YEAR IN REVIEW: 11 Of The Most ‘WTF’ Sports Stories From 2016
America held a family meeting, we've taken copious notes, shared them with each other and talked it all over, and we've come to the nearly unanimous conclusion that 2016 was a straight up dumpster fire.
If 2016 were a person, it would be Britney Spears when she had a mental breakdown and shaved her head. Eventually she recovered and came back better than ever, but things got really concerning for a while there.
Hopefully America recovers as well as Brit did, but with the Trump presidency still looming ahead, it's hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Still, as we finish the mangled crust from our 2016 shit sandwich, it's important that we take stock of how we got here.
And while SportsGrid may be just a humble sports blog, we can still play our part by doing what we do best: sports and weird. So to help you take inventory of your 2016 as a sports fan, here are 11 of the most "WTF" moments from sports in 2016.
Excerpt: "...on the Lord’s Day, Draymond Green accidentally sent out a picture of his penis to all of Snapchat. Thanks, Dray. We truly are blessed.
Yes, the 26-year-old Golden State Warriors power forward was trying to woo a lovely lady (or ladies) via social media and accidentally gave us all a glimpse at his little golden state warrior, if you will."
Excerpt: "According to the Associated Press it was during the ensuing three-hour probe that the two swimmers confessed that Lochte’s story had been a complete fabrication...
It turns out that the four drunken swimmers had their taxi stop at a gas station so that they could pee. In some incoherent act of defiance after failing to open the door to the bathroom and eventually breaking it, one or some or all of the men started to pee on the wall."
3. Richard Simmons denies rumors that he's been kidnapped and being held hostage, no one believes him
Excerpt: "...according to recent reports spurred on by Simmons’ concerned friends, he has been mysteriously MIA; he hasn’t made a public appearance in over two years. Simmons’ former masseuse and personal assistant Mauro Oliveira has said that he actually believes he is being held hostage by his housekeeper Teresa Reveles; and he suspects that she is doing her bidding through witchcraft."
Excerpt: "RODGERS: 'The only thing, the only way to give a visual so people can kind of get an idea of what it looks like is if you’ve seen the movie Independence Day … it was like that in that it was a large, orange left-to-right moving object. … It was me and Steve (Levy) and his brother who saw it. And we’re going ‘What in the fuck was that?’"
Excerpt: “I perceived it as a deliberate provocation. He did it on purpose and it was inappropriate. Therefore, he received a yellow card.”
Excerpt: "Since taking to the undesirable White Sox throwback jerseys with a pair of scissors to express his own unique version of hypocritical outrage at the organization’s focus on “business over winning,” Sale has vigorously defended his right to wear clothes that will help him pitch better. He’s on a real one-man mission to save baseball from itself."
7. Scouts at NFL Combine asked player what kind of underwear he wore and if he thought his mom was attractive
Excerpt: "When a scout asked me at the combine if I had to murder someone: Would I use a gun or a knife?"
Excerpt: "You know those sayings that go something like “we go together like peanut butter and jelly” or “we go together like a cold beer on a hot day?” Well if I were a betting man, I’d put my money on the fact that you’ve never considered throwing bananas and mayonnaise into that little formula."
Excerpt: "In one particularly fascinating clip from [Hard Knocks] we learn that Hayes – who previously revealed to ESPN that he is a dinosaur truther – is an ardent believer of mermaids. According to his head coach Jeff Fisher, Hayes believes so strongly in the existence of mermaids that he expressed his excitement over being closer to them now that the team has relocated to Los Angeles."
Excerpt: "Rick Reilly’s career is a mystery to many. Once a revered and highly awarded writer for Sports Illustrated in its heyday, he’s now best known for joining ESPN and quickly devolving into a caricature of himself before entering into early retirement to say embarrassing things on social media."
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