15 Shocking Sports Moments
The sports world is so unpredictable and exciting. Time and time again it has been proven that literally anything can happen. Some of the most shocking thing to happen to humans happened at a sporting event. Whether a miraculous come back, an unbelievable play, a ghastly injury, or just the perfect timing of fates, sports have been in the business of shocking and awing forever. From human error to natural disasters, shocking sports events have left fans on the edge of their seat. Here are some of the most shocking sports moments from the past and the most recent.
Oklahoma University Breaks Rushing Record Twice in One Season In 1999 LaDainian Tomlinson claim the NCAA record for most rushing yards in a single game. He would hold that record until 2014 when it was broke by Oklahoma University running back Melvin Gordon who at the time was a Heisman candidate. He ran for 408 yard during a game against November. The real shocker came the following week when freshman running back for the Sooners, Samaje Perine, broke and claimed the most rushing yards in a single game record with 427. It takes years for people to get a record like that. Perine did it in a week.
Luis Suarez Bites…Again Luis Suarez is considered one of the best soccer players in the world. The only problem with him is he has an uncontrollable appetite for human flesh. Suarez is a biter. He has beeb caught biting three different opponents, the latest being Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini at the 2014 World Cup. Chiellini showed bite marks after the game and Suarez denied that it was an intentional bite. Suarez has been ridiculed for his antics and players have developed unfriendly attitudes towards him for this reason.
Paul George Injury Injuries are just a part of sports. Some are minor and can be played with, others are a little more serious and require some time off. Then there are the gruesome type of injuries. Paul George suffered a severe injury during a scrimmage before the USA men’s basketball team competed in the Olympics. He fractured his tibula and fibula, which are very important bones, especially to an athlete. He had a two hour surgery to put pins in his leg and has been on the fast road to recovery. March is when he is expected to return to the court.
Kansas City Royals Make it to the World Series Every sport and league has a team or teams that perpetually suck. For the MLB the Kansas City Royals was one of those teams, but every dog has there day. The Kansas City Royals day came in October of 2014 when they beat the Baltimore Orioles to advance to the World Series. The last time they had been to the big dance was in 1985 when they won. The entire baseball world was surprised as they swept the Orioles in the playoffs.
Derek Jeter Ends Career With Walk Off Single This past baseball season Derek Jeter retired for the diamond. During his farewell game he went out in a fashion that all great players should go out. Playing against the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee’s Stadium, the two teams were tied 5-5 in the bottom of the 9th inning. Jeter’s final time at bat resulted in a walk off single that led the Yankee’s to victory. As Jeter took his final moments on the field Frank Sinatra’s “My Way” played throughout the stadium. A true story book ending.
LA Kings Come Back to Win Stanley Cup Come back stories are some of the best sports stories to ever be told. They are always shocking, especially when it’s a championship game. The final game of the 2014 Stanley Cup series was a nail biting, edge of your seat type of game between the Los Angelas Kings and the New York Rangers. The Kings dominated the series with 3-1 lead but game five looked like it belonged to the Rangers. The Rangers led the Kings 2-0 for majority of the game until, Marian Gaborik scored the goal to tie the game. Alec Martinez scored the decisive goal with 5:17 remaining in the second overtime.
Tony Stewart Kills Driver in Accident NASCAR driver Tony Stewart was involved in an accident on the track. Kevin Ward Jr., a fellow race car driver, was competing against Stewart in a sprint race. After spinning out and getting out of his car Ware walked on the track when Stewart’s car hit and killed him. After an investigation, it was found that Kevin Ward Jr. had marijuana in his system, enough to impair his judgement. A grand jury cleared Stewart of the charges of manslaughter and negligent homicide that he was facing.
