1. Clint Barmes, broken collarbone: The then-rookie shortstop first said it was a trip down the stairs that caused his trip to the emergency room. But a few weeks later, he fessed up to the (not-so) scandalous truth: He was carrying deer meat that teammate Todd Helton had given him, not the original bag of groceries he blamed, when he took the tumble. His excuse for lying? "I just didn't think it was right to bring Todd Helton into something like this," he told the Denver Post back in 2005.
2. Sammy Sosa, sneeze-induced back spasms: Achoo! During a controversy-ridden year with the Cubs, Sosa blamed a hitting slump back on spasms caused by a strong sneeze. But Sammy wasn't the only one tripped up by a tickle in the nose -- the Rangers' Gary Matthews Jr started the 2006 season on the DL after he said he strained a rib muscle trying to suppress a sneeze.
3. Gus Frerotte, sprained neck: Apparently Chad Johnson isn't the only one who has to watch his antics around the goal post. Frerotte missed the second half of the Redskins' overtime tie against the New York Giants in November of 1997 after head-butting a padded wall in the end-zone during a celebration after scoring on a 1-yard run. According to the Washington Post, after scoring the TD, "Frerotte kept running toward the corner of the stadium. First he spiked the football against the wall, then he stopped momentarily and continued celebrating his team's first score by butting the top of his helmeted head into a padded wall. He clearly recoiled after the impact."
4. Joel Zumaya, strained forearm: More reasons to drop the Wii and read a book. In 2006, Zumaya missed some time because of a sore forearm caused by what doctors said was too much time playing video games. A year later, Zumaya said Guitar Hero wasn't the culprit, telling The Detroit News, "A lot of people have criticized me and told me, 'Joel, put it away.' But I'm still going to play it. Just not as often." Ten months after that statement, Zumaya had another freak accident, when a box fell on him as he tried to take down another box. While his Guitar Hero career may not be over, his moving career certainly was: the right-hander had to have surgery to repair his shoulder after that accident.
5. Kerry Wood, sore arm: The oft-injured pitcher opened last season's spring training unable to throw after slipping out of his "hot spa." The sheepish Wood told the Chicago Tribune, "It's about that time of year, isn't it? I was getting out of the hot tub at the house and took a little spill. Didn't think anything of it, and it hurt a little more than I thought. Nothing's wrong."
6. Jimmie Johnson, broken wrist: While playing in a celebrity golf tournament in 2006, Johnson proved why drivers should try to stay inside the vehicle. While riding on top of the golf cart, Johnson slipped off, breaking his left wrist and keeping him out of the Champions Nation Cup the next week. "I wasn't holding on tight enough, landed awkwardly on the ground and heard a little pop," he said in a press release on the incident.
Bill Gramatica: Not only the dumbest sports injury, but probably one of the stupidest things you'll ever witness, period. After nailing a 42-yard field goal to put the lowly Arizona Cardinals up 3-0 in the first half of a regular season game, kicker Bill Gramatica jumped up in wild celebration, came down, and tore his ACL.
How could Milton Bradley be left off this list? When his Manager, Bud Black, tackled him to keep him from getting into a fight with an umpire he blew out his ACL. How in the world does a professional athlete's body break down that easily? Better question, how does a professional athlete's brain break down so easily?
How could Bill Gramatica's torn ACL not make the list? The guy kicks a 42-yard field goal to put the Cards up by 3-0 in the first half of a game and proceeds to celebrate. He comes down funny and tears his ACL. It's pretty funny when you think of a football player doing this. But, it's down right ridiculous when it's a kicker.
in 1940, washington redskin turk edwards suffered a career ending knee injury during th coin toss. after the toss, he turned to go off the field, caught his cleats in the turf and he was finished as a player
How can you have a list like this and not include Bill Gramatica or Wade Boggs? Most everybody has seen Gramatica blow out his knee after a meaningless field goal and Boggs strained his back putting on cowboyu boots.
After successfully kicking a 42-yard field goal in the first half of a game against the New York Giants Gramática jumped up in celebration and tore his ACL upon landing. He missed the rest of the season.
Adrian McPherson who got run over by the Tennessee Titans mascot who was on a golf cart. McPherson was unable to play in the second half of the pre-season game and was eventually cut; I believe he also sued Titans for the injury.
Glen Allen Hill suffered from an intense condition of arachnophobia. On one occasion Hill sustained cuts and scrapes on his feet, knees and arm during a violent nightmare about spiders. Hill popped out of bed, bumped into a glass table and plunged down a staircase, all occurring when he was asleep. Hill ended up being placed on the 15 day disabled list. This led to him being nicknamed "Spiderman."
Santiago Cañizares, starting goalkeeper for the Spanish National Team, tried to kick a falling perfume bottle to prevent it from braking. Broke his foot instead, giving way to Iker Casillas to start in the World Cup. Cañizares never regained his starting role.
Not much of a sport, but Nancy Kerrigan getting whacked across the knee-cap. I believe Tonya Harding gained 175 lbs. since then, appeared on Celebrity Boxing, and went back to work as a waitress at the Cracker Barrel.
