock had his ban lifted after a long successful stint in the Canadian football league. Even so, his second chance in the NFL lasted only briefly, as he was aging quickly and chose to retire.

     

    1. Buck Weaver (baseball)

    Known as the eighth man involved in the Black Sox Scandal, Buck Weaver vehemently denied ever taking money to throw the 1919 World Series. His refusal to admit guilt was even backed by both the charged gamblers and his own teammates (much unlike “Shoeless” Joe Jackson and Eddie Cicotte). Weaver even had an excellent series, which helped his case.

    However, the case against him was that he was aware of the plot to thrown the series. Despite allegedly not participating in the plot, and denying his participation for the rest of his life, commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis saw it fit to reign down on anybody associated with the disgraceful act, and shoved a lifetime ban into Weaver’s lap. Weaver would never play professional baseball again for the rest of his life.

     

    1. Chris Washburn (basketball)

    Chris Washburn was easily one of the biggest NBA draft busts of the 1980’s and perhaps one of the biggest busts of all-time. Drafted third overall by the Golden State Warriors in 1986, Washburn was expected to come in and immediately produce at a high level. Instead, he did nothing short of stink up the bed.

    Washburn’s abysmal play was overshadowed by his cocaine addiction, which eventually earned him a lifetime ban from the league only two years into his career. The NBA did not look too kindly on substance abuse, and Washburn got to experience that first-hand.

     

    1. Fred Lorz (track and field)

    It may come as a bit of a relief to you that the next track and field star on our list did not engage in performance enhancing drugs (at least, to anyone’s knowledge). Fred Lorz cheated in an entirely new and creative way.

    In the 1904 Olympic marathon in St. Louis, Lorz appeared to have won the race by a landslide. Only after a brief investigation was it uncovered that Lorz actually hopped into a car and drove the majority of the race, finishing well ahead of the rest of the competitors. The move landed Lorz a lifetime ban, which was lifted less than a year later.

     

    1. Stanley Wilson (football)

    Cincinnati Bengals running back Stanley Wilson had a problem with cocaine. He had already been suspended for both the 1985 and 1987 seasons. In 1988, the night before his team was set to play in the Super Bowl, he was discovered using cocaine in his hotel room by a team coach.

     Since this was his third infraction, Wilson was ultimately banned for life from football. In 1999, he was found guilty of stealing $130,000 and sentenced to 22 years in prison.

     

    1. Hal Chase (baseball)

    Hal Chase faced allegations of cheating as a baseball player as early as 1910. But midway through the 1918 season, while playing for the Chicago White Sox, the reports really started coming to fruition.

    Chase was rumored to have paid pitcher Jimmy Ring $50 to throw a game against the Giants. Later that season, the president of the National League received a copy of a $500 check from an anonymous individual that Chase received from a gambler for throwing a game. A Chicago grand jury indicted Chase for his role in the Black Sox Scandal as a middleman between the players and the gamblers, and he was cast from the professional game for good.

     

    1. Alex Groza (basketball)

    The story of Alex Groza is one of sad unmet potential. Groza was the figurehead of the National Championship-winning University of Kentucky basketball teams in 1948 and 1949. He then entered the NBA and found initial stardom.

    But after two full seasons of All-NBA professional ball with the Indianapolis Olympians, Groza was named as a key component of the 1948-1949 point shaving scandal. As a result, then NBA commissioner Maurice Podoloff handed the star player a life time ban. His career came to an abrupt and screeching halt after just two seasons.

     

    1. Steve Howe (baseball)

    Though drug addiction (specifically cocaine) in the 1980’s was most associated with the NBA and the NFL, some players in the MLB also fell victim to it. One such baseball player was Steve Howe, an All-Star pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Yankees over his career.

    To make a long story short, Howe was suspended a whopping seven times for drug use over his 17-year campaign. In 1992 (approximately midway through his career), Howe was given a ban for life for cocaine and alcohol abuse. Lucky for him, though, he was reinstated just a year later.

     

    1. John Drew (basketball)

    John Drew is a marquee example of an NBA player who fell victim to drug abuse in the 1980’s, but was able to overcome it and achieve moderate success. The Atlanta Hawks All-Star checked himself into rehab in 1983, and was so successful after a return to the league that he earned himself the NBA’s Comeback Player of the Year award in 1984 for what looked like a promising defeat of his addiction.

    But things were not entirely as they appeared. Drew slipped into a relapse in 1985, and was ultimately banned from the NBA the following year. In a sad ending to an otherwise inspiring story, Drew was the first player ever banned for life under the NBA’s substance abuse policy.

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    Roy Halladay Made Baseball Better

    Roy Halladay made baseball better. One of the greatest pitchers of his era, Halladay took the mound with poise, confidence, pride, and grace, earning the respect of a league of players and a nation of fans.

    Halladay was a two-time Cy Young Award Winner and an eight-time All-Star, he pitched 67 complete games, 20 shutouts, a postseason no-hitter, and a perfect game. But somehow, after internalizing all of this – after poring over statistics and reviewing film, appreciating his superhuman ability to steer the ball all the way into the catcher’s mitt – we still haven’t reached the heart of his impact.

    Halladay was revered by his peers – not only for his dedication to training or his willingness to listen and learn but because of his commitment to being the best person he could be. He was avidly involved in community outreach, from working with the Blue Jays to create a suite in Rogers Centre for patients at a local children’s hospital, to supporting humane societies around the country.

    On his last day in the majors, Halladay is known to have said, “My goal is to try and leave baseball better than I found it” – and that he did.

    Roy Halladay passed away this Tuesday, following a tragic plane crash over the Gulf of Mexico; he is survived by his wife, Brandy, and their two sons, Braden and Ryan.

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    31 of the Hottest Women Athletes in History

    There used to be a stigma about female athletes being too masculine or not that gorgeous, but we’re sure that we can prove you wrong with a list full of the hottest women to grace athleticism. From all kinds of different sports and backgrounds, these scorching hot ladies will blow your dated stigmas out of the water. Here are the 31 hottest women in sports as we know.

     

    1. Claire Bidez

    First on our list is Claire Bidez, a woman who almost made it to the 2010 Olympics for Vancouver. A notable women’s snowboarder, Claire hails from Colorado, but spent time studying at the Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah. She received a degree in Environmental Biology. Not only does she have the looks, but she also has the brains, and the fitness to match!

     

     

     

     

     

    1. Ellen Hoog

    Next is an athlete who takes the mold of a “masculine body” and shatters that perception. With her dash of femininity, this total babe is the full package. In fact, she plays one of the roughest sports – field hockey, and has received a gold medal for her team – Netherlands. Not only can she take a bit of rough housing, but her body is equally as slammin’.

     

     

    1. Paige Spiranac

    Upon first glance, Paige doesn’t look like anything more than an Instagram model from the panhandle of Florida; however, she’s about to prove you wrong: she’s a professional golfer that’s been increasingly gaining notoriety for both her looks and for her ability to play so well. Studying at San Diego State University, this 24-year-old may be the primary reason the LPGA decided to introduce a much stricter dress code for playing, as she’s been known to be a bit scandalous in appearance on the course.

     

    1. Leryn Franco

    Leryn Franco is the closest thing we’ll come to an actual Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot’s version) in appearance and athleticism. A participant of not one, but three Olympics (2004, 2008, and 2012), she was a notable Paraguay player in the sport of javelin throwing. Watch out, though, Gal, as she’s moved onto acting and modeling!

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    1. Soo Yeon Lee

    Coming her ability to act and play sports, the gorgeous Soo Yeon Lee hails from South Korea and is quite the player. Beginning her career as a table tennis player at a very young age, she ended up being trained by a notable gold medalist that goes by the name of Jung Hwa Hyun in her home country. While she’s retired now from the sport, her body is still as fit as it was in her prime.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    1. Alexandra Raeva

    While at first glance, she may look like a DIVA wrestler, Alexandra Raeva is actually a part of the Russian women’s team for curling. In fact, she competed in this sport at the Sochi Olympics in 2014. She’s made four separate World Championship appearances, including 2014, 2015, 2016, and even this year – 2017.

     

     

    1. Sierra Blair-Coyle

    Another blonde bombshell on this list, Sierra isn’t just looks, though, as she’s an incredible professional rock climber. A 23-year-ol hailing from Scottsdale, Arizona, she not only travels and competes full-time, but she has been a World Competitor 6 separate times (from 2010 to 2016). She was also a two-time Champion on a junior competitor level at the National Championships, and has quite a lot to offer with her degree in marketing from Arizona State University, as well. Beauty, brains, and the balls to climb something bigger than we’ll ever know.

     

     

    1. Leticia Bufoni

    If you thought women couldn’t skateboard, not only are you stuck in the 1950’s, but you’ve never met Leticia Bufoni, a renowned skateboarder hailing from Brazil. Even though she may only be 24-years-old, she was just 14 when she was able to compete in the X games. After she was able to land some gnarly tricks, she ended up becoming sponsored shortly after, and even received a title in being #1 for women’s street skateboarding for three years in a row (2010-2013).

