In Honor Of Shark Week, Here Are Some Sharks In The World Of Sports
The Discovery Channel's ever-popular Shark Week kicks off at 9 p.m. tonight, starting seven days of coverage of nothing but shark-related programming. Sports fans are no stranger to sharks, as the name of the dangerous fish has been used as the moniker for a golf legend, a professional wrestler, a controversial college basketball coach, and a bench warming blogger. Let's take a look at some of the sharks who have infested the sports world:
Greg "The Shark" Norman- Perhaps sports' most famous shark, Norman has won two major titles over the course of his career, and was given his shark nickname thanks to his blonde hair and aggressive playing style. The Australian-born Norman has also made headlines for his failed marriage with tennis legend Chris Evert.
Jerry "Tark the Shark" Tarkanian- "Tark the Shark" is one of college basketball's all-time winningest coaches, as he compiled a record of 708-198 during stops at Long Beach State, UNLV, and Fresno State. He took four UNLV teams to Final Fours during his career, and endured a career-long battle with the NCAA, which resulted in Tarkanian suing the institution for allegedly harassing him.
John "The Shark" Tenta- A sumo wrestler turned pro wrestler who spent time in both WCW and the WWF under the names The Shark and The Earthquake, John Tenta with his finishing move: the Shark Bomb. Tenta passed away in 2006 after a two-year battle with bladder cancer.
Roger "The Shark" Bernadina- Currently an outfielder in the Washington Nationals organization, Bernadina earned the shark nickname thanks to the way that he hunts down fly balls as if they were prey. Benadina has even inspired some fans to dress up as sharks during his time in the big leagues.
Kenneth "The Shark" Gant- A special teams standout with the Dallas Cowboys and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Gant totaled seven interceptions in his career, but he is perhaps most famous for the "shark dance" that he would perform after making a big play.
Mark "The Shark" Titus- Ohio State basketball's former benchwarmer blogger, Titus made quite the name for himself with his hilarious and self-depricating posts on his website, ClubTrillion.com. The website made Titus a cult hero on the OSU campus, and led to a book deal straight out of college. Not too shabby for a kid who came to Columbus to be a team manager because he knew Greg Oden.
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