He shoots, he scores, and sometimes he gets his armpit licked. You never know what a moment’s passion on the field can lead to. For some, it ends in glory, while others must contend with an incredible loss. And then there are those who, like ourselves, can’t help but laugh at all the ridiculous, accidental moments of levity, forever caught on film.
Sure, when it comes to sports, what it’s really all about is team playing, the performances, the pride and of course the sense of victory. But we can’t ignore the fact that sports has also provided us with some of the best moments, be it intentional or not, that were ever captured on camera, after all it’s all about timing. When looking at these photos, it might take you a few seconds to figure out what went wrong and some might even get you wondering if they were staged or not. One thing for sure is that if the people in the picture knew they were being photographed at that exact moment, they would have acted entirely differently. This is our countdown of the best, simply priceless 69 timed photos.
69. Hanky Yankee
Did A Rod just invent the Flying Bat move? There’s no doubt that the famous Baseball team knows how to work its magic, but who would have thought they would want to show off their new hobby on the field? right in the middle of a game?
68. OMG OMG OMG
It’s probably a good idea to face your fears before you choose a sport you are passionate about. It seems like this player is way too afraid of the ball to be playing.
67. We Got Your Back
There’s noting like a friendly bicycle ride between a couple of bikers. These guys are so supportive of one another and they’ll always have eachother’s back even when one of them needs to go in the middle of the ride.
66. Super MotorcycleMan
Is it a bird? a plane? No, it’s the poor motorcyclist who lost control and pretty much flew off his bike looking like a super hero.
65. Mouth Watering
These synchronized water dancers must feel very comfortable with each other, so comfortable that it looks like one of them is sticking her finger down the other girl’s throat. The water coming out of their mouths doesn’t really help the association a person gets from looking at the picture.
64. Curve Ball
More like curve hand! what’s going on with this pitcher’s hand? We understand that he wanted to throw the ball a certain way, but by the look on his face, this pitch is either extremely painful or he just realized that he needs a chiropractor on field ASAP.
63. The Ball Is In Her Hands
Now that’s one soccer move we’re not quite familiar with. She must have literally been thrown back by that ball coming her way.
62. A Face Lift
Now we understand why all British gymnasts don’t need to money on botox or face lift! They just use their hands to lift up their face when they hang down from the bar. Smart.
61. Is That Mine?
Gymnastics is known to be a very flexible sport that involves the use of many different body parts and muscles. But with all that flexibility and plasticity body parts could seem like they were misplaced during an exercise so we can totally understand that gymnast below looking at her foot wondering if it belongs to her.
60. Horse Back Falling
A horseback rider falling off his horse must be very tired of the repeated old saying that he should ‘get back on the horse’. What can the poor guy do that he just keeps flying off?
59. Put Your Right Hand In
This defensive wall is all over the place, with each player literally pulling to a different direction. Not sure why the player on the left side decided to pull his teammate’s shorts, but hey, whatever works in order to stop the ball from going inside the net.
58. The Invisible Man
Talk about timing and capturing the moment to make a picture perfect. That must have been quite a hit! the player in the blue uniform is probably still getting over this one as the hit was so strong that his helmet flew off. Where’s his head by the way?
57. Batic Instinct
Talk about a save. This boy who was probably too busy with his phone that he didn’t see that bat flying straight to his face. He really has this guy in his right to thank for saving his life.
56. Disc-oh no
Now that’s creative, using a hockey disc to pretend to have a clown’s nose. Oh wait, that’s just the ice hockey player not sure how to react when he realizes a disc is flying straight to his face.
One of the coolest things about water sports are the cool effects that can be captured on camera. Check out this wakeboarder looking himself in the water mirror.
54. The Runny Pose
It sure does get cold inside that ice skating rink, so we could excuse this poor skater who had a runny nose during her performance.
53. Clown Face
We’re not sure if this is a part of their dance or whether synchronized water dancing is just a very competitive sport, but these two dancers pulling each other’s dresses does seem a bit catty of them.