     

    1. Meghan Hardin

    You may be thinking, “another blonde?!” Let’s kick stereotypes to the curb right now, as she could probably kick your butt in the sport she reigns supreme in. Another beautiful woman who is a star LPGA golder, she’s also the youngest to be ever seen on the Big Breaks series for the Golf Channel.

     

    1. Allison Stokke

    This next woman rose to fame through the Internet with the fashion modeling, but was also able to break into the world of American pole vaulting. At 28-years-old, she’s accomplished more than most of us will do in our lifetime. In her high-school days, she broke quite a few pole vaulting records.

     

     

     

     

     

    1. Blaire O’Neal

    We aren’t sure what it is about this type of appearance and women in golf, but there are a lot of similar-looking blondes in the game. Blaire O’Neal is yet another beautiful up and comer in the world of Gold, and she has quite the following already. She’s one a few awards for her talents, and we don’t think she’ll be subsiding from the game any time soon – oh, and she’s a model.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    1. Allyson Felix

    A competitor for the grand ‘ole United States of America, Allyson Felix is a gorgeous and notable athlete. In fact, she’s won 4 Olympic gold medals for our wonderful country! Beauty, grace, the body, and talent, Allyson is a fierce competitor that hails from Los Angeles, California. She competes in the 100 meter races, 200 meter races, and the 400 meter races. Not only has she been a World Champion 3 times, but she’s also a 2-time silver medalist in the Olympics, as well.

     

     

     

    1. Nastia Liukin

    A gorgeous woman with incredible skill, she was able to win the individuals all-around medal (gold, might we add) at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. Not only has she authored a book, but she’s won quite a few other medals, too. An artistic gymnast, her grace and beauty also takes shape in the form of her movement.

     

     

     

    1. Mikaela Shiffrin

    Noted as one of the best skiiers in the world, Mikaela Shiffrin kills on the slopes. She is an Olympic champion and world champion, and hails from cool Vail Colorado. She specializes in the giant slalom, and any technical events involving the slalom. At just 22, she has accomplished way more than I could ever hope to.

     

    17. Michelle Jenneke

    You may have seen Michelle’s face in a viral video that set the Internet ablaze in 2012 – a video of her showing off her warm-up dance. Now, it’s worth mentioning that she has much more talent in Australian hurdling, as that’s what she’s famous for.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    1. Kaitlin Sandeno

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    Kaitlin Sandeno is a four-time Olympic gold medalist that hails from the US of A. She performed at the 2000 Olympic games in Sydney, as well as the 2004 Olympic games in Athens, Greece. She’s also a holder of world records, and even went to the infamous El Toro High School – no relation to Rancho Cucamonga High in “Bring it On”, who represented themselves as the “Toros” from Sunny Southern California. Kaitlin is still very active on the web and has a decent following. While being a former athlete, she’s still well-versed in the butterfly stroke, medley swimming, and freestyle.

     

    1. Kiira Korpi

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    Appearing as if she’s the girl-next door, Kirra Korpi is a figure skater from Finland who retired in August 2015. She represented her home country of Finland, and wrote on her website that she initially set out to be “the best figure skater in the world”. She was quite notable, and is a 5x Finnish national champion, along with being a medalist two times for the Cup of China, as well as winning the European bronze and silver medals 3 times. While she has a much lengthier resume than this, we just wanted to show you how much she accomplished in 22 years – from age 7 to age 29!

     

    1. Jonelle Filigno

    Image result for jonelle filignoA soccer player hailing from Canada, Jonelle Filigno is a gorgeous woman who ended up winning a bronze medal at the Olympic games at London’s 2012 games. Bronze isn’t anything to bat an eye lash though at the world’s toughest competition.

     

     

    1. Jen Lacy

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    Next on our list is Jenn lac, a gorgeous woman who makes casual clothing look like a smoke show. The first basketball player on this list, she is a professional Women’s National Basketball Association player who ended up winning a league title with her team, the Phoenix Mercury, in 2007. Thank you for paving the way for women in basketball, you stunning woman!

     

     

     

     

     

    1. Rachel Cummins

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    Rachel goes by a nickname as sexy as she, “The Panther”. This wild cat has quite the lengthy MMA career, and has more wins than losses. Currently, her record is 3 wins, 2 losses – and don’t say anything nasty to her or she may beat you up; you might like that, though! She’s ranked number 87 on the Top Women fights in the Bantamweight category, and comes from Lake Forest, California.

     

    1. Anastasia Ashley

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    Her name sounds like a total California bombshell name, and you’d be right in the sense. A notable American surfer, Anastasia Ashley comes from San Clemente, California, and was in Sports Illustrated after her incredible performances and huge social media following.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    1. Gina Carino

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    You most definitely have seen her in Deadpool as AJAX’s side kick, but she’s also a top MMA fighter that holds a 7-1 career record. Not only does she have the capability of kicking your ass, but she’s gorgeous and can act, too! While she’s retired now, she ended up going from Muay Thai to MMA where she competed for teams like EliteXC and Strikeforce. Her division was the featherweight category, and now she’s into acting!

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    1. Lauren Sesselmann

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    Sesselmann is not only a smoke show, but she’s also a bronze medalist for the women’s soccer team in Canada. This medal was won in 2012, but she’s done her part in athletics since. She was once on the Santa Clarita Blue Heat, and received an education from Purdue University, and Notre Dame Academy. A former Olympic medalist and defender for her team, Lauren has made quite the mark in women’s soccer.

     

    1. Jordan Larson

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    While she may not be the stereotypical American beauty, we think Jordan is hot – and her sports career is even hotter! Serving as a current member of the indoor women’s volleyball team, she plays for the United States, and even won us the silver medal in 2012. Rock on, Jordan.

     

     

     

    1. Hope Solo

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    You’ve probably seen her face on memes, Imgur, you name it, but Hope Solo is actually a notable soccer player for the Women’s National Team representing the United States. With no relation to Han Solo, she’s one of the best goalies in the business.

     

     

     

    1. Michelle Waterson

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    Another notable MMA competitor, she’s been seen as one of the best fighters to go pound-for-pound; oh, and it’s not just for her country, but in the entire world. Competing in the UFC, she’s an Invicta FC atomweight champion, and as of this summer, she was ranked #6 for contenders in the women’s Strawweight division for the UFC.

     

     

    1. Paige VanZant

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    We have a ton of MMA fighters on this list, and for some reason, powerful women with a ton of strength to defend themselves makes them even more attractive. Paige VanZant is no different, and she’s actually becoming a household name in her Strawweight division. In fact, she’s in the top 10!

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    1. Serena Williams

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    I can’t believe we’ve come this far without mentioning any of the Williams sisters, but we think they deserve a high title on this list. One of the greatest female tennis players ever, Serena has won herself 22 Grand Slam titles and has even won 4 gold medals. Her career isn’t over yet, and she’s been the face of women’s tennis for more than a decade.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    1. Anna Fenninger

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    Another skier for the Giant Slalom, Anna ended up competing in the Sochi Olympic games in 2014, winning the Super-G title, and even a gold and silver medal! Born in Hallein Austria, Anna is the overall World Cup champ for two consecutive seasons – 2014 and 2015.

     

     

     

    1. Laisa Andrioli

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    A total smoke show, Laisa Andrioli is on the Brazilian Women’s National team as a soccer player with a crazy amount of skills. While she’s not doing much now besides actively looking for more soccer opportunities, we don’t think we’ve seen the last of her yet!

     

     

     

    1. Rachel Wray

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    A former cheerleader turned MMA fighter, this girl shows that all pep and no bark isn’t common for a bombshell like her. She actually cheered for the NFL before jumping ship to another tough sport! Her reign on the Kansas City Chiefs didn’t go unnoticed, but we can’t wait to see what she does in the world of MMA fighting.

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    15 of MLB’s Best Catches NOT Made by Willie Mays

    Chances are, if you’re reading this article, you know all about “The Catch”: Willie Mays’ revered, over-the-shoulder grab at the Polo Grounds, saving Game 1 of the 1954 World Series for the New York Giants. This hallowed out is often touted as the greatest catch of all-time…but why? What makes a catch great in a sport that can have upwards of 40 catches in a single game?

    Maybe the most basic element that makes a catch something special is the sheer athleticism required to make it happen — whether it’s a Superman-like dive or a Spiderman-esque jump, some plays just seem superhuman. Sometimes it’s the contextual moment that makes the usual become the extraordinary — this can be post-season implications, a player facing their previous team, or even an impending trade deadline. Other times it’s that “extra” element — a quirk of the stadium, the nachos in the fan’s hands, or the other player in the way.

    But just because a catch isn’t a 250+ foot run, in a tie game, during the World Series, in a massive ballpark, doesn’t mean it’s not remarkable. We contend that there’s something to be said for these 15 excellent MLB catches made by players not named Willie Mays.

