When the underdog Boise State University Broncos used both a hook-and-ladder and Statue of Liberty play in the closing minutes to upset the mighty Oklahoma Sooners in the 2007 Fiesta Bowl, they captured the hearts of every sports fan in America.
Not only did David beat Goliath, but he did so by using one of the most beloved tools in existence: the trick play.
Indeed, a good fake-out is exciting in sports for a number of reasons.
It catches us all off guard and brings fans to their feet.
It reminds everyone that rules can be bent even when they can't be broken.
And most of all, it makes every player look like a kid from a sandlot and every team look look like a bunch of neighborhood kids pulling out all the stops to score a touchdown at the local park.
Fans endure the mundane and the predictable, but they live for the unexpected.
They live for the hidden ball tricks. The convincing pump fakes. The ridiculous crossovers. The fake field goals.
Sports fans live for the fake outs—and these are some of the best that sports have ever seen.