On Aug. 23, an
unidentified Blue Jays fan wearing baseball pants and a Toronto jersey (above)
tried to sneak into the home dugout after a game at the Rogers Centre. It was a
clever plan, but the would-be Jay isn't the year's most devious interloper. On
Aug. 10, Ryan Leli, 18, of Long Island, flashed an NBC Sports I.D. card to get
into Shea Stadium. The stunt worked--until Leli, who faked the card with his
computer, asked Padres catcher Mike Piazza to pose for a picture. Leli was
ejected from the clubhouse, and when he used his pass again eight days later,
Shea security--and the police--were ready. He was charged with criminal
impersonation, trespassing and possession of a forged instrument. He faces up
to seven years in jail ... and joins the list of sports' best
After Game 3 of the NBA Finals in Miami, two unidentified women sneak into the
Mavericks' locker room with the media horde--and make a beeline for the
showers, where they allegedly snap pictures with their cellphones. Forward Josh
Howard (right) chases them out, and security escorts them out of the building.
Says Mavs guard Darrel Armstrong, "That might be the wildest situation I
have ever seen."
During a home football win over San Diego State, two spirited--very
spirited-- New Mexico fans sneak into the Lobos' locker room and grab two
helmets. Alas, the fans lack a solid exit strategy: They carry the helmets back
to their seats, where police find them. One of the culprits hides a helmet
behind his back, but both men are arrested for theft.
During the men's synchronized diving event at the Athens Olympics, Ron
Bensimhon, a fan from Montreal, scampers out of the stands and dives off the
three-meter board. What gives him away as an intruder? His name isn't in the
program ... and he's wearing a tutu and clown shoes. Bensimhon (left) is
arrested and fined $3,225. "I wanted to have fun, but I never knew it would
finish like this," he says.
For a bit on Jimmy Kimmel Live before Super Bowl XXXVIII, comedian Sal Iacono
dons a Panthers jersey, sneaks into media day and says he's Carolina kicker
John Kasay (right). Several reporters fall for the gag and lob questions at
him. Asked by one what winning the Super Bowl would mean, "Kasay"
answers, "It wouldn't mean too much because I already make more money than
Richard Stangler, 33, a fan at Busch Stadium, sneaks into the visitors' dugout
while the Cubs are taking BP and swipes one of Sammy Sosa's bats. Stangler
escapes into the stands--but leaves the bat in a seat while he buys a beer.
Police track down Stangler and arrest him for theft. (His excuse: "Someone
in a Cubs shirt" gave him the bat.) "If the guy had asked me," says
Sosa (left), "I would have given it to him."