Timing is Everything: Check Out These Perfectly Timed Sports’ Photos

When it comes to sports, for most people, it’s really about the love for the game, a loved one is playing in a team, or maybe it’s just your favorite team playing, the outstanding performances, the sense of pride and victory. Still, let’s not ignore the fact that sports provide us with beautiful moments, either deliberate or not. Some of these moments are usually captured on camera. Sometimes, these photos are well timed that they make us understand the athleticism, speed, and agility that sporting events put on display. On some other occasions, these photos are just plain hilarious. So, let’s take a look at some of these perfectly times sports. You’ll surely have a good laugh.

Halloween Came Early!

Have you actually seen the expression of someone that’s really terrified of a little ball? Worse still, a basketball player that’s scared of a ball? It’s fun to picture this as a Halloween contest and watching the Milwaukee Bucks player warming up to the vibe.

Halloween Came Early!

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How else can one explain the pure terror on #0’s face (), as his gaze follows the direction of the ball? Or maybe he’s worried the ball might be in danger. Either way, this player is just too scared of the ball to be on the basketball court. Perhaps, it’s a good idea that you face your fears before choosing to play a sport you love.

Perfectly Parallel Super-Rodman

Though Dennis Rodman may be known for some questionable deeds since he left the NBA, no one can disagree with the fact that he was a very talented player. This photo definitely confirms that. Nicknamed “The Worm” during his career, Rodman is famous for his strong defensive ability, so it’s no surprise that he will go to such great lengths to catch a ball.

Perfectly Parallel Super-Rodman

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This picture of Rodman was taken in 1997 during a game. Rodman was practically flying just to catch a loose ball. If this picture isn’t evidence of pure athleticism, then I don’t know what is.

It Looks So Easy

We all know that pole jumping can be pretty scary, after all, there’s a good chance of crashing into the pole itself. But this jumper makes pole vaulting 12ft into the air, look like an easy task. In this picture, she is literally yawning while doing it. Some say that you yawn when you feel relaxed, not necessarily when you are tired.

It Looks So Easy

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Well, if that’s the case here, this athlete is entirely at ease doing this sport. Here, she launched herself 12 feet into the air using a flexible pole, in front of her teammates, viewers, and coaches. Wow. Such an impressive feat!

I Don’t Need This Anymore

This picture was taken not too long before Alexander Rodriguez retired from professional baseball in 2016. There’s no doubt in our minds A-Rod, as he is better known, knew how to work magic on the field. Looks like A-Rod invented the Flying Bat move right here.

I Don’t Need This Anymore

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This photo seems to shed light on emotions that A-Rod could have been feeling, before his retirement. It certainly looks like he didn’t care anymore and was ready to quit the game and throw in the towel (or in this case can we say the bat?).

The King Has Arrived

This looks like a royal game between two NBA teams. With the crown sitting on the referee’s head by the left, it could as well be a very important one. Could the royal referee be paying tribute to another royalty in the audience? It also looks like he’s snubbing the other referees, which is understandable if you’re a king.

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Well, can we call him the king of basketball officiating with the crown on his head? The two others beside him are just regular folks. Though you might undermine the other referees, you definitely won’t have the nerve to cross the king himself. All in all, the royal referee made the game fun to watch when his head briefly aligned with the ad behind him in an amusing way.

The Bubble Boy

Since the time Michael Phelps joined the Olympic circuit, many people around the world began to develop interested in competitive swimming. In this photo, we can see one of Phelps’ opponents swimming.

The Bubble Boy

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However, with the ripple effect on his head, he looks sort of sub-human. It’s hard to believe that his picture was actually captured at such a perfect moment, just as the water enveloped his head.

Turbulent Tag Indeed

It can be quite dangerous playing the position of a catcher, most especially when you’re playing in a game in the World Series. That’s when things are heated the most. When tagging home plate, the catcher has to keep watch on players on third base, as they’ll try to run into him and knock the ball out of his hand.

