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Top 25 Sports Celebrations Gone Terribly Wrong

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Top 25 Sports Celebration Fails

John Geliebter-USA TODAY Sports

Celebrations are a major part of sports today. You score a goal, you celebrate. You score a touchdown, you celebrate. You hit a home run, gosh darn it you celebrate. Winning games can be another reason to flail your arms in the air and run around like a fool.

Athletes have perfected the art of celebration over time. Terrell Owens was the king of celebrating. Whether it was signing footballs, eating popcorn or dancing with cheerleaders, T.O. knew how to grab people's attention with ridiculous, jaw-dropping touchdown celebrations.

Randy Moss became known, and hated, for his "mooning" touchdown celebration in Green Bay after he scored a touchdown against the Green Bay Packers. He didn't actually moon the crowd, he just motioned it to the Cheese-heads in the first row behind the endzone.

It seems like most of the outlandish celebrations come from the NFL and professional soccer players. It seems like every time a soccer player scores a goal, they has to make a fool of themselves and show the world that he or she is the world's worst dancer.

In fact, celebrations have been added into sports video games like NHL and FIFA. Watching some of these ridiculous dances never gets old and playing those games allows you to create your own version of a terrible dance celebration.

Sometimes players and teams celebrate too early because they think a game has been won. It's on those occasions that celebrations fails take place. Celebrating too early and injuries resulting from eccentric celebrations have become everyone's favorite thing to watch these days.

Who doesn't want to see a team celebrate because they thought they won and end up losing? Who doesn't want to see justice served for a ridiculous field-goal celebration? I have all of these and more in this list of top 25 sports celebrations gone wrong.

Connor Muldowney is a columnist for Follow him on Twitter @Connormuldowney, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google. You can also reach him at

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Blocked Field Goal to 'Win'

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It's a block and the game it over -- or is it?

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Bill Gramatica's Made Field Goal

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Who celebrates over a casual, first-quarter field goal? Apparently Bill Gramatica does.

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Owen Schmitt Smash

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Owen, the helmet is supposed to go on your head.

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Travis Green and Ziggy Palffy Show Some Love

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Ah, nothing like a little kiss with a teammate after scoring a goal. Wait, what?

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Kendrys Morales Leg-Breaking Walk-Off Homer

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He hit a long fly ball. It's way back. It's gone. And so is the rest of his season after a broken leg -- celebration-style.

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Biggest Game of His Life

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There's no video of this, but Ted Ginn Jr. was injured after celebrating an opening touchdown return. Oh yeah, and it was in the BCS National Championship -- he was forced into a walking boot and missed the remainder of the game.

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Kerwin Bell Touchdown Taunt

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I just can't watch this one enough. Kerwin Bell's gaffe has to be the worst celebration fail ever.

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Patrick Stefan's Epic Run Out the Clock Fail

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Patrick Stefan was about to lead the Stars past the Oilers with an open-net goal to ice the game with 10 seconds left -- until the unthinkable happened.

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DeSean Jackson Celebrates Early

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This isn't the first time we've seen an NFL player drop the football before reaching the endzone. Know where you are on the field, young man.

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Danny Trevathan Drops Ball Before Endzone

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Trevathan pulls a DeSean Jackson.

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T.O. Disrespects the Star -- Twice

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Touchdown, San Francisco. T.O., where are you going? This is not going to end well.

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Today in Serbian Basketball

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Guys, there's still 0.6 seconds left on the clock. Guys?

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The Bluegrass Miracle

Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

Kentucky thinks that it has the game won over mighty LSU, even dumping Gatorade on the head coach over a perceived victory. The Tigers then proceed to show Kentucky just why football is not its sport.

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Protect the Ball, Leon Lett

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Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Scoring a touchdown on the biggest stage has to be amazing for a guy who rarely gets the opportunity to cross the goal-line. Leon Lett wouldn't know that.

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The Band is Out on the Field

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Probably the most infamous celebration fail ever. Who could ever forget the phrase, "The band is out on the field!"? Talk about home-field advantage.

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Candace Parker's Claws Come Out

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Candace Parker pulls some sort of WWE head-butting move out of her pocket. Her teammate gets the worst of it.

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Kobe Bryant Finger-Wags Himself Over

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Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

Kobe Bryant is good enough that he can get away with an epic fail like this one.

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That Glass Wasn't Very Sturdy

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Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Either Henrik Andersen is the strongest man alive or that glass was about as sturdy as a straw house in a hurricane.

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Paul Pierce to Nate Robinson: Get Off Me

Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

Sometimes you don't notice when a little Nate Robinson jumps on you. It's great how unfazed Paul Pierce was during this whole process.

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If It's Fair, It's Gone

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This Korean baseball player would have had a mammoth home run -- had it gone fair.

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Nice Save -- Sort of

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Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

This goalie has to feel like an idiot after a premature celebration. Backspin is not his best friend.

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Who Do You Think You Are, I Am?

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Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

I'm still scratching my head over this one. I can't imagine how Pete Weber's wife felt.

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This Isn't College Anymore, Plaxico

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Jason Bridge-USA TODAY Sports

College rules are a bit different than NFL rules. Plaxico Burress found that out the hard way. Fast forward to the 1:35 mark and you will see the epic fail that is Burress' spike.

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Louisville Cheerleader Gets Technical

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Okay, you might not think this video is that bad, but this Louisville male cheerleader received a technical for throwing the ball into the air after a last-second score with 0.3 second left on the clock. Hilarious. Pitino was not happy.

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There's No Celebrating in Ping Pong

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Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

All I have to say about this ping pong player's celebration is: why?