Dennis Rodman had gone to great lengths during his lifetime to pursue different things, so it’s no surprise that he will basically fly if he had to just to catch a ball.
Or should we say playing triplets? we can’t pinpoint what is so perfectly timed about this photo, but perhaps it’s the combination of the colors (the yellow shirt and the yellow tennis ball) and the fact that the ball is positioned right in the middle of this player’s chest “aerial” line.
50. Over the Moon
This breathtaking photo was taken at the 2012 London Olympic Games. The full moon formed the sixth Olympic ring. Imagine how hard it was to hang those structured rings in the perfect spot to fit perfectly with the sixth natural one.
49. Defense Mechanism
Yes, this picture was taken during a game of soccer, although it does look like a WWE fight. But this is actually not what caught our attention, check out the guy in the red shirt laughing at the whole situation.
The Oklahoma guard, Buddy Hield probably made a very nasty face when he was trying to put the ball in the basket, because his face is totally censored and covered up with that ball.
47. Surfin’ USA
Motorcycling racing is usually pretty staight forward. You ride on your motorcycle around and around in circles until the first one reaches the finish line. So it’s pretty exciting to see this rider perform a surfin’ move on his motorcycle.
46. Beer Pong
This table tennis player must have gotten very confused with his after-partying and his professional playing, because it seems like he was trying to catch ball with his mouth, maybe he was thinking of last night’s game of beer pong.
This wrestler is definitely now hiding how happy she is with her victory. But why did have to gloat like that with the other wrestler is just lying there on the floor right next to her? That doesn’t seem very nice, though it is pretty funny.
43. Flip Flop
This runner probably got so excited that he was proceeding the other runners that he either ran so fast that he tripped and flipped over, or he was doing his victory flip way too soon and way too fast.
42. Oh Well
When you are involved in any kind of sport, you really need to collect your inner peace so you could show your strength on the outside. It seems like this athlete took it one step further because she looks a little too relaxed for someone who just landed on her bum.
41. The Royal Referee
It must have been a very royal game between Dallas and San Antonio, because by the crown that sits on the referee’s head, it seems like that game was a very important one. Maybe he was paying tribute to a member of the royalty that was sitting in the crowd. It also looks like he’s playing it very snobbish next to the other referees, which is understandable if you’re wearing a crown.
40. Bi – Polear
We get that jumping that pole jumping can be quite scary, after all you have a pretty good chance at crashing into the pole itself, but did this jumper was a little a head of her time with the frightened face? She didn’t even pass the bar yet.
39. The Greek Relay
These two relay racers are so synched it is almost inhuman. It’s the combination of their painted faces with their body gestures that makes it look like they’re almost photoshopped.
38. The Mary Poppins Move
Number 8 of the New York Knicks just took his basketball jump to a whole new level. We wonder if he was trying to say Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious while he was jumping so gracefully like Mary Poppins.
Here’s a suggestion to the Olympics board: try to include the art of making faces, or expressionism (not the artistic movement) as part of the scoring system. We’re sure these divers could gain a lot of points just from the faces they make during their dive.
36. Run Cinderella, Run
It’s a Cinderella story all over again, in it’s Olympic spin. Awards granted for whoever finds the missing shoe of this Ethiopian runner!
35. Toilet Matters
Sometimes it;s all about context, but if you could take that same positioning with that exact same face, you could think that he is doing something entirely different. We’ll let your imagination work here.
34. Lost in Translation
By the name written on the back of her short, you better not mess with this Japanese player, because she won’t take “takeshita” from anyone. Got it?! LOL
33. You’re Going Down!
In soccer there are so many rules and it just so happens that players get very angry with the refereers claiming that they weren’t being fair with their judgement or they didn’t see things they way they actually were. We don’t know what went down in this situation (except for the poor player on the ground) but things sure heated up between the soccer player in the red striped shirt and the referee. What did the other team player do wrong though that he was literally pulled in to be part of the dispute? from the look on his face, he’s not having a good time.
