August 9, 2016
Sporting events are entertaining in and of themselves, at least to sports fans anyway. But when security breaks down, the event can turn into a spectacle that makes a splash on the news and provides entertainment on a far wider level. Here are a few of the biggest security blunders in sports history.
Evander Holyfield and Riddick Bowe vs. The Parachute Guy
This is perhaps the most entertaining and widely known incident of security gone awry at a major sporting event. Evander Holyfield and Riddick Bowe were in the midst of a heavyweight battle when a man parachuted into the ring. Chaos ensued, and the rest is history.
Drunken Fan Tackle
In 1971, a fan that tossed back a few too many beers decided it would be a good idea to interrupt an NFL game and steal the football. His plan backfired, with hilarity.
Celebrating with the Team
This happened at the 2014 NFL Pro Bowl. A woman became overly excited when the East squad scored a touchdown. Watch as she runs onto the field, celebrates with the players and even gets in a few chest bumps. Seriously, who gets this excited about the Pro Bowl? Turns out she was doing it for a good cause, so it’s ok.
Howard’s Rock Vandalism
Football rivalry runs deep in South Carolina. So deep that a few fans of an opposing team broke into Clemson University’s football stadium and vandalized Howard’s Rock, the iconic rock that players touch as they bolt down the Hill during what’s referred to as “the most exciting 25 seconds in college football.” There isn’t a video to go along with this, but it’s certainly a worthy mention. Security has since been bolstered.
Wherever there are major sporting events, wild and crazy fans will continue to test security, often with hilarious results. As long as no one gets hurt, it leads to some funny material. We hope you enjoyed!
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