Playing professional sports is not always glamorous. Sometimes even the best athletes make errors or experience moments so awful that even if they play for a hated rival you have to feel a little sympathy. By sport, these are some of the most embarrassing moments that can happen to anyone.
Baseball – Grounding out to the right fielder
Hitting the ball on the ground and past the infielders should mean at least a base hit. Unfortunately in some cases when hit to the right side hard enough with a slow runner the result is an outfield assist. While rare, this is not an absolute abnormality. Surely though it’s embarrassing for any hitter to gain the reputation as an athlete so slow that he can hit a ball into the outfield on at least one hop and still have a walk of shame back to the dugout.
Hockey – Scoring on your own goal
An error that does happen very often thanks to deflections, the real egregious one comes when a hockey player actually puts the puck in his own net without a player on the opposing team anywhere near him. This usually happens out of nowhere and on poor passes backwards. A lack of paying attention and maybe some bad karma are the leading factors to this bite from karma.
Football – Running the wrong way with the ball
Surprisingly even with the helmets covering most of their face, the loud noise from the crowd, and the head injuries associated with the sport there are few football players who have run the wrong way with the ball. This does happen though and the end result if not discovered soon enough could be a safety. In general there are lots of mistakes made in every football game. The biggest ones are mental and finish with a player standing on the wrong side of the field wondering how he’ll get back.
Basketball – Missing a slam dunk
Even the most talented basketball players miss shots. Foul shots, three-pointers, and even an easy layup happen. The worst though is when a player goes in for a slam dunk and instead of two points the ball flies off the backboard or rim and the scoreboard stays the same. Slam dunks are supposed to be sure things. In America, the term “slam dunk” has even come to mean a definite. Missing a slam dunk hurts the most because it’s a hot dog move that often makes highlight reels for the worst reasons.