There’s a reason we use the phrase “slam dunk” when talking about something that is almost certainly a sure thing; of all the ways of dropping a basketball through a 10-foot high hoop, none are more likely to work than the one that doesn’t require a ball to fly some distance through the air.
While most people don’t have the ability to jump high enough to slam dunk a basketball, those that do really have no excuse for missing one. In fact, every sport has its own version of a slam dunk—a ‘can’t miss’ shot that athletes do, on occasion, miss. And when they do, it can happen at the worst possible time.
Whether it’s nerves or the other guy’s fault (isn't it always the other guy's fault?) is of little consequence; all that mattered is it happened. And nothing whips sports fans into a frenzy of incredulous outrage more effectively than an epic fail on an easy shot.
These are moments that made us say, “How the hell did you miss that?!”