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Sports Blue Balls

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by Batman, Nov 23, 2014.

  1. Batman

    Batman Well-Known Member

    Watching some football this afternoon, it hit me how exciting a play it is when a team is backed up to its own 1-yard line. There's so many possibilities for unusual plays -- a 99-yard touchdown, a safety, a defensive touchdown -- that that first play of the drive might be one of the most sneaky fun moments in all of football to watch.
    And then the offense uses a pretty mundane running play to get to the 5-yard line and out of the danger zone and it's a pretty big letdown.

    What are some of the other blue ball moments in sports? Moments where there's anticipation of something fun happening, but it often turns into a routine play where nothing special happens?
    Here's a couple of others I thought of:
    • A foul ball on a 3-2 pitch with runners on.
    • A half court shot at the buzzer that misses.
    • A trick play in football that's snuffed out by the defense or the offense doesn't execute.
  2. 3_Octave_Fart

    3_Octave_Fart Well-Known Member

    Onside kick.
    From great thrill to watching a fat guy jump on the rock like it's a live grenade.
  3. DanOregon

    DanOregon Well-Known Member

    onside kick out of bounds

    icing the kicker

    basketball timeouts

    A team rolling down the field as time is winding down, they get to the line to spike the ball for a fg and someone false starts mandating a runoff that ends the game.
  4. Baron Scicluna

    Baron Scicluna Well-Known Member

    Basketball team gets set up to inbound the ball for the final shot of the game. Everyone gets lined up, then the defensive team calls a timeout.
  5. Batman

    Batman Well-Known Member

    Similarly, a team lines up for a super long game-winning field goal -- bonus points if it's 60 yards or more -- and it gets blocked. I at least want to see if the guy could've gotten it there.
  6. Vombatus

    Vombatus Well-Known Member

    Chris Webber
  7. LongTimeListener

    LongTimeListener Well-Known Member

    Replay review. Even when it confirms the touchdown, it still takes the wind out of the sails for celebrating.
  8. Riptide

    Riptide Well-Known Member

    A long pass to a wide-open receiver, and the ball clanks off his hands.
  9. copperpot

    copperpot Well-Known Member

    Missing a FT on purpose because the deficit is larger than a point and time is running out.
  10. Batman

    Batman Well-Known Member

    A hail mary pass that gets intercepted or knocked down five yards short of the end zone. Even one that goes off a receiver's hands or into a pack offers a bit of a thrill.
  11. HandsomeHarley

    HandsomeHarley Well-Known Member

    A bunch of late-game laterals that end up being fumbled or tossed out of bounds.
  12. Batman

    Batman Well-Known Member

    Especially when it ends with the second or third lateral being fumbled. I always enjoy when they keep it alive for about 30 seconds, get to the other team's 30, then start working their way backward and finally get tackled or fumble at their own 20.
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