    15. Lance Berkman – HOU v PIT – 5/18/02 

    Being a Major League centerfielder is hard, and from 2000 to 2016, it was even harder in Houston. Whether you knew it as Tal’s Hill or The Grassy Knoll, Houston’s outfield anomaly was the stuff of nightmares for outfielders and fans alike – this wasn’t the case for Lance Berkman, resident Tal’s Hill defender, on May 18, 2002.

    On this day, Berkman made the 30-degree incline his own with a twisting, over-the-shoulder, mid-fall grab to retire Rob Mackowiak. Did this catch happen in a particularly important game? No, not really. Does that change the amount of skill and coordination needed to make the play? Not at all. And hey – Berkman may not have stuck the landing, but he did finish off the grab with a shiny smile!

    14. Yasiel Puig – LAD @ NYM – 5/22/14

    Yasiel Puig has a reputation for garnering a lot of attention – it might not always be for the best reasons, but at many times there’s no doubting why the Dodgers have kept the kid around. Take, for example, this insane grab he made in his second season in the majors…

    It’s the bottom of the 2nd inning at Citi Field and Wilmer Flores is up to bat with a man on first and one out. Flores makes solid contact on an 0-2 pitch and it looks like the ball is destined for the gap in right center – enter Yasiel Puig. To say that Puig laid out for the catch is an understatement. Running at full speed, he covered unbelievable ground (if you listen, the crew was actually calling it Kemp’s ball) and dove to make the spectacular, mid-flight, backhanded catch. While he couldn’t turn the double play on the throw back to first, the catch was impressive enough on its own to earn a standing ovation in New York.

    13. Ben Revere – PHI @ CIN – 4/15/13 

    Ben Revere’s catch against the Reds on Jackie Robinson Day 2013 was every bit as impressive as Puig’s above, but twice as dynamic. Revere had to speed in order to catch the hard-hit fastball to right center field. Once he realized the ball had him beat, Revere made a flying leap and, at full extension, was able to control the ball in the very tip of his glove. But he didn’t stop there! Revere looked up after the catch and saw that Jay Bruce had advanced from 1st base, around 2nd base and was halfway to 3rd. So he used his canon of an arm and launched the ball back to 1st to turn the unbelievable double play.  

    As a matter of full disclosure, this catch could have been more routine had it not been for an initial misplay by Revere, but that notwithstanding, the recovery and succeeding grab were beyond impressive.

    12. David Wright – NYM @ SD8/9/05 

    You could be forgiven for not having seen this one – it’s the Mets, it’s the Padres, it happened in San Diego well after the east-coast folks had turned off the TV – but despite all of the odds stacked against this catch, it really was remarkable. Unlike most of the catches on this list, David Wright didn’t rob a home run or even an extra-base hit, and this didn’t happen in a game of any real significance either – so why does it make the list? My answer: just LOOK at it.

    A funky bloop single can really change the complexion of an inning; usually there’s nothing that the defense can do to defend it and it can easily work a pitcher into a bind. Wright didn’t just assume the out, though, and instead tracked the ball into shallow left field, reached out with his bare hand, and made the catch as he fell to the ground.  With this catch, David Wright made sure the Mets didn’t have to worry about an early rally…and he did it with style.

    11. Steven Souza Jr. – WAS v MIA9/28/14 

    I am not a Nats fan, those who know me would probably tell you that I am a Not-Nats fan – but you bet that even I was cheering for Steven Souza Jr. to make this catch, because who doesn’t love a no-hitter? But this no-hitter saving grab was particularly exciting: it made the final out of the game, completing the franchise’s first no-hitter as the Nationals and its first ever in Washington.

    The catch itself wasn’t bad either, especially considering the gravity of the situation. Souza’s lunge is reminiscent of several of the other catches on this list, but has the added flare of being the lone no-hit saving play to earn a spot. Souza’s catch featured a long run, a lunging snag, and a mosh pit in the middle infield. The perfect way to cap off a near-perfect game of baseball.

    10. Kevin Pillar – TOR v TB – 4/15/15 

    We all know that Bo knows baseball, but in this game against Tampa Bay, Kevin Pillar reminded everybody that he knows baseball, too. Pillar did his best Bo Jackson impression after his breathtaking play in left field. This was just your run of the mill blowout game, with Tampa Bay trailing Toronto by 8 runs in the 7th inning – a stark contrast to the charged setting that witnessed catch #11 – but whenever a player challenges the limits of physics, it begs recognition.  

    The outfield wall at Rogers Centre is 10 feet tall and Kevin Pillar is listed at exactly 6 feet, so it doesn’t take a mathematician to see that the wall has a sizable edge in this matchup. Despite the difference, Pillar managed to scale the wall in left field and corral a ball that had cleared the fence, denying the Rays of what seemed to be a no-doubt home run.

    9. Torii Hunter – AL @ NL – 7/9/02 

    Ahh the midsummer classic… in 2002, a beautifully meaningless game designed to celebrate the game’s best and brightest – and celebrate it did. Even though there was nothing on the line and even though the players on the field weren’t used to playing against one another, Torii Hunter made an incredible catch (making a play on a ball that the right fielder had given up on) and taking away a home run from Barry Bonds.

    Part of what makes this catch so great, though, is the atmosphere of fun about it. After the play, Bonds just shook his head and smiled, not really believing what had just happened, and then further met Hunter in the outfield where the two jostled with one another playfully. You know a play has to be more than good when Barry Bonds is applauding it – especially when it’s a play against him!

    8. Endy Chavez – NYM v STL10/19/06 

    Perhaps the only thing more exciting than hitting a home run is robbing one – ask a Mets fan. Not only did Endy Chavez steal a home run from Scott Rolen, he turned it into an inning-ending double play. And did I mention that it was a tie ballgame that also happened to be Game 7 of the NLCS?  

    Let’s take a moment to appreciate everything that went into this catch. First, there’s the moment, which we’ve already covered but bears repeating – it’s Game 7, World Series or bust, and Endy is playing in a packed Shea Stadium. Needless to say, there was more than a little tension in the air…. Then there’s the run, the jump, and the catch – Rolen smacked the ball convincingly to the left field corner meaning Chavez (playing in left center) had to hightail it to the left field wall to give himself any chance at a play. Once he made it to the wall (in under three seconds, mind you), Chavez timed his jump perfectly, reaching over the fence to bring back the home run with a snow cone catch. The cherry on the top of this defense sundae was the laser of a throw doubling up Jim Edmonds at first base to end the 6th inning. Unfortunately for Chavez and the Mets faithful, the Cardinals ended up winning the game (and eventually the World Series) – otherwise this catch might have ended higher on this list.

    7. Sandy Alomar – CLE v. DET – 8/2/94

    It’s a bird… It’s a plane… Nope! – it’s Sandy Alomar flying over the netting behind home plate. Let’s think about that for a second – it’s Sandy Alomar and he is hanging over the netting behind home plate… with a foul pop-out in his mitt. This play has acrobatics, athleticism, and some pretty remarkable determination on the part of Alomar.

    Catchers are notoriously slow, a chronic condition that isn’t helped when they’re wearing all of their equipment, but that didn’t stop Alomar here.  He chased the foul popup back over the fence and leapt up to make a play on what is usually a foul ball out of play. Alomar slammed into the netting and hung there above some of the fans who were just as stunned as he was. It was the crash and the catch that turned heads at The Jake.

    6. Josh Donaldson – TOR v TB6/24/15

    It takes a lot of guts to jump and dive when you know that you are going to land on the ground – I know we see ballplayers do it fairly often, but you sure aren’t seeing many of the adults around your office doing it on the regular. Even in the Majors, it’s not everyday you see somebody with the gumption to dive into the seats and fans to make an out.

    Donaldson propelled himself through the Tropicana Field infield, undeterred by the 80 feet of turf, the railing, the family of four in the front row, the first row of seats, or the man in the second row that stood between him and the foul popup. In an effort to make this incredible play, he threw himself into a pile of bodies and concrete and metal and plastic – all for what was no less than a guaranteed strike. Donaldson wasn’t robbing a home run, no, but he was willing to lay it all out on the line with a little less at stake, which in my book adds even more points for the effort.

    5. Ken Griffey Jr. – SEA @ DET8/9/98

    Junior is famous for making more than a few amazing catches, but if you ask me, this one is his most impressive. Though it might not have all the glamor of Mays’ catch, this grab checks off most of the boxes, helping it to its spot as #5 on the list.

    First, you have to take into account when and where the game was being played. This catch was made before the Tiger’s played in Comerica Park, meaning Junior had to contend with the upper-deck that extended out beyond the lower bowl – which you can imagine made tracking the ball very difficult. But that’s not all – since this was a day game, there was the added excitement of the shadow that the overhang cast, which made losing a fly ball far easier than catching one. Next, you have to appreciate just how fast the ball came off Luis Gonzalez’s bat. He smoked it. The ball was a line drive that only took about 5 seconds to get from home plate to the wall in right-center field just over 370 feet away. Then there’s The Kid’s run, jump, and grab – if it weren’t for some remarkable speed, a massive leap, and the perfectly timed grab, this long ball would have been going home as a souvenir, but instead it was just one long out for Luis Gonzalez.

