With so much at stake night in and night out—huge contracts, endorsement deals, championships, history, the adoration of millions of fans—it’s hardly surprising that professional athletes can sometimes lose their cool in the heat of competition. We’ve seen this happen about 15 times already in the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs, and we’re not even done with the first round. But sometimes the competition doesn’t merely take a turn for the worse. Sometimes, the competition takes a turn for the childish. And that’s when players end up with bite marks.
Yes, today we’re taking a look at biting in sports. It may seem pretty crazy, since most of us kicked the nasty habit by the time we finished the second grade, but we can’t go more than a year or two without some high profile biting incident making the cover of sports pages around the world.
So sit back and get ready to be amused by 9 of the most infamous cases of sports biting in recent memory.