Strangest Accidents in Sports

Giancarlo Ferrari-King@@GiancarloKingFeatured ColumnistSeptember 26, 2015

Strangest Accidents in Sports

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    Strange accidents happen in everyday life. In sports they are magnified. Athletes aren't always injured the "traditional" way. Sometimes bizarre things happen that change the course of history.

    We've gone out and recreated 10 of the strangest accidents in sports and brought them to you slide by slide. From baseball players getting hurt carrying around deer meat to football players getting mixed up with fireworks, this list is a look back at some of the weirdest moments throughout the years.

Sean Payton Injures His Knee

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    New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton has had a really weird stay in the "Big Easy." He went from winning a Super Bowl, to being suspended, to shredding his knee on the sideline of a regular-season game.

    It was a strange, freakish accident that actually was quite gruesome to watch. The odds of being bowled over the sideline by a player when you're a head coach have to be low.

    The injury was so bad that Payton was forced to coach the rest of the 2011 season from the sidelines on crutches.

Clint Barmes and a Case of Deer Meat

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    How does one get hurt carrying around deer meat? There are only a few men on Earth who can probably answer that question. One guy we know who can is former Colorado Rockies infielder Clint Barmes.

    Barmes broke his collarbone lugging a package of deer meat. Somehow, this enormous slab of deer meat caused him to fall down and shatter his clavicle. How's that for a strange accident?

Lionel Simmons Plays Game Boy

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    Video games are bad news. They rot your brain, eviscerate your soul and cause tendinitis. Actually, only one of those things is true.

    Just ask Lionel Simmons. As a rookie in the NBA, he messed around with Game Boy so much that he actually suffered tendinitis in his wrist. It was the great Mike Burrows of the Denver Post who mentioned that the injury actually forced Simmons to sit out two games.

    I've played my fair share of video games and I can safely say tendinitis hasn't been an issue. For Simmons to endure that, he must have been on a serious 8-bit bender.

Steve Sparks Tears Phone Book in Half

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    Knuckleball pitcher Steve Sparks played in an MLB uniform for nine seasons. He's mostly known by millenials for being one of the cheapest pitchers around in the Nintendo 64 classic, Major League Baseball Featuring Ken Griffey Jr.

    What you may not know is that Sparks suffered one of the weirdest injuries of the 1990s. In an attempt to tear a phone book in half, this former Milwaukee Brewers pitcher separated his shoulder.

    At least he knows the entire situation was bizarre. Sparks went down memory lane, talking about the infamous moment with Tom Haudricourt of the Journal Sentinel in 2013.

Gus Frerotte's Head Butt

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    Don't slam your head into a wall. Helmet or not, what's the point? Ex-Washington quarterback Gus Frerotte learned that lesson the hard way when he jammed his neck after a wall bashing.

    We get it, scoring touchdowns are cool. But come on, injuring oneself in the process isn't a good look.

David Cone Loves Dogs

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    David Cone had a lovely career in Major League Baseball. He played 17 seasons, won 194 times and even pitched the elusive perfect game in 1999.

    For all of his accolades and accomplishments, Cone wasn't immune to freak injuries. While wearing pinstripes, Cone was bit by his mother-in-law's dog on the index finger. That forced the ace to miss his scheduled start.

    A fun fact about this dog bite is that Cone's missed start officially launched the career of Orlando Hernandez, per Peter Botte of the New York Daily News.

Bill Gramatica Jumps for Joy

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    For all intents and purposes, former Arizona Cardinals kicker Bill Gramatica started the trend of professional athletes injuring themselves performing aerial celebrations.

    In 2001, Gramatica drilled a field goal against the Minnesota Vikings. After he nailed it, Gramatica went airborne and attempted to celebrate his meaningless first-quarter achievement. The result was an ugly torn ACL that still is talked about today.

Wade Boggs and His Cowboy Boots

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    Wade Boggs lives life just like the rest of us. By putting one boot on at a time. To our knowledge, Boggs' issue was never about putting his boots on. Taking them off is where he endured a problem.

    The story goes like this: Back in 1986, Boggs attempted to remove his cowboy boots, but after losing his balance, he fell onto a couch and severely bruised his ribs. The injury turned out to be so bad that Boggs was forced to miss time over it.

    This also wasn't the only crazy injury the longtime MLB standout suffered during his career.

Jason Pierre-Paul Fireworks Incident

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    The dangers of dealing with fireworks aren't anything new. If you grew up playing with them, you know they are sensationally treacherous.

    New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul's 2015 season was derailed after he injured his hand in a fireworks-related incident, per TMZ.

    Coming off a 2014 season in which his flight of greatness was in full force, hopefully with rehab and time he can get back to being an effective edge-rusher.

Kevin Mitchell's Doughnut Woes

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    Doughnuts are all sorts of delicious. Ask Homer Simpson if you don't believe us. Unfortunately for ex-San Francisco Giants outfielder Kevin Mitchell, doughnuts were his Kryptonite.

    Doug Sibor of Complex brought up the time when Mitchell chipped his tooth while indulging in a microwavable doughnut. The bizarre, sugar-induced injury forced the former National League MVP to undergo a root canal.

    Definitely not a good look when you're an important facet of a baseball team.

     

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