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April Fool's Day Sports Pranks

Posted on 3/27/2015 to News
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Who doesn't love YouTube?  Especially when it comes to April Fool's Day inspiration.  A healthy prank can drum up some laughs, and laughs are good for the soul.  Here are some hilarious pranks from the sporting world that we just can't get enough of.

Kyle Orton's helmet prank

Prior to Jay Cutler as the quarterback of the Chicago Bears, there was Kyle Orton. The scraggly-bearded man from Purdue came into the Windy City in 2005. During his training camp that opening season, Orton was pranked by former Bears center Olin Kreutz. Kreutz decided to ask Orton to sign a helmet for his family. Of course, the rookie obliged, delighted to sign a piece of memorabilia for a veteran teammate of his.  Come to find out, the helmet wasn't for the Kreutz family. Instead, it was for Orton himself. The QB had to wear his own signed helmet all throughout the practice while the rest of the Bears players and personnel enjoyed every moment of it.

Bill Walsh, Bill Musgrave, and Steve Young chewed PowerBars.

It turns out that Bill Walsh wasn’t just one of the most creative and decorated coaches in NFL history, he was also quite the prankster. He was the king of messing with his players.  ESPN Magazine's Chad Millman once wrote that during Walsh’s time in San Francisco, he encouraged QB Bill Musgrave to leave chewed chocolate PowerBars in Steve Young's helmet. Every time Young would ask if he knew anything about it no one chimed in, and Steve Young was never suspicious of anyone.

The Curious Case of Sidd Finch

In April of 1985, Sports Illustrated's George Plimpton wrote a story about a young pitching prospect named Sidd Finch. Finch was a strange character who could throw a fastball at 168 mph, in spite of never playing organized baseball. According to Plimpton, Finch grew up in an English orphanage before undergoing a Buddhist training routine. He dabbled in the French horn and happened to pitch wearing one hiking boot while the other foot was left bare. When the story broke, Mets fans went crazy. They sent letters to Sports Illustrated asking for more info on this unreal pitcher. The magazine went on to tell everyone that it was a prank later on that month, and finally putting the Sidd Finch mystery to bed.

Keep in mind; these pranks were before the whole social media era. Practical jokes and pranks in sports make super-human, celebrity-like athletes look human.  What are your favorite pranks in the gym?
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