    4. Ichiro Suzuki – SEA v LAA5/2/05 

    Ken Griffey Jr. was the best outfielder the Mariners had – until Ichiro. In 2005, Ichiro was in his 5th season in the Majors and was already a 4-time All-Star and Golden Glover, so his making a catch was nothing out of this ordinary. But this catch against the Angels was extraordinary, even by Ichiro’s high standards.

    Chasing back a well-hit ball off the bat of Garret Anderson, Ichiro scaled Safeco’s outfield wall to wrangle the out. Ichiro walked up the wall as if there were a ladder leading to the first row of fans, and keep in mind, he is listed as 3 inches shorter than your average MLB outfielder, so it’s not as if he had size on his side.  He practically plucks the ball out of a fan’s lap, reminiscent of something that might happen along the first or third base line.  It’s one thing to lean or extend into the stands, but Ichiro ascended like a firefighter saving a cat from a tree to complete this vaulted catch.  Sure, it may have been early in the season, and no Seattle did not end up winning the game, but that does not take anything away from the sheer athleticism required to make a catch like this.

    3. Gary Matthews Jr. – TEX v HOU7/1/06 

    When Mike Lamb stepped into the batter’s box, he was thinking one thing – hit a single to hit for the cycle. What he hadn’t been thinking was to swing for the fences and push another ball out into the stands – but just in case, Gary Matthews Jr. ruled out that option for him anyway.

    As soon as the ball cracked off of Lamb’s bat, Matthews retreated toward the fence in straightaway center, taking a few quick glances behind him to eye up the wall. Then, at precisely the right moment, Matthews made a soaring leap, and launched himself to the top of the fence where he was able to get under the ball and complete a stunning play. This grab doesn’t need any sugarcoating, it was the 8th inning in the Lone Star Series, and it was one of the best catches baseball has ever seen.

    2. Kevin Mitchell – SF @STL – 4/26/89

    This list has long runs, barehanded catches, and even a few plays that ended up being harder than they needed to be – this catch by Kevin Mitchell has a little bit of all of those and a sprinkle of style on the side. One of the oldest plays on this list, Mitchell’s grab has proven to be one of the best in the game time and again.

    The play starts with a long pop-fly from Ozzie Smith that was headed for the corner in left field. Mitchell misjudged the ball, leaving him out of position to make the traditional play but with some extra effort and head of steam, he did the unthinkable and snatched the ball with his bare hand. The grab is one thing, but the casual air about Mitchell when he makes this spectacular play is what really cements it as our penultimate catch.

    1. Jim Edmonds – ANA @ KC – 6/10/97 

    Simply put, Jim Edmonds made the best catch in non-Willie MLB history on June 10, 1997.

    When the ball jumped off of David Howard’s bat, Edmonds’ only chance at erasing an extra-base hit was to turn on his heel and make a dead sprint deep into the outfield. This means that not only did Edmonds need to move quickly, but that he had to take his eyes entirely off the ball in order to get into position. Powering full-tilt toward the warning track, Edmonds then needed to dive and, mid-dive, make (and maintain) a snowcone catch, sliding no fewer than 5 feet from the outfield grass onto the dirt of the warning track.

    This catch is shades of Willie Mays plus a diving sliding snowcone catch, upping the difficulty exponentially. 

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    20 Must-Know Transgender Athletes

    There are quite a few athletes in the world that are transgender, and we respect them fully. In fact, we don’t believe they receive enough recognition for their hard work and determination because of the small-minded people of the world. This next article is going to praise those fantastic and talented athletes who are finally learning to be at peace with their true selves.

    20. Caitlyn Jenner


    One of the most notable transgender athletes in the world, her coming-out was quite a shock to a lot of people. Caitlyn went from having people respect her one minute for her incredible work as an athlete, to people completely ditching the idea of having talent just because she came out as transgender. While we’re happy she’s finally on the right track to her happiness, we want to note her incredible accomplishments as an athlete. When Caitlyn went by the name of “Bruce”, they absolutely dominated the Montreal Olympics in 1976. In fact, their face was one of the first to be seen on a Wheaties box; an accomplishment that thousands of athletes would try and work for their entire career. Bruce came out as Caitlyn in 2015, and has been living happily since.

     

     

     

    19. Renee Richards


    While Caitlyn Jenner was one of the first on a Wheaties box, Renee Richards is noted to be one of the first openly-transgender people in the world of sports. Formerly known as Richard Raskind, a tennis player, Renee took the incredible step of getting reassignment surgery in 1975, when people were definitely not open to the idea of being transgender. Kudos to you, Renee, especially since Renee’s case made movement in the world of transgender rights, since she was then allowed to compete as the woman she’s always wanted to be.

    18. Fallon Fox


    If you remember Burton Boyd, and wondered what happened to him, he decided to undergo a metamorphosis and come out on top as her true self – Fallon Fox. While there were people that were openly trans in the world of sports before her, she was the first known to be in the world of MMA. And to think, this happened not too long ago in 2006! While controversy naturally, and unfortunately followed, the talk of the town was if she was eligible for fighting under her new gender because of her former. Rhonda Rousey has actually stated that she refuses to fight against her.

     

    17. Jaiyah Saelua


    Next on our list is someone who’s paved the way for those in the world of FIFA. Jaiyah was actually the first person to compete in the FIFA World Cup Qualifier as a transgender, despite competing in the men’s qualifier. In her culture, she is what they call “Fa’afafine”. In Somoa, this means that they are a third gender, which is a male who identifies with both feminine traits, and masculine traits.

     

     

     

     

     

    16. Keelin Godsey


    A two-time national champion, Keelin Godsey actually holds the Division III record in the hammer throw category. Formerly known as Kelly Godsey, he declared his identity in 2005, but still competes as female in the female category. We’re not entirely sure why, though.

     

     

    15. Janae Marie Kroc


    Formerly known as Matt Kroczaleski, this incredibly bodybuilder made waves as she announced her transgender status, and noted that she was gender fluid. Of course, this didn’t sit well with some people and she’s been subject to backlash, especially in the “super masculine” world of bodybuilding. After she came out in August 2015, her place in competitions became an unknown her, as she didn’t know if she’d still be competing in men’s, or start in women’s.

    14. Andreas Krieger


    Hailing from East German athletics, Andreas Kreiger was known as “Heidi”, and was on steroids for quite some time during their career. Because of this, they decided to transition and changed their name to Andreas, which is a common male name in their respective country. While he doesn’t regret transitioning, he felt that he wanted to discover it without the help of drugs to influence him.

    13. Balian Buschbaum


    Formerly known as Yvonne, Balian was an incredible pole vaulter, and was ranked in the top 10 EVER. After he retired in 2007, he then announced that he’d be getting his transition surgery in 2008. Even though many people in Germany may not be open to this concept, he is still quite popular, and has even appeared on shows since.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    12. Erik Schinegger

    Next on our list is someone who was a top competitor in 1966 for women’s skiing, but was eventually disqualified for the Olympics two years later because they found out he was formerly known as Erik, and not the Erika they were born as. Because they found out that he had male sex organs, especially in such trying times, he wrote a book called, “My Victory Over Myself: The Man Who Became a Female World Champion”.

     

     

     

     

     

    11. Caster Semenya


    In 2009, Caster Semenya won gold for the woman’s 800-meter. The South African native was questioned because of their masculine appearance, which is no one’s business, and then received word from the International Association of Athletics Federations that people were ordering for tests to be run to confirm their gender. It was noted that Caster was found to not have any ovaries or a uterus, but may be intersex or transgender. Because of these “inconclusive” findings, Caster is still allowed to compete as normal, and as female.

    10. Kye Allums

    Being one of the first in NCAA history to be openly transgender, Kye is making waves – and in the best way possible, opening up doors for those in the future who may be transgender and want to play. Kye was formerly on the women’s basketball team in 2010 for George Washington, but later began identifying as a male within his second year. Of course, he’s now an active advocate and mentor.

     

     

     

     

     

    9. Mianne Bagger


    Fomerly known as Michael, Mianne underwent the incredible transition to female in 1995. A brave move for the time period. When she re-emerged as her new self, she played in the 2004 Australian Open (for women), and became the first openly transgender woman to do so. As we mentioned earlier, Caitlyn Jenner is currently the most prolific openly transgender athlete, but before Bruce became Caitlyn, Mianne Bagger was the most notable for quite some time.

     

     

     

    8. Bobbi Lancaster


    Amateur golfer Bobbi Lancaster came out as transgender in 2010, the same year they transitioned. Also a doctor, Bobbi (formerly Robert), became the first in the LPGA Symetra Tour to be a transgender golfer.

