Funny Sports Moments on Wikipedia

Laura Depta@lauradeptaFeatured ColumnistNovember 24, 2014

Portland Trail Blazers' Damian Lillard, center, celebrates with fans, his winning shot against the Houston Rockets during the last .9 of a second of game six of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series game in Portland, Ore., Friday May 2, 2014. The Trail Blazers won the series in a 99-98 win. (AP Photo/Greg Wahl-Stephens)

Just so you know, anyone can edit Wikipedia at any time. So of course, sometimes when sports fans get excited, upset or just want to be funny, they’ll edit pages to reflect their own feelings.

Here are a few of those jokes, ranked from sort of funny to pretty darn funny. High marks are also awarded to anyone who is particularly original or clever—like the person who listed Peyton Manning as the mayor of Omaha, Nebraska.  

Ed. Note: Missed one. Nice catch by the readers...

Emmanuel Sanders' Response to "Dead" Joke

To be clear, death jokes aren’t funny, but Denver Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders’ response to this Wikipedia troll was.

Someone edited Sanders’ page after he took a pretty wicked hit at the hands of St. Louis Rams safety Rodney McLeod. McLeod laid Sanders out during a recent game between the Rams and Broncos, and Sanders had to leave the game with a concussion.

According to his Wikipedia page, Sanders died as a result of the hit—which was obviously completely bogus and not funny. What was funny was Sanders’ reaction to all this. He has been tweeting photos to let people know he’s alive and well, like this one:

[h/t CBS Sports]

Chip Kelly at Florida

Sometimes people aren’t so much joking with their Wikipedia edits as they are dreaming.

Once word got out that Will Muschamp would be out as the Florida head football coach after the 2014 season, speculation began as to who would fill his shoes.

Someone apparently hopes it’ll be Chip Kelly of the Philadelphia Eagles, since Kelly’s Wikipedia paged was updated to say the following:

[Chip Kelly] is the head coach at the University of Florida and the former head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles and at the University of Oregon. Kelly announced mid-season his decision to spurn the Eagles for the incredible opportunity with the Florida Gators, effective immediately. He is most looking forward to his teams running circles around Jimbo Fisher and the Florida State Seminoles.

Like I said, dreaming.

[h/t For the Win]

Madison Bumgarner is God

After his unreal performance in the 2014 MLB postseason, and Game 7 of the World Series in particular, many people were calling Madison Bumgarner a god. 

In fact, someone actually edited his Wikipedia page to reflect that:

[h/t @Baseball_Photos]

Brady Hoke Unemployed

So, Michigan’s football team hasn’t exactly been stellar during Brady Hoke’s tenure as head coach. In fact, the Wolverines' 2014 season started out so poorly that many began to speculate about the possibility of an imminent, forced departure for the coach.  

One day in September, a Wikipedia user (perhaps a disgruntled fan) decided to change Hoke’s current position to “unemployed” on his page. Other altered text called Hoke “the former head football coach for the Michigan Wolverines.”

[h/t College Spun]

Chile Eliminates Spain

Everyone was pretty shocked when defending champion Spain made an early exit in the 2014 World Cup. In fact, Spain didn’t even make it out of group play—the Spaniards were eliminated after losing to Chile in just the second game of the tournament.

Needless to say, Chileans were pretty fired up. Someone made this edit to the Chilean national team’s Wikipedia page:

[h/t @120Sports]  

Coach Moron

Expressing displeasure over a head coach seems to be a theme with these Wikipedia edits.

Much like the Michigan Wolverines have been having a rough season, so too have the Chicago Bears. After the Bears suffered a particularly humiliating loss to the rival Green Bay Packers, folks took to the Internet to vent their frustrations.

Someone even changed Marc Trestman’s Wikipedia page to list his job title as "Head Moron" of the Chicago Bears. Ouch. It wasn't overly clever or funny, but it sure was succinct. 

[h/t Extra Mustard]

Cleveland Browns' Logo

Who doesn’t love a good Family Guy reference? Kudos to whoever spilled the beans about the Cleveland Browns' “new logo.”

So, the Browns didn’t really have a new logo, but someone thought it would be funny to change the one on the team's Wikipedia page to Peter Griffin’s pal Cleveland Orenthal Brown. Someone was right. 

[h/t Extra Mustard]

JD & the Straight Shot

In addition to owning the New York Knicks, James Dolan is also in a band, JD & the Straight Shot. The band has its own Wikipedia page, and someone made some pretty funny edits to its content, the song titles in particular.

At one point in November 2013, some of the band’s titles included “Can’t Make the Knicks Win,” “Wasting Knicks Fans' Time” and “What Do We Do Now (ballad of a clueless owner).”

Guess maybe someone thought he should be paying more attention to the team and less attention to his band?

[h/t Extra Mustard]

Mayor of Omaha

Remember when everyone was making a big deal about how many times Peyton Manning said “Omaha” in snap counts?

During the 2013-14 NFL playoffs in particular, Manning’s favorite line-of-scrimmage phrase could be heard loud and clear on television broadcasts. The city of Omaha itself was so geeked out about the free publicity that business owners started making donations to Manning’s charity every time he used the word.

Omaha’s love affair with the quarterback is probably what prompted one Wikipedia user to alter the city’s page and list Manning as its mayor. 

[h/t @mfg]

Damian Lillard Owns the Rockets

During the 2014 NBA postseason, Damian Lillard of the Portland Trailblazers hit one of the most incredible shots of the year. He sunk a three at the buzzer to lift his team past the Houston Rockets and into the next round of the playoffs.

Not long after that, the Rockets had their team Wikipedia page edited to reflect an ownership change.

[h/t @danielbuergeLA]