Webber & the 10 biggest sports gaffes
April, 5, 2013
By ESPN Stats & Information | ESPN.com
AP photo/Susan RaganChris Webber had a great career, but one mishap from college still lives on -- 20 years later.Hard to believe, but it's true: 20 years have passed since Chris Webber made his most infamous play, calling for a timeout with none left in the 1993 national championship game between Michigan and North Carolina.
So, to "celebrate" the 20th anniversary of this play by Webber -- who, it must be said, went on to make multiple NBA All-Star teams -- we bring you the 10 biggest in-game gaffes in sports history:
NFL – Replacement Hail Mary (Sept. 24, 2012)
On the final play of the Week 3 game between the Seattle Seahawks and Green Bay Packers, Seattle's Russell Wilson threw the ball 24 yards to the end zone. It was complete, but to whom? The Packers' M.D. Jennings and Seahawks' Golden Tate both appeared to have claims to the ball. After much deliberation, the replacement refs called for a touchdown, and the Seahawks controversially won 14-12.
NHL – Patrick Stefan blows it (Jan. 4, 2007)
Patrick Stefan of the Dallas Stars blew a sure-fire empty-net goal with Dallas leading by one over the Edmonton Oilers with less than 15 seconds left. His gaffe led to an Oilers break and Ales Hemsky scored with two seconds to go in regulation.
Soccer – A swing and a miss (Oct. 11, 2006)
Down 1-0 to Croatia, England was desperately trying to get back into its Euro 2008 qualifier in Zagreb. But that took a turn for the worst, when Gary Neville back-passed to goalkeeper Paul Robinson, who took a swing and a miss and the ball rolled in.
MLB – Home run off Jose Canseco’s head (May 23, 1993)
It happened like this: Cleveland's Carlos Martinez hit a long fly ball. Texas Rangers outfielder Jose Canseco lost sight of the ball in the sun. As Canseco looked away, the ball came down, bounced off Canseco's head and over the wall for a Cleveland homer.
Men's college basketball - Chris Webber’s timeout (April 5, 1993)
Down 73-71 to UNC, Webber dribbled across halfcourt where he was met by defenders, calling a timeout with 11 seconds left. But, as mentioned before, Michigan was out of timeouts. A technical was issued and the Tar Heels made four straight free throws to win the NCAA title.
NFL – Don Beebe chases down Leon Lett (Jan. 31, 1993)
In Super Bowl XXVII against the Buffalo Bills, Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman Leon Lett picked up a fumble at the 35-yard line. He ran 64 yards -- showboating the last few -- before he was stripped of the ball by Don Beebe at the 1. The ball rolled through the end zone for a touchback.
MLB – Bill Buckner’s error (Oct. 25, 1986)
You know this one: In Game 6 of the 1986 World Series, Boston Red Sox first baseman Bill Buckner committed an error against the New York Mets -- albeit one that merely contributed to, rather than caused, the cursed team from New England's fall from World Series-winning position to heartbreak.
College football – the Stanford band (Nov. 20, 1982)
After John Elway drove Stanford for the go-ahead field goal with four seconds left, Stanford kicked off to Cal, just hoping to kill the clock. But Cal used five laterals on the return to reach the end zone -- with the Stanford band on the field, preparing to celebrate a victory.
NFL – Miracle at the Meadowlands (Nov. 19, 1978)
The New York Giants led 17-12 and just needed a kneel-down to win the game. But a running play was called, a fumble ensued and Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Herman Edwards took the ball 26 yards for a touchdown to give the Eagles a 19-17 win.
NFL – Jim Marshall runs the wrong way (Oct. 25, 1964)
The San Francisco 49ers completed a pass to Billy Kilmer, who was stripped of the ball. Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jim Marshall picked it up and ran 66 yards to the end zone, throwing the ball into the air in joy. Unfortunately, he had ran to the wrong end zone, resulting in a 49ers safety.
Missing The Cut
• Leon Lett (hello again) touches ball after blocked field goal
• Bill Gramatica celebrates field goal by jumping in air (tears his ACL)
• Joe Niekro caught with emery board on mound