Top 10 Strangest Moments in Sports (ft. Gritty) – EXPLAINED!

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Top 10 Strangest Moments in Sports (ft. Gritty) – EXPLAINED!

Ninh explains the Top 10 Strangest Moments
in Sports Sports are amazing. But sometimes, the strangest
things can happen that nobody would ever see coming.
Before I get into it: subscribe to my channel and click that notifications tab to see my
new vids as and when they come out. Shameless plug, I know.
#1 Hitting birds. Randy Johnson, the Big Unit, terrified the world of baseball for over two
decades with his blistering pitch speed. He could throw so hard and so fast that he can
pluck birds out of the air … quite literally. During a spring training game against San
Francisco, Randy threw a fastball and an unlucky dove flew in its path, killing it instantly
in an explosion of feathers. And before any PETA nut jobs start disliking the video … calm
down, it was an accident, this isn’t classed as animal abuse, no need to start a protest
outside Randy Johnson’s house now. #2 Shrinking the strike zone. Whilst we’re
on the subject of baseball, some teams will do anything to try and win. Including hiring
midget players so that the opposing team can’t strike them out. Meet Eddie Gaedel, all 3
foot 7 inches of him. In his only plate appearance for the St Louis Browns in 1951 – he was
instructed to not swing at any pitch. The opposing pitcher couldn’t hit a strike zone
so small and walked him on four consecutive pitches. To add further insult to injury,
he wore the number 1/8 to highlight his diminutive size. It doesn’t end well for Eddie though,
as he was followed home and beaten to death. Lacking in height AND beaten to death … wow,
what a crap deal. #3 The Band is on the field. In American Football’s
most infamous incident, a 1982 game between California and Stanford, the California Golden
Bears stunned the crowd with a last second, lateral filled, almost impossible play to
win the game. And for some reason, the marching band had decided amongst themselves that the
game was already over and promptly marched onto the field … whilst the game was still
going on! They got in the way of everyone, including the California players who had to
run around them and the Stanford players knocking over people carrying trombones to try and
tackle the ball carrier. I have no idea how this play was allowed to stand, but it did.
# 4 Being stabbed in the back. Monica Seles, was the top female tennis player in the world
– beating the likes of Steffi Graf on numerous occasions. One of Steffi’s fans, took exception
to that. In quarterfinal match in Hamburg Germany, Gunter Parche ran up to Monica during
the break and proceeding to stab her with a boning knife between her shoulder blades.
Obviously the dude was arrested and she was taken to hospital. And even though it only
took a few weeks to heal, Monica never played competitively for another two years by which
point her best performances were clearly behind her. And what happened to her assailant? Virtually
nothing. Gunter was deemed to be ‘psychologically abnormal’ and escaped prison in favour of
psychological treatment. Monica vowed never to play in Germany again. Understandably.
#5 Fan Man. During a heavyweight fight between Riddick Bowe and Evander Holyfield, the fight
was interrupted by someone who decided to parachute into the ring attached to a giant
fan. James Miller claimed that he landed accidentally due to mechanical problems. But Evander Holyfield’s
entourage didn’t care, as they proceeded to beat the crap out of him, and plenty of
fans, presumably all boxers themselves, did the same. If you’re going to interrupt an
event, don’t do it at a boxing match where people know how to fight. Years later, James
ended up killing himself. Boy there’s a lot of deaths in this video so far.
Congratulations, you’re halfway through the video. Subscribe already!
#6 Struck by lightning … mid game. Speaking of deaths, how unlucky would it be if you
got struck by lightning whilst playing your favourite sport? That’s exactly what happened
in a football match in 1998, where a bolt of lightning struck the field and several
players went down. Some suffered from burns, others from shellshock. Nevertheless the match
was abandoned and mass panic ensued trying to get the injured players off the pitch,
before Zeus decides to throw another bolt from the heavens. Even though the video footage
isn’t clear, you can actually see some of the earth being dug up by the lighting right
here. #7 Chicken invasion. During a game between
Blackburn Rovers and Wigan Athletic, fans protesting Blackburn’s owners (who are an
Indian poultry company) decided to release a chicken onto the field to show their disdain.
This chicken stopped the match and was finally caught by the opposing goalkeeper. I have
two questions: 1) how on earth do you sneak a live chicken into a football stadium and
2) do they actually make chicken sized Blackburn Rovers uniforms? In any case, the chicken
was awarded ‘man of the match’ because Blackburn and Wigan’s players are awful.
#8 Bat man. What happens when a bat comes and invades your basketball game? That’s
easy, just call Manu Ginobli. During a Spurs game, a rogue bat was swatted out of the air
and captured with Manu’s bare hands. This earned him applause from the fans, a new nickname,
the batman theme song being played everywhere he went … and the anger of Peta nut jobs
worldwide. Seriously guys, you should really calm the hell down. Ironically, some bats
carried rabies, and Manu had to have several rabies jabs following the incident.
#9 The end is nigh. The last thing you’d expect to see at any motor race is someone
running down the track. Try telling that to Neil Horan – who ran on to the track at
the 2003 British Grand Prix to tell everyone that the world was ending, whilst wearing
slogans from the bible. And he was only saved by a race official who’d chased him down
and pushed him off the track. Obviously he was arrested, imprisoned and presumably kicked
in the balls when no-one was looking. Rather unsurprisingly, Neil used to be an Irish priest
but was excommunicated due to his crazy behaviour. Crazy behaviour … you don’t say?!
10) Beaten with your own shoe. Ice Hockey is the most violent of team sports, so it
pays not to anger the players. But after a game between the Boston Bruins & New York
Rangers ended on an ugly note, a fan managed to reach over the glass, hit one of the opposing
players and steal his stick. Maybe that fan should have paid attention to my first point
because the Bruins then proceeded to climb into the stands to hunt him down. Other fans
tried to sucker punch the Bruins, the Bruins retaliated. Including Mike Milbury here, who
famously stripped the shoe of a fan and proceeded to beat him with it. This remains the greatest
single highlight in Bruins history. Those Stanley Cup victories are a distant 2nd.
Honourable Mentions go to Nancy Kerrigan, who had her leg broken by a rival’s husband,
Monica Seles style. Evander Holyfield having his ear bitten off by Mike Tyson during a
fight. The malice in the palace, an ugly basketball brawl that makes the Mike Milbury thing look
tame. And Gritty, the Philadelphia Flyers mascot
who’s the strangest, scariest and possibly coolest mascot in all of sports. When he’s
not terrorising you in your dreams, he’s displaying typical Philadelphia style behaviour,
shooting his own members of staff with a t-shirt gun and getting into fist fights with little
children. Best mascot ever. If you like this video, please be sure to
like, share & subscribe. It takes me ages to make one of these things, and good karma
is very much appreciated. Have you see any other strange stuff happen in sports? Comment
on the comments section below. Ninh Ly – – @NinhLyUK


