The Grossest Pictures in Sports
There are some times when sports and body parts collide in ugly fashion.
As you might imagine, the results usually don't turn out to look like award winning artwork.
But the pictures do.
In fact, they're kind of like a bad car accident: hard to look at but hard to look away.
And these images will be forever ingrained into our minds...even if we don't want them to.
Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you the grossest pictures in sports
25. Fedor Emelianenko
Surprise, surprise, this isn't the only picture of an MMA fighter you'll see on this list.
The guy in this picture is Fedor Emelianenko, who is widely considered to be one of the—if not the—best MMA fighters on the planet.
And I can't help but think that the cut above his eye resembles something.
Tilt your head to the right a little, look at the picture of Emelianenko, then look at this.
See the similarities?
24. Ben Roethlisberger
Ben Roethlisberger somehow managed to finish the game despite his nose taking a wrong turn.
Get the joke?
Big Ben looks like he might want a spot on that wreck of a reality show, Bridalplasty.
Because if they can make some of those girls look good, then they can certainly help Roethlisberger.
23. Sid Vicious
So pro wrestling is fake? Wrong.
It's staged. Just ask Sid Vicious.
After jumping off the turnbuckle and landing awkwardly on his left leg in a 2001 match against Scott Steiner, Vicious suffered a compound fracture of his tibia and fibula.
I guess that's why the big guys tend not to jump off the ropes, Sid, even if it is just the middle turnbuckle.
22. Evander Holyfield
In 1997, Mike Tyson was probably on his way to a loss at the hands of Evander Holyfield, so what did he do?
Well, if you can't beat 'em, bite 'em. And that's exactly what Tyson did.
He took a snap at Holyfield's ear, he was deducted two points, the fight continued, and then Tyson took another bite of Holyfield's other ear.
This time he connected, ripping a big chunk of the part of the ear known as the helix, then spitting it onto the canvas.
Only Tyson can do that and still have a legion of fans 13 years later.
21. Destry Wright
Destry Wright was playing in a preseason game for the Pittsburgh Steelers back in 2000 when he broke his right leg and dislocated his right ankle.
I was only 12 at the time, so I'm not sure what exactly happened to this guy afterward.
But the good thing about Wright is that he can he can do something you or I will never be able to do: walk forward and backward at the same time.
20. Joe Theismann
Every time I watch Thursday Night Football on the NFL Network, I wonder why the hell I have to put up with Joe Theismann.
This is why.
After Theismann's playing career was cut short following this tragic leg injury, he headed straight to the announcer's booth.
And now we all have to pay for it.
19. Bryce Florie
Who's Bryce Florie? Yeah, that's exactly what I was thinking.
But he's apparently some journeyman pitcher who got blasted in the face with a line drive while with the Boston Red Sox back in 2000.
The hit broke his cheekbone and orbital socket, and also did damage to his retina.
But Florie miraculously returned to the Red Sox a year later...then was subsequently released by the team just seven days after making his return.
The weather isn't the only thing that's cold in Boston.
18. Jessica Dube
I've always thought figure skating has the potential for disaster, and what do you know? It does.
Jessica Dube's partner Bryce Davison slashed her face with his skate during the pair's routine, and she fell to the ground with blood spewing out all over the place.
This is what she looks like today.
What a shame.
17. Shaun Livingston
This is how Shaun Livingston went from promising young NBA star to the No. 1 patient at his local physical therapy center.
And Wikipedia breaks down what the missed layup resulted in: "Livingston injured almost every part of his knee, tearing the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), the posterior cruciate ligament (PCL), and the lateral meniscus, badly spraining his medial collateral ligament (MCL), and dislocating his patella and his tibia-femoral joint."
That's gotta be every ligament/tendon in his knee, right?
16. Joe Stevenson
I don't know what makes me want to hurl more: the amount of blood or the fact that Joe Stevenson's blood and tears are combining to form some type of disgusting liquid substance.
Oh, in case you were wondering, Stevenson did indeed lose this fight, which took place at UFC 80 against B.J. Penn.
That was probably the last of his worries, though.
15. Willis McGahee
Someone please explain to me how Willis McGahee is still playing football?
How his leg didn't just break off continues to boggle my mind to this day, but I'm even more surprised that all McGahee suffered was a torn ACL.
