Weirdest Game Finishes In Sports History

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Jumbotron Really Trying To Push New Third-Down Cheer On Fans

SAN DIEGO—Noting that the phrase had appeared in large blue letters during each of the team’s offensive drives, sources at Qualcomm Stadium confirmed Friday that the Jumbotron was trying really hard to push a new third-down cheer on San Diego Chargers fans.

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Former WWE Wrestler Found Alive At 44

PHOENIX—In a revelation that has sent shockwaves through the wrestling world, sources confirmed that former WWE wrestler Freddy Hendricks, better known as his in-ring persona “Time Bomb,” was discovered alive Friday at the age of 44.

Strongside/Weakside: Dak Prescott

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Study: 96% Of Pickup Games Decided By Next Score

PRINCETON, NJ—Noting that none of the game’s earlier events factored into the final outcome in any way whatsoever, a study released Wednesday by researchers at Princeton University revealed that 96 percent of all pickup games are decided by the next score.
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Weirdest Game Finishes In Sports History

With the Red Sox Game 3 of the World Series decided by a bizarre obstruction call, Onion Sports takes a look at some of the strangest endings in the history of athletics.

  • 1947 Boston Braves at Brooklyn Dodgers: In his first MLB appearance, Jackie Robinson shockingly finishes the game not murdered at the hands of a baseball crowd filled with violent, racist white people
  • 1972 Immaculate Reception: To this day, many specifics of Terry Bradshaw’s winning touchdown pass to Franco Harris remain in question, such as: (1) Whom did the ball touch in the downfield collision? (2) Who exactly is John “Frenchy” Fuqua? (3) Why was referee Pat Harder at the game in the first place, if not to provide a convenient alibi distancing him from the events that night at the Coleman estate? (4) How does the Black Scorpion play into the whole affair?
  • 1982 Stanford Cardinal at Cal Golden Bears: After a series of unlikely laterals, Cal’s Kevin Moen charges through a pack of celebrating Stanford marching band members into the end zone for a game-winning touchdown, killing three
  • 1983 Pine Tar Incident: In a regular season Royals-Yankees game, the umpire crew nullifies a game-winning George Brett home run after determining that the Kansas City third baseman’s bat is made entirely of pine tar
  • 1997 Holyfield vs. Tyson: Biting Evander Holyfield’s ear off after three rounds seems less strange when one recalls his pre-bout declaration, “I am going to bite my opponent’s ear off”
  • 2003 NLCS: A fan catches a foul ball and the Chicago Cubs go on to lose the game. Deal with it.
  • 2006 Rose Bowl: With just 19 seconds left in the game and the University of Texas down by five, Vince Young takes the ball on fourth and five and rushed into the end zone to beat USC, showcasing the incredible talent that the Tennessee Titans would never see over the next four years
  • 2010 World Cup, U.S. vs. Algeria: Landon Donovan or Clint Dempsey or Alexi Lalas or one of those guys scores a last-second goal to win the game for the U.S.
  • 2012 Green Bay Packers at Seattle Seahawks: Green Bay fans are furious after replacement referee Lance Easley pulls in a last-minute Russell Wilson pass for a touchdown, winning the game for Seattle
  • 2013 Pittsburgh Steelers at Minnesota Vikings: Minnesota wins a game


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