     

     

     

     

    7. Lana Lawless


    Lana Lawless may have come out much earlier than 2005, but she decided to undergo gender reassignment surgery in 2005, and was the primary reason that the Ladies Golf Professional Association changed their rules. After she won the Long Drivers of America title in 2009, they edited their rules to say that you must be a female at birth in order to be eligible to compete – how rude! That wasn’t the last of it, though, as Lana also found it rude and sued the organization. Let’s not forget to mention that she won, and the LPGA had to take it out of their rulebook! You go girl.

    6. Kristen Worley


    Next on our list is Kristen Worley, a male to female transgender that ended up being the first post-op, openly transgender athlete at the 2008 Olympics. Her respective sport is women’s cycling, and she was allowed to compete as a woman, as she wished. Even though she wasn’t able to compete due to timing in the sport, she is an active advocate for those that are transgender athletes.

     

    5. Chloie Jonsson


    A personal trainer and CrossFit athlete by the name of Chloie Jonsonn actually ended up suing the brand that she loves so much. When she was told by the company that she wasn’t allowed to compete in the women’s fitness competition, she sued for around $2.5 million. The lawsuit is currently ongoing and the fate of Chloie’s fitness competition career is up in arms.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    4. Chris Mosier


    Formerly a female, assigned at birth, Chris Mosier ended up becoming the first transgender who was given the gender they wanted on an American team, rather than the one he was born as. Beyond this, he ended up nailing a spot on the USA’s team for sprint duathlon – the male division! A round of applause is in order for Mosier, another incredible athlete paving the way in the world of acceptance in athletics.

    3. Chloe Anderson

    Noted as a fantastic collegiate women’s volleyball player, she became the first athlete to be openly transgender at Santa Ana College. Unfortunately, because of the small young minds that roam colleges, she received quite a bit of negativity thrown in her face. Thankfully, she’s able to do what she loves and played on the women’s team.

     

     

    2. Matt Dawkins


    Born as Maya, she didn’t feel like she belonged in the world as a female. Because of this, she transitioned to Matt, a fantastic high-school athlete. Matt Dawkins goes to Cherokee High School in New Jersey, and is currently competing on the men’s track team, as he wishes.

     

    1. Jade Faletto


    Last on our list is jade falsetto, formerly known as a male at birth. After finding out who they truly were, the high-school cheerleader came out as their desired gender in 2014. Like many of the athletes on this list, Jade hopes to pave a bit of the way for future transgender athletes.

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    30 Scorching Hot Wives of Pro Athletes

    We aren’t saying that all these women are gold diggers, but hot women and rich athletes go hand in hand. It’s no surprise that some of the biggest athletes in the world are able to go home to a nice, beautiful woman, and a perfect life. Here are 31 of the hottest wives that are seen locking arms with professional athletes.

     

    1. Nastya Shubskaya

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    Her name may be quite a mouthful, but so is her future hubby’s resume! Currently, she is engaged to Alex Ovechkin, a player for the Washington Capitals. As for her career, she’s trying to rise to stardom on her own as an actress and model. Hailing from Russia, her name is just as beautiful as she.

     

     

    1. La La Anthony

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    A former successfully MTV VJ from back in the good ‘ole days of MTV, La La Vasquez is now La La Anthony – as she’s married to a supreme Knicks star, Carmelo Anthony. Of course, she’s a delightful host here and there, and has even starred her own reality television show, authored her own books, is a business woman, and even a producer. While she doesn’t need her husband for success, the two combined are a power couple.

     

    1. Gisele Bundchen

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    At one point, Gisele was one of the most notable models in the world. A Brazilian model that has graced many runways, she has also strutted her stuff down the aisle for her husband, Tom Brady, the infamous Patriot’s quarterback. The two also have beautiful children together and a home in Tom Brady’s team’s state.

     

     

     

     

     

    1. Brooklyn Decker Roddick

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    Next on our list is a model that has graced the cover of Sports Illustrated as a swimsuit model, as well as being married to the famous former professional tennis star, Andy Roddick.

     

     

     

    1. Yolanthe Sneijder-Cabau

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    This combination could set the world on fire – a Spanish-Dutch actress, Yolanthe is one of the most gorgeous women we’ve ever laid eyes on. Unfortunately, she’s off the market, as she’s married to the Dutch footballer that goes by the name of Wesley Sneijder.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    1. Vanessa Bryant

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    Kobe Bryant has been off the market for quite some time, as he and Vanessa have been together sine she was 17. While Jobe was 21, the two were consenting and are now happily married. Boasting a gorgeous smile, we can see why Kobe couldn’t resist putting a ring on it!

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    1. Kate Upton

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    Kate Upton’s curvy cover of Sports Illustrated rocked newsstands everywhere, and since catching the eye of Justin Verlander, a pitcher for the Detroit Tigers, they haven’t been able to keep their hands off of each other since. After five years, they got engaged in 2016, and were married just a few days ago after the 2017 World Series.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    1. Gabrielle Union

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    Whether you know her from playing the Clover’s Cheerleader Captain in Bring It On, you may also know her as being married to Dwayne Wade, a former gauge for the Miami Heat. Dwayne had a previous marriage, which they both have full custody of the two children conceived from said marriage.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    1. Carrie Underwood

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    While Carrie made a name for herself with her incredible talent and Southern Belle grace, she apparently caught the attention of Mike Fisher, a defenseman for the Nashville Predators. Now, the country music star and the star athlete are happily married and living a picture-perfect life.

     

     

     

     

    1. Brande Roderick

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    Even though this woman may be a bit too seasoned for some of today’s men oogling at this article, Brande Roderick is a former smoke show for Baywatch, and even was a Playboy Model. While she would have done just fine on her own, she also ended up marrying Glenn Cadrez, a linebacker for the Denver Broncos. Both have talent that ended up fusing together to create one power couple.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    1. Ayesha Curry

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    Next on our list is a beautiful woman that’s married to the point guard for the Golden State Warriors – you guessed it; Steph Curry! They actually met when the two were young and attending church together, and have been inseparable ever since. Sports, God, and beauty – oh my!

     

     

     

     

     

     

    1. Amanda McCarthy

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    Amanda McCarthy is quite the comedian on Twitter, and is well-known for it; however, she’s also known for being Brandon McCarthy’s Wife, an incredible pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

     

     

     

     

    1. Tiffany Hughley

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    A stunning woman with long-term commitment goals, her and Mario Manningham, a former wide receiver in the NFL, have been together since they were young in high-school. We love the high-school sweetheart story, and love that they were together for each other before the rise to fame.

     

     

     

     

    1. Hayden Panettiere

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    Hayden was already quite famous before meeting her now-beau, but we can’t help to note their power couple status. Even though she was just 20 at the time, you may not have known that she married Wladimir Klitschko in 2009! A former heavyweight champion in the world of boxing, we’re so happy that their young love worked out.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    1. Leila Lopes

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    We actually think that New York Giants’ Osi Umenyiora should be honored to being married to a former Miss Universe. Representing her country of Angola, Leila Lopes and Osi Umenyiora married in 2015. She also studied at the University of Suffolk, and is a TV host, model, and actress beyond being Miss Universe 2011. She’s beauty, she’s grace, and she’s everything we hope our future daughters aspire to be.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    1. Amy Young

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    Next on our list is a couple that has been together since elementary school. Yep, you read that right! Deron Williams, a point guard from the Dallas Mavericks, has been together with his current lady Amy Young, since they were in their glory juice box days. How cute!

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    1. Shakira

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    Shakira has quite the voice that doesn’t need a man, but she found love in Gerar Pique, a Spanish footballer who’s extremely lucky to be married to the famous singer-songwriter that has some of the most popular songs in the word – ever. Both have incredible resumes and their future children are going to inherit some incredible talents. Talk about set for life!

     

     

    1. Olivia Munn

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    Olivia had quite the career already, but she’s a notable comedian and actress – also a total babe. While not married, she has been dating a quarterback for the Green Bay packers!  Aaron Rodgers and Olivia Munn have been dating since 2014, and we’re quite jealous that he’s the lucky lad to snag her off the market!

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    1. Jessie James Decker

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    Jessica James Decker is not only gorgeous, but a wonderful singer in the country-pop genre. In fact, Eric Decker of the New York Jets thought so too, as he wifed her up rather quickly! She’s also been featured on reality television like Eric & Jessie, as well as Game On, and Redneck Island. Even though they just revealed the gender of their third child, she’s still actively releasing music this year!

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    1. Lisa Dergan Podsednik

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    Another Playboy model on this list with quite the looks, Lisa Dergan Podsednik ended up being the Playboy of the Month for July 1998. While those days are over, Scott Podsednik, a former MLB center fielder, held onto her like no other.

