While most Super Bowl moments are remembered fondly, some have gone down in infamy. From in-game mistakes that changed the outcome, to anthem and halftime performances that drew a shudder from the crowd, these are moments everyone remembers, but not exactly for the most positive reasons. Here are seven of the most inglorious mishaps.
The Baltimore Colts committed seven turnovers and still won Super Bowl V, most ever by a winning team. Granted, the Dallas Cowboys turned over the ball four times on their own. But it’s also worth noting that of the other 44 Super Bowl champions, the most turnovers committed by a winning team is 3 by the Steelers in both XIII and XIV, and the Indianapolis Colts in XLI. This also qualified as one of our 'Unbreakable Super Bowl Records.'
Yepremian had some clutch kicks for the Dolphins during his time in Miami, but is most infamously known for his failed attempted pass during Super Bowl VII, after a field goal block. The ball slipped from his hand as he reached back, and was eventually picked up by Redskins defensive back Mike Bass, who returned it for a touchdown. Luckily for Yepremian, the Dolphins still won 14-7, cementing a perfect season.
Buffalo Bills running back Thurman Thomas had a ritual in which he placed his helmet at the 34-yard line of the field before every game (34 was also his number). The helmet was moved without his knowledge, to set up for the national anthem. Thomas then missed the first few plays of the game because he couldn't find the helmet. The Bill went on to lose to the Redskins 37-24.
It's as infamous as any Super Bowl moment now. During her halftime performance at Super Bowl XXXVIII, Jackson finished a number onstage with Justin Timberlake, who then stripped a piece of clothing off Jackson, revealing a mostly nude breast to a live worldwide audience. An FCC firestorm followed. We'd give you a video link, but this is a family site, particularly when we're trying to avoid liability.
Look, there's a lot of pressure on the Super Bowl singer performing the national anthem. So while we sympathize with how Aguilera must have felt after botching the words, it's a mistake you'll never live down if you mix up the words. That reality isn't fair, but it's inevitable. To her credit, Aguilera was embarrassed and apologized. On the bright side, the Black Eyed Peas were actually worse during the halftime show.
A section of temporary seating in Cowboys Stadium was deemed unsafe by the fire marshall before Super Bowl XLV, and that meant 1,250 people were without seats. The NFL scrambled to get 850 into the game, but 400 were left outside the stadium, and were offered various packages later as an apology.
Start looking at moments like these, and it's hard to avoid including almost every halftime performance ever. Half of them turned into lip syncing debacles, another handful were unoriginal and the earliest ones were sideshows in the most dismissive meaning of the word.
Max Thompson is the Senior Editor at ThePostGame. Follow him on Twitter.
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