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The 35 Greatest Photobombs in the History of Sports

by: Esteban On  Friday, February 28, 2014
Tags:  Funny   MLB   NBA   NFL   NHL   Photobomb  

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Back when every picture you took cost actual money—because you had to put this stuff called film into your camera—photobombing existed, but it was relatively rare. However, since the advent of camera phones and social media, photobombing has become a genuine fad, like skinny jeans, or the Macarena. In fact, these days, according to the Photobombing Research Institute of America, approximately 97% of all photographs on earth are photobombed, and 61% of those are sports-related. Moreover, some studies suggest that the quality of the photobombings today are 56% better than they were just 10 years ago and 119% better than they were just 20 years ago.

What do all those made up statistics mean? They mean we’re living in a golden age of sports photobombs. But don’t just take my word for it. Take a look at today’s list. It features the 35 greatest sports photobombs in history, with each one rated on a scale of 1 to 10 for (1) degree of difficulty, (2) face distortion, and (3) intangibles. So it’s basically scientific proof that the awesomeness of sports photobombs is currently at an all-time high.

Enjoy.

 

35. The Sagerbomb

40 craig sager photobombs will smith

Degree of Difficulty: 7
Face Distortion Factor: 2
Intangibles: 8

The Fresh Prince and his sideways cap have no idea Cliff Sager is right behind him.

 

24. DCC Photobomb

39 guy photobombs dallas cowboys cheerleader

Degree of Difficulty: 4
Face Distortion Factor: 10
Intangibles: 7

This is exactly what I would do if afforded the opportunity to get up close and personal with a member of the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders.

 

33. RGIII Photobomb

38 rgiii photobombs baylor president ken star

Degree of Difficulty: 3
Face Distortion Factor: 5
Intangibles: 8

The old white guy on the left? That’s Baylor president Ken Starr—like, the Ken Starr who oversaw the investigation into the Bill Clinton-Monica Lewisnky scandal. So RGIII gets bonus points for that.

 

32. Ray Whitney Photobomb

37 ray whitney photobomb

Degree of Difficulty: 5
Face Distortion Factor: 9
Intangibles: 3

Ray Whitney is one of the NHL’s most notorious photobombers.

 

31. The Photographer Photobomb

36 urban meyer photobombed by photographer

Degree of Difficulty: 5
Face Distortion Factor: 7
Intangibles: 9

The intangibles? The photobomber is a photographer.

 

30. Spike Lee Photobomb

35 spike lee photobombs reggie miller

Degree of Difficulty: 4
Face Distortion Factor: 4
Intangibles: 9

From the looks of it, Spike Lee has still not forgiven Reggie Miller for the choking gesture.

 

29. Gold Medal Photobomb

34 london olympics photobomb

Degree of Difficulty: 8
Face Distortion Factor: 10
Intangibles: 7

This is from the 2012 Summer Olympics. I have no clue what sport it was, but this guy is a photobombing legend.

 

28. LePhotobomb

33 lebron photobomb

Degree of Difficulty: 5
Face Distortion Factor: 8
Intangibles: 10

You’d never see Michael Jordan doing this.

 

27. Draft Day Photobomb

32 denard robinson photobombed on draft day

Degree of Difficulty: 7
Face Distortion Factor: 8
Intangibles: 8

This guy was excited that his buddy, Denard Robinson, got drafted. Meant he was going to get to be in a genuine pro athlete entourage!

 

26. The Erin Andrews Photobombers

31 erin andrews photobombed by creepy dudes

Degree of Difficulty: 5
Face Distortion Factor: 8
Intangibles: 9

How could we forget this epic photobomb?

 

25. The Newton-Vonn Photobomb

30 cam newton photobombs lindsey vonn

Degree of Difficulty: 4
Face Distortion Factor: 3
Intangibles: 9

If that weren’t Lindsey Vonn getting photobombed by Cam Newton, this one wouldn’t be that special. However, it is Lindsey Vonn getting photobombed by Cam Newton, so…

 

24. Norris Cole Photobomb

29 norris cole photobombs bosh

Degree of Difficulty: 3
Face Distortion Factor: 6
Intangibles: 9

As we’ll soon see, Chris Bosh is usually the one doing the photobombing. Now he knows how the other half lives.

 

23. Jay Bilas Photobomb

28 jay bilas photobomb

Degree of Difficulty: 4
Face Distortion Factor: 4
Intangibles: 9

Just a balding middle-aged guy creeping on some hot young cheerleaders. No big deal.

 

22. A.J. Price Photobomb

27 a.j. price photobombs tyler hansbrough

Degree of Difficulty: 6
Face Distortion Factor: 10
Intangibles: 7

The best part about this one? While this was going on the announcers were talking about how Tyler Hansbrough purchased a thousand tickers for military veterans and their families.

 

21. Sergio Romobomb

26 sergio romo photobomb

Degree of Difficulty: 5
Face Distortion Factor: 6
Intangibles: 9

Erin Andrews is pretty much never safe from the photobomb.

