Hilarious Sports Pranks
The calendar reads April 1, which means it's time to be walk through your respective office with the obvious paranoia that comes with another April Fools' Day.
We are here to help.
Here is just a brief trip through some of the best pranks the sports world has to offer, giving us all the evidence we need to never trust any athlete or coach.
On a day that lauds shenanigans, we would love to hear your favorite prank pulled by a sports star. Now if you need us, we will be hiding in our April Fool's Day bunker.
Let us know when the second arrives.
Junior Pays off Debt with a Cow
That steak Ken Griffey Jr. owed Lou Pinella was just a bit more raw than the skipper would have liked.
The New York Times' Murray Chass caught up with Lou Piniella back in 2005 and explained why there was once a live cow chilling out in his office:
He brought a cow into my office one day. I bet him a steak dinner on something and beat him, so he brought a cow into my office.
According to the report, the next spring saw a sheep make a cameo during Spring Training.
So if you ever bet Griffey, make sure to choose your wager wisely. You don't want to bet a seafood dinner and find a pile of fish lying on your desk.
Kyle Kendrick Sent to Japan
This is the prank to end all pranks, a highly elaborate ruse that fooled Phillies pitcher Kyle Kendrick into thinking that he was on the next flight out to Japan.
MLB.com's Ken Mandel has a breakdown of the prank that came together thanks to the evil genius Brett Myers. Not only were players involved, but then-manager Charlie Manuel and Ruben Amaro Jr. did their part as well.
If that weren't enough, a crew of reporters stuffed microphones in front of the befuddled pitcher's face. As he stated later, he completely bought it:
I wanted to cry. I'm going to call my agent and tell him he's fired. I'm pretty gullible. I trust people, maybe a little too much. I thought it was real. The itinerary was in there, the contract and everything. Then, the media was in on it, I thought, 'I guess this is happening.'
Myers and company came together for a perfect game effort, and it still holds up to this day.
Jeff Gordon Gets His Revenge
CollegeHumor Shows How It's Done
CollegeHumor's Amir Blumenfeld and Streeter Seidell battled in a prank war with one another, once culminating in a grand ruse that called upon basketball fans to pretend Blumenfeld had just drained a half-court shot for half a million dollars.
Of course, he missed the shot horribly, but the crowd went absolutely wild, leading to a manic Blumenfeld running around the court like a man who was half the way to being a millionaire.
Hilarity ensues when he realizes it was all just an epic prank.
Billy Donovan: Professional Kidder
Florida's Billy Donovan knew exactly how to rip the fun and frivolity from the National Championship celebration, replacing it with the sounds of utter shock and fear.
In an instant, he drops the crystal trophy, which was thankfully fake.
If all goes according to plan, Donovan can pull off a similar prank in about a week.
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