The element of surprise is crucial to athletic success. Flea flickers, quadruple reverses and John Heisman Fumblerooskis are only several of the many creatively awkward trick plays attempted by fearless teams in the heat of a desperate moment.
While hoping to display the slickness of a used-car salesman, these athletes (and the coaches who made the call) instead brewed legendary failure. And for that, we thank them.
As Houdini continues to roll in his grave, here are the greatest trick play fails in sports history.