Brandon Hea · January 19, 2019 at 8:25 pm

But its Tonya Harding isnt it

Tiax Anderson · January 19, 2019 at 8:27 pm

"… and she was taken to hospital." Hahahahaha, how delightfully British.
Common, I'll order us a Chinese to make up for it

Edit: I wonder if Neil Horan is still alive. If so, there should've been 12 ends of the world that he cared about in the mean time (as in, predicted by Christians or physical things; the blood moon twice, and comet Elenin) and lived through.

Rootfish · January 19, 2019 at 8:33 pm

0:40 Talk about a fowl ball! HURR HURR HURR. I'll see myself out…

johnnysama · January 19, 2019 at 8:40 pm

Welcome to the Sports Twilight Zone. 😀

Patrick Stump · January 19, 2019 at 8:41 pm

How dare you make this video and not include the time the Juan Pablo Montoya halted the Daytona 500 for 90 minutes because he hit a jet drier

David Baruffi · January 19, 2019 at 9:01 pm

It was actually Riddick Bowe's entourage that beat up Fan Man, which was much worst for him 'cause Bowe had some unsavory people in his entourage back then.

miguel angel morales hernandez · January 19, 2019 at 9:11 pm

Nothing weird, just naked people jumping into the field and brawls inside and outside the stadium.
Brawls are very common in Latin America.

