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50 Most Painful Pictures in Sports

Zack PumerantzAnalyst IIIJanuary 15, 2017

50 Most Painful Pictures in Sports

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    Dripping, numb, confident...the results of a successful athletic performance.

    But not everyone can reign supreme in sports. Determination and fearlessness can often lead to aesthetically displeasing injuries, cringing sights to say the least.

    Whether a limb was stretched beyond its limits, or a look insinuated immense pain, these athletes got caught in memorable, yet painful moments they'd likely want to forget.

    Let's take a look at the most painful shots in sports, from true injuries to agonizing photos.

    No guts, no glory.

50. Hands Held High

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    Their first date didn't quite go as planned.


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49. Back to the Drawing Board

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    Chalk this one up as a loss.


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48. NFL Perm

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    Troy Polamalu knows this feeling all too well.


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47. A Memorable Foul Bat

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    As everyone runs for cover, one little girl fearlessly hopes to make the catch.


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46. Nosey Defender

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    Years of training led to this moment.


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45. Accident Waiting to Happen

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    Should've gone to the bathroom before the second half.


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44. Proper Mechanics

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43. Nature Calls

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    The kick that turned him into a rabbit.


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42. The Ultimate Sun Protection

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    So apparently golf is a contact sport, at least when you have to fetch the ball in treacherous territory.


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41. A Game of Inches

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    There's a reason he's not on the field.


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40. Cheated by the System

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    He must've forgotten to hurdle.


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39. Thoroughly Conquered

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    Hopefully he wasn't planning on kids.


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38. Extreme Off-Roading

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    He was a lefty anyway.


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37. An Eye for Talent

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    At least he's got another one.


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36. Hanging with Floyd Mayweather Jr.

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    He's 42-0. That's gotta hurt.


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35. Evacuation Complete

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    Shadows and dust, Maximus.


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34. The Tables Have Turned

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    We can almost hear the cracking.


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33. Happy Days

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    Not really sure what's happening, but it's clear something was hilarious.


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32. A Nose for the Ball

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    The force of impact is strong, young Jedi.


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31. An Obnoxious Decision

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    Oh yes, this was painful...and not just for Cleveland fans.


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30. Fighting for Yardage

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    If that catch was fewer than 100 yards, it wasn't worth it.


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29. Heat of the Moment

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    If Gus Frerotte was any indication, celebrations need to be kept to a minimum.


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28. Balancing the Hurt

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    Such exposure, so little time.


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27. Bulls to the Wall

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    Bullfighting continues to look like mass suicide. It doesn't make sense!


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26. Reaching the Promised Land

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    (Insert Daniel Tosh joke here.)


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25. Fleet-Footed

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    Third base is a treacherous area.


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24. A Bull's Bachelor Party

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    His last hurrah before tying the knot with his lovely cow.


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23. Stunt Gone Wrong

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    Naturally, his unprotected face is first to hit the pavement.


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22. Mental Floss

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    This must be how Takeru Kobayashi trains for his eating competitions. 


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21. Traffic Stop

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    With a last-second heave, the driver chucks a hand out to help. Too late.


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20. Twisted Faith

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    Um, coach...this can't be normal.


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19. A Snowball Effect

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    At the time it was heartbreaking, but give Steve Bartman a break already. The Cubs need to step it up on their own.


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18. Untied Laces

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    We're hoping the shoe is on backwards, and not the foot.


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17. Typical Hockey Injury

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    Expected timetable for return: 10 to 12 lifetimes.


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16. The Weakest Link

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    Pinky was always more important than the brain.


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15. Soaring into Oblivion

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    Punters have clearly found a way to adapt to fearless pass-rushers.


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14. The Elements of a Perfect Dive

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    Starting Position: 9.5

    Approach: 8.0

    Flight: 10

    Finish: Priceless


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13. Knee-Slapper

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    It almost looks like he's enjoying this.


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12. Stretching the Limits

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    A kick to the face should numb the pain.


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11. Any Given Sunday with Cris Collinsworth

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    If you're a football fan, then this is surely the most painful aspect of any NFL game.


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10. Iron Mike Bends the Rules

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    The beginning of a decline for Mike Tyson.


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9. The Crying Game

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    It's pretty obvious this was on purpose.


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8. One with the Ball

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    The unseen pleasantries of soccer.


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7. Ball Four

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    Juuuuuuussssstt a tad inside.


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6. The Missing Piece

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    Biting your nails can sometimes lead to this.


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5. Turning Back Time

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    Ricky Hatton would soon get a taste of his own medicine against Manny Pacquiao.


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4. Disastrous Cycle

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    That's how we New Yorkers react every time the Knicks are blowing games.


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3. Training Day

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    Those ripples are there for good.


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2. Framed Success

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    We're assuming this man simultaneously took the picture and punched his opponent. What a view.


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1. Jacked Up

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    At least it's not Ray Lewis.


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