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Every sports fan knows the feeling of a blatantly blown call. First, disbelief, followed by anger, screaming, shouting, spitting, and avowing vengeance (for those more “emotionally vested,” shall we say). All jokes aside, there have been some seriously blown calls by officials since the beginning of televised sports, and to the teams who suffered the injustices, forgiving and/or forgetting just doesn’t seem to be an option.

10. Hand of God Goal

1986 FIFA World Cup: Argentina v. England

Six Minutes into the second half, Diego Maradona of Argentina fisted the ball into the goal, and to the surprise of every player and fan in the stadium, the referee, Ali Bin Nasser, missed the call.


"Hand of God" Goal

“Hand of God” Goal

9. Foul Call

1998 Eastern Conference Finals, Game 5: Chicago Bulls v. New York Knicks

Hue Hollins. Probably not the most memorable referee in the NBA, unless you watched this game or are a fan of either team. Almost every Basketball analyst you can find will tell you the “foul” called against Scottie Pippen was a cleanly contested shot, however, Hollins didn’t see it that way and the Knicks stole the pivitol Game 5.

Hue Hollins' "foul" call

Hue Hollins’ “foul” call

8. The infamous “No Goal”

1999 Stanley Cup Final, Game 6: Buffalo Sabres v. Dallas Stars

“No Goal” is the name given to the controversial, triple over-time, game clinching goal scored by Brett Hull. It is derived from the chants of the crowd after the call was made. Buffalo fans believe that Hull’s skate was clearly over the crease, a fact that is evident in video and photos.

No Goal

Hull’s infamous “No Goal”


7. Olympic Gold Robbery

1988 Olympics: Roy Jones, Jr. v. Park Si-Hun

Apparently, landing almost 3 times the punches (86-32) and causing your opponent to take two standing 8-counts don’t get you very far in Olympic boxing; at least, not when the Olympics are in Seoul, and your opponent is Korean.

1988 Olympic Boxing Scandal

1988 Olympic Boxing Scandal


6. All Ears, No Eyes

1985 World Series, Game 6: Kansas City Royals v. St. Louis Cardinals

Don Denkinger would forever go in the history books with this horrible officiating moment. Denkinger not only missed the mark by calling Orta safe, but refused to overturn the call when confronted by his crew. He later claimed he didn’t “see” the play, but was listening for the ball to hit Worrell’s glove.

Derkinger's terrible call

Derkinger’s Terrible Call


5. 1988 Olympics All Over Again

2012 World Welterweight Championship: Manny Pacquiao v. Timothy Bradley

Bradley, his corner, his family, and two judges; that’s the list of people who seem to actually believe Bradley won this fight. After the fight, Bob Arum stated that he had “never been so ashamed of the sport” in his life.


Pacquiao v. Bradley Stunning Decision


4. The Fifth Down Game

1990 NCAA Football: Colorado University Buffaloes v. Missouri Tigers

The last play of the game was memorable. Charles Johnson, the backup quarterback for Colorado, ran into the end zone as time expired, in true heroic fashion. The only problem? Three plays earlier the officials forgot to change the down marker from second to third, meaning the last play was actually on “fifth” down. The officials conferred, and despite knowledge of the mishap, allowed the touchdown to stand.

Fifth Down Game

Fifth Down Game


3. The Mile Wide Strike Zone

1997 NLCS Game 5: Atlanta Braves v. Florida Marlins

This umpiring fiasco consistently tops lists of worst calls in the history of baseball. The umpire was Eric Gregg, and his humungous strike zone helped the Marlins clinch game 5.


Gregg’s Wide Strike Zone


2. Replacement Ref Nightmare

2012 Monday Night Football: Seattle Seahawks v. Green Bay Packers

Ultimately ruled to be the “wrong call, right review,” Packers fans became out raged when Seattle quarterback Russel Wilson’s pass to Golden Tate was ruled a completion, even though it appeared M.D. Jennings had intercepted the pass. This was the proverbial icing on the cake for the NFL replacement referees.

APTOPIX Packers Seahawks Football

1. Another Olympic Scandal

1972 Olympic Basketball: Soviet Union v. United States

It took the Soviet Union three tries (two of which were unfounded, terrible decisions by the officials) to knock off the top ranked US Olympic Basketball team. This loss was the United State’s  first ever since the beginning of the sport’s inclusion in the Olympics in 1936. The US Team was 63-0 prior to the officials putting time back on the clock for the Soviet Union not once, but twice.

1972 Olympic Basketball

Soviet Union v. USA 1972 Olympic Basketball