Aaron Morris · January 19, 2019 at 9:35 pm

Fully agree about Gritty.

Gave Feria · January 19, 2019 at 10:29 pm

7:50 man it seems that philly has the best mascots

Ninh Ly · January 19, 2019 at 10:49 pm

Due to the recent success of my Top 10 Weirdest Sports in the World, here is the sequel!
If you know of any weird stuff that's happened in sports, share as a separate comment on the comments section below.

StarCoinHero · January 19, 2019 at 11:06 pm

Yas you’re back

manning0 · January 20, 2019 at 12:02 am

The only other things I can think are no where near as good as your top 10 but they're all from Association Football.
1. The ball hitting a beach ball and going in, I think it was a premier League match between Sunderland and Liverpool.
2. All the lights going off in the stadium plunging the game it to darkness.
3. A team (I think in the English championship) forgetting their kit and having to wear the home teams away kit.
4. The ref handing out 3 yellow cards, I believe it was Croatia Vs Australia, in a World cup, maybe South Africa 2010. I remember the ref was English.

D3us · January 20, 2019 at 12:14 am

Australian speed skater Steven Bradbury won gold at the 2002 Winter Olympics due to all his rivals wiping each other out on the final corner. Since he was behind the pack, he cruised across the finish and was made a national hero

Johnny BlackJock · January 20, 2019 at 12:59 am

One of my favourite mascots moments (although being a "slightly" biased Swansea fan) is Cyril The Swan punting fellow mascot Zampa The Lion's head during a half-time penalty shootout. Remember: Zampa is the mascot of Millwall!

Sebastian Perez Martinez · January 20, 2019 at 1:05 am

Love your videos…. you are a genius!! Cheers from Argentina the land of Manu Ginobili.

taotd · January 20, 2019 at 2:07 am

6:49 "ice hockey is the most violent of team sports."

Didn't you already do a video on Calcio Storico?

GamePro0012 · January 20, 2019 at 2:28 am

You totally should've put the butt fumble here. Or the Chargers moving to LA after Dean Spanos held San Diego to ransom. I'm only saying that so I can say, "Fuck you, Spanos!"

AngelofDeth · January 20, 2019 at 2:31 am

You forgot to censor a boob at 5:55.

Coordinator · January 20, 2019 at 2:46 am

Strange Moment #11, French Open Final 2013:

Ian Ahles · January 20, 2019 at 3:16 am

Sam Federman · January 20, 2019 at 3:25 am

Ninh, that Bruins joke was not okay

sravan mk · January 20, 2019 at 4:15 am


jwddwj9 · January 20, 2019 at 5:08 am

Nihn you are awesome, just so you know

lazarbro · January 20, 2019 at 5:49 am

The greatest highlight in bruins history is when boby orr the overtime goal to win the 1970 stanely cup and flew threw the air.

Th3 Zm0nst3r · January 20, 2019 at 6:29 am

5:54 um… u didn't censored the you know what

施宇洋 · January 20, 2019 at 6:33 am

In 1996, a high school soccer boy in Osaka, Japan also hit by lightning in game. He was severely wounded and all four limbs were crippled. In 2008 the city's sports association was sentenced to compensation for the victim 370 M ¥ (2.7 M£ or 3.8 M US$ in 2008) .

maxscameraguy · January 20, 2019 at 6:57 am

Lol. There is a lot more to the Eddie Gaedel story then you talk about. It could fill a podcast really.

StudioUAC · January 20, 2019 at 8:16 am

A new Ninh video!

StudioUAC · January 20, 2019 at 8:17 am

When will we see a new rules explained video?

Jeff Lichtman · January 20, 2019 at 8:35 am

How about Disco Demolition Night?

Or Ten Cent Beer Night?

Football buddy · January 20, 2019 at 9:44 am

Could you do indoor cricket (nets) next? Please

Nick Hanlon · January 20, 2019 at 10:10 am

Anything involving Phil Carmen,an Aussie Rules player from the 70's.The most talented and yet most undisciplined player of them all.It all came to a head when he headbutted boundary umpire Graeme Carberry in Round 2,1980,Essendon v St.Kilda.Carmen received a 20 week ban.Or Fine Cotton at Eagle Farm in 1984.A horse racing ring-in that resulted in several life bans,jail terms and incessant media coverage for months.