     

     

     

     

     

    1. Kendra Wilkinson

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    We all know Kendra from her Playboy glory days and her number of reality television shows she starred in during and after her reign in the late Hefner’s household. Currently, she is married to the Hank Baskett, a wide receiver for the Philadelphia Eagles.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    1. Lauren Tannehill

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    While Lauren doesn’t have reality television experience or anything of the sort, she’s a gorgeous woman with a decent social media following. Studying at Texas A&M University, she’s trying to make a name for herself, while being married to Ryan Tannehill of the Miami Dolphins. The two married in Mexico and have remained happy in love for the last 5 years.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    1. Gena Lee Nolin

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    You may have recognized this face from Baywatch also, and beyond have good looks and decent acting skills, she’s also married to Cale Hulse, a former defenseman in the NHL. While she doesn’t look a day over 36, this 45-year old has since retired from actively acting.

     

     

     

     

    1. Kerry Washington

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    With stunning brown eyes and pink plump lips, Kerry Washington is a star actress, and also married to a Pro bowl cornerback – former cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha captured her heart and the two wed in 2013.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    1. Lauren Rutledge

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    Lauren is a beautiful woman who caught the eye of infielder Josh Rutledge, a player for the Boston Red Sox. So how did they meet? Simple, she’s a notable report/host for ESPN and CNN, and was often since in the public eye in the world of sports. She’s also Miss Florida 2012!

     

     

     

     

     

     

    1. Brittany Langdon

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    Next on our list is the wife of Matt Barkley, a quarterback for the notorious Arizona Cardinals. Another cute and sappy high-school love story, these two have been together for quite some time and it doesn’t look like they’re stopping anytime soon!

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    1. Martina Colombari

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    Another stunning and exotic actress, Martina Colombari is married to Alessandro Costacurta, a former star for the A.C Milan. She’s starred in a number of Italian pictures, and even in the movie Paparazzi.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    1. Savannah James

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    You didn’t think we’d exclude LeBron James’ wife from this list, do you? A stunning figure, the two wed in 2013, and have been together ever since. She opted to take his last name, and it’s worth noting that they were high-school sweethearts, much like many of the couples on this list.

     

     

     

     

     

    1. Alicia Sacramone

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    An Olympic medalist, Alicia Sacramone found love in Brady Quinn, a former quarterback for the NFL. Both equally successful in their respective sports, the two are a power couple. We’re jealous of their future kids who will inherit enough genes to help them pass gym class.

     

     

     

    1. Lorena Bernal

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    A former Miss Spain, Lorena Bernal is a gorgeous Spanish-Argentine actress who found solace in Mikel Arteta, a former star in the world of soccer. She’s starred in a few television shows and movies, and is even a model and host.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    1. Daniella Rodriguez

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    Last on our list is a woman who’s newly engaged (as of last night!) to her fiancée Carlos Correa. After the Astros won their first ever title, Carlos got down on one knee and proposed in front of the entire world. We only thought it would be appropriate to include this, as it’s currently one of the most trending!

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    17 Athletes You Should Stay Clear from in Public

    Athletes are human beings, just like the rest of us, and some may not be able to handle the spotlight, despite years in the industry. Before you jump and ask for a picture with so and so, you’ll probably want to think if they were a part of this list – athletes you should avoid approaching in public. Many of these athletes are ones who have had public issues of letting down their fans, or they’re known for wanting to keep their fans at a decent arm’s length away (probably the arm span of a really tall basketball player, if we were to guess).

     

    Even highly-praised and experienced athletes like Tom Brady want to keep the fans at a minimum, which is respectable, but at the same time, it lets many of them down. Whether they keep fans away by charging an arm and a leg for an autograph, or they just scrutinize said fan, you’ll want to stay clear. If you do end up approaching any of these athletes, don’t say we didn’t warn ya! Never meet the heroes you admire, you may be let down immensely.

     

    1. CM Punk

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    Is it really any surprise that CM Punk shouldn’t be approached in public? It’s not for his profession; however, his touch and go gimmick may have gotten him into too high of water for one father-son duo. When eating once in a restaurant, a father and son approached CM Punk and asked for his autograph. Upon asking, they were ignored, only to ask again. CM Punk then flipped out on the two and they left the establishment immediately. We aren’t sure if it was just a gimmick, but we know that popular dudes like Ric Flair still would have made the time to make a little kid’s day. Good Job, CM.

     

    1. Tiger Woods

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    Tiger Woods seems to always make some sort of negative list with us, but the man doesn’t have that great of a rep. From crashing cars or cheating on his wife, it’s no surprise that he’s not the best to fans, either. There have been numerous fan accounts that state Tiger’s willingness to ignore fans so easily, especially when they ask for an autograph. In fact, at the 2014 World Golf Championships, Tigre accidentally hit a fan in the head with the golf ball, and looked rather annoyed and “couldn’t be bothered” when signing something for the fan to take home. The worst part? The fan came all the way from his homeland of Germany to see this guy play.

     

    1. Barry Bonds

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    Even an athlete couldn’t get a picture with this guy. An outfielder by the name of Joc Peterson once recalled an experience he had when trying to meet Barry Bonds. He told Fox Sports, “I went up to him and said, ‘Hey, man, you’re my favorite player, can we get a picture.’ He kind of just turned his back on me and looked, and, I don’t know, he big-leagued me. … I was flustered, I don’t know how I played that day cause I was a mental head case.” How tragic would it be to already be successful in your sport, and you wanted to thank one of your idols, only for them to turn their back on you? I wouldn’t take that so well – imagine how he acts towards non-athlete fans in public!

     

    1. Floyd Mayweather

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    Is it really a surprise that Floyd Mayweather is up here? I mean, he isn’t the nicest to women he dates, let alone fans. In fact, he’s quite notorious for ignoring his fans, and he doesn’t tend to do anything unless money is discussed beforehand. Fans tend to have to pile together money to even get the man to glance in their direction. With that being said, the athlete almost got into a fight with a fan when on vacation once. Even though he had his entourage surrounding him to protect, a fan was still able to get near enough to ask for a photo. Even though his posse didn’t try keeping the fan away, Mayweather took it out on the fan instead, and threatened to beat him up. Mayweather may want people to notice him, but he’s driving most of them away!

     

    1. Jordan Spieth

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    Jordan Spieth is known for not wanting to give their autograph at golfing events – kid or not. He’s suspicious of those who sell them online, which I guess is an okay and justifiable reason to say no, but pushing away your fans physically an being downright rude is unacceptable. He’s also not afraid to use any sort of profanity around your children. While they’ll hear it eventually, those with more Christian-like ears may want to keep their kids away from this golfer. He’s also called kids “scum” in types of interviews conducted. We aren’t sure if he was just having a bad day, but come on, man!

     

    1. Cam Newton

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    Ahh, good ‘ole Cam Newton. A contender on many of our lists. One of the biggest names in Carolina Panthers history, it may make sense to some as to why he doesn’t sign autographs often. Even though he is a household name, he’s probably still not used to being bombarded by a wave of fans.  It’s worth mentioning that one event in 2012 lead Newton to drive up the price of his John Hancock to the hundreds, depending on what the fan brought. As far as we know, it was a $125 minimum! Although, he ended up receiving great press from giving a wheelchair-bound child a pair of signed cleats post-practice. Maybe he’s just like any one of us – needing to be caught on a decent day.

     

    1. Diego Maradona

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    Even though he’s one of the most talented soccer players in the world, especially in his time, he may have grown a bit too cocky since landing that title. It’s worth mentioning that he has won two World Cups for Argentina, and of course, he has a ton of fans around the globe. Even though his life has been filled with much success, his life has also been filled with a ton of drama and controversy. The aforementioned came to light during the 1994 World Cup. He was on a bit of drugs, and failed a drug test during said tournament. He ended up getting violent and even running a cameraman over! Maybe he’s changed since then, but we aren’t so sure we’d want his autograph now.

     

    1. Joey Barton

    You may not know of Joey Barton, and that could be exceptionally good. Even though he’s played for big name teams like Manchester City, Marseille, and Newcastle United, he’s always had trouble trailing behind him. In fact, there was an incident where he had actually beaten up his teammate, Ousmane Dabo. This was done during a training session, and he didn’t stop there. Barton put out a lit cigar on another teammate – and you won’t believe where! He pushed the lit cigar into his teammates eye, and he was even banned from entering the US at one point because of his criminal history. While there are an abundance of fights or instances that he’s instigated, we don’t think that you should approach this man in public any time soon. He’s even been found guilty of betting on soccer matches, which gets you banned from playing in England! As you can imagine, he is banned from playing there.

    Joey Barton also has a lengthy criminal history, and was seen punching a dude more than 15 times while visiting a McDonald’s. He seemed to be on a tangent that night, as he also ripped out the raio of an innocent cab when the cab driver refused to pull into said McDonald’s. Damn, dude, you’re supposed to eat a Snickers when you’re not you, not a McDouble! He’s even went off on Twitter users, and eventually apologized for making offensive comments, but we know it wasn’t that out of line for his character – was he really sorry? Probably not.

