12 Of The Most Cringeworthy Moments In Sporting History

12 Of The Most Cringeworthy Moments In Sporting History
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Here are a number of the most fist in mouth moments in sport - some are quirky and mildly embarrassing (such as Healy's huddle moment) while others are grotesquely, unforgettably embarrassing. Here, we look at 12 of the most cringeworthy moments in sporting history.


Eamon Dunphy apologises to the nation

During the 2014 World Cup, RTE returned from a break, possibly without informing the panel (Didi Hamann subtely putting away his phone is a hugely underrated moment). Naturally, without any knowledge of the red light, Eamon Dunphy was letting loose and dropped in a couple of f-bombs before Bill O'Herlihy restored order.

A few minutes later, we were back from another break, and this time Eamon was ready, with an apology direct to camera there was surely no need for. Wonderfully cringe.

As usual, Aprés Match made it all okay.


Peter Odemwingie

Peter Odemwingie reassuring the scrum that his move to QPR is just a couple of dotted i's and crossed t's away. A career as a football agent surely beckons.



Seanie Johnston's stellar Coill Dubh debut

Seanie Johnston's ninety seconds on the pitch for the Coill Dubh hurlers hasn't been forgotten by anyone who was there. You'd have to admire his eagerness, showing for the ball, making darting runs.

His ability to still look earnest and determined while all about him people were trying their utmost not to break their hole laughing was a sight to behold.


If Coill Dubh need a corner forward, they could do worse than parking their car outside the Cavan Gaels clubhouse Peter Odemwingie style and making it happen.


Gary Lineker going to the toilet in Cagliari

The video below is entitled 'Gary Lineker has a shit in the middle of the pitch 1990' - a title which captures well what is going on in the video.




Steve Ovett and the early celebration

We now enter the arrogance section of the list. The next few entries show us that hubris doesn't always win in the end.


Ovett versus Tracey remains the gold standard in celebrating too early. Steve Ovett was determined to put his hands up in triumph before the race was over. He didn’t even let an early scare stop him.

John Tracey, for his part, appeared to be enraged by Ovett's defiant casualness, and proceeded to sprint the final 100 metres like he was trying to evade a gunman. One of the sweetest of Irish victories.




Danny Trevathan and his ilk

There is a rich tradition in American football of celebrating a touchdown offensively early only to drop the ball crossing the line. American footballers have never been the most self-effacing people. Not for them, the stubbornly low-key Alan Shearer means of celebrating a score. Each touchdown has to be merely the prelude to some ludicrously showy and intricate post-score dance.


Or indeed pre-score dance...

(This is a ridiculously regular occurence in the NFL. Seattle's DK Metcalf had a similar situation just last week, but we particularly enjoyed the needlessness of Trevathan's blunder.)




Freddie Burns apes his American football counterparts

"Oh Freddie!"

Celebrating before touching down for a try is universally discouraged by approximately all coaches and teammates in world rugby, but some players still can’t help themselves. Most get away with it unfortunately.

However, many also ensured lifelong YouTube infamy when their bad choices are punished in the cruelist of fashions. We have gone for Bath's Freddie Burns here because the circumstances of the game made it the mistake all the bigger.

Burns thought he had scored the game winning try in the Champions Cup game, blew a kiss to the crowd, and let Maxime Medard into the knock the ball out of his hand before he touched down. Tut Tut.



Jessica Ennis. Good night. 


Things didn't go too well when Channel 4 got the rights to the World Athletics Championships in Daegu in 2011, or for their presenter Ortis Deley. A mixup at the end of the broadcast (that was more than likely not his fault!) led to the most cringeworthy outro to a live broadcast of all time.


The tale of Tom Healy and the Tullamore Huddle

Goalies are a race apart. So, it's important they signal with little moments that accentuate their difference. Tom Healy was nonchalant about missing the start of the huddle. So, nonchalant, he ended up missing all of the huddle Healy darted off, confident that nothing too important was said in the huddle.

David Dunn tries a rabona

So you don't want to do this ever. You especially don't want to do it in a derby against your biggest rivals.


Paula Ratcliffe Defends Alberto Salazar

Car crash TV. This is hard to watch. Keep trying Paula.

Charlie Methven

The undoubted star of Season 2 of Sunderland 'Til I Die was Charlie Methven. His stadium tannoy conversation is probably just about the cringiest pick, but it had a lot of competition.



SEE ALSO: The Best Moments Of Charlie Methven, The Unrivalled Star Of Sunderland 'Til I Die

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