No one is immune to the unpredictable — and often embarrassing — moment. That's what gives us the blooper. The blooper preys on our finest athletes as well as our most loyal fans. They happen at every level of sport, leaving fits of laughter in their wake. And unless you're the party at the blooper's epicenter, it's pretty much the best thing imaginable. The sports world was full of them this week. Hence, it would just be cruel not to show you in this forum.
We begin the festivities in Austin, Texas where a high-school marching band inadvertently choreographed one of the most memorable halftime shows since Janet Jackson stepped on stage. In this clip, uploaded by YouTube user Wes Rowe, the slightest of missteps quickly became a hysterical six-tuba pileup in the horns section while the rest of the Lake Travis marching band kept rockin' in the free world. No one was hurt though reports later surfaced that two tubas were damaged during the incident. And yes, audiophiles, they are technically sousaphones.
In football of the European persuasion, check out Radim Reznik's own goal from Champions League play. Soccer players are typically known for their fancy footwork but there are a few feet here doing things that professional feet just shouldn't do. The embarrassing gaffe ended up being the difference in a 3-2 CSKA Moscow victory.
Then there were the trials and, well, trials of Cincinnati Reds pitcher Johnny Cueto. First, Cueto got rattled on the mound and dropped the ball. Then he served up a moonshot to Russell Martin on the very next pitch.
And thankfully for the Pirates, this fan won't go down in history as Steel Bartman. But when one Buccos fan reached over the fence to assist Shin-Soo Choo's home run in the National League wild-card game he almost changed the complexity of the postseason in one fell bloop. Luckily, Pittsburgh and Russell Martin (see: above) took matters into their own hands to secure the win.
Where there's a will there's a way. Unless of course there's a blooper in the way.