A lot of sports bloopers can happen in a year.
And when those bloopers are spectacular orreally ridiculous, they can offer chuckles and entertainment for a long time.
Here are some of 2018's greatest sports bloopers.
Behold: a perfectly flawed baseball play thatmakes the Bad News Bears look like the Good News Grizzlies.
In the eighth inning of a clash between theColorado Rockies and Cincinnati Reds, Rockie Carlos Gonzalez batted a fly ball to right-centerfield.
Reds outfielder Billy Hamilton seemed all-butdestined to catch it, but instead the ball slipped past his outstretched glove.
“But it'll be right – oh boy.
” Meanwhile, Gonzalez rounded second base, butgot tripped up on his way to third, although it didn't turn out so bad for him.
“Hamilton dropped the ball and Gonzales willgo around second, he falls down, and he's still able to get back to second base.
” Colorado went on to score a 6 to 3 victory, but for a brief, harmonious moment the Reds and the Rockies failed beautifully together.
The 2018 NFL playoffs will mostly be rememberedfor the Philadelphia Eagles' stunning upset victory over the New England Patriots in theSuper Bowl.
But the lead-up to the big game also defiedbelief when a New Orleans Saint performed a miracle … for the opposing team.
The Saints were squaring off against the MinnesotaVikings in the NFC Divisional round.
For most of the game Saints rookie safetyMike Williams played well, snagging an interception and racking up five tackles and two pass deflections.
With seconds left in the game and the Saintsup by just 1 point, Williams had a chance to put a big fat cherry atop his NFL sundaeby tackling Vikings receiver Stefon Diggs.
Instead he missed by a mile and also tookout one of his own teammates, allowing Diggs to score a game-winning 61-yard touchdown.
“He has a shot, I'm not sure really what he'sthinking Joe.
He comes in, he's got him dialed in, and, he just, all he's gotta do is make a play.
” In this February game against the ArizonaCoyotes, L.
King Tanner Pearson didn't mean to be funny when he collided with his teammateDrew Doughty in the first period.
He also didn't mean to flip heels-over-headonto his backside, lose a skate blade, and shuffle awkwardly on one knee before beingtowed to the bench.
But all those things happened in quick succession.
“A full barrel roll.
Here we go! And on the backside when he hit the ice, theblade is no longer at the bottom of the skate.
” It was all glorious because nobody got hurt, except for Pearson's left skate.
The incident also didn't hurt the Kings' chancesof winning, as they beat the Coyotes 6-0.
Pretty much nobody expected the ClevelandCavaliers to win the 2018 NBA Finals.
But thanks to a heroic 51-point performancefrom LeBron James, the Cavs actually had a chance to steal Game 1 from the Golden StateWarriors.
But what at first smelled like an upset ultimatelyreeked of a brain fart by J.
At the end of the fourth quarter, George Hillhad a chance to give Cleveland the lead at the free throw line but missed his secondattempt.
Smith snatched the rebound, but he was apparentlyoblivious to the tie score, so he dribbled the ball away from the basket.
“It's grabbed by J.
Smith! Smith's, gonnarun it out.
I think JR didn't know how much time was left.
And we're going to overtime.
” The Warriors ultimately won in overtime, andJames mourned his wasted efforts by punching a whiteboard and injuring his hand after thegame.
In a disastrous showing for Wake Forest Universityfootball, freshman kicker Nick Sciba not only missed his first field goal attempt of thegame, he almost didn't attend it.
It happened during Wake Forest's 56-27 blowoutloss to Notre Dame in September.
With the score tied at zero and seven minutesleft in the first quarter, the Demon Deacons set up for a 37-yard field goal.
Correction: They mostly set up.
As Sciba continued practicing on the sideline, the clock kept ticking down.
“I think the thought here is, hey we justput a pretty good drive together, they-” “The kicker's not on the field.
Surprised they're trying this!” “They do need a kicker.
