What is it about seeing people get hit in the head by a ball that makes us laugh? It’s rarely funny to those who must suffer the indignity. In fact, sometimes it hurts. A lot. And yet still we laugh.
That’s kind of weird, don’t you think?
That being said, in the end I don’t really care about why seeing people getting hit in the head is funny. All I care is that it is funny—which is why I have made this phenomenon the subject of our weekly animated GIF list. If you could use a good laugh to get you through the day, you should definitely check these out.
Well, this pretty much sums up the current state of the Houston Astros, doesn't it?
25. Astros Baseball
Matt Ryan is a pretty good quarterback, so I'm going to assume it his the Oakland defender in the head because it was deflected.
24. Different Kind of Helmet Catch
"Hey, what are all those guys doing, hanging over the railing with their hands outstr...OWW MY HEAD!"
23. Daydreaming Security Guy
Did you know that throwing the rugby ball at your opponent's head is a really good way to get their attention?
22. Rugby Ball to the Face
Okay, now here is one everybody can enjoy. I mean, nobody likes the refs, right? Seeing one get hit in the head by a ball and knocked off his head is pretty sweet.
21. Referee Knockout
I'm not really sure what is going on here (kickball with a Pilates stability ball?), but I like it. (Yes, of course I feel bad for the kid, but he'll be okay.)
20. Pilates Ball vs. Kid
Oh yes, the Pats should definitely use Tim Tebow as a tight end this year. It would be hilarious.
19. Tebow the Receiver
The best part about this one? The way to poor old lady takes two more steps and then just falls over like a tree.
(Okay, now I'm getting the sense that I might be a pretty big a**hole for laughing at this one.)
Now this is professionalism. Woman takes a soccer ball right to the side of the head, but immediately composes herself and continues her report.
Someone give her a raise.
17. Reporter Headshot
That looks like it really hurt. And I love how, after not catching the ball, the first baseman then just stands there rather than immediately going to the poor girl's aid. In fact, the first baseman actually takes one step away from the injured girl.
16. Softball Sniper
Can't feel sorry for this woman. If you're sitting court-side at an NBA game, you gotta pay attention. Simple as that. (Plus I'm sure she was fine.)
15. Front Row Casualty
Backup quarterbacks. Aren't they the best?
(By the way, Pam Oliver gets bonus points for the way her hair swooshes around here.)
14. The Pam Oliver GIF
Wait, Penn State and Notre Dame play rugby? And it's on TV? How did I not know about this?
Okay, maybe "Ball Boy Fail" is a harsh title. It's not really this kid's fault. What are the chances that the ball would ricochet like that right into his face?
12. Ball Boy Fail
This guy obviously didn't do this on purpose...but you can bet he told all his Boston buddies he did it on purpose.
11. Just Tryin' to Help
Now you see him...and now you don't. It's magic!
10. Kid + Ball to Head = No Kid
Great one-in-a-million shot, great reaction. Really, this one is just all-around greatness.
9. Dangers of Being a Tennis Ball Boy
You have to love kids playing soccer. There's just so much indiscriminate kicking, and always as hard as they possibly can.
Oh, and props to this kid for just getting right back up. Obviously he doesn't watch the European game too much.
8. Kiddie Soccer!
Okay, now here's one that I don't actually find funny because it's actually pretty scary. But you know what? If you find it funny I'm not going to judge. (I mean, I'm sure this little girl was alright. Somebody had to put this on the internet, after all.)
7. Heads Up, Mom
Seeing this makes me realize it has been way too long since I've watched Happy Gilmore. So I guess I've got my Friday night plans all lined up now.
6. Happy Gilmore
Steroids can help you hit 500-foot home runs, but they sure as hell can't help you track a fly ball.
Way to go, Jose Canseco.
5. Canseco Fail
As much as I love watching Cody Eppley get hit by the ball, it's the reaction of Chavez that really makes this GIF special.
4. Pay Attention, Eppley
You have to love the reaction of the crowd here. It's like their team just scored or something.
3. The Crowd Goes Wild
Oh you poor Rays fan. First you have to watch baseball in Tropicana Field. Then you get hit in the face by a ball while the guy in the visor standing next to you backs away? That's just brutal.
2. Poor Rays Fan
Taking the number one spot is the most epic sideline reporter mishaps of all-time. Seriously, you could watch that all day, couldn't you?
Don't do that, though. Get back to work so you don't get fired.
1. Epic Sideline Reporter Headshot
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