The sport of football is amazing, don’t you agree? Since 1920 it's been delivering us, the viewers, with arguably the greatest live entertainment out there. I have no idea what people did between the time when they discontinued gladiator fights, to the time they invented this great sport. I mean, it has it all, modern day giants going at it against each other, men in tights for the women who appreciate a good buttocks and of course don’t forget all the excitement, adrenaline, emotion and joy involved in the road to the prestigious Lombardi trophy.
When you look at the history of football there has been many great moments. From the Music City Miracle to the David Tyree amazing clutch catch in the Super Bowl against the Patriots. It keeps giving us moments we will remember forever, and just as many moments we want to forget about as soon as possible, but most will leave you in awe. Those moments get glorified most of all, and it's justifiable as the fans always want to see all the exciting stuff. But someone has to give the moment of glory to the not so good moment, let's call them bizarre moments.
It could be hard to make a top 15 list out of 95 years of great football, but I tried my best to find the most bizarre and epic moments that have happened during those 95 wonderful years. Now I know many people have different opinions about stuff, but these incidents will leave you scratching your heads just like it left the players and coaches alike. They say what’s sunshine without a little rain? Well here are the moments of rain that when looked up on from the side you can kind of see a rainbow in there. Hopefully people who are responsible for these incident can look back at it and smile just like us fans can.
15 15. Dan Connolly's 71 Yard Kick Return
14 14. Vikings Clock Runs Out - 2003 NFL Draft
13 13. Joe Theismann Injury
Injuries are quite common in the NFL, after all the sport itself is very violent. Not often do you see an injury as gruesome as Joe Thiesmenn's was. It was a 1985 divisional match up between the Washington Redskins and New York Giants. At the time Lawrance Taylor was forming and establishing himself as the most feared and dominating defenders in the NFL. Theismann found out why. Ball snapped, quarterback hands the ball to the running back, it's a trick play, flea flicker, quarterback gets the ball back, but Taylor wasn't being fooled by it what so ever, he proceeded to sack the QB.
12 12. Nuts Over Brains?
11 11. "We Want The Ball And We're Going to Score"
In the NFL confidence is good. But when you can't back it up that may lead to some bad consequences or like in our case, a pretty bizarre outcome. During the first round of the 2003-04 playoffs, Seattle squared off against Green Bay in Lambeau field. It was an even game as both teams came into it sitting at 10-6. After a 1-yard TD from Seattle running back Shaun Alexander the game was tied up at 27. This is where the fun begins.
10 10. Punter Meets Antonio Brown's Cleat
Things get intense during divisional matchups in the NFL, and this 2014 Cleveland/ Pittsburgh clash was no different. Antonio Brown on the up rise as being one of the best receivers in the NFL using a combination of sharp route running, sure hands, speed and agility. He also returned punts. On one of the punts in the game he fielded the punt on his own 28 yard and proceeded to make moves in an attempt to score. After a few nice moves he looked like he was going to put 6 on the board for his team, but then Cleveland punter comes into play.
9 9. Patriots Elect To Kick In Overtime
8 8. Darius Reynaud Starts The Season with a Safety
7 7. River City Relay
6 6. Seattle Chooses To Pass From The Goalline
Super Bowl XLIX is going to go down in history as one of the greatest Super Bowls ever played. The Seahawks found themselves down four after a touchdown pass from Brady to Edelman. Wilson and company got the football with 2:02 left on the clock with all three time outs available to them. Russell Wilson orchestrated a great drive completing a pass of 31 yards to Marshawn Lynch to start the drive followed by a couple incomplete passes. Wilson aired one out to Jermaine Kearse who came through in the clutch and made an amazing grab, something in the David Tyree class.
5 5. Colts Bizarre Formation vs. New England
4 4. Chicago Bears 3 Consecutive Ties
3 3. Miracle In The Meadowlands
2 2. Kneel Or Spike? Kneel
1 1. The Coin That Doesn't Flip
It's fresh in our minds, so perhaps that's why it stands out the most. After an intense match up between Arizona and Green Bay, the Divisional Round game was headed to overtime. Just when we thought we have seen everything, this happens. Now, I sat here in my chair and tossed a coin, not even trying to flip it, and every time it at least did one rotation. Apparently the coin that referee Clete Blakeman was using had an anti physics feature in it. Blakeman tossed the coin, but all the coin did was, make its way to the ground without any rotation. It looked like a Frisbee on a smooth landing. Blakeman was as shocked as we were, and the Packer players were angry with the outcome so Blakeman decided it's only fair to reflip the coin, even though the rules don't state the coin has to flip. Once again the Cardinals won the toss, elected to receive. A few plays later they were the winners advancing to the conference championship.
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