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The Most Cringeworthy Moments in Sports History

Well, that was awkward.

It's funny how sometimes the most painful things to watch end up being the hardest to ever stop watching.

Mark Sanchez's infamous butt fumble has been viewed millions of times. ESPN's uncomfortable interview with Andrew Wiggins was turned into a mesmerizing Vine. And every time Birdman speaks, our eyes are drawn immediately to the television screen.

Indeed, for all the times that athletes inspire us or motivate us or make us cheer, athletes seem to have an equally uncanny ability to make us cringe. Sometimes, they make us cringe so much that the moments themselves go down in history. This list, then, is the history book.

Below are examples of some of the most cringeworthy moments that sports have ever produced—with a slight bias toward more recent work. So, at least for the next few minutes, do your best to try not to look away. I don't think it should be much of a problem.

Eminem on Saturday Night Football

Somebody in charge probably thought he was a genius when he suggested that ESPN bring famous rapper Eminem into the booth at halftime of a Notre Dame-Michigan football game.

That somebody was wrong.

Eminem appears wildly uncomfortable and out of place throughout the interview, struggling to look the reporters in the eyes and telling them at one point that there was nothing to be excited for on his upcoming album. Eminem is king in his own domain. In the domain of a sports interview however, his every word causes viewers to cringe with pain.

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Birdman Postgame Interview from Hell

Chris "Birdman" Andersen doesn't exactly have the reputation in the league of being a bundle of charisma and joy. But can any reporter really ever be ready for that?

Andersen's terrifying postgame interview above is just that: terrifying. It truly seems at any moment he might become irritated, reach out of the screen and destroy you in one swing. Every awkward one-sentence response, every glare at the camera, every nervous laugh by the news anchor trying desperately to make light of the situation. Differences abound between the species of man and bird. This truly must be trapped in no man's land somewhere in between.

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Reporter Makes Bode Miller Cry

There's a very fine line between "provocative journalism" and "being a bad human being." Keep on going past this line, take the fifth exit, turn right at the light, continue for a few miles down the road, and you'll arrive at the space occupied by Christin Cooper in her post-race interview with Bode Miller at the Sochi Olympics.

Cooper continuously pokes and prods at Miller, forcing him to answer an unending series of questions about his brother, who passed away before the Olympics. Her barrage of personal questions drives Bode to tears, and he actually breaks down on camera. Don't worry. They didn't give him respect then, either. Instead, cameras continued to show Miller as he cries continuously, refusing Miller the privacy he needs for the sake of the news that none of us needed to see.

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Brent Musburger Drools over Katherine Webb

AJ McCarron's girlfriend Katherine Webb—and as of recently, his wife—is beautiful. And nobody knows that better than ESPN's Brent Musburger. During an Alabama game that Webb was attending, cameras caught wind of the young woman sitting in one end zone.

Musburger had apparently never seen anything or anyone like it in his life.

The too-old-to-talk-like-that reporter went on, as shown in the video above, to exclaim, "You quarterbacks, you get all the good-looking women. What a beautiful woman. Wow." Maybe it was the wow that put him over the edge. Or maybe it was the twinge of jealousy in his voice when he proclaimed that young quarterbacks literally got all the good-looking women. Either way, Musburger proved that he is most effective as a broadcaster when blindfolded and watched carefully throughout the game.

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Read the entire list over at Bleacher Report


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