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5. Vince Coleman



During the pregame warm-ups before Game 4 of the 1985 National League Championship Series, the speedy Coleman suffered a bizarre injury when the machine that rolled up the tarp caught his leg. He would be trapped for a good 30 seconds, suffering knee and leg injuries that would knock him out for the rest of the preseason. Coleman would be involved in another dumb sports-related injury later in his career ó though not as a victim but rather as a cause ó when as a member of the New York Mets he injured pitcher Dwight Gooden by swinging a golf club in the teamís clubhouse in 1993.
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4. Tony Allen




Basketball players like to show off. We all know that. But somebody, somewhere needed to tell Boston Celtics guard Allen that thereís a time and a place for everything. In January 2007, Allen was on the floor playing in the final minutes of a big Boston loss to the Indiana Pacers. The referee blew the whistle, and Allen went to the hoop to throw down an impressive dunk. Of course, when he landed following his meaningless basket, he came down awkwardly and wound up blowing out both the ACL and MCL in his knee. Whoops. Fortunately for him, it didnít wind up being a career ending injury, as Allen did see action for the Celtics in 2007-08 ó which officially makes it okay for all of us to point and laugh at the sheer stupidity of his pointless display of machismo.
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3. Joel Zumaya



As a rookie in 2006, Detroit Tigers pitcher Zumaya set the league on fire, literally, with the amazing and consistent velocity of his fastball. However, he would miss three games during the American League Championship Series due to inflammation in his pitching arm. Makes sense, considering how hard he throws, right? True, only thatís not why he was hurt. No, the real reason for the injury, it was later revealed, was an overdose of the Guitar Hero video game. While the team asked Zumaya to stop and he was fine for the World Series, the fact is that this genius put his teamís playoff success at risk so he could sneak in a little extra PlayStation time. Then again, whoís to say we wouldnít have done the same thing? After all, Guitar Hero is a pretty kick-ass game.
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2. Gus Frerotte



In 1997, Frerotte was the starting quarterback for the Washington Redskins and fresh off a Pro Bowl season. Washington was 6-5 heading into their Sunday Night game against the New York Giants on November 23, and Frerotte scored the gameís first touchdown on a one-yard run in the second quarter. So how did he celebrate? By ramming his head into a padded cement wall in the back of the end zone. He left the game following the self-inflicted injury and was replaced by backup Jeff Hostetler. The game ended in a 7-7 tie, and depending upon who you ask, Frerotte either suffered a concussion or a strained neck as a result of the incident. I donít remember for sure, and Iím pretty certain olí Gus doesnít either.
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1. Bill Gramatica



When your sole claim to fame as a professional athlete is the manner in which you gave yourself a serious injury, youíre pretty much a lock to top a list like this. Such is the case with former Arizona Cardinals kicker Bill Gramatica, who on December 15, 2001, kicked a 42-yard field goal in the first half of a game against the New York Giants. So happy with this accomplishment was Gramatica that he began inexplicably leaping up and down with joy, and promptly tore his ACL in the process. The whole thing played out like a Monty Python routine, with puzzled and bemused football fans watching on at home wondering just what the hell this little half-pint kicker was doing. Without a doubt, this is THE dumbest sports injury of all time, bar none.
There are literally dozens and dozens of worthy candidates that could have been included on this list, from Padres pitcher Adam Eaton accidentally stabbing himself while trying to open a DVD, to Jaguars kicker Chris Hanson slicing open his leg with an axe that was being used as a locker-room motivational tool, to Spanish goalkeeper Santiago Canizares missing two World Cup games after dropping a bottle of aftershave on his foot and cutting a tendon. Which dumb injury is your favorite? Log in and share your comments with us today!
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