50 Sports Pics That Will Blow Your Mind

Amber LeeSports Lists Lead WriterNovember 5, 2013

50 Sports Pics That Will Blow Your Mind

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    A sports photograph taken at just the right time isn't enough to paint an entire picture of a given event, but it can tell a story all on its own. 

    The story told by a single photograph is often as powerful as seeing an entire event in live action—and even more so on many occasions. 

    Here are 50 sports pics that will blow your mind. 

Larry Fitzgerald

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    Date: Oct. 4, 2012

    Event: Cardinals vs. Rams

    Not only can Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald catch almost anything you throw at him, he can also run for extra yards with a six-pack of defenders hanging off him. 

LeBron James

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    Date: Nov. 1, 2013

    Event: Heat vs. Nets 

    Heat superstar LeBron James attempts to score against the Nets in a scene that looks straight out of a video game—especially from that angle. 

Nastia Liukin

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    Date: July 7, 2012

    Event: U.S. Olympic Team Trials 

    Although she wouldn't make it back to the Olympics in 2012, former gold medalist Nastia Liukin still wowed at trials. 

Marcus Mariota

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    Date: Oct. 6, 2012

    Event: Washington vs. Oregon 

    As he is prone to do, Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota skillfully avoids a Washington defender and is able to maneuver for positive yards. 

Floyd Mayweather Jr.

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    Date: Sept. 14, 2013

    Event: Mayweather vs. Alvarez 

    Canelo Alvarez lands one of just a handful of blows on Floyd Mayweather Jr. during their recent bout. Mayweather won by majority decision; though, it should've been unanimous. 

Anthony Davis

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    Date: Oct. 7, 2013

    Event: Mavericks vs. Pelicans 

    Former Kentucky standout Anthony Davis freezes the Mavs defense—if you can even call that defense—with an impressive dunk during the Pelicans' preseason. 

Tony Hawk

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    Date: Feb. 5, 2011

    Event: Laureus World Sports Awards Previews 

    Legendary skateboarder Tony Hawk demonstrates the sandboarding experience at the World Sports Awards Previews. 

Troy Polamalu

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    Date: Jan. 15, 2006

    Event: Steelers vs. Colts, AFC Divisional Playoffs

    Steelers safety Troy Polamalu, in his prime, absolutely demolishes Colts tight end Bryan Fletcher on a play in the 2006 playoffs. 

Michael Phelps

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    Date: Aug. 3, 2012

    Event: London Olympics Day 7, Swimming

    With over a dozen Olympic medals to his name, American swimmer Michael Phelps demonstrates perfect form in the pool.

Rory McIlroy

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    Date: Dec. 12, 2011

    Event: PGA Event in Abu Dhabi 

    Rory McIlroy practices his drive on the glorious multi-purpose helipad on Jumeirah Burj Al Arab. 

Ravens Cheerleaders

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    Date: Feb. 2, 2013

    Event: Ravens vs. 49ers, Super Bowl XLVII

    The Ravens cheerleaders performing during the infamous Super Bowl blackout. The cheerleaders were the only athletes who could perform for nearly an hour. 

Rajion Neal

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    Date: Oct. 26, 2013

    Event: Alabama vs. Tennessee 

    Tennessee running back Rajion Neal is engulfed by Alabama defenders while trying to advance the ball. That has to be his least favorite kind of sandwich. 

Ty Dillon

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    Date: Nov. 16, 2012

    Event: Ford EcoBoost 200

    NASCAR driver Ty Dillon leaves an impressive trail of sparks behind him after an on-track collision hobbles his car. 

Cristiano Ronaldo

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    Date: Oct. 23, 2013

    Event: Real Madrid CF vs. Juventus, UEFA Champions League

    Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo performs a trick and surely entertains the crowd, during pregame warm-ups. 

David Tyree

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    Date: Feb. 3, 2008

    Event: Giants vs. Patriots, Super Bowl XLII

    Anyone who watched this game will immediately recognize this moment. With time winding down in the game, Giants wide receiver David Tyree makes an unforgettable catch, allowing his team to maintain possession and ultimately win the game. 

Mario Balotelli

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    Date: May 19, 2013

    Event: AC Siena vs. AC Milan 

    In Serie A action, AC Milan's Mario Balotelli is captured in (what looks to be) mid-bicycle kick. 

