5 Bizarre Ends To Professional Sporting Events

The Major League Baseball series between the Texas Rangers and Toronto Blue Jays ended on an odd note last Sunday. With one out, the Rangers tried to put away the bottom of the tenth inning with a double-play against the hometown Jays. Rougned Odor -- who infamously punched Jays hitter Jose Bautista earlier this year - tried to complete a double play with a throw to first, but the throw from second pulled first baseman Mitch Mooreland off the bag and allowing runner Josh Donaldson to slide into homeplate - ending the game and the series with a rare walk-off error.

But that's not the only odd ending to a high-stakes sports event. Check out these four other strange events that decided pivotal games in sports history.

1. Bogie Throws in the Towel

Russian-American tennis star Alex "Bogie" Bogomolov stunned fans and commentators during the 2013 USTA Pro Tennis Championship when he quit midway through the match after a dubious call. Bogomolov was convinced his opponent -- American Bradley Klahn -- had hit the ball out of bounds. But the official calling the match said it was in.

So Bogomolov calmly walked up to the official, shook his hand and said, "I'm done. Thank you." Then he packed up his equipment and left the court. 

"I think Bogomolov just retired," one baffled commentator said.

"Um, yeah, this is strange," the other added.

2. Tyson Takes a Little Off the Top

Bogolomov might've been a poor sport, but at least he and his opponent left the tennis match in one piece. The same can't be said for Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield when they met in the ring back in 1997. Like Bogolomov, Tyson felt the officials blew an obvious call in the match. Iron Mike thought Holyfield was getting away with illegal headbutts. But instead of throwing in the towel, he protested by biting Evander's ear - twice.

After the second chomp, the fight ended with an abrupt disqualification. So abrupt that commentators were still analyzing the replay when they looked up and saw that the match was over.


3. The Shot Missed Around the World

When you hear that the Stanley Cup - the National Hockey League's holy grail - will be decided between two teams in sudden death overtime, you obviously expect the ending to be epic. The thing of inspiring sports movies, not blooper reels.

But that wasn't the case during the 2010 Stanley Cup Final in Philadelphia. The hometown Flyers battled the Chicago Blackhawks to a 3-3 deadlock going into overtime. Then Blackhawk winger Patrick Kane put the game away with a quick shot. So quick that only he noticed that the game was over. While he threw off his equipment and celebrated, everyone else in the rink stared in confusion. They didn't even know where the puck was.

Eventually, his teammates on the ice joined in the revelry. But Chicago coach Joel Quenneville wasn't convinced. Nor were the opposing players. After a replay, the refs confirmed that the missing puck did cross the goal line before getting stuck under the net. The game had been over for some time before Philadelphia's shocked team and fans conceded the anti-climactic defeat.

4. White Out on Ice

Unlike in baseball, NHL teams never have to worry about rain delays. But another weather phenomenon once plagued the Stanley Cup Finals. Back in game 3 of the 1975 final between the Philadelphia Flyers and Buffalo Sabres, weird weather conditions produced a thick layer of fog in the rink. So thick that players had trouble seeing each other, let alone the puck. But they played on, taking the game to sudden-death overtime that was cruel and unusual punishment for the goalies charged with blocking the invisible puck.

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