” In a reverse Charlie Brown moment, Wake Forest'sholder looked back and discovered nobody was there to kick the football.
After what felt like an eternity Sciba scrambledonto the field, quickly booted the ball into the air, and watched it bounce off the uprightin the wrong direction.
Athletes habitually break the laws of physics, but sometimes those laws conspire against them.
Take, for example, this July contest betweenthe Houston Astros and Oakland A's.
In the bottom of the 11th, Oakland had a one-runlead and needed two more outs to put the game away.
Houston tied it up, and then with runnerson first and second, Astros infielder Alex Bregman unleashed a mighty swing to createwhat he later described as “the softest ball anyone's ever hit.
” Bregman barely made contact, and the balllanded just a few feet from home plate.
Oakland catcher Jonathan Lucroy tried to taghim out but missed completely thanks to Bregman's stealthy dodge.
And then disaster struck.
“Everybody's in play.
They both advance.
The throw's away!” “No way!” “The Astros are gonna win it! The Astros are gonna win! Unbelievable!” A hockey player losing his balance on icefeels about as unnatural as a bird that hates flying.
But just as real penguins can't fly, the NHLhas a Pittsburgh Penguin who got tripped up by the ice.
Pittsburgh goaltender Tristan Jarry achievedthe most wins by a rookie goalie in the 2017-18 season, but one March matchup got off to ahorrendous start.
In the early stages of a game against theNew York Islanders, Jarry committed a goaltending blooper for the ages.
As Islander Brandon Davidson entered the attackingzone, Jarry did his best impression of a man trying to run across cartoon banana peels.
(fast hockeyman talking) “He scores! Tristan Jarry fell over, as Davidson was goingto the backhand.
” Luckily for Jarry, his fellow Penguins didn'troast him like a turkey.
Much to his relief, he “saw 90 percent ofthe guys laughing.
” And he had the last laugh as he went on tomake 25 saves and the Penguins seized victory in overtime.
The WWE's 10-year contract with Saudi Arabiaappears to be the gift that keeps on giving reasons to regret it.
On April 27, the Greatest Royal Rumble washeld in King Abdullah International Stadium in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
The event drew scorn for a Saudi-imposed banon female wrestlers and for airing propaganda that depicted the oppressive nation as a beaconof positive change.
The six-hour show featured a ridiculouslybloated main event in the form of a 50-man battle royale.
However, there was one diamond in the vastexpanse of rough: Titus O'Neil.
O'Neil was the 39th entrant in the battleroyale.
As he ran into the ring, announcers braggedabout him rubbing elbows with important Saudi figures.
Then out of nowhere, he started rubbing elbowswith the floor.
The internet lovingly dubbed the moment “TitusWorld Slide, ” a reference to the wrestler's “Worldwide” gimmick.
The tale of the tortoise and the hare teachesus that slow and steady wins the race, and it also teaches you not to stop before you'vefinished.
The hare learned that lesson the hard way, as did Israeli runner Lonah Chemtai Salpeter.
Salpeter's backstory could double as a real-lifefable.
A native of Kenya, she became romanticallyinvolved with a track coach while working as a nanny in Israel.
The pair married in Kenya and eventually movedto Israel.
Salpeter repeatedly applied for citizenshipbut got rejected for about five years.
The government finally naturalized her whenshe qualified to compete in the 2016 Rio Games.
Things went awry in Rio, but in 2018 she madehistory as the first Israeli woman to win gold at the European Championships.
She almost won a second medal there but unwittinglyremoved herself from the running.
While competing in the 5, 000-meter race Salpeterunderestimated how much race she had left and stopped early.
While celebrating the silver medal she thoughtshe had won, she discovered she still had one lap to go.
“And what was Lonah Salpeter thinking? She thought she'd finished, she moved overto the right hand side of the track, big grin on her face.
” Salpeter would finish fourth but got disqualifiedfor crossing the running lanes too early.
She vowed to treat her blooper as a lessonfor future races.