Sports are supposed to be serious, right? But sometimes, the best moments in sports are the ones that are a little bit ridiculous. Here are five of the most epic sports shenanigans of all time:
1. The time a baseball player got hit in the face with a ball
In 2015, New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard was hit in the face with a line drive by Milwaukee Brewers batter Carlos Gomez. The ball hit Syndergaard square in the jaw, and he immediately fell to the ground. The image of Syndergaard lying on the ground, blood dripping from his face, quickly went viral.
2. The time a football player tripped over his own feet and fell down
In 2012, during a game between the New England Patriots and the New York Jets, Patriots running back Stevan Ridley tripped over his own feet and fell down while running the ball. The fumble was recovered by the Jets, and they went on to win the game.
3. The time a basketball player missed a free throw that would have won the game
In 2011, during a game between the Miami Heat and the Dallas Mavericks, Heat guard Dwyane Wade missed a free throw that would have won the game. The Mavericks went on to win in overtime.
4. The time a soccer player got tackled and fell into a mud puddle
In 2014, during a game between the Netherlands and Spain, Dutch defender Daley Blind got tackled and fell into a mud puddle. The image of Blind covered in mud quickly went viral.
5. The time a hockey player got hit in the face with a puck
In 2011, during a game between the New York Rangers and the Philadelphia Flyers, Rangers forward Ryan Callahan got hit in the face with a puck. The puck broke Callahan’s nose, and he had to be taken to the hospital.
These are just five of the many epic sports shenanigans that have happened over the years. These moments are a reminder that sports are supposed to be fun, and that sometimes, the best moments are the ones that are a little bit ridiculous.