Turbulent Tag Indeed

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This photograph was taken during the first game of the World Series in 1991. Indeed, the intensity at which the catcher tried to make the catch was great. The catcher was able to hang onto the ball, even as he was literally tossed upside down.

Time Is Up

Regardless of what a lot of people believe, professional cycling is very team-oriented. This sport requires that a well thought out plan on how and where cyclists ride in a team is carried out before the start of every ride. There’s nothing sweeter than a friendly ride among bikers. It is beautiful to watch.

Time Is Up

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To go for the win, speed and coordination must go hand in hand. Hence, there is entirely no time to stop. These cycles are quite supportive of one another, and from this photo, we know that they’ll always have each other’s back, even when one of them has to leave mid-race.

Did She Lose Something?

For most performers, they tend to obsess over all the things that athletes have that little part of their brains that may possibly go off the beam during a big competition. The same applies to athletes. For some, when preparing for the hurdles in the Olympics, “losing their shoe” has to be very high on that list.

Did She Lose Something?

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Looking at the way this Ethiopian athlete jumped over this hurdle in the Olympics, losing her shoe didn’t seem to have restrained her much. Even though her shoe fell off, she actually qualified for the Olympic final in this game!

No Helmet, No Problem

The calm look on the face of this Notre Dame running back is quite baffling. The college athlete is not only being tackled by another player, but he’s also encircled by huge looking behemoths, who are ready to smash him if their teammate’s effort fails.

No Helmet, No Problem

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In this picture, he has apparently lost his helmet leaving his head unguarded! Apparently, it doesn’t seem like a big deal for the student-athlete. With a bit of luck, he might not take a big hit to the head. But anyway, let’s give respect to who it’s due. If he was tackled so hard that his helmet was knocked off, then he is a cool dude to have handled it with a grin on his chin.

The Rubber Arm

Every pitcher in the MLB throws the ball in different ways. Nevertheless, this fundamental movement is the same across the board. The athlete has to move his arm in a forward motion to launch the ball in the direction of the plate.

The Rubber Arm

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However, if an athlete is to improve his fastball, he has to first improve his external rotation. Clearly, this pitcher has done his homework. His arm is super flexible and almost looks like rubber.

Goal Scoring Statue

It’s always a good time when you play a pick-up game of basketball. But sometimes, there won’t be enough players to play the game with you.

Goal Scoring Statue

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Luckily, whoever was playing on this court had an unexpected player to choose from – the bronze statue. This photo is an undeniable proof that the statue is a skillful player with an inherent skill of scoring baskets. Well, that’s just pun intended; we don’t actually believe statues can come alive.

Synchronized Swimming…And Spitting

Synchronized swimming is a form of art. From the make-up to the outfits, to the moves, everything is entirely pre-planned to produce an overall magnum opus. Well, these synchronized water dancers sure look like they are comfortable with each other, so much that one’s finger is shoved into the other’s throat.

Synchronized Swimming…And Spitting

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Though it may seem strange, it was actually part of the routine of the two synchronizer water dancers to spit out water. However, when taken out of context, this move looks quite silly.

Oh, Hi Butt!

Let’s reflect on the gracelessness of this moment for a jiffy. First, one of the wrestlers is wearing red tights, and his butt is facing the camera. Then the other wrestler is in blue tights and appears to be in the most awkward position right now.

Oh, Hi Butt!

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Well, if the wrestler in red tights passes gas, the other may need an ambulance. And to cap it up, the blue tights wrestler’s gaze happened to meet the camera’s lens at the right instant. It’s really awkward. That is the only way to describe this scenario.

No Harm to Flexi Head

It could take a moment before you realize what this picture is about. This is a photo of Pittsburgh Steeler Antwaan Randle El, during a game in 2003. His head was turned nearly all the way around as a player from the other team held onto his facemask.

No Harm to Flexi Head

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The player responsible for that was called for the penalty. Fortunately, Antwaan did not secure any serious injury. That itself is a miracle given the fact that he was totally stretched out in a manner that was too abnormal to be possible for a human.

