20 Athletes Who 'REALLY' Nailed It

Nick DimengoFeatured ColumnistNovember 2, 2013

20 Athletes Who 'REALLY' Nailed It

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    Most of us always think that an athlete can do no wrong—well, assuming they don't get arrested for being a complete moron or embarrass themselves in their sport.

    As we know though, there are times when even the best ones don't happen to live up to their own standards, falling flat on their face and showing fans that yes, they are actually human.

    So while no one saw me fall three times while running yesterday, had these athletes been in my position, people would have been buzzing about it all over the Internet.

Honorable Mention: Jay Stricherz's Explanation

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    I'm not saying that being a ref in any sport is easy—especially football considering all those different rules—but one would think that something like this would never happen.

    Pac-12 official Jay Stricherz might have graduated from college a while ago, but it might serve him well to go back and freshen up on his public speaking ability after this confusing explanation during the Ohio State-Cal game earlier this season.

That's a Ball...If You Know What I Mean

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    I stupidly never liked wearing a cup while playing baseball growing up, and after seeing this incident where Cal State-Fullerton player Austin Kingsolver got nailed in his junk by a pitch last year, I really should feel lucky to have never have had this happen to me.

    The announcer's description of the incident might be a fail in and of itself, as he says Kingsolver got, "hit in the midsection (awkward pause)...if you know what I mean?"

    And I'm not sure the third base ump didn't just give the batter some slack by saying he didn't swing at that pitch—seeing how it would have just added insult to serious injury.

Tyson Jackson Caught with His Pants Down

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    It's rare to find a full moon during a day game, but during the Jacksonville Jaguars and Kansas City Chiefs game earlier this season, that's exactly what viewers saw when Chiefs defender Tyson Jackson got his drawers pulled down.

    Jackson being pantsed is funny, but seeing how the camera seemed to be unintentionally focused on it during the play is just too good.

    There was no ignoring this fail.

Nastia Liukin's Faceplant

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    I don't like to brag about this—OK, just mentioning it—but my parents did actually sign me up for gymnastics when I was a toddler.

    I was restricted to basically just doing somersaults for the one or two classes I went to, deciding it wasn't for me after that.

    It's a good thing I didn't stick with it, too, because if an Olympic gold medalist like Nastia Liukin is going to faceplant off the uneven bars, there's no telling what would have happened to me.

The Goalie Uses His Head

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    Scoring on a header in a soccer match takes precise timing, great direction and the perfect amount of speed to get it past the goalie.

    Well, that's assuming you're not a goalie who's doing it to himself, as Utrecht keeper Jans Toornsta did with this very unlucky goal.

    Maybe this was just the way the opposing coach of Roda drew up this set play?

Jacoby Ellsbury Forgets It's Three Outs in an Inning

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    Boston Red Sox center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury might have two World Series rings in his young career, but that doesn't mean he's a champ at everything he does while playing baseball.

    Take this little brainfart he had during a game against the L.A. Dodgers from this season where Ellsbury mistakenly got tagged out after thinking the second out was actually the third.

    Counting can be tough for some people, so it might be time for Jacoby to just use his fingers to remind himself of how many outs there are.

A "Shankapotomus"

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    In a game against Miami (FL) from early this season, South Florida punter Mattias Ciabatti's attempt to do his job really turned out to be memorable—for all the wrong reasons.

    I understand shanking one when under a ton of heat by opposing players to block the punt, but this thing went right off the side of his foot, traveling no more than two yards.

    A big kick or punt return can be a huge momentum booster, so I'm sure the Hurricanes returner was happy to get a great result without even having to get touched.

The Goalie, with the Whiff

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    To be named the starting goalie for your home country's soccer team has to be a joy.

    It takes a lot of hard work and dedication in separating yourself from the thousands of other options a head coach might choose over you.

    For Slovakia's Martin Skrtel though, I'm guessing he would have wanted to be on the sidelines to see this goal happen, as he misplayed a soft pass back to his feet from a teammate, whiffed on it and saw it trickle into the back of the net.

    The play itself was bad, but seeing how it was the only score in a 1-0 loss to Greece in a World Cup qualifier is just sad.

Andre Parker Forgets His Way

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    I'm guessing you've seen this one plenty of times before, but it's a blunder that I still can't believe actually happened.

    It's one thing to have Kent State special teams player Andre Parker scoop up a muffed punt and run the wrong way, but let's not forget that opposing Towson players actually chased him down during the entire play, needing to push him out of bounds for their failed tackle attempts.

    Parker may have failed, but so too did Towson players who didn't just let him look like the fool.

Danny Trevathan Is a Little Premature

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    It's a good thing the Denver Broncos have Peyton Manning to lead their offense to an insane amount of points, because it doesn't look like the team can rely on the defense to put digits on the scoreboard.