I *think* it was the Braves' Paul Runge who sprained an ankle putting on his sock and ended up on the DL over it, back in the early 90's, if I recall correctly. I'm not 100% sure it was Runge, would appreciate anyone else who remembers that incident piping up to confirm or deny.
11/30/81 - On November 30th Dolphins receiver Duriel Harris injures his knee while spiking the ball after a 4th Quarter touchdown. He "dunked" the ball over the goal post and landed incorrectly. The injury was severe enough to cause Harris to miss the next three games.
Boban Jankovic, former basketball player from Serbia in disgust with a ref's decision banged his head against the basket support, damaged his spine and remained paralysed. That was the most bizzare/tragic scene ever. Read it here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boban_Jankovi%C4%87
How about Mark Howe, then of the Philly Flyers getting impaled on a steel rod that used to hold the goal nets on the ice; or there was Dick (Richie) Allen of the Phillies severely cutting his hand on the headlight glass of an auto he was pushing;
Pat Price of the Islanders broke his ankle after falling off his platform shoes before his rookie season. This was two weeks or so after he used his signing bonus to buy a ferrari which he proptly wrapped around a light post and walked away without a scratch. Oh, the irony...
In the 1993 League Cup Final @ Wembley, Steven Morrow scored the winning goal for Arsenal FC vs Sheffield Wednesday. After the final whistle he was being paraded around Wembley Stadium on the shoulders of Tony Adams (The Arsenal captain) he prompty fell off Tony's shoulders and broke his arm. Missing the rest of the season
How could all of you guys miss the number one greatest sports injury of all-time? Tony Gwynn smashing his fingers in the door of his Porsche in the parking lot of his BANK! This injury sums up an entire generation of overpaid, pampered athletes. Oops...I forgot nobody is allowed to criticize Tony Gwynn.
Rickey Henderson getting frostbite from sleeping with an ice pack. Nolan Ryan unable to pitch after being bitten by a coyote. Ken Griffey Jr sustained a groin injury after his jock had pinched one of his testicles. Ouch. Terry Mulholland scratching his eye from a feather sticking out of his pillow. This one takes the cake: Vince Coleman missed the entire 1985 World Series after getting rolled up inside the automatic tarp-rolling machine.
Dan Boyle -20 goal scoring defenseman of Tampa Bay Lightning.
2 weeks before the start of the 2007-8 season, after a pre-season game he slammed his footlocker shut causing a skate to fall from it's drying hook above. The skate blade landed right at the base of his wrist cleanly severing two tendons on his shooting hand. Ouch!
In the late 1960s, Cecil Upshaw was one of the best relievers in the game, playing for the Atlanta Braves and saving 27 games in 1969. However he injured himself and was never the same again. How did his injury occur? Upshaw, who stood about 6-6, decided to show off for his teammates by demonstrating how he used to dunk a basketball, using a street awning. But he caught a ring on the awning and severely injured his finger, causing him to miss the entire 1970 season.
Noble candidates, but Dave Rozema of the Tigers takes the cake and then tries to punt it. Racing from the dugout during a typical bench-clearing semi-brawl, he tried to land a flying, blind-side, cheap-shot karate kick. Not only did he miss, he landed awkwardly, mangled his knee, and torpedoed his career. Also, let us not forget Reggie Jefferson, who missed most of a season after a vociferous sneeze.
Chris Hanson's injury is legendary. Coach Jack del Rio brought a stump and axe into the locker room to drive home a "keep chopping wood" theme. Hanson was fired up after one practice and tried to literally chop some wood...but missed the stump and hit his own leg. Wow!
The thing I find funny about alot of these comments are people calling things 'bizarre" that happen everyday around the world. People slip and fall in showers, people cut their hands gardening or cooking, people throw their backs out doing everyday things, etc. Not saying these things will happen to all or most of us, but they do happen quite regularly, so they can hardly be called "bizarre." Heck my neighbor broke his leg when his dog ran in front of him and tripped him when he on his way to get the mail from the mailbox at the end of his driveway.
Just somehow people think that when they happen to an athelete it is somehow different.
Don't believe me go hang out in your local emergency room or Dr's office and see the injuries that "regular" people have.
Are you kidding me? What about the punter from the Jaguars (don't remember his name) that chopped into his leg with an ax that was in the locker room. It was stuck in a log in the locker room because their theme for the year was "chopping wood". LOL. Tool.
Nick Harper from the 2005 Colts was slashed in the knee with a knife by his wife the day before the AFC Championship game. Not a problem except he decided to play the game and ended up picking up a fumble at the very end of the game but was tackled by BEN ROTHLISBURGER, the QB, because he couldn't run!!!
Barcelona goalkeeper Carles Busquets missed a couple of months back in the mid-'90s when he tore up his hands. He claimed he'd caught a hot iron falling off an ironing board that was going to land on his kid. Turned out he was popping wheelies on a moped and fell off. Then the next year he missed a couple of weeks after losing a fight with an Italian reporter in a Barcelona nightspot--the guy popped him right in the eye and detached his cornea or something.