     

    1. Metta World Peace

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    Also known as Ron Artest, he once beat up a “fan” who is now his “friend” in public. Just because he’s friends with him now, though, doesn’t mean you should approach him at any time. The victim goes by the name of Ben Wallace, and he attacked him for a number of rumored reasons. After the attack, the athlete had to give up $5 million in salary, and he was suspended for more than 85 games that season. Another fan accused the player of assaulting her in 2007, claiming that Metta World Peace wouldn’t allow her to call 911. Just last year, he was in a documentary that outlined the various health conditions he has been facing, and is trying to get in the world’s good graces by hopping on the PETA bandwagon. Of course, it’s best to keep your distance at all costs, though! We don’t know when he’s going to blow.

     

    1. Jose Conseco

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    There are fans that will willingly avoid this man, and those who don’t simply care, but Jose Conseco is definitely on our list of “who to avoid in public”. A top Major League Baseball home run hitter during his entire career, he ended up becoming a target for abuse – especially from fans. During one of his more notable road trips, he came into contact with a Yankees fan, and told him that he would promptly “bash his head in”. Of course, the fan wasn’t so innocent either, jeering him on from the stadium’s stands. This wasn’t the only incident that Jose Conseco found himself in the midst of, as he segregated reports, and even went off on a fan that apparently “heckled” him during signing an autograph. Although during this same incident, refused to take a photo and stated, “I’m going to sign these, and then we’re done!”

     

    1. Tie Domi

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    You probably already know his name and probably already know that you hate him. In fact, he was hated by even his teammates during his NHL career. Always ready to fight at the drop of a hat, one of his most famous altercations came from a 2011 incident. While playing against the Philadelphia Flyers, there were fans that pelted him with objects. Instead of moving, he turned around and squirted them with water. Then, an intoxicated and clumsy fan ran towards the box he was sitting in and fell. From there, Domi decided to take it upon himself and began punching him. While the water part may be justified, this next incident wasn’t. Even though he grew up a bit, 11 years later, he found himself at the heart of another controversy where he stole a video camera from a team’s coach during a tournament. Domi thought the coach Adam Andersson was doing something illegal, but of course, wasn’t, and was filming the practice for Canada’s training season. Thankfully, the camera was returned at a later time, but looking like a God-tier douche wasn’t the best look for him.

     

    1. Tom Brady

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    You didn’t think we’d end this list without an infamous Patriot’s player, did you? The five-time Super Bowl Champion sure has had his fair share of un-pleasantries with his fans. Noted as the greatest quarterback in the history of the NFL, he has numerous records broken under his belt and is swimming in cash. Although he has done several shows where he autographs items for fans, it does cost QUITE the pretty penny. In fact, it was noted that during a 2015 signing, he tried charging $650 per card or photo signed, and then a personalization was an extra $300 the fan had to fork. Kind of disgusting, right? What’s even worse is that you couldn’t exceed 20 characters! Hope you don’t have a long name. If you try to send an item to Brady to sign through the Patriot’s fan address, you’ll receive a letter back stating why he wouldn’t or couldn’t sign it. If you’re a fan, you might want to avoid going up to him in person or else he may charge you mad cash on the spot!

     

    1. Michael Jordan

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    Of course, Michael Jordan has had his fair share of slip-ups when it comes to fan interactions. Since he was one of the biggest athletes on Earth during his prime, and is still a household name, most people thought the word “wrong” could never be anywhere near him. He even played baseball for a couple of years, but then moved onto a gambling addiction and getting a woman pregnant with no mention of child support in sight. Kind of crappy, eh? It’s worth mentioning that he doesn’t treat all fans with respect, either, as he has an ego the size of Texas. Whenever someone asks for a photo or signature, he blows them off. He even blew off rapper Chamillionaire and told him he had to pay $15,000 if he wanted a photo! Incredible. That’s not all, though, as he’s been noted to be disrespectful towards those in establishments. He once was asked to put out his cigar, as people weren’t allowed to smoke in that establishment, and he asked, “do you know who I am?” and gave an attitude, yet HE was a guest in said facility.

     

    1. Albert Belle

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    You may not have heard of this athlete, but he was quite successful under the Cleveland Indian’s umbrella in the 90’s. He wasn’t the nicest to the media or the fans, and he was even caught using a cork bat during a game once. He forced another teammate to grab the bat by climbing through the ceiling, as well. Oh, and let’s not forget to mention his heated streak where he smashed a club’s thermostat because it was turned up to over 60 degrees – SO hot, right? No, Albert. You just may be a bit too cold for this world. Oh, and his fans? He once threw a baseball at one that was sitting in the stands of the Cleveland Stadium. While he never apologized for hitting the fan, he went berserk by the end of his career, as noted by the media and his former teammates.

     

    1. Mauro Icardi

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    Next on our list is someone who went so far as to threaten to kill one of his fans. The Argentinian soccer player is that special. A striker for the team Inter Milan, he was a Italy’s rising soccer star who quickly had a decline due to his personality and interactions with other people. He was made captain at quite a young age, which gave him enough of an ego boost to make him believe he was better than everyone else. Being the head of the team at 22, he had many fans. He ended up getting into an altercation with a young group of fans for their team, and threatened to kill the group via “criminals he grew up with”. It’s worth mentioning that he’s not great to his teammates, either, as he slept with one of their wives and began a new relationship with that woman. He is now a step-father to that teammates children. How rude!

     

    1. Marcus Smart

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    Marcus Smart is known for an altercation he had with a fan during an Oklahoma State University game. While it didn’t look good for him, it surely didn’t look good for the University. During this game, they played against Texas Tech, and he was seen altercating with a fan in quite the heated manner. He ended up shoving the fan, and was immediately ejected from the game because his anger was out of control. After he was suspended, he released a statement boasting how sorry he was, and that it wasn’t like him. While he did take full responsibility, we’re hoping he’s matured since his wild college days. We’d like to note that he’s making progress, as now he’s been on the Boston Celtic’s roster, there have been no issues with him mistreating fans or teammates. Maybe you can approach him – just with caution.

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    23 Crazy Sports Announcer Fails

     

    1. Rex Hudler Didn’t Even Know What the Moon Was

    We aren’t totally kidding; in fact, during a 2014 game between the Colorado Rockies and the Kansas City Royals, Ryan Lefebvre mentioned that there was currently a full moon going on. After, Rex Hudler made some sort of glance and then stated, “it’s a beautiful planet.” Huh – beautiful, yes. Planet? No! There was a bit of silence after such a dumbfounded statement, and then Ryan said, “well, it’s a moon.” Good thing he didn’t go into teaching, huh? Of course, the other commentators were ridiculing him, and rightfully so. It’s all in good fun anyway.

     

    1. Don Taylor Boasted About Vesa Toskala’s “Stick” Size

    Yes, we’re talking about that stick. During a game in 2008, announcer Don Taylor had the weirdest slip of all time; Freudian, if you will. When Vesa Toskala of the Toronto Maple Leafs performed an incredible save, Taylor spouted, “Toskala, with the ENORMOUS…dick s…uh, glove save.” While it’s fantastic on a couple of levels, we’ll tell you why. Firstly, if the glove save was the topic of discussion, why was penis on Don Taylor’s brain. We think that it was truly too funny that he paused before saying, “dick”, as if he had to think about it.

     

    1. Danyelle Doesn’t Play by the Producer’s Book

    Quite a few sports casters and announcers have slipped up and swore on live television, but we found this one to be too funny. Danyelle Sargent made an oopsie back in 2006 (and early time for F bombs), when ESPNews was unable to properly cut to a segment and there were some technical difficulties to follow. After a moment, she thought her mic had been cut, but then proceeded to say, “what the fu*k was that?” Clearly, everyone heard, and her contract was never renewed.

     

    1. Bob Griese Loves Tacos Just as Much as Us Normal Folk

    This next one may be triggering, and rightfully so. Back in 2009, during a break of the Minnesota versus Ohio State game, someone had brought up the subject of NASCAR. Chris Spielman asked “where’s Juan Pablo Montoya?” on air, since there were five “top” drivers listed, and then Griese blurted out, “He’s out having a taco!” Yes, a racist comment made by a well-off white man. How rare. Bob Griese eventually apologized, and was actually suspended for a game.

     

    1. Christine Nubla and Her Inability to Pronounce Suggestive Phrases

    Okay, I get it – we’ve all done it; we’ve accidentally said “orgasm” instead of “organism” in our 10th grade biology class. Just me? Well, okay, but at least I didn’t do it live like Christine Nubla! While commentating for the Los Angeles Clippers in 2007, she was speaking of their game against the Portland Trail Blazers. While she was trying to describe a defense move against “dribble penetration”, she ended up saying what was on her mind – and in the gutter; “double penetration”. We don’t think you need a description of that phrase, but yeah.

