There are a lot of ways to get injured playing sports. And sometimes, the injuries can be pretty weird. But the mother of all sports injuries is the dreaded nut shot. It usually doesn’t leave any permanent damage—well, not physical damage; psychological maybe—but in terms of shear pain there is no comparison. Personally, I’d rather tear both ACL than get hit in the nuts by a baseball, football, knee, or fist. But then my ACLs aren’t worth millions of dollars.
Anyway, today we bring you 21 animated GIFs featuring dudes getting hit in the balls. It’s hilarious, but, you know, also sad. So go get yourself a bag of ice (you’ll probably be a little sore after just watching these) and get ready to cringe.
Cup or no cup, you're gonna feel that. I wonder if Kurt has kids?
21. Suzuki, Oakland Catcher
Flag on the play...punch to the balls...half the distance to the goal...first down.
20. Personal Foul
If I had come across this GIF of Jose "Joey Bats" Bautista whacking his teammate in the nuts last week, it definitely would have made my list of weird baseball GIFs. But that's okay; it works here, too.
19. Joey Pats
Among the myriad reasons why out of shape dudes shouldn't compete in MMA: too slow to protect yourself against kicks to the balls.
18. MMA Nutshot: Part 1
You see, as he reaches the apex of his jump, he realizes, crap, I'm definitely not going to make it over this hurdle. Unfortunately, he can't stop all the way.
17. Training mishap
Kendrick was not expecting that.
16. Poor Kendrick Perkins
Here's a lesson, kids: if a home run ball is coming your way, keep one hand on your junk as a precaution.
15. Unlucky bounce
Funny how it takes a few seconds for this guy to feel the full sting of that kick to the nads.
14. MMA Nutshot: Part 2
Dan Johnson's pinch-hit, 2-out, 2-strike, home run in the bottom of the 9th on the last day of the season probably was the second-most exciting hit we saw in MLB last year. (Not quite as exciting as David Freese's 2-out, 2-strike, 2-run triple in the bottom of the 9th of Game 6 of the World Series, but a little better than David Freese's walk-off home run later on in that game.)
What makes it even better? The fact that it hit some poor dude right in the sack. It was poetic, really. That's how everyone in Boston felt when he hit it. Move over, Bobby Thompson.
13. Nutshot heard round the world
That's how they do things in the Land of Lincoln. Right Rod Blagojevich?
12. The old Illinois handshake
11. Bean balls
Well he's not going to help you up off the ground now.
10. Unsportsmanlike conduct
Ivorian soccer player Didier Zokora doesn't even try to go for the ball. Well, not the one he's supposed to go for.
9. Didier Zokora, nuthunter
Who does't like seeing Brett Favre get hit in the nuts? Anybody? You know that reporter who received that picture of his dong on her cell phone likes it. And for that matter, Brett's wife probably gets a kick out of it, too.
What's worse? Getting punched in the junk by your opponent, or having to wear that red spandex underwear?
7. MMA Nutshot, Part 3: The Reckoning
And that, folks, is about as hard a kick to the nuts as you'll ever see.
6. Swing and a miss
I used this one a couple weeks ago in our list of skateboarding gifs. It was just too good not to use here.
5. Skater de-balled
Don't [email protected]&$ing put your god&@#n foot anywhere near Eddie Belfour's crease.
4. Eddie the Ball-Whacking Eagle
On a related note, I wonder how many pole vaulters are sterile.
3. Why not to pole vault
You thought a pole vaulting stick was bad? How about a taking a 20-foot telephone pole to the nuts?
Also, is it just me, or does it look like there's a guy in his underwear walking through the foreground.