10 Most Bizarre Bloopers in Super Bowl History
There's a lot to be said for the game-changing plays that take place during the Super Bowl. Taking charge of both the game and their destiny, these moments and the players responsible for them are seared into our collective memories.
Conversely, what about the less-than-important bloopers surrounding the big game? The wacky errors, goofy press conference one-moments, and the bizarre moments that comes with the big stage deserve more recognition for their place in the history of the game.
Going from a criteria involving comedy factor, uniqueness, probability and some other factors that seemed right at the time, the list has been whittled down.
Here are the 10 most bizarre blooper moments in Super Bowl history.
Leaving It All on the Field
A streaker on the field? Not if New England Patriots linebacker Matt Chatham had anything to say about it.
With Chatham lowering a carefully placed shoulder, streaker Mark Roberts did not have a chance. Knocked to the ground, he was quickly apprehended by police and game security.
Touchdown to Touchback
Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Leon Lett may have been sure he had a fumble recovery touchdown during Super Bowl XXVII, and with that confidence he began to carry the ball loosely as he approached the goal line.
What he couldn't have (but should have) expected was a charging Don Beebe, who knocked the ball out of Lett's hands and out of the end zone for a touchback.
The outcome of the game was long decided, but it was a off moment for a Cowboys team that had been firing on all cylinders throughout their 52-17 win.
Christina Aguilera upped the ante when performing the Star-Spangled Banner before Super Bowl XLV.
Lost about halfway through the song, she evidently rewrote portions of the song...as she was singing it (the gaffe happens at around the :50 mark in the video).
Needless to say, the slightly altered version did not go over well with viewing audiences, ensuring that Francis Scott Key would not need to share the credit for writing the song.
Where Did I Put That Thing?
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Buffalo Bills running back Thurman Thomas may have had the worst possible start to a Super Bowl ever. He was forced out of the first two plays of Super Bowl XXVI after forgetting where he placed his helmet.
Unfortunately, the error was only the beginning of his troubles. He would end the day with 13 yards, and the Bills would lose to the Washington Redskins 37-24.
From Bad to Worse
With the Miami Dolphins leading 14-0 in Super Bowl VII en route to a perfect season, it would have been a good idea for kicker Garo Yepremian to fall on the ball after his field-goal attempt was blocked by the Washington Redskins.
Instead, Yepremian tried to take the recovered ball and throw a pass. Floating a loose pass only feet from him, the ball was intercepted and returned for a touchdown.
After the game, he joked that "This is the first time the goat of the game is in the winner's locker room."
"Gonna Have You Naked by the End of This Song"
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The most famous nipple in Super Bowl history comes into this video at about 1:20.
While it may have made for interesting television, it did lead to major fines and a major reduction in the number of youth-friendly Super Bowl halftime acts.
(EDITOR'S NOTE: For the reasons just mentioned, the video was replaced by the censored photo)
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Vice President Joe Biden raised some ire this past week when he, while in San Francisco, tried to fire up the crowd by telling them that the Giants were going on to the Super Bowl. Needless to say, it did not go over very well.
Unfortunately, it appears that the VP had confused the San Francisco Giants, the baseball team, and the New York Giants, the football team that beat the San Francisco 49ers in order to advance to the Super Bowl.
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Coach Don Shula may have had a perfect record leading the Miami Dolphins through 1972 season, but that record continued even after the final whistle at the end of Super Bowl VII.
With somebody attempting to steal his watch off his wrist as he was being carried off the field, Shula had his players put him down, where he caught up to the thief and got his watch back.
Unfortunately, the robber found out the hard way the difficulty in breaking a perfect streak of victories.
Down the Wrong Line
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Cincinnati Bengals fullback Stanley Wilson ended his career in the worst way imaginable, as he faced a relapse of his cocaine addiction on the night before Super Bowl XXIII.
Telling his teammates he needed to grab his playbook, Wilson was found by one of the team's coaches in the middle of a cocaine high.
He was left off the game-day roster, and the Bengals would fall to the San Francisco 49ers 20-16. Since the relapse was his third violation of the league's drug policy, he was banned from the league for life.
The relapse was especially painful, given that up until then Wilson had done three drug tests a week, and had been a major factor in the team's divisional round win weeks earlier (he had two touchdowns).
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Few putdowns have been better than what Dallas Cowboys linebacker Thomas "Hollywood" Henderson said about Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Terry Bradshaw before Super Bowl XIII.
"He couldn't spell cat if you spotted him the C and the A," Henderson said.
He would later apologize, but the damage was done. The Steelers would win 35-31.