By Luis Tirado Jr. @LTJ81 on March 25, 2014
Who doesn't love a good ole fashioned April Fool's joke? All across the world people get tricked into believing something that is so ridiculous, it makes most raise their eyebrows. While some may be silly, a few actually sound like they could be true. Regardless, it's always good to get a laugh at some of the craftiest pranks when it comes to the world of sports.
Enjoy the 15 greatest sports-related April Fool's jokes of all time!
I'm sure fans of Cole Hamels probably freaked out on Twitter when a few years ago when Ken Rosenthal tweeted he was traded to the Texas Rangers. Claiming he was shipped to the Rangers in exchange for Michael Young and Ian Kinsler, even Hamels himself was checking his cell phone to see if it was indeed true. Too bad he never saw that the date was the first of April.
A few of Gabe Pruitt's teammates decided to pull a prank on him by setting up a fake online dating profile of a woman called "Victoria". Pruitt immediately fell in love since she was hot, a huge sports junkie and a huge USC fan who couldn't wait to see Pruitt hit the NBA. He was stood up for a one-on-one date and never realized it was around April Fool's Day.
Charles Barkley will probably never hear the end of an April Fool's joke he endured back in the early 1990s. Told he had a huge interview with Japan's version of Bob Costas, he was asked some ridiculous questions that made him feel uncomfortable and weird. It got to the point that the reporter convinced him to volunteer his services for their Japanese Olympic team for the price of million.
Personal friends of Deion Sanders know what it takes to prank "Primetime". Taken to his favorite restaurant, his buddies made sure when they sat down he would be in the best position to pass the rolls of bread to those at the table. The moment Sanders opened the basket to distribute what he thought were warm bread rolls, he jumped out his chair to find the basket filled with snakes.
At the time, one of the coaches of the Seattle Mariners made a bet with Ken Griffey Jr. that on an April Fool's Day baseball game, he couldn't hit a home run to left, center and right field on just three pitches. Unfortunately he didn't do it and the bet was on a steak dinner the following day. Griffey Jr. made sure when his coach got into his office that morning, he got his steak. He left a live cow inside his office from the night before.
Pete Carroll played a wonderful prank on one of his players, Everson Griffen. He convinced other players on the team that Griffen was bullying and physically abusing others. He arranged a fake police officer to come bursting through a team meeting to arrest Griffen on the spot for aggravated assault. After it was revealed to be an April Fool's Day joke, the entire room couldn't stop laughing and taking pictures.
Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is known for always getting fined by the NBA for either his comments or actions against the organization. He played a great April Fool's Day prank by hiring an actor to pretend he was an NBA ref at a game. Cuban went into an entire rant about his officiating and started to shove him until both came to blows and had to be separated by security! It was all laughed off and revealed to be a prank.
Back in 2009, the Orlando Magic played the ultimate April Fool's Day prank on their fans. First they announced Dwight Howard was traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder and that Magic legend Penny Hardaway would return to the team to take his place. The place erupted with both anger and love since the announcements got mixed cheers and jeers. Needless to say, people fell for it!
Sports Illustrated pulled off an incredible April Fool's Day joke on New York Mets fans everywhere. They made up a player called Sidd Finch they claimed was a future minor-league prospect within the organization who could throw 168 mph fastballs with nearly perfect accuracy. To this day Mets fans will never forget this hoax but still provided a chuckle here and there.
Back when Kyle Kendrick was a rookie for the Philadelphia Phillies, the organization pulled off a huge April Fool's Day prank on him. Then manager Charlie Manuel informed him that he was traded to a Japanese team for a player named Kobayashi. Teammates and even his own owner all got in on the prank which included some official paperwork that was actually fake but looked legit. They even produced fake interviews!
Olympian Davis Phinney decided to pull off a very clever April Fool's Day joke via an ad in the Velonews magazine which is about professional cycling. Him and his wife created a company called "Olympic Genes" that gave buyers their choice of either his sperm or her eggs for just 0,000 each. They also had a bundle to acquire both for only ,000,000! They claimed you'd have champion children.
Back in 2009, college basketball star Hasheem Thabeet tweeted he failed a random drug test the day before his Final Four game against Michigan. It went viral until hours later, Thabeet informed everyone they were part of an April Fool's Day joke!
Back when Kyle Orton was a rookie for the Chicago Bears, he of course would be a part of an April Fool's Day hazing by his teammates. Asked by a member of his team to sign a Bears helmet for his family, Orton signed it nice and big with his uniform number and everything. Turns out that was actually his helmet and the only one he was allowed to wear for the rest of training camp!
It all started when Tony Bobbitt, then with the Los Angeles Lakers, claimed that Lucy Liu was at a home game and simply couldn't take her eyes off him. His teammates decided to pull the ultimate April Fool's Day prank by having their ball boy claim he was given a note by Liu to give to Bobbitt which of course had her "phone number" on it. They had a team secretary pretend to be her and leave voicemails for Bobbitt and everything.
One of the greatest April Fool's Day pranks ever to the sports world and especially the city of New York is held by Complex magazine. Via Twitter, they confirmed a breaking story that the New York Yankees came to terms with the New York Mets to trade Derek Jeter to the team in exchange for players to be named later. The developing story became the top search on Google for weeks after they revealed it was just a prank.
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