Originally written on The Victory Formation  |  Last updated 2/2/12

What is your most embarrassing sports moment?

I’ll bet it was nothing like this:

This happens in soccer, usually when a defender’s clearing attempt goes awry, or his pass back to the goalie is misplayed. With the speed of the puck in hockey, own goals are not crazy. Golfers have cost themselves with on-course mistakes and/or errors when signing their scorecard.

In baseball, what’s equivalent? There’s no way to score for the other team, only to make it really easy or with mistakes that would have ended an inning or erased a runner and are followed by a 2-run home run instead of a solo. Dropped cans of corn? Horribly wild throws? Being caught with the hidden ball trick? Nothing may ever top the oh-so-uncomfortable meltdown of Rick Ankiel in the playoffs, the Three Nights in August chapter in TLR’s book about the wild-pitch-fest that marked the beginning of the end for Ankiel as a pitcher.

Greats of the game have done stupid **** in front of many. Vikings legend Jim Marshall once ran a fumble recovery into the wrong end zone, and even celebrated, but that’s a safety.

In hoops, the penalty for numbnuttery is the equivalent of a touchdown, 2 points. Hard to say, but I’m guessing that most times this has happened in hoops, it was likely in the middle of a game. For the high school kid from Charlotte, it cost his team the game.

Oh, my most embarrassing sports moment? Was in a pressbox and not a field of play.

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