    At least that was the case in this season's opening game against the Baltimore Ravens when Denver linebacker Danny Trevathan celebrated a bit too early after an interception, dropping the ball before crossing the goal line.

    Lucky for him, this wasn't in a close game, otherwise he may not have lived through this one.

Tuukka Rask Forgets How to Skate

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    I feel a little bad for Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask.

    As a netminder in hockey, the masked man doesn't usually have to get out and skate around nearly as much as the other players.

    So maybe it was just rust that caused him to trip over himself and lose his balance while giving up this goal to the Rangers—or at least I'd admit that if I were him, rather than just say that I fell down.

Adam Wainwright Drops the Ball (Literally)

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    If you're even just a casual baseball fan, you probably know that St. Louis Cardinals hurler Adam Wainwright is one of the most dominating pitchers in the major leagues.

    Compiling a career record of 99-57 with a 3.11 ERA, he's typically the go-to guy on the biggest stage for St. Louis.

    So seeing him just go brain dead while calling his teammates off on a pop-up in Game 1 of the World Series last week was strange—only because after doing it, the thing just dropped between him and catcher Yadier Molina.

Dan Orlovsky Plays It "Safe"

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    Still one of the dumbest plays to ever be seen by a football player—let alone an NFL player…when former Detroit Lions quarterback Dan Orlovsky ran out of the end zone on his own accord, it all but summed up the pain of being a Lions fan.

    At least a few fans were clever enough to put this fake "30 for 30" advert together to poke fun at it—though it doesn't make it any less embarrassing.

A Very Memorable First Goal

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    Remember that time former NFL kicker Bill Gramatica tore his ACL after doing an extreme celebration following a successful field goal?

    Apparently other pro athletes didn't take notice, because something similar happened to Brazilian soccer player Maurides after netting a score earlier this year.

    To be fair, it was his first goal and he is only 19 years old—actually, scratch that, this is still one of the dumbest things ever.

Kolten Wong Picked off

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    It's not that St. Louis Cardinals utility player Kolten Wong got picked off at first base—that's happened plenty of times before.

    But I'm not sure it's ever happened in a critical situation in the bottom of the ninth to end a World Series game?

    This wasn't the reason the Cards lost the Fall Classic—but it didn't help their cause either.

No Hop Required

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    Who needs to jump over hurdles when you have the strength to just run right through them?

    This runner didn't seem to find it necessary, as he took it upon himself to avoid all the obstructions during his race by doing just that.

    If you've ever tried doing a few hurdles in a row before, you know it can get a little difficult, so he must have just thought trying to outrun his opponents would at least give him some bragging rights for not being able to do it.

A Self-Imposed Knockout

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    When you're a boxer, the last thing you want to be is the guy laying on the canvas as the one who just got defeated during a fight.

    As awful as it is to lose though, when you knock yourself to the ground by missing an attempt at your opponent, it stings a hell of a lot more.

    Just ask fighter Dan Lariviere, who actually had it happen to him to hear how it feels.

    It's a good thing he just stayed down, because it may have been worse had he tried to continue fighting.

The Butt Tag

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    Finishing with a record of 51-111, the Houston Astros probably have a ton of forgettable moments from the 2013 season.

    While strikeouts, errors and losing streaks were expected of the Astros, having one of their players slide into the butt of an opposing player wasn't.

    Though this could have happened to anyone on any team in the league, it just seems more fitting that it's a member of the worst team in baseball, doesn't it?

Jonathan Quick with the Stick Save...Err Goal

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    We've seen some crazy scores in sports before, but this one that L.A. Kings goalie had in a game against the New York Rangers a few weeks ago might just take the cake for the most bizarre.

    Quick was trying to stop the puck by using his stick as a barrier, but the damn thing deflected off it and straight into the empty net.

    I'm sure Quick will be a little more careful with his angles the next time he tries this.

The Belgian Baller

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    Each time I see this video, I honestly think that this guy was just trying to punk out his teammates.

    Or maybe it was a case of mutiny on his coach after being yelled at in practice or something?

    Whatever the case, seeing an athlete who actually gets paid to play basketball miss four straight layups is really sad.

    When those misses happen to be on the wrong basket, it's almost too easy to make fun of.

    He may have killed his field-goal percentage, but at least he padded his rebounding stats.

The Butt Fumble

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    No explanation needed.

    Forced to retirement by ESPN after realizing there were no plays in sports that could ever out-fail Mark Sanchez's butt fumble, this might go down as one of the worst plays in NFL history.

    I know offensive linemen are huge men with big butts, but when did those things develop proper tackling technique too?