Manu Ginobili UFO and the Most Bizarre Sports Stories of 2010
This has been a banner year for bizarre sports stories.
Manu Ginobili just added to the pile when a report came out today saying that he may have seen a UFO in LA on Dec. 1.
Where does this latest head-scratching moment rank on the list of wacky sports moments of 2010?
Read on and find out.
Also, be sure to let us know if there is anything that we missed.
10. USC Robs the Cradle
In February, when most schools were wrapping up their 2010 recruiting classes, USC turned its attention down the road a way.
A 13-year-old quarterback named David Sills committed to being a part of USC's 2015 recruiting class.
That USC thinks that a 13-year-old will be a factor that far down the road is one of the most ridiculous things I have ever heard.
How do we know the kid will grow another inch? I know I haven't since I was that age.
Throw in that it is preemptive to expect Lane Kiffin to be the head coach in 2015.
9. Ron Artest Post-NBA Championship
If you have 10 minutes to kill, this video is comedic gold.
Need more convincing that Ron Ron is happy to be a champion?
Ron also didn't shower or take off his jersey for a few days after Game 7 of the Finals.
He is also auctioning off his NBA championship ring.
And he was pulled over for driving a replica Indy Car in Los Angeles.
In other news, Ron Artest is crazy.
8. Mark Dantonio Has Heart Attack After Win
Just a few short hours after this play, Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio had a heart attack.
Dantonio returned to the team a few weeks after his heart attack. Quite an amazing feat.
During the season, Dantonio led the Spartans to a 11-1 record and a Capital One Bowl berth against Alabama.
7. Fight at the US Tennis Open
New York fans. Not much that can be said about them.
This summer, during the annual major tennis tournament in Queens, a fight broke out between patrons sitting in the upper deck.
After the fight, all three patrons were banned from attending US Open matches until 2012.
6. The Thong that Won It All
This is a report from Aaron Gleeman of NBC's Hardball Talk:
Aubrey Huff started wearing a “lucky” red, rhinestone-encrusted thong around the clubhouse on August 30 and the Giants are 25-12 since then, so suddenly the “rally thong” is a very popular item in San Francisco.
In fact, Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News reports that the company producing Huff’s preferred brand of thongs sent three giant boxes of their products to the Giants prior to yesterday’s game.
As they say, hilarity ensued.
Baggarly writes that “Huff became a giddy, thong-flinging Santa Claus this morning, distributing them to everyone in the clubhouse” and even handed them out to various media members covering the team. Oddly enough, Huff got into some trouble a few years ago for doing a radio appearance alongside a woman who wasn’t wearing any underwear.
5. Cromartie's Kids
HBO's Hard Knocks usually provides us with some memorable moments, but none was more incredible than watching the Jets' Antonio Cromartie try to remember the names and ages of all his children.
The most bizarre thing about this story is that it seems like Cro has about six kids who are all three years old.
Is he running a day care?
4. Tony Parker Cheats?
In November, Eva Longoria filed for divorce from NBA husband Tony Parker.
Shortly after, she began leaking details of why they were splitting.
Apparently, Eva found hundreds of texts between Tony and former teammate Brent Barry's wife, Erin.
Now the rumors of cheating are somewhat unsubstantiated, but the Barrys are also going through a divorce, so that seems to be a red flag, right?
3. Mat Latos Sneeze
In July, Padres pitcher Mat Latos was placed on the DL with a strained side muscle.
How he got the strain is what is really bizarre.
Apparently, Latos was walking down the dugout steps when he had to sneeze. Latos held back the sneeze. However, the force from the stifled sneeze was enough to place Latos on the DL for 15 days.
I have had some bad sneezes in my day, but nothing close to this.
2. Brett Favre Sexting
A few months ago, rumors began to come out that Brett Favre had taken cell-phone pictures of his penis and sent them to former Jets employee and model Jenn Sterger.
The story took a strange turn when the pictures and voicemails were leaked to the press.
No real news came out of this bizarre story, but the NFL investigation concluded this week and, if there is any punishment, we will find out soon.
1. Manu Ginobili UFO Sighting?
In a report by Alex Johnson of the Epoch Times, apparently Manu Ginobili saw a flying object in Los Angeles and, no, he isn't referring to Blake Griffin.
From the report:
Manu Ginobili, the high-flying shooting guard for the San Antonio Spurs, said that he saw a high-flyer of another kind: an unidentified flying object (UFO).
While his team was in Los Angeles on Dec. 1, the Argentinian said he saw something strange in the sky.
"I'm not sure," Ginobili said, according to station KSAT. "There's an Air Force base northwest of where we were. It was supposed to be some space shuttle landing. The good thing is, I'm not the only one who saw it. That's what really got me [saying], 'OK, I'm not totally crazy.'"
"It was a pretty strange flight pattern. I thought it was falling, not landing. That's it, it's not a big deal. It's not [like I said], 'It's a extra-terrestrial life in Santa Monica.' I didn't care. I saw something weird."
On Friday, celebrity gossip website TMZ posted a picture of Manu and another person looking up at the sky at a strange light over the horizon.
On his Facebook page, Ginobili said the UFO may have been “a kind of spacecraft which is called X-37B and was supposed to land in the area between December 3 and 6. According to various media, it landed on Dec. 3,” according to TMZ.