After witnessing that, I would have imagined his leg looking something like this.
14. David Busst
David Busst's name is rather fitting, because his leg looks busted in this picture.
I'd be lying if I said I was familiar with any of these soccer players, but I know a nasty injury when I see one.
And Busst's injury—compound fractures to his tibia and fibula—certainly fit that description.
13. Allan Ray
You know how, in The Three Stooges, Curly, Larry and Moe always poke each other in the eye?
You chuckle, "Hahaha," because it's funny, right?
Not if you're Allan Ray.
In 2006, the Villanova guard literally had his eye poked out.
Huh? I didn't know it was possible, but apparently it is.
12. David Lee
Remember when David Lee missed an eight-game stretch in November?
Yeah, well, this is why.
The Golden State Warrios forward/center got a pretty disgusting infection in his elbow.
Something tells me it's gonna take more than rubbing alcohol to clean that thing up.
11. Marvin Eastman
They call Vitor Belfort "The Phenom" for a reason.
At UFC 43, Belfort took on Marvin Eastman and gave him that horrific gash you're seeing above his right eye.
Is it just me, or does that wound look exactly like an eyebrow?
Maybe a little devil's horn, too.
10. Napoleon McCallum
If I told you Napoleon McCallum never played in the NFL again after this injury, would you be surprised?
Didn't think so.
McCallum's injury is one of the most well-known, devastating football injuries we've ever seen.
9. Antonio Margarito
They say size doesn't matter...or so I've heard.
And Antonio Margarito is proof positive of the truthfulness of that statement.
He was much bigger than Manny Pacquiao, but that didn't stop the Pacman from giving him some unexpected facial reconstruction surgery in their recent fight.
Ouch. How long do you think it took Margarito to see again?
8. Tyrone Prothro
You might remember Alabama wide receiver Tyrone Prothro for his jaw-dropping catch against Southern Miss.
Or you might remember him from that picture above.
Prothro snapped both his tibia and fibula on this catch and never played football again.
I still cringe when I see this injury. Man, that had to hurt.
7. Djibril Cissa
Of all the pictures on this list, none of them express sheer agony quite like this one.
That man is Djibril Cissa, a striker for the French national soccer team who showed that sticks and stones will break his bones and so will awkward footing.
Seriously, I don't even know what's going on with his leg.
It's been called a "fractured right tibia and fibula," but it looks like something we'd have to create a whole new term for.
6. Borje Salming
In 1986, Detroit Red Wings defenseman Borje Salming fell to the ice in front of his team's own net and had his face slashed by the skate of Gerard Gallant.
After getting over 200 stitches and having facial surgery, that picture was the horrifying result.
But after countless hours of facial reconstruction surgery, he's looking better these days.
5. Marcin Wasilewski
Um, I'm no doctor, but I'm pretty sure that your leg isn't supposed to do that.
Marcin Wasilewski's shin snaps like a tooth pick in this one.
Doesn't that usually just leave cleat marks?
4. Chasity Melvin
Alright, guys, we are officially no longer allowed to make fun of the WNBA.
That includes you, Family Guy.
Much like that Allan Ray injury, I didn't realize this was possible.
But thanks to Chasity Melvin, I'm well aware that your eyes should be protected no matter what the sport.
Amar'e Stoudemire has the right idea.
3. Corey Hill
Who remembers this toy from way back in the day?
Yeah, that's Stretch Armstrong.
But the guy above is UFC fighter and The Ultimate Fighter Season 5 contestant Corey Hill at UFC Fight Night 16.
Can you tell the difference between the two?
Neither can I.
2. Clint Malarchuk
I never watch hockey, partly because we don't have it where I'm from but even more so because of stuff like this.
I had previously heard the phrase "he took one in the jugular," but I never quite understood it.
Thanks to Clint Malarchuk, I do now.
1. Kazushi Sakuraba
Huh?! Who?! What?! How!?!!
That was my immediate reaction to this picture before spewing my breakfast all over my front lawn.
But that dude's got an egg in his eyebrow and a nice case of cauliflower ear, so at least he got a full meal out of this fight.
On the real though, I have no idea who Kazushi Sakuraba is...but I'm glad I'm not him.