Lem Skroob · January 20, 2019 at 10:13 am

In the same vein as the Rovers chicken, there was Plugga. In a match between St Kilda and Sydney in the AFL in 1993, a pig was released onto the field at full-forward with "PLUGA" spray-painted on one side, and the number 4 on the other, representing St Kilda full forward Tony Lockett, who was said to be built like a pig. Lockett would later join Sydney in 1995, and eventually became the AFL's all-time leading goalscorer. A radio caller who said he brought the pig in stated that Swans players were in on the plan, while former AFL star Peter Hudson, and even the AFL Commissioner were fans of it. But that seems like a few porky pies being told.

Joshua Bullion 142 · January 20, 2019 at 1:49 pm

Ninh, I have a great video idea about dirty players and teams. "Ninh explains: the dirtiest players in sports e.g: Tyson fury ear biting or Don mcrae punching ronan o gara several times IN THE EYE! "Ninh explains: the dirtiest sports teams e.g argentina rugby.
For your intrest it was the tyson ear bite mension that gave me this video idea. This is a SUGGESTION you dont have to do this video. But i think its a good idea.

Joshua Bullion 142 · January 20, 2019 at 1:55 pm

A funny momment in sport was in darts. It wasnt perticually strange it was just funny and ironic. Phil Taylor in the premier league of darts was on an outshot of 129. He went for T19 (57) Bullseye(50) and then his popular D16 (32)
57+50+32= 139!
He busted by 10. Gary Anderson wanted 139! Exactly the same shot!

Oakley Jacket · January 20, 2019 at 6:18 pm


ThatAsiian · January 20, 2019 at 6:54 pm

Cody. Parkey.

Self explainable

BizarreWords · January 20, 2019 at 7:19 pm

Dear Ninh; which teams do you root for? if it is possible to know, of course.

Nikko Doan · January 20, 2019 at 8:01 pm

When are you gonna bring back Ninh Explains the rules of…? I love sports but I wanna know how to play the more obscure ones.

T Chop · January 20, 2019 at 8:43 pm

Proud Flyers fan-Gritty is watching over me

Diego Valle · January 20, 2019 at 9:27 pm

Ice hockey is nowhere near the most violent team sport. That award goes to American football.

Pigigamer DK · January 21, 2019 at 8:19 am

can you make a vid about dogdeball?

SpitefulAZ · January 21, 2019 at 9:39 am

lookin' good Ninh! you must work out.

Randy Johnson played for the Arizona Diamondbacks. I grew up in Arizona! I attended the inaugural game for the Diamondbacks and I still have the ticket for the event!

Hay 14 · January 21, 2019 at 3:33 pm

That time Spider-Man invaded a football match

Karl Singleton · January 21, 2019 at 9:47 pm

Hey Ninh, could you do IndyCar or NHRA rules?

Brayden Brown · January 22, 2019 at 12:11 am

A strange moment in sport I’ve seen was a streaker that costed Queensland a try at state of origin game 3 2014 in Sydney Australia, Queensland beat New South Wales and won that season.

施宇洋 · January 22, 2019 at 1:43 pm

In 2014, a semi-final game of Japan National High School Soften-Baseball (using wholly-rubber-balls to play) tournament between Chukyo High School and Sotoku High School played for 4 days, 50 innings and both teams used only ONE pitcher each to complete the game. Especially MATSUI Taiga, the Pitcher of Chukyo High School, who also pitched from the 4th Inning of the Final and win the Champion only 2.5 hours after win against Sotoku by 3-0. He pitched over 709 balls in 4 days and totally 1049 balls in the tournaments. Holy ****.

Now he’s the Ace pitcher of Chukyo Univ. and lead the team get his another Champion last August.

