The 50 Funniest Faces in Sports

Zack Pumerantz@z_pumerantzAnalyst IIIJanuary 3, 2012

The 50 Funniest Faces in Sports

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    Amidst the breathtaking athleticism and inspirational determination featured in the sports world is an endless array of humorous moments.

    Sometimes entertaining, other times baffling, these instances subtly shadow the iconic realm of sports.

    Saliva airborne, smiles far from intact and anxiety at full force, these emotional occurrences continue to excite eager sports fans.

    Here are the 50 funniest facial expressions in sports.


50. Say Cheese

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    Uncertain whether to be excited or petrified, the impending victim seems destined for a nightmare.

49. Relieving the Pain

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    Don't push too hard.

48. Yearning for the Spotlight

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    Despite being notorious for his controversial reactions, Andy Roddick still manages to surprise us with yet another arrogant response.

47. David vs. Goliath

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    Yao Ming's face may be synonymous with disturbing and baffling, but his opponent has intrigued fans with his own unique way of defending a 7'6" mammoth.

46. Shaq Attack

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    As if his 7'1" frame wasn't intimidating enough, Shaquille O'Neal's facial expressions reek of a fearless nature.

45. There's Waldo

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    As we give one shout out to a bewildered fan, we'll wish we hadn't.

44. Tongue Twister

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    This kick to the head may actually tighten several screws.

43. Diaper Dandy

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    As this diver immediately regrets signing up for the Olympics, he remembers feeling the same way after stepping on a roller coaster.

42. Switching the Call

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    This referee seems to be thinking twice about his career choice.

41. Barking Up the Wrong Tree

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    This may be the patented face of the annoying yet legendary Charles Barkley, but it still makes us cringe.

40. Reaching Stardom

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    We'll have what he's having.

39. Picture Perfect

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    He may not be a ferocious superstar, but Drew Gooden always makes it look good.

38. Icing on the Cake

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    Competitive dancing never ceases to engage the camera.

37. Head Hunting

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    Searching for his next victim.

36. Dilated Pupils

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    Brian McCann always keeps his eyes on the ball.

35. Invincible

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    Consistently passionate.

34. Facing the Crowd

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    Jeremy Roenick was always one with the glass.

33. A Game of Inches

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    At least he won't need to kick himself afterward.

32. Sphere of Hope

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    Giving a tennis ball the curious eye might actually work.

31. Eye of the Tiger

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    Whatever look he intended failed mightily.

30. Shockingly Loyal

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    Second baseman Rickie Weeks sacrificed more than an at-bat.

29. Target Practice

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    With so much energy exerted on every return, she can't possibly focus on the cameras.

28. Disguising His Excitement

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    Jay Cutler may look like this on a routine basis, but not usually when his Bears score a touchdown.

27. Tough as Nails

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    The bottoms of football piles have been known to get a bit feisty.

26. The Crying Game

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    English footballer Phil Jones exudes inspirational leadership.

25. Defining a Career

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    Just in case you needed any other reason to despise former N.C. State star quarterback Philip Rivers.

24. Up Close and Personal

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    Robinho never shies from the spotlight.

23. A Promising Future

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    While he did have a phenomenal 2011 in winning three majors, Novak Djokovic seems a bit too happy with hitting this ball.

22. Hidden Feelings

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    Peter Crouch is seemingly jealous of Cristiano Ronaldo's endless list of conquests.

21. Passing the Time

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    This game was clearly lacking in excitement.

20. Making a Memory

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    This performance puts DeSean Jackson's celebrations to shame.

19. Phenomenon

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    Perhaps making faces at the ball can hinder its intended path.

18. Fearless Dedication

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    Shoulder shrugging and baffling looks aside, Eli Manning always makes us simultaneously happy and sympathetic.

17. The Key Ingredient

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    As focused divers continue to flood this list, it becomes clear that humor is the key to swimming prowess.

16. Relentless Determination

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    As he attempts a stare-down with the tennis ball, it becomes obvious that his career is dwindling.

15. Caught in the Moment

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    As his team passionately backs him up, he leads his troops to battle.

14. Caught Between a Rock and a Hard Place

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    Channing Frye doesn't seem comfortable, either with the gargantuan defender clinging on to him or with the two interfering fingers up his nose.

13. Earning Respect

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    Perhaps a ping-pong ball can be intimidated.

12. A Pipe Dream

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    Tyler Hansbrough attempts to be inspirational.

11. Throwing Gas

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    His flatulence seemingly increases with every curveball.

10. Unable to Focus

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9. The Art of Determination

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    He earned more points for visuals than for form.

8. A Second Childhood

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    Once known for their acting with regard to flops, soccer players continue to teach fans about their whining prowess.

7. Intimidation at Its Finest

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    Whether he's worried or overly confident is insignificant, considering that his opponents have likely left the track long before the start of the race.

6. Fading Away

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    As she falls towards a soft rectangle of foam, her life flashes before her eyes.

5. Breakfast of Champions

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    His determination is quite apparent.

4. Vying for the Top Spot

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    Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar had the numbing determination to become arguably the best ever.

3. Powerful Domination

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    This intimidation would reign supreme on the gridiron.

2. Jumping for Joy

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    Diving has yet to seem like a fun activity.

1. An Adaptation

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    Either the wind was treacherous that day, or Marcos Baghdatis morphs into an extraterrestrial being in between matches.