Buster Posey and Prince Fielder

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    Date: Oct. 25, 2012 

    Event: Giants vs. Tigers, World Series Game 2

    Giants catcher Buster Posey attempts to tag hefty Tigers slugger Prince Fielder out as he slides into home plate. 

Dwight Howard

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    Date: Nov. 2, 2013

    Event: Rockets vs. Jazz 

    It's hard to believe Rockets big man Dwight Howard is heading toward the net and not falling backward in that photo. That trajectory defies physics. 

Darya Klishina

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    Date: Aug. 11, 2013

    Event: IAAF World Championships in Moscow 

    Russian long jumper Darya Klishina is captured mid-jump at the point of complete extension. Much like her, it's a thing of beauty. 

Shaun White

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    Date: Feb. 2, 2009

    Event: Alli Dew Tour, Day 1

    Snowboarder Shaun White gets some serious air and survives to tell the tale. 

Derek Jeter

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    Date: Oct. 13, 2012

    Event: Yankees vs. Tigers, ALCS Game 1

    Yankees captain Derek Jeter is photographed at the exact moment when he broke his ankle fielding a grounder against the Tigers in the 2012 ALCS. You can almost feel his pain. 

Kelly Slater

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    Date: March 14, 2010

    Event: Bondi Beach Boost Surfsho, Day 3

    Surfer Kelly Slater looks as though he's been shot out of the waves by a cannon. Hopefully, he had a better landing than it looks like he's heading for. 

Kobe Bryant

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    Date: March 27, 2013

    Event: Lakers vs. Timberwolves 

    Lakers legend Kobe Bryant goes up for the dunk, and all the Timberwolves can do is stand by and watch the master at work. 

Craig Anderson

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    Date: May 17, 2013

    Event: Senators vs. Penguins, Eastern Conference Semifinals 

    A goal by Penguins superstar Sidney Crosby sails past Senators goalie Craig Anderson. 

Torii Hunter

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    Date: Oct. 13, 2013

    Event: Red Sox vs. Tigers, ALCS Game 2

    All that's visible of Tigers outfielder Torii Hunter are his feet, after attempting to catch a grand slam ball by Red Sox slugger David Ortiz late in Game 2 of the ALCS. 

Sidney Crosby

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    Date: Oct. 13, 2007

    Event: Maple Leafs vs. Penguins 

    Penguins superstar Sidney Crosby knows how to put himself in precise position to score a goal. You can see the puck in the far right of the photo, heading right for his stick. 

Alex Morgan

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    Date: Aug. 8, 2012

    Event: USA vs. Japan, London Olympics Day 10 

    American soccer star Alex Morgan cuts through Japanese defenders en route to scoring the game-winning goal in the gold medal match at the London Olympics. 

Calvin Johnson

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    Date: Nov. 22, 2012

    Event: Texans vs. Lions 

    Lions superstar wide receiver Calvin Johnson jumps up awkwardly, attempting to catch a pass against the Texans, and of course, he comes down with the ball. 

    You can't see it here, but I promise it's the next photo in the series. 

LeBron James and Norris Cole

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    Date: March 18, 2013

    Event: Heat vs. Celtics 

    The Heat's Norris Cole sets up teammate LeBron James for a monster alley-oop against the Celtics' Jason Terry, who didn't know what hit him. The photo is great. The video is greater.

Tom Brady

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    Date: Jan. 20, 2013

    Event: AFC Championship 

    Patriots quarterback Tom Brady sits on his home field after being knocked down against the Ravens, who would go on to beat them. This angle is called "defeat-o-vision." 

Lindsey Vonn

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    Date: March 5, 2011

    Event: Audi FIS Alpine World Cup

    American alpine skier Lindsey Vonn competes in the Women's downhill, captured in mid-air during a portion of the course. 

Lionel Messi

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    Date: Nov. 11, 2012

    Event: RCD Mallorca vs. FC Barcelona 

    Barcelona's Lionel Messi shows off his track-and-field skills by hurdling a Mallorca defender. 

Danica Patrick

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    Date: Nov. 11, 2012

    Event: AdvoCare 500

    Danica Patrick's car catches fire after a collision at the AdvocCare 500. There's something very Back to the Future about the scene. 

