The 10 Best Sports Pranks Of All Time

Michael AkelsonCorrespondent IAugust 19, 2010

The 10 Best Sports Pranks Of All Time

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    In nearly every aspect of life there will always be a clown.

    There will always be somebody, or in some cases a group of people, looking for a good laugh.

    The sports world is no exception to this rule.

    Pranks are normal behavior in the world of sports and some find a way to top others.

    Here's 10 that topped the rest. Enjoy!

10. SportsCenter Prank Caller

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    This man prank calls SportsCenter pretending to be Brian Westbrook. How ESPN managed to let this happen is beyond me, but Howard Stern's prostate finally got it's due, so I'm not complaining.

9. Harvard Sucks

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    In 2004, some Yale students devised a plan that could have been executed only by, well, Yale graduates.

    They used the stadium seating chart, some T-Shirts, and a bunch of red colored pieces of paper to execute one of sports' all time greatest pranks.

    The end result was the Yale students tricking the Harvard students into holding up a sign that stated "WE SUCK."

8. Joe Horn Snake Prank

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    During training camp, rookies aren't the only ones who have to deal with pranks. Veterans are fair game as well.

    Just ask Joe Horn, who opened his locker during 2001 Saints training camp to find a seven-foot long boa constrictor in his locker. This was courtesy of fellow wide receiver Anthony Collins, who would be cut by the team during that same season.

7. The Patriots O-Line Pranks Tom Brady

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    Tom Brady has never been known to shy away from media attention

    This point is supported by Brady's presence in a 2005 GQ magazine photo shoot where Brady took pictures that, let's just say he should be embarrassed about looking back.

    So during a practice, each Patriots offensive lineman taped a picture from the shoot to their back.

    Brady quickly ripped all the photos off in one of my favorite sports pranks of all time.

6. Ban The Boz

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    Brian Bosworth pulled off what may have been the most clever prank in sports history.

    He was as well aware of Denver's love affair with John Elway as anybody was, and he managed to profit from it.

    What you're probably wondering right now is, how is that possible?

    Allow me to elaborate.

    Bosworth called Elway "Horse Face", prompting the Broncos QB to reveal that Bosworth often said irrational things to him from across the line of scrimmage.

    Bronco fans were so angered that somebody would talk to the Holy John Elway that way, that they began to purchase and wear T-Shirts that read "Ban The Boz."

    Little did they know they were giving Bosworth exactly what he wanted.

    Bosworth had made and distributed those T-Shirts so every time a Broncos fan purchased one Bosworth was profiting.

    And people say Albert Einstein was smart...

5. Robbie Tobeck and The Great Coyote Urine

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    Trent Dilfer doesn't look like the worlds biggest prankster, but he proved that looks can be deceiving when he smeared icy-hot inside Center Robbie Tobeck's shorts.

    Fortunately for Tobeck he caught Dilfer before slipping the shorts on. However, just the thought of how painful that could have been demanded revenge from Tobeck.

    And he got creative.

    He purchased an extremely potent coyote urine and covered Dilfer's room in it. This took Dilfer hours to clean up.

4. The Great Rose Bowl Hoax

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    Halftime at the 1961 Rose Bowl was probably the funniest halftime show of all time until Justin Timberlake topped it over 40 years later.

    It all started a few days before the game when a student from irrelevant college football program Caltech disguised himself as a reporter and interviewed a University of Washington cheerleader.

    He got all the details for a flip-card stunt that the University of Washington planned to pull at halftime.

    They found out that by altering 2,232 instruction sheets, the entire Huskie fan section could be jipped into saying anything.

    During the halftime show, the first 11 patterns played out as planned, however, the 12th pattern which was supposed to display a Huskie was looking an awful lot like a Beaver.

    The 13th pattern was thought to be a mistake as it spelled "HUSKIES" backwards, but these last two patterns were proven to be no mistake when the 14th and final pattern spelled out "CALTECH," and then it all made sense. 

3. The Incredible Sidd Finch

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    Sidd Finch was a once in a lifetime pitching prospect.

    He chucked a fastball that clocked in at 168 MPH with pinpoint accuracy.

    He was introduced to the world as a southpaw walking around with one hiking boot throwing heat, in a April 1st, 1985 issue of Sports Illustrated.

    Sports Illustrated received many letters inquiring about the pitching prospect who turned out to be as real as my passion for the WNBA.

    As if the fact that he threw 168 MPH and wore one hiking boot wasn't enough proof he wasn't real, this article was published on April Fools Day.

    Yet people still fell for it.

2. Chris Cooley Puts A Kid In Donovan McNabb's Locker

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    LANDOVER, MD - AUGUST 13:  Donovan McNabb #5 of the Washington Redskins motions for a facemask call during the preseason game against the Buffalo Bills at FedEx Field on August 13, 2010 in Landover, Maryland.  (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
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    You read the title correctly, Redskins tight end Chris Cooley welcomed his new quarterback with this hilarious prank.

    You'll need to follow the link to this video:

1. Kyle Kendrick Gets Traded To Japan

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    Brett Myers teamed up with Charlie Manuel, Ruben Amaro Jr., a whole lot of reporters, and Kendrick's agent for arguably the greatest prank in sports history.

    I'll let the video do the talking here, this is really too good to be put into words.