32. The Push Up Catch
Hey, doing push ups with a glove on while you’re trying to catch the ball is not an easy exercise. That’s what happens when you have no time to warm up before the game.
31. Little Red Wrestling Hood
There are not many boundaries when it comes to wrestling, especially when it comes to body parts. Don’t mind us, but do you think you could have stuck your head somewhere else?
30. One Last Selfie
Who knew that taking selfies could be so dangerous? This motorcycle ride at least has one good memory before this fatal flip, not only from his point of view, but from the camera’s that captured his crazy flip.
29. I Got This!
Handball is one of those sports that not so many people tend to be interested in, to say the least. But if they only knew how dedicated its players are, maybe it would get more attention. Look at this goalie’s face and how she is so determined to stop that ball! She’s got the whole net covered.
Some people are just so aware of the camera that it’s mind blowing. This hunky player managed to look handsome and straight at the camera during a football move. It almost looks like he’s posing for a magazine shoot or something like that.
27. Oh Bolt.
When you are considered the fastest and most amazing sprinter of all time, you are allowed to point at the other competitors and smile while you’re doing it. After all, he knows and they know that he is going to win anyway.
26. Don’t Lose Your Head
Gymnasts have to extremely flexible to perform the exercises that they do. But we’re a little scared for this one who looks like she lost her head sometime during the performance. At lest she has her foot placed instead so it won’t look completely creepy. Joke aside, this is actually an amazing position that was caught on camera, the gymnast looks like an ostrich.
25. No Sweat
It’s either a ton of sweat that’s being splashed from the soccer player’s head or just a very wet ball that landed on his head in the exact moment. We just love how the ball matches his shirt.
24. Double the Trouble
We don’t know what’s more more incredible, the fact that these two divers look insanely the same, or the fact that they are almost synched with their funny expressions. Can you guess who is more scared out of the two?
23. Just Catch the Ball Already
Women are just so much more considerate than men when it comes to sports. Look at these basketball players who are just pretty much letting the ball stay in the air as a courtesy to one another. Now that’s a good sport.
22. Catch a Grenade
When there’s a potential attack, you can clearly see the crowd being divided into two groups. Those who are afraid and are trying to move away from the fire and the ones who would take one for the team and risk their lives by catching the baseball. The woman in the middle is as determined as can anyone ever be.
21. Putting on a Show
Do you know that thing people do sometimes with their hands that they hide behind someone else and place their arms in front of the other person to pretend like its his hands? Well it can be quite entertaining, even it it’s during a soccer game.
20. Culture Shock
One of the beautiful things about sports, and the Olympic games in particular is that it’s like a big melting point of cultures. When you play, it doesn’t really matter who you’re playing against, it’s all about the competition and the game. This picture just portrays that in the most classic way. Look at the Arab volleyball player in her burka, with the other two almost half naked volleyball players as her backdrop.
19. Love is on the Field
When in doubt, hug the goal. When there’s so excitement and love going on, and you’re the only one without anyone else to hug, no worries, just go to the closest goal, especially if you’re the goalie, and cling to it.
18. The Magical Helmet
Ice Hockey is known to be a dangerous game, so it’s no surprise to these two pretty much attacking each other. But it does seem odd and quite unfair to see the player in the blue shirt attack the headless player!
If you’re one of those people who get’s annoyed when things are unbalanced or uneven and have a tendency to move things around so they line up symmetrically, then you’ll probably be very excited about this picture. Look how the skater’s ponytail is inline with her skirt fringes. Beautiful.
16. Perfect Mustache
The person who caught this perfectly timed scenario should be very happy, because he caught a priceless moment. It almost looks like that mustache is staged, but that’s ok because professional wrestling is argued to be a pretty staged sport itself.