Connor Shaw

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    Date: Oct. 6, 2012

    Event: Georgia vs. South Carolina 

    South Carolina quarterback Connor Shaw has been taking hits and getting brutally tackled like this for years, but somehow, he keeps getting up and throwing touchdowns. 

Roger Federer

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    Date: Nov. 1, 2013

    Event: BNP Paribas Masters, Day 5

    Having been over a year since tennis great Roger Federer last won a Grand Slam, it's clear the 32-year-old is now in the twilight of his career. Which makes this photo a bit more poignant.  

Dustin Pedroia

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    Date: Oct. 30, 2013

    Event: Red Sox vs. Cardinals, World Series Game 6

    Red Sox star Dustin Pedroia gets enough juice on this hit in the World Series to crush his bat. 

Ray Lewis

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    Date: Feb. 2, 2013

    Event: Ravens vs. 49ers, Super Bowl XLVII

    The final page in the final chapter of Ray Lewis' career with the Ravens. It couldn't have ended any better if he had written the story all by himself. 

Ryan Sheckler

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    Date: Aug. 2, 2013

    Event: X Games Los Angeles, Day 2

    Skateboarder Ryan Sheckler competes at the 2013 X Games in Los Angeles with the city skyline as his backdrop.

Henrik Lundqvist

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    Date: May 23, 2013

    Event: Bruins vs. Rangers, Eastern Conference Semifinals 

    Rangers Vezina-winning goaltender Henrik Lundqvist drops down into an incredibly uncomfortable looking position to make a save in Game 4. 

Blake Griffin

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    Date: Nov. 1, 2013

    Event: Kings vs. Clippers 

    The Clippers' Blake Griffin is a human highlight reel—nearly every one of his photos looks like there should be a trampoline just out of the frame. 

Adam Wainwright and Yadier Molina

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    Date: Oct. 23, 2013

    Event: Red Sox vs. Cardinals, World Series Game 1

    Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright waves everyone off to field a pop-up, before allowing the ball to fall to the ground between him and catcher Yadier Molina. 

McKayla Maroney

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    Date: July 1, 2012

    Event: U.S. Olympic Team Trials

    Unimpressed Olympic sweetheart McKayla Maroney practices on the beam at trials—multiple exposures from the same move were combined to produce the effect on this image.

J.J. Watt

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    Date: Oct. 6, 2013

    Event: Texans vs. 49ers 

    Only Texans defensive end J.J. Watt could make spitting out some water look this majestic. 

Joakim Noah

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    Date: July 1, 2013

    Event: China vs. NBA Stars, Yao Foundation Charity Game 

    Bulls star Joakim Noah post-dunk at an all-star charity game in China—in the most awkward position humanly possible. It looks like he's birthing that basketball. 

Manny Pacquiao

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    Date: Dec. 8, 2012

    Event: Manny Pacquiao vs. Juan Manuel Marquez 

    Pacquiao goes down hard against opponent Marquez. It's surprising he even got back up after that one. 

Supercross

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    Date: Oct. 22, 2011

    Event: Australasian Supercross Championships

    A supercross rider is captured in the same frame as a rainbow, which is an eye-catching juxtaposition against the bike. 

Cam McDaniel

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    Date: Oct. 19, 2013

    Event: USC vs. Notre Dame

    After getting his helmet ripped off, Notre Dame running back Cam McDaniel looks impossibly handsome while being tackled by USC defenders. 

Tiger Woods

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    Date: Nov. 5, 2013

    Event: PGA Event in Turkey 

    Golf great Tiger Woods drives from Asia to Europe from a platform set up on the Bosphorus Bridge in Istanbul, one of several events he's earning $3 million in appearance fees for during the Turkish Airlines Open. 

Adrian Peterson

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    Date: Nov. 3, 2013

    Event: Cowboys vs. Vikings 

    Vikings running back Adrian Peterson brings everyone on the field at Cowboys Stadium with him across the goal line and scores a touchdown. 

Usain Bolt

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    Date: Aug. 11, 2013

    Event: IAAF World Athletic Championships in Moscow 

    Has there ever been a more perfectly timed photo in sports than Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt reclaiming the 100-meter title in Moscow as a lighting bolt crashed in the background? 

     

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