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April Fool's Day: Top Sports Pranks

April 1, 2015
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Red Sox fans mock Alex Rodriguez

Alex Rodriguez, Blonde masks, red soxLinda Cataffo/Getty Images

Boston Red Sox fans taunt New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez by wearing masks of a blonde woman as he stands on deck in the second inning of a game at Fenway Park. Earlier that week, Rodriguez had been spotted at a club with a blonde, not his wife, setting off allegations about his extramarital activities. The Yankees, however, beat their long-time rival 9-5.

Gum cup on the helmet

Jeff CoxAP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast

Chicago White Sox third base coach Jeff Cox has no clue this prank has been pulled on him with a cup stuck to his helmet with gum as he delivers the starting line up before a baseball game in Chicago. Watching, and slightly amused, at his left is third base umpire D.J. Reyburn.

Tom Brady and his GQ photo

Tom BradyAP Photo/Stephan Savoia

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady calls a play in the huddle during normal Tuesday practice at Patriots summer camp in Foxboro. And to poke fun of the QB, offensive lineman Matt Light tapes a page of Brady's GQ photo shoot to the back of his jersey, left. Let's be honest though, Brady is married to a super model and has four rings, so were pretty confident he was able to brush this one off, even if the magazine spread was a little bizarre.

Green Guys and the penalty box

Green Guys, CanucksJeff Vinnick/NHLI/Getty Images

The Green Men, two Vancouver fans, taunt Johnny Oduya #27 of the Chicago Blackhawks who took a penalty against the Vancouver Canucks during their NHL game in Vancouver. Oduya doesn't seem to be phased, probably because Chicago got the win, 5-2.

Eric Thames and some bubble gum

Eric ThamesTom Szczerbowski/USA TODAY Sports

Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Eric Thames reacts to the impressive bubble of chewing gum placed perfectly on his ball cap by teammate Henderson Alvarez during a ball game against the Baltimore Orioles. Thames was able to laugh it off and the Blue Jays were able to get the win, 9-2.

Matt Harvey and the old 'ball tied to a string'

Matt Harvey, ball on stringJim McIsaac/Getty Images

Matt Harvey of the New York Mets teases fans with a ball tied to a string before a game against the San Francisco Giants at Citi Field. Yes, it's a little mean but also brilliant.

Kings Mascot trolls ref

Kings MascotRocky Widner/NBAE/Getty Images

The Sacramento Kings mascot Monty goofs around during a game between the Seattle Storm and the Sacramento Monarchs. What are sports if you can't have a little fun? It looks like this ref didn't find it as cute.

Phanatic Popcorn

Phillie PhanaticMatt Brown/Getty Images

Phillie Phanatic loves his humor and everyone loves attention on their birthday, right? The Phanatic wished Mark Gubicza a happy birthday with a lot of popcorn as booth-buddy Victor Rojas watched during a broadcast of the Philadelphia Phillies and Los Angeles Angels game.

Lowrie Pie Face

Jed Lowrie, Pie faceBrad Mangin/Getty Images

Not one pie, but TWO pies to the face for A's Jed Lowrie from teammate Josh Reddick while doing an interview on the field after Lowrie drove in the winning run with a single in the bottom of the 9th inning against the Houston Astros.

Popcorn Car

Matt KempDebby Wong/USA TODAY Sports

We wouldn't want to be the teammate who got a front seat full of popcorn from Matt Kemp before the game against the Chicago Cubs. Wonder if he's still finding those little packing peanuts in his car.

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More trouble for DeMarcus Cousins

Just look at DeMarcus Cousins' numbers: 22.3 points per game, 11.5 rebounds, 1.59 steals, a 25.75 player efficiency rating (sixth in the NBA). And yet, all is not right for a player long known for behavior issues and a lack of defensive effort. His Sacramento Kings, as expected, are battling with the Los Angeles Lakers to stay out of the basement in the Western Conference (they're 20-37 through Thursday). And, on Thursday, Cousins was hit with a one-game suspension and $20,000 fine after he hit the Houston Rockets' Patrick Beverly and later went ballistic on a referee in a game Tuesday. To his credit, Cousins apologized on Twitter and certainly is having the best season of his career. But questions still swirl despite the big man having inked a four-year, $62 million deal with Sacramento in the offseason.

What do you make of DeMarcus Cousins being suspended one game and fined $20,000 for punching Patrick Beverly in the stomach and other transgressions?

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  • Will DeMarcus Cousins ever be the centerpiece of a championship contender?

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  • Which is the bigger issue for DeMarcus Cousins?

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  • Would you want DeMarcus Cousins on your favorite team?

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  • When will the Kings next make the playoffs?

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When should coaches rip players?

Does ripping the players in public work for a coach? We might find out soon. Monday night, Kings coach Mike Malone, frustrated after a turnover-fueled loss to the Pelicans, called out his players and named names. He wasn't alone: Nets coach Jason Kidd told the media his team is "comfortable with losing" after they were blown out by the Pacers. The Kings and Nets are struggling for different reasons, but it remains to be seen if challenging the players in public will lead to better results.

  • In general, what type of coach do you think is more effective?

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  • How important is it for a coach to be media-savvy?

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  • Which league's athletes have the thinnest skin when it comes to taking criticism?

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  • Do you like your favorite professional team's head coach?

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Raptors trade Rudy Gay to Kings

Less than a year after acquiring Rudy Gay from the Memphis Grizzlies, the Toronto Raptors reportedly have shipped him westward, sending the prolific scorer to the Sacramento Kings in a seven-player deal that brings role players -- and a lot of future salary relief -- north of the border. This appears to be a bold move for the Kings under new ownership, and a pragmatic one for first-year Raptors GM Masai Ujiri. Which team wins the trade?

  • Which team wins the reported seven-player trade between the Raptors and Kings?

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  • Which franchise is in better shape?

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  • How do you view Rudy Gay as a player?

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  • When will the Kings next make the playoffs?

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NBA 5-on-5: Sacramento Kings

The Kings are a young team led by a first-year head coach, but will youthfulness be more helpful or harmful to a team looking to make the playoffs for the first time since the 2005-06 season? Will DeMarcus Cousins prove to be worth the big extension he received in September? What can we expect from this year's seventh overall pick Ben McLemore? The NBA 5-on-5 guys had their say, and now it's time for SportsNation to weigh in.

What grade would you give the Kings' offseason?

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  • Which of these is the biggest question facing the Kings this season?

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  • Who is the Kings' most intriguing player?

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  • Which of these bold predictions for the Kings is most likely to come true?

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  • Which is a more reasonable prediction for the Kings?

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