     

    1. Cris Collinsworth Apparently Likes Dudes Coming in His Face

    Color commentator Cris Collinsworth (that’s a mouthful alone!) was speaking about a game between the Seattle Seahawks and the Washington Redskins when the topic of quarterback pressure came up. Of course, he had no issue with saying what was on his dirty mind, “Quarterbacks, they understand that they may end up getting hit coming around the edge, but when that guy’s coming right in their face, that’s a whole different story for the quarterback.” Well, okay.

     

    1. Mike Ditka and His Mindless Gestures

    While this one may not have totally been intentional, Mike Ditka is the face behind this next action. A former coach, and broadcaster for the Chicago Bears, Mike Ditka does whatever he pleases, and he pretty much hates public decorum of any kind. During a 2007 broadcast, he did something that grabbed the attention of thousands (possibly millions) of people around the country. He apparently didn’t know that the cameras had cut back to him and the other commentators when he was seen fully readjusting himself and having a field day with it!

     

    1. Andy Brickley Talks About “Sex” Between Datsyuk and Zetterberg

    Another one of those tricky phrases, eh? Maybe they’re just speaking what their mind is thinking. In this case, color commentator Andy Brickley had a few choice words to say about Datsyuk and Zetterberg during a game against the Phoenix Coyotes in 2010. He tried to state that the two had “tremendous success”, but found himself saying “sex” instead of success. How do you perform tremendous sex against an enemy? Well, that’s a bit rhetorical, anyway…

     

    1. More Awkward Than Britney’s Meltdown?

    Dead space can be tricky to fill, especially if there hasn’t been anything exciting going on. Mike Patrick was victim to one of these moments, when he tried to fill some dead space while commenting on the Alabama versus Georgia game in 2007. He announced that he had something important to ask and said, “What is Britney Spears doing with her life?” his partner looked weird, and asked the hard-hitting question: “Why do we care? Is she here?” The cringe is real.

     

    1. Fred Funk’s Name is too Funky to Pronounce

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    It can be tough to speak live on air, as so many of these commentators know, but Fred Funk’s name has been subject to almost (and full=on) expletive due to his last name sounding a lot like, “f*ck”. While we have no video clip to show you, keep an ear out when watching the announcements for this athlete. As for future sportscasters, Make sure to always keep an eye (or an ear) on your surroundings and especially your script.

     

    1. Keith Hernandez Showed His Sexist Side

    Ahh, good old Keith Hernandez and one of the most sexist comments you could make. About 11 years ago during a San Diego Padres and New York Mets game, Hernandez randomly spotted a massage therapist in the dugout helping the team. She went by the name of Kelly Calabrese, and high-fiving one of the catchers after a home run was scored. We’re not sure why Keith decided to take it upon himself and be a donkey’s butt, but he boasted that only employees are allowed in the dugout. When a retort was made stating that she was an employee, he came back even fierier with, “I won’t say that women belong in the kitchen, but they don’t belong in the dugout”. While he eventually apologized, and he delivered a cringe-worthy one at that, he wasn’t reprimanded as much as he should have been; however, he has definitely been mocked since.

     

    1. Even Famous Broadcasters Have Ill Judgement

    This one is an oldie, but a goodie (not because of what he said, but that he was scrutinized and later resigned). Back in 1973, during an NFL game, Joe Washington had a 97-yar touchdown return. For some reason, Howard Cosell, one of the most well-known broadcasters in history, retorted with, “look at the little monkey run!” While no one “cared” at the time, it wasn’t the last time he used such a racist phrase. In fact, during a 1982 game he was commenting on, he used the “monkey” term again, except this time for wide receiver Alvin Garett. He stated, “that little monkey gets loose, doesn’t he?” This time, his comments weren’t easily swept under the doormat. There was quite the outrage over his commentary and he eventually resigned after that season.

     

    1. Oh, Rush Limbaugh and His Racist Antics

    Next on our list is a bit of racism from someone who is well-known in the world of politics. In 2003, ESPN decided to hire Rush Limbaugh, despite having quite the controversial set of opinions, and made him a “talking head” for football. You may be thinking to yourself, “oh, that’s the greatest idea ever!” Not. He only lasted a month and a half before spewing something racist, stating that the media was “wanting a black quarterback to succeed”. After the outrage, he resigned.

     

    1. Lou Holtz and His Hard Wood

    For those that follow football closely, especially Notre Dame sports, you may know Lou Holtz as a former coach. He’s even a notable person in the College Football Hall of Game. While he’s a fantastic coach, he’s not fantastic at everything. During a broadcast in 2007 for a Pittsburgh versus Navy game, he thought that spewing the “meaning” of his name (hard wood) would be of any use for commentary.

     

    1. Kelly Tilghman and her Clear Racism

    Come on, Kelly – woman already have enough of a hard time making it as sports commentators because people don’t take them seriously, and here you are, screwing up everything. Apparently, Kelly Tilghman thought that her joking about lynching would be of any use, let alone rid of backlash. Thankfully, she was scrutinized about her comments towards the only black male in the sport that they were casting for. Her exact words? “….lynch him in the back alley.”

     

    1. Steve Lyons’ Series of Career Fails

    Image result for steve psycho lyonsFor Steve “Psycho” Lyons, this one comment wasn’t the only fail we saw come out of him during his career. He definitely lives up to his nickname, though. He’s not only been racist, but he also decided to insert rough commentary and was eventually fired. Not only did he joke that an Italian-American teammate must have mafia connections, he’s also bullied a blind fan, and then made a racist comment towards Lou Piniella, saying that he was “hablaing Espaol”. Why did he say this? Because he said a few words in Spanish, of course. We don’t understand how, but he somehow managed to get a job as a studio analyst for none other than the NE Sports Network.

     

    1. Majerus Wasn’t Malicious – An Unfortunate Commentary

    Rick Majerus may seem a little off sometimes, but what he said wasn’t nearly as malicious as the rest on this list, nor do we think it was intended as such. In this sense, it was more funny than anything. He was on the subject of basketball during a segment, when a player by the name of Rudy Gay was inserted into the mix. Before actually thinking, Marjerus said, “I’m not a big Gay guy.” The rest is history, as Marjerus was quite oblivious to what he had said. At least his mind isn’t in the gutter like ours!

     

    1. When a Professional Doesn’t Know What a Touchdown Is

    We understand that being filmed whether live or not, isn’t the easiest thing in the world, and we all have little blunders as we’re human. In this next fail, Mike Morgan completely forgot what the heck a touchdown was during a segment on a 2011 Bethune-Cookman game. Instead of calling out that there was a touchdown made, Mike said the phrase, “and…incomplete and intercepted!” Even though he’s a seasoned pro, he said the complete opposite of what happened.

     

    1. Musburger Suffered from Mush Brain

    There are only a couple of casters on this list that have been in the game for decades, and even those people (including Brent Musburger) fail sometimes. During a 2013 game between Notre Dame and Alabama, he unfortunately had a huge blunder. We don’t want to chalk it up to old age, but our boy Brent isn’t as on point as he used to be. He ended up making a comment about how gorgeous AJ McCarron’s significant other was – a.k.a Former Miss Alabama, Katherine Webb. Totally awkward.

     

    1. Steve Levy Surely Knows What a Disk is!

    Our next fail comes from Steve Levy, a seasoned veteran for ESPN. Of course, we’ve all had reading mistakes, and sometimes our words don’t come out as we see them. For this next one, the teleprompter was the culprit. Whoever typed in “disk” ended up forgetting the “s”, and Steve suffered the backlash. Instead of figuring it out, he ended up saying that the player was “out with a bulging dick”. Hmm – some of us wish we could take time off for that! They tried to compose themselves after Levy boasted the players “injury”, but he apologized multiple times and made it clear that the injuries sustained were not funny in the slightest.

     

    1. Corso Thought His Mike Was Cut

    Lee Corso should have known better – you never say something that could offend, even when you think your mic is cut off! Hasn’t he seen any comedy movie? While he’s typically known for his comical corniness, and mostly a disposition that one would call “sunny”, Corso is the exact opposite when the “cameras aren’t on”. He ended up dropping the “F” bomb quite a few times, and the Hulk never was suspended, although he did apologize.

     

    1. Kinchen’s Blunder was Painfully Obvious

    Even Brian Kinchen saw the fault in his own phrase. When Iowa and Illinois played against each other in 2006, Kinchen decided to state how important it is to make sure you catch the ball with your hands. While it was funnier on air and in the heat of the moment, we think you could still see the humor that surrounded this comment. He even agreed that it wasn’t the best wording! Beyond this, he went even further to say that the ball should be caressed and that you have to be tender.

     

    1. The Best Blunder of them All

    You’re definitely going to want to see this cringefest. While there are a ton of great clips from this TV sports segment (for a college sport, nonetheless), Brian Collins had to fill in quickly. His normal position is typically behind the camera, he ended up apologizing (via mouthing) to someone behind said camera. We’ll let the video speak for itself!

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