 

20. The Photoswaltbomb

25 roy oswalt photobomb

Degree of Difficulty: 5
Face Distortion Factor: 8
Intangibles: 6

Who knew Roy Oswalt could be so creepy?

 

19. Man City Photobomb

24 carlos tevez photobombs balotelli and sergio aguero

Degree of Difficulty: 7
Face Distortion Factor: 9
Intangibles: 7

For once Mario Balotelli looks like the sane one.

 

18. Clay Matthews Photobomb

23 clay matthews photobomb 1

Degree of Difficulty: 9
Face Distortion Factor: 6
Intangibles: 10

Excellent concept, wonderfully executed. Of course, Clay Matthews did learn from one of the best…

 

17. Aaron Rodgers Photobomb

21 aaron rodgers photobomb

Degree of Difficulty: 6
Face Distortion Factor: 5
Intangibles: 10

There are so many amazing examples of Aaron Rodgers photobombs that it was hard to choose just one. However, when push came to shove, I had to go with the one with the mustache and the puppets.

 

16. Julian Gamble Photobomb

18 julian gamble photobomb 1

Degree of Difficulty: 5
Face Distortion Factor: 3
Intangibles: 10

Miami basketball player Julian Gamble was a photobombing machine last year. Not one of his teammates or coaches could give an interview without him popping up with this exact expression on his face.

 

15. Tigerbomber

17 tiger woods photobombed

Degree of Difficulty: 7
Face Distortion Factor: 7
Intangibles: 9

If you’re going to photobomb Tiger Woods, make it count. This guy certainly did.

 

14. Phillies Phan Photobomb

16 phillies fan photobomb

Degree of Difficulty: 10
Face Distortion Factor: 0
Intangibles: 7

Anybody can buy a hilarious t-shirt that say “vagina” on the front. Getting it on TV is the hard part.

Well played, Phillies guy.

 

13. The Legendary Quarterback Photobomb

15 john elway photobombs peyton manning

Degree of Difficulty: 7
Face Distortion Factor: 0
Intangibles: 10

Just one legendary quarterback photobombing another legendary quarterback. Nothing to see here.

 

12. Bearcat Baseball Photobomb

12 cincinnati baseball photobomb 2

Degree of Difficulty: 10
Face Distortion Factor: 3
Intangibles: 7

The Cincinnati Bearcats baseball team are as a collective unite the greatest photobombing team in sports today.

If you don’t believe me, Google them.

 

11. Terrell Suggs Photobomb

11 terrell suggs photobomb

Degree of Difficulty: 10
Face Distortion Factor: 2
Intangibles: 7

Impressive leaping ability and excellent timing? Terrell Suggs is a pro.

 

10. Boshbomb 1

10 bosh photobomb 1

Degree of Difficulty: 3
Face Distortion Factor: 7
Intangibles: 9

Like I said before, if Bosh is involved he’s usually the bomber, not the bombee.

 

9. Boshbomb 3

9 bosh photobomb 2

Degree of Difficulty: 7
Face Distortion Factor: 7
Intangibles: 9

CB is a man of a thousand goofy faces…and one creepy one.

 

8. Boshbomb 3

8 chris bosh photobomb

Degree of Difficulty: 9
Face Distortion Factor: 8
Intangibles: 9

And the man always knows when he’s in the frame.

 

7. Joe Kelly Photobomb

7 joe kelly photobombs fox sports midwest girls

Degree of Difficulty: 8
Face Distortion Factor: 3
Intangibles: 10

If you’re not familiar with the personality of St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Joe Kelly (the guy riding the other guy), this is it in a nutshell.

So is this.

 

6. Josh Hamilton

6 josh hamilton photobomb

Degree of Difficulty: 4
Face Distortion Factor: 0
Intangibles: 10

Taking you picture at the baseball game: however much it costs for three tickets.

Having Josh Hamilton waving in the background of that photograph: $123 million.

(That’s how much it cost the Angels to sign him.)

 

5. Nick Mangold, Photobomb Genius - Part 1

5 nick mangold photobomb

Degree of Difficulty: 5
Face Distortion Factor: 9
Intangibles: 9

Jet’s center Nick Mangold isn’t just good at photobombing…

 

4. Nick Mangold, Photobomb Genius - Part 2

4 mangold photobomb

Degree of Difficulty: 3
Face Distortion Factor: 10
Intangibles: 10

Nick Mangold is f**king great at it.

 

3. Banandaphone Bomb

3 new york fans photobomb reporter

Degree of Difficulty: 10
Face Distortion Factor: 5
Intangibles: 9

Seriously, though, where did these guys get two bananas at the Mets game? Do they actually sell fresh fruit at Citi Field?

 

2. Epic Wes Welker Photobomb

2 fan photobombs wes welker

Degree of Difficulty: 10
Face Distortion Factor: 9
Intangibles: 10

No, Wes Welker, New Yorkers will never let you forget that dropped pass in Super Bowl XLVI. Sorry.

 

1. Cigar Guy

1 cigar guy

Degree of Difficulty: 10
Face Distortion Factor: 8
Intangibles: 10

Was there ever any doubt? Cigar Guy is easily the greatest sports photobomber of all-time.

 




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