The TV footage report at that time:


Trixnetzs · January 23, 2019 at 12:26 am

Good comment

Dannen P · January 23, 2019 at 1:08 am

The goon that hit a fan with their own shoe (Mike Milbury) is now an analyst for NBCSN

Sorry but I don’t exist · January 23, 2019 at 2:53 am

You forgot to add when the Montreal’s Expos mascot was ejected from the game by the Dodgers manager. That I have never seen happen

Joe Ketchen · January 23, 2019 at 3:47 pm

Gritty is the single greatest thing on the planet

Shawn Weddle · January 23, 2019 at 8:32 pm

Imagine getting cut from the baseball team and finding out the guy replacing you is four feet tall. That would sting.

Dalton G · January 23, 2019 at 10:52 pm

During a NASCAR race at Richmond one year, the officials had to throw a caution because a spectator started to climb the catch fence

Zahoor Ali Mehdi · January 24, 2019 at 8:54 am


Tony Lamesajan · January 24, 2019 at 11:33 pm

Do a video The Rules of Pro Wrestling Explained. That would be fun.

Graham Clayton · January 25, 2019 at 9:33 am

The "TImeless" cricket Test Match between England and South Africa at Durban in March 1939. The game was to be played to a finish – no draw when the allotted time (5 days) ended. After TEN days play, and with England needing only 50-odd runs to win, the match had to be abandoned as a draw as the England team had to commence their rail trip to Cape Town in order to catch their ship back home!

The pointlessness of both teams playing for so long and neither team winning has always appealed to me.

SpitefulAZ · January 25, 2019 at 10:22 am

Just realized, a video I would love to watch if you ever decided to make it, would be something related to history of rules changes to popular sports, such as association football, or a not so popular one like American football.

Aeris Reyha · January 25, 2019 at 1:21 pm

Please do about STIHL…

InVINCEable Animations · January 26, 2019 at 7:00 pm

Can you do Broomball rules

Tom Fussell · January 27, 2019 at 12:48 am

There was an incident in the USA rugby 7s tournament in 2013 where a skydiver (who was delivering the ball for the final between New Zealand and South Africa) landing on the pitch when the 3rd place play off match between Samoa and Fiji was still being played.

SHIMNA kT · January 27, 2019 at 9:47 am

Can you make a video on the topic "why bat and ball game looses it's popularity".?

TheOnly X2 · January 28, 2019 at 1:35 am

5:55 nice

Joshua Cochran · January 28, 2019 at 8:56 am

This video is bloody hilarious.

My favorite weird one is the Phil Dawson field goal that went through the uprights, but landed on the support beam and bounced out. Apparently this had never happened in American football before, and led to a rule being almost made on the spot (which the league made official the following offseason).

Erik Watkins · January 28, 2019 at 7:19 pm

@Ninh Ly 2:32 the Cal coach at the time had rugby players as walk-ons (non-scholarship players) that whole season. He told them "I'll play you when I need you." Last second of the game.."I need you." No rules against it, all the laterals were legal…Cal wins.

Chrnan6710 · January 28, 2019 at 8:02 pm


Jim the Squirrel · January 28, 2019 at 9:41 pm

Gritty can be in a horror movie

waifu breaks · January 29, 2019 at 7:45 am

No mention of Tommy Lasorda beating up the Philly Phanatic?

Judy Chen · January 29, 2019 at 1:41 pm

0:54 that look different then a Furry

Tye Vance · January 30, 2019 at 3:58 pm

"Mother fucker let me have your shoe" begins to take his show off and beat him with it "die die die" XD

readonlypdf · January 30, 2019 at 8:42 pm

You forgot the Chicken on t he Ice.

gorhajm · January 30, 2019 at 9:41 pm

Have you read about 10 cent beer night game?

genedraper16 · February 2, 2019 at 5:13 pm

Another fantastic video!!!

Avi Serig · February 7, 2019 at 6:12 pm

Sebastien Buemi's wheels coming off at Chinese Grand Prix.

Krak Rex · February 8, 2019 at 3:48 pm

Love me some Gritty for awhile he was the only thing going for us fans in Philly. We hated him when he first was announced but as soon as the rest of the world started making fun of him we took that big brother stance of only we can make fun of him.

Alex Murphy · February 27, 2019 at 6:19 am

Gritty is a saint, A SAINT!!!!