15. Lickety Lick
Not sure what went through this baller’s mind when he decided to lick the other team player’s armpit, maybe it’s a distraction strategy that we haven’t seen before. Either way, with all that sweat it seems pretty nasty, don’t you agree?
14. The Horror Games
We didn’t think soccer can be a horrifying game! By the look on these two players’s faces, there must have something petrifying going on on the field. Maybe they saw a giant soccer ball coming their way.
13. Water Halo
Water can really create one of the best effects in photography. The way the water covers this swimmer’s head and body like an aureole covering a saint person makes us wonder if this guy is an actual saint.
In some places in the world, bullfighting is not even considered a form of sport, and to some it might even seem like animal abuse. Based on that notion, this bull probably didn’t grow very fond of that rodeo rider. We just hope he lands on his hands first.
11. I’ll Just Sit Here
The coach of the poor athlete below must have very harsh standards if he thinks that it’s totally normal to grab a sit on her back while she’s stretching. Or maybe he just sat on the closes thing he could find.
10. Front Wedgie
Uh Oh. That’s what happens when you forget you’re on national television with millions of people watching your every move. The Argentinian player probably wanted to wipe off his sweat with his shirt, but ended up pulling his shorts so high up causing a very bad wedgie. The fact is, we got this image to remember this moment forever, and we are VERY pleased about it. HA!
9. It Takes Two
These two wrestlers seem so serene and calm and very comfortable with each other that we feel bad interrupting them, they are so relaxed that they decided to go for a little tango dance. Honestly though, they could at the very least be sweating or something, they don’t even look like their trying to wrestle here!
8. I’m Gonna Go For It
This is what probably went through this gymnast’s mind when she just jumped for it: don’t hit your face, don’t hit your face! With that kind of professionalism and performance, we wouldn’t be surprised if the aftermath of this photo would be this young woman landing her trick like no other, she looks as determined as we’ve ever seen.
7. Ride Like A Judoist
As much as sports can be about team playing and fair competition, when it comes to winning, there really are no boundaries. Check this judoist who looks a little too pleased to be riding is opponent’s back like a camel after he won the match. This might not be the greatest display of sportsmanship, but just look at the grin of the guy!
6. Gimme Some Lovin’
There’s nothing like male bonding during a good game of football. It’s heartwarming to see how these two players are so attached to one another. If this picture was placed out of context, you could think that they are actually involved. Ask the guy in the gold helmet, with a surprisingly appropriate name on the back of his jersey. We’re laughing so hard there are tears running down our face; love it!
5. The Beer Opener
We don’t know all the moves in wrestling but we’re pretty sure this is not an official one, or a legal one at that. But if we had to name this move it would probably be called the ‘beer opener’. Just look at the picture and you’ll see it. Ah, when timing and positioning are everything in life. We can’t look away from this photo!
4. Group Hug
These players have survived the hurdles, tackles and obstacles of their football game, but we guess they really want to get squashed up, otherwise how do you explain this exaggerated pile of people. Wouldn’t want to be at the bottom of that mass! But also take note of the top man on the pile’s foot, in conjunction with the guy that’s about to jump in… ouch!
3. Free Willy
We are certainly not implying that this synchronized dancer reminds us of a whale, but it’s the illusion of the animal that is formed from these two swimmers standing at the right spot. The mermaid like tale combined with the frontal part of the other woman. Now that’s one long woman if were to believe that the bottom half was connected to the top!
2. Bad Boy
If you ever thought about playing cricket, make sure you stay away from trouble otherwise there are good chances you’ll get spanked if you’ve done something bad. Just look at the size of that bat! This photo cannot be what it looks like to us, there are rules to these games! Either way though, it’s a pretty funny snap to nab.
1. The Scoring Board
Talk about product placement! Durex sure did a good job advertising their condom on top of the scoring board in this soccer game. That Extra Time caption could not be more perfectly placed. But we can’t help but wonder how this guy felt about holding up the board, we sure would be a little red-faced if we had to!