Well Harmonized Hurdling

This well-timed photo has got it all. Not only does it give you an idea of the speed and alertness that is needed to be a cream of the crop hurdler, but it also shows you the sheer concentration needed to succeed in the event.

Well Harmonized Hurdling

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That’s not all. Looking at this photo, can you really tell which of the two athletes actually won the race? My guess is no. In this case, it may depend on which athlete has the longest left or arm. Or could it be a win for both women?

Balling With Flair

This is nothing like what you’d expect to see on in a basketball game. This sport requires that an athlete has a lot of grace, athleticism and also a macho attitude. It’s fun to watch players strutting around the court as though they are hot stuff.

Balling With Flair

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It’s usually cool when you get to see a picture like this. It goes to show that even basketball players that seem tough by all count can sometimes look somewhat tender and graceful. Let’s take a wild guess. What do you think the New York Knicks player was doing here? We will just have to agree that he was balling.

Now That’s Flexible

Some sports photos are not only impressing to the viewers but can also be quite painful to view. One can relate that to this picture. This figure skater looks like she is comfortable with the extreme angle of her standing split, and she seemed to do it effortlessly.

Now That’s Flexible

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However, some people would find it painful to look at, not to even think about trying to do this. Still, something is pleasing about the way her legs joined to form a vertical line, and her hair – a horizontal line.

Getting Her Fish Face Ready

A good number of fishes don’t do much diving; still, this diver looks like she is warming up to become a fish character before she hits the water. Her fish face came out to play, and she was definitely camera ready. What’s funny is that divers submit themselves to great scrutiny about their body movements.

Getting Her Fish Face Ready

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Any exaggerated body movement and your medal go away into thin air. However, divers’ facial expressions aren’t subjected to scrutiny. This is really cool this passionate diver. Certainly, she’d have been kicked out of the competition if facial expressions were judged.

Horsin’ Around

Julien Leparoux is a proficient jockey. Unfortunately, even pros are not immune to calamity. While Leparoux was riding a horse in April 2006, the horse, Sanibel Storm, ran into a rail during the stretch run.

Horsin’ Around

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This photo was captured as Leparoux was thrown off the horse. Luckily for both the rider and the horse, none of them got injured.

Matrix Basketball

This picture looks like something that could have happened in the film “The Matrix.” The photography captures the perfect moment when the defender was falling and the attacker making an attempt to leap towards the basket.

Matrix Basketball

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This picture was captured in 2015 during the NCAA tournament game between Boise State University and the University of Dayton. This matrix leap favored the University of Dayton, as they went home victorious.

A Flip Throw

Though we usually don’t see this in most games, a flip throw is a way for a soccer player to throw the ball back into play. It requires a high level of strength and agility.

A Flip Throw

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However, if it is done correctly, the player will be able to launch the ball a lot further than a regular throw in. This athlete’s picture was taken when she was doing a flip throw mid-way, making for a very cool photograph.

Knock His Head Off!

Hockey is a tough sport, and it’s only normal for tempers to flare sometimes over the events on the ice. What happened in this photo was that a player knocked an opponent’s head completely off during a tussle. That’s a little extreme if you ask.

Knock His Head Off!

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This perfectly timed photo shows a Canadian player’s helmet in mid-air, facing the right direction and height! This may as well be the king of perfectly timed sports photos. The audience isn’t left out as they also have some incredible expressions going on.

Channeling the Inner Hulk

In this photo, the gymnast has a mid-air transformation that makes him look like the Hulk. He probably feels it’s the best way to win the competition. Passion is all you will see on his face, and he seems determined to win.

Channeling the Inner Hulk

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We are not trying to judge here—he is probably on a very high level of concentration required to do this flips several times in the air. This is possibly the most flattering picture he has taken.

Look from another Angle

This is a good representation of seeing things from a different perspective. The rider is hanging upside down in his motorcycle and he hasn’t fizzled in any way despite being engaged in a hazardous activity. I must say…most of us in that situation would have been scared to pieces.