Edward Burek · March 9, 2019 at 9:26 pm

Only one word in the English language, or indeed any language known to mankind, actual or fabricated, can fully and properly describe the existence of Griity – AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (Also applies to the Sheffield Wednesday club badge)

Coordinator · April 5, 2019 at 12:32 am

Do you now have to be a certain size to be a pro baseball player?

Brandon Hea · April 6, 2019 at 7:19 pm

Didnt you actually mean Tonya Harding with Nancy Kerrigan

hillbilly bone · April 8, 2019 at 1:34 am

I almost for struck by lighting at a American football game wearing my helmet at midfield

Brandon Hea · April 13, 2019 at 2:44 am

Could you do another strangest moments in sports and explain more on the Malice at the Palace

trigger happy124 · April 13, 2019 at 4:58 am

Not as weird as those moments, but on the hockey front there is my home town team the red wings beating up the colorado rockies. In retaliation for a violent cheap shot from ome of the rockiss players, the red wings targeted him the next year. A fight broke out between 2 players, and then everyone was fighting. The goalies even met at center ice and fought. Paybacks a bitch

Ryan Ellis · April 13, 2019 at 9:30 pm

Literally binge watching all of these videos! Consider me subscribed!

anAccountMustHaveAName · April 15, 2019 at 5:53 pm

Here are a few:
The football(soccer) war
The team cross country run in 1924 Olympics
1976 flyers vs red army game

Edit: Barra vasca javelin throwing technique incident is also interesting, but there might not be any information in English.

Terry Cooper · April 19, 2019 at 1:31 pm

Check out videos with Tony Lockett and a pig on the field

Josh Brown · April 21, 2019 at 4:05 am

Gritty is the greatest thing in hockey since Wayne Gretzky

Matt Spears · May 6, 2019 at 6:32 pm

3:09 her best performances were behind her, just like the knife was

Brandon Hea · May 7, 2019 at 9:12 am

Do another one of strange moments in sports

Leonardo Nunes Guimarães Costa · May 7, 2019 at 5:27 pm

That rainbow afro guy

Judy Chen · May 8, 2019 at 4:44 pm

1:41 4:05 4:07

Owen Galbraith · May 11, 2019 at 11:49 pm

It's normal in the AFL for a bunch of seagulls to fly on the field during the game

Owen Galbraith · May 11, 2019 at 11:50 pm

It's normal in the AFL for a bunch of seagulls to fly on the field during the game

I'm person · May 19, 2019 at 6:27 am

This happened after the video, but I don't care. Many NFL fans remember this incident.
Philadelphia Eagles vs Chicago Bears. Chicago needs to kick a field goal to win the game. They kick the field goal and make it, but the refs said it was invalid because Philadelphia called a timeout like .0000097251573 seconds before the kick. They had to redo it. They kicked the ball and it bounced off BOTH BARS of the goalpost and they lost.

viorel mafteian · June 14, 2019 at 8:47 pm

Do rules of pocker

Kowyn Laschowski · June 23, 2019 at 8:14 pm

Hahahahahahhahaha I play hockey

JVD Studios · June 24, 2019 at 8:18 pm

Gritty is indeed the "Best Mascot Ever"

John Walters · June 27, 2019 at 2:41 am

That retarded Irish bastard hope he is dead now

kenmograd2009 · July 1, 2019 at 8:57 pm

To this day, Stanford claims one of the laterals from “The Play” was an illegal forward pass, and the California touchdown shouldn’t have counted. To emphasize this, whenever Stanford receives The Axe (the trophy awarded to the winner of The Big Game), they alter the result of the 1982 game on the plaque from “California 25, Stanford 20” to read “California 19, Stanford 20.”

John McCawson · July 19, 2019 at 7:47 pm

Is gritty you?

Sean McCann · July 28, 2019 at 2:09 am

A few years back, David Ortiz got pissed off and murdered the bullpen phone in the dugout. For the next few games people were asking him to sign their phone.

SpitefulAZ · July 28, 2019 at 10:15 am

Owen Hart accidental death in a WWE pay per view event. 🙁

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