LeBron Goes Back to Cleveland As the Bon Jovi song says, “Who says you can’t go home?” Lebron James made the decision to go back to the Cleveland Cavaliers during the off season before the 2014 season started. After winning his two championships with the Miami Heat. He was drafted to the NBA by the Cleveland Cavaliers right out of his school in 2003. He is a native of Akron, Ohio so it seemed to be a perfect match. He devastated the entire state of Ohio when he announced that he would be “taking his talents to South Beach. ” He has made his home state happy again now that he is home fighting for another championship.
Donald Sterling Racist Remarks NBA was shaken up by racism this past season when Clippers owner, Donald Sterling who has now resigned, was recorded saying some pretty racist things. It all started with a picture of his girlfriend and Magic Johnson being posted on Instagram. His girlfriend then secretly recorded and leaked their conversation about it, where Sterling shared his dislike for black men. The media had a field day and Sterling was forced to give up ownership of the LA Clippers.
Ray Rice Domestic Abuse Situation One of the most shocking and recent sports moments is the Ray Rice domestic violence case. On February 15, 2014 news broke out that Rice and his girlfriend were in an altercation in an Atlantic City hotel elevator. A few days later a security video surfaced, showing Rice delivering a knockout blow to his girl and dragging her unconscious body out of the elevator. While the NFL was trying to figure out what to do with Rice, he and his girlfriend reconcile and got married. The NFL commissioner Roger Goodell originally suspended Rice for two games and claimed that he did not see the video, when in fact the video was sent to the NFL by the proper authorities. This entire case was mishandled which resulted in Rice being released from the Ravens and suspended from the NFL indefinitely, which he appealed and won.
Gerard Gordeau Kicks Teila Tuli’s Tooth Out in UFC Fight It is hard for me to believe that the UFC was not an instant hit with people considering how big it is now. The first ever televised UFC fight is legendary and set the tone and fan fare for the now publicized sport of mixed martial arts fighting. On November 12, 1993 the fight featuring Gerard Gordeau, a french kick boxing champion and mammoth American Sumo Wrestler Teila Tuli was the first UFC to be broadcast to millions via their T.V.s. The fight started off slowly with both fighters circling and trying to feel each other out, but suddenly Tuli lunged at Gordeau attempting to grapple him, but missed and slipped to the mat, giving Gordeau the opportunity to strike. With a savage kick to the face, he sent one of Tuli’s teeth flying into the audience and the crowd went completely bananas.
Kevin Ware Breaks Leg One of the most gruesome and cringe worthy moments in sports history happen during the March Madness tournament in 2013. In an Elite Eight game between Louisville and Duke, guard Kevin Ware suffered an horrendous injury. His leg literally snapped in two on national television. Everyone who seen it either gasped for air or said “oh s**t” while looking away. The Louisville Cardinals went on to win the tournament with Ware sitting on the bench.
Dale Earnhart Sr. Dies on Final Lap of Daytona 500 A crowd of nearly 200,000 people witnessed the death of a NASCAR legend, Dale Earnhart Sr. In 2001, at the Daytona 500 Dale Earnhart Sr. crashed and died while on his final lap. He was running third behind his son, Dale Earnhardt Jr., and winner Michael Waltrip, when he lost control after tapping another car. He died instantly leaving a hole in the heart of the NASCAR community.
World Series Earthquake During the 1989 World Series between the Oakland Athletics and the San Francisco Giants an unexpected event happened. The World Series dubbed the Battle of the Bay came to a halt when an earthquake struck before game three of the series. Oakland and San Francisco suffered significant damage. Candlestick Park had chucks of concrete collapsing form the top decks. The series continued almost two weeks later.
Clint Malarchuk’s Severed Carotid Artery We know that hockey is one of the roughest sports to participate in. With all the pads that they wear you would think that they have enough protection. That was not the case for Clint Malarchuk. A goalie for the Buffalo Sabres, Clint almost lost his life. A players feet got from under him and sliced Clint’s neck. His carotid artery was severed and 1/3 of his blood gushed out onto the ice. If it was not for the actions of the Sabres’ trainer, a former medic in the Vietnam War, Clint might not have made it. Understandably, Clint Malarchuk was not the same after that brush with death.