They call it the ‘wild world of sports’ for a reason. Sports are unpredictable, emotion filled voyages of uncertainty. There are times when the outcome goes as planned but more often than not something shocking happens. Thankfully, ESPN and CBS Sports are hard at work making sure to record every single crazy sports moment out there. There are thousands to choose from but since we all have places to be and people to meet, here are just 10.
1. ESPN’S JIM ROME vs. JIM (CHRIS) EVERETT
ESPN personality Jim Rome is famous for controversy. However, he took things a little too far in a segment with NFL player Jim Everett. It started out like any normal sports show. However, once Jim Rome began calling Jim Everett, Chris Everett, things took off. Chris Evert is a well known female tennis player and Jim Everett did not find that funny in the slightest. After telling Jim to stop, Jim/Chris took things to another level by getting up, pushing the table over and grabbing Rome by the shirt.
2. ESPN AND CBS SPORTS BATTLE THE 1989 EARTHQUAKE
ESPN and CBS Sports have a team of well-trained professionals to handle most sports situations. However, no one was ready for what happened in the 1989 World Series. It seems rather fitting that two teams based in the Bay Area would encounter an earthquake during the world series but that doesn’t mean it was predictable. The strong earthquake shook the stadium for 15-20 seconds. Meanwhile, ESPN and CBS Sports scrambled to see what was wrong. It was one of the biggest Earthquakes in U.S. history and certainly one of the most unique. ESPN and CBS Sports are probably dreaming of that kind of publicity now.
3. ESPN AND CBS SPORTS REPORT ONE OF THE BIGGEST NBA BETTING SCANDALS
In 2007, NBA referee Tim Donaghy found himself on the wrong side of ESPN and CBS Spots. Authorities found Donaghy guilty of fixing games in an elaborate betting scandal. Sources say he even had ties to the mob. Neither ESPN nor CBS Sports know exactly how many games Donaghy rigged but he eventually paid his due. After ESPN and CBS Sports helped uncover the mess, authorities sentenced Donaghy to 15 months in prison. Furthermore, NBA guidelines went through a serious overhaul.
4. ESPN AND CBS SPORTS GET BLOODY ON THE ICE
1989 was a heck of a year for ESPN and CBS Sports. Besides the famous World Series earthquake, NHL player Clint Malarchuk ran into some bad luck one game. Malarchuk’s neck sliced wide open after coming in contact with a sharp skate. Suddenly, blood flooded the ice. Thankfully ESPN and CBS Sports have the footage for us all to see. For the brave, go check it out online. However, it’s not for the faint of heart. Thankfully, Marchuk lived through the event and now has a nasty scar to tell the tale.
5. ESPN AND CBS SPORTS GET BLOODY ON THE COURT
Apparently, this is the blood segment of the article because yet again, we have another violent incident mid-gameplay. On April 30th, 1993 the number one ranked Monica Seles was playing a match against Magdalena Mallery in the Citizen Cup. At a score of 4-3, it looked like Seles sealed the victory. However, a little conflict struck when Gunter Parche, a 38-year-old man, stabbed Seles with a nine-inch blade. Apparently, Parche has a major obsession with Seles’ rival at the time and wanted to settle the competition with brute force. Thankfully, Seles lived through the event but the stabbing put a scar on her career as well as her body.
6. WRESTLER OWEN HART DIES ON ESPN AND CBS SPORTS
We all know professional wrestling is fake but sometimes things get a little out of hand. All that and more happened to wrestler Owen Hart during a stunt in 1999. Hart, known as Blue Blazer, fell more than 50 feet, hitting his dead and dying on impact. Hart was attached to a wire that began lowering him into the ring for the stuff when the wire snapped or became disconnected. There were more than 16,000 people in attendance at the time witnessing this tragic death. EPSN and CBS Sports have no footage of the entire incident which is probably for the best.
7. ESPN AND CBS SPORTS CATCH BENCH CLEARING BRAWL
Fighting is always a part of hockey but bench clearing brawls are usually just the stuff of movies. Well, that fantasy became a reality in 1987. Dubbed the “Punch-up in Piestany” what began as a match between Canada and the Soviet Union during a World Junior Ice Hockey Championship game got ugly. The fight got so bad that officials turned the arena lights off. Afterward, both teams were ejected from the championship and cost Canada the shot at a gold medal. Russia at the time was already eliminated from medal contention.
However, it wasn’t all bad. Following the brawl, multiple Canadian players, and CBS analyst Don Cherry rose to fame. To this day the World Junior Hockey Champions enjoy massive popularity due to that one event. Perhaps ESPN and CBS Sports could use more of that.
8. ESPN AND CBS SPORTS STRUGGLE TO SURVIVE DUE TO MLB STRIKE
If you think ESPN and CBS Sports ratings are down now, look at what happened in 1994-1995. In that time, Major League Baseball had their eighth strike and it was a big one. The strike resulted in the cancellation of the world series for the first time since 1904. Hence, ESPN and CBS Sports scrambled for viewership in October of that year. As we now know, the MLB got their stuff together and finished off the 1990’s in a steroid infused fashion.
9. ESPN AND CBS SPORTS CATCH THE BEST PLAY IN FOOTBALL HISTORY
There are times when something is just so good that it can’t be described in words. That is the nature of “The Play”, which is perhaps one of the most memorable plays in American sports history. The Play was a kickoff return during a game between the University of California Golden Bears and the Stanford Cardinals. We could go on and on describing the Play in all its intensive detail but it’s something that just needs to be seen. Surely, ESPN and CBS Sports wish The Play happened every day. It is truly a once in a lifetime event that you all should experience.
10. THE 155 LE MANS DISASTER SHAKES UP CBS SPORTS AND THE WORLD
CBS Sports hopes to avoid anything like the 1955 Le Mans disaster from ever happening again. During the 24 Hours of Le Mans motor race in Le Mans, France, a large crash caused fragments of debris to disperse all over the crowd. 83 three fans and one driver died in the incident with more than 120 injured. It is certainly the most catastrophic incident in motorsports history and even caused Mercedes to retire from the sport until 1989. Thankfully, CBS sports or any other outlet hasn’t had to see anything of that magnitude again and let’s hope it stays that way.
Well, that wraps up our list of the 10 most shocking sports moments on CBS and ESPN. As mentioned earlier, there are plenty more to explore and there will always be plenty more to come. Whether you’re a sports fan or not, it’s hard to deny the exciting and sometimes deadly outcomes that a simple game can produce.