Funniest Moments in Sports
To list what are the funniest moments is a difficult task. Everyone has their list of bloopers and other gaffs that truly bring smiles and laughter. No mater whatever list is presented, there are still those other ones that should be there.
In these funny moments, I chose both kinds. Certain events that occurred once and those events that keep on happening. Both prove why sports is a source of great humor.
10. The Harlem Globetrotters
The Harlem Globetrotters are a team of true showmen that are a hit wherever they play. Their talents as basketball players are only exceeded by their talent to take such an intense test of skill and make it a comedy routine.
Their passing, shooting, and inevitable victories are not for them, but for their fans.
9. Bill Gramatica's Celebration
The injury that Bill Gramatica suffered on Dec. 15, 2001 is not meant to be considered a laughing matter. A torn ACL is not the easiest to recover from, as every year someone seems to tear one in football.
However what is funny is how he suffered it. He kicks a field goal and in the process of celebrating the kick, the injury occurs. Only a kicker would have something like this occur.
The lesson here is leave the celebrating for the rest of the players.
8. Don Cherry
Don Cherry is the highlight of every hockey fan's Saturday night. Hockey Night in Canada is an institution to hockey fans, regardless of the new theme music.
The match-ups are always good and on top of that, they make a point to show the National Anthems of Canada and the United States.
However, the main highlight is Coach's Corner which occurs during the first intermission.
Don Cherry has always something to say about the game that is being covered and goes into rants about what he doesn't like from players and where the league is going. His volume in his segments is only matched by the loudness of the suits he wears, which he is the only one who get away with wearing.
Ron Maclean co-hosts the show more or less is in charge of the leash to make sure Don Cherry stays somewhat on track.
7. College GameDay
ESPN had the brilliant idea in 1987 to introduce a college football pregame show that in scope is similar to the pregame shows of pro football. Each has a straight man and color commentary by those who played the game.
College GameDay currently features Chris Fowler to maintain order and former Ohio State QB Kirk Herbstreet and former coach Lee Corso as analysts. It is shown on the college campus which has the biggest game of the day.
As in most pre-game shows there are a great deal of laughs. By far, the greatest laugh comes which a few seconds remaining when Lee Corso puts on the head of the mascot of the team he feels will win.
This past season he picked Texas Tech and Oklahoma for their home games and each mascot was armed so when he donned the mask, he also fired the weapons which lead to Kirk Herbstreet nearly falling out of his seat in surprise.
6. John Madden and Al Michaels
John Madden and Al Michaels are great broadcasters for NBC's Sunday Night Football. However, they are also a comedy troupe that football fans look forward to each and every week.
John Madden breaks a rule of broadcasting in that he bases every quarterback on the exploits of Brett Favre. He is also the master of explaining the most obvious information during a game. The telestrator is his paintbrush which he uses to point out things only he would notice.
Regardless, Al Michaels is able to keep the game as the focal point. John Madden also recieves the highest form of flattery in Frank Caliendo's imitation of him.
5. Chi Chi Rodriguez Sword Fight
The Chi Chi Rodriguez sword fight proves that with all the rules of golf, there is still room for comedy.
Sure, there are jokesters in golf to this day. But none of them can match the sword fight Chi Chi does after sinking a putt.
The green is truly his stage. The final act is a performance of showmanship to a tiny ball that caused so much prior frustration.
The endgame of this duel as the ball drops into the hole is the putter as sword showing the ball, it is defeated.
4. Peyton Manning
Peyton will probably go down as one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time. He has stats that will put many of the Favre records in jeopardy.
However, one of his other exploits are his commercials. Each season, he is featured as a fan of common workers, a fan of himself, or taking taunts from employees in towns of his rivals.
Not many athletes can pull off such a talent for being in front of the camera like Peyton can each season.
3. Charles Barkley
Charles Barkley was an enforcer during his playing days. A forward who was not the tallest, but played hard enough that no one bigger was immune to his intensity.
Now as a analyst on TNT, he brings a different side to his presence. He will talk about the game, but he will also go so far off topic that his co-hosts can only sit back and listen.
He even raced Dick Bavetta during NBA All-Star Weekend in 2007. The point of the race was not really to see who was faster, but instead to prove basketball is still a game where laughter is permitted.
2. Dan Orlovsky
Dan Orlovsky committed the play of the year for the 0-16 Detroit Lions when against the Vikings on October 12 of 2008, he forgot the dimensions of the endzone and ran out the back of it.
A safety was rewarded to Minnesota and fans around the NFL were rewarded with a blooper for the ages.
1. The Gatorade Shower
The Gatorade shower has become the official designation when a team has truly won a game. Started by the NY Giants during their Super Bowl season of 1985-1986, the Gatorade shower has grown leaps and bounds in its planning and delivery.
Any time when players are ready to give their coach the shower, cameras are ready to follow the players from one angle and have another angle to watch the coaches reaction to a great deal of cold Gatorade dumped on them from behind.
It is usually reserved for the NFL and college football, however when the Celtics captured their 17th title in June of 2008, the players drenched Doc Rivers.