Look from another Angle

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Watching extreme athletes take risks that most of us wouldn’t ever try out in our lifetime is fun. They even carry these risky activities several times that it becomes reasonable to them. Just look at how he confident he is carrying out this jump.

Try Again Next Time

When you are excellent at what you do, you will look at your competitors the way Usain bolts look at his competitors at the 100-meter dash. You tend to look at their efforts funnily as they cannot stop you from winning.

Try Again Next Time

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Take a good look at this photo. The Canadian sprinter is looking at Bolt like “It was very close.”

Meanwhile, Bolt laughs and replies “Uh, no you didn’t. Not even close”. This is the spirit of sportsmanship we encourage in the world of sports.

Diving Catch; The Pushup Style

Diving catches are spectacular to watch and peculiar to the best of baseball players. However, they look funny in photographs. Concerning that, this picture is the perfect description of how funny a diving catch looks

Diving Catch; The Pushup Style

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As you can see in the picture, the player is balancing his whole body on his right hand placed on the floor. That’s not an easy feat to achieve. Look at his body suspended in air and a very strong right hand. I think his second sport has to be gymnastics? It won’t surprise anyone if it is.

He Needs a Hug

Sports players know how it feels during a moment of success or failure, especially after a team mate’s mistake. Look at the goalkeeper. He feels very alone in that photo. It’s a photo filled with a lot of emotions.

He Needs a Hug

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After making a mistake on a big stage, the goalie needed someone to turn to. In the end, he had no choice but to hug the goal post as we see in that emotional photo. That goal helped Dayton take the win home.

The Flying Spider Goalie

Looking at the picture, all you will see is sheer determination. Being a goalkeeper, it is important to do what you can to make sure the ball doesn’t go into your net. There is no need for finesse; just do anything you can to block the shots with either your arms, hands, head, and legs.

The Flying Spider Goalie

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This goalie picture perfectly explains this narrative. She isn’t taking any chances of letting the ball go in. Look at how she spreads her arms and legs just because she wants to block the ball. Her facial expression says it all; determination and concentration.

This is Synchronized Diving

Judging by their expressions, you would know that fall was from a great height. Swimming in a synchronized manner is hard not to talk of synchronized diving. It’s such a beauty to see.

This is Synchronized Diving

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Imagine falling from the sky at top speeds and carry out complicated dives as well as having to sync your movements in the air with another diver doing the same. The 2 divers love what they do. Look, their expressions are even the same.

Who Wants the Ball?

You hardly see a basketball photo where several people are surrounding the ball, but it doesn’t look like anyone is going for the ball. Yes! This perfectly times photograph exactly shows that.

Who Wants the Ball?

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In the real sense, these moments happen very quickly in a basketball game. It takes the genius of a photographer a little bit of patience to these well-timed photos. The female athletes look like giant ladies who are scared to touch the little ball.

Don’t Lose Your Head over This Photo

This is perfectly taken sports photos. This photo has the “wow” effect. You are either amused or amazed. At first glance, you probably would be confused at what you are looking at. It resembles a monster in a horror movie.

Don’t Lose Your Head over This Photo

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The picture is quite horrifying as the gymnast appears to be without her head. The way her back and neck are bent at that angle is really stunning as well. That is definitely the work of a genius photographer for being able to capture this photo at the right time.

A Picture with a Thousand Reactions

People say pictures are worth a thousand words. This is true, and we have a perfect timed photo that perfectly represents this saying. In the photo, everyone has a uniquely different reaction for obvious reasons. Look at the guy on the right in blue…he is completely amazed at the ball.

A Picture with a Thousand Reactions

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The guy thinks he can catch the ball despite being far away from it. Look at the other guy on the left with a completely as he stretches his hand to the ball, and then the face of the lady who is directly in front of the ball. What a wonderful photo!

Soccer in the Rain

Sometimes, soccer is played during the rain. This sports photo was taken at the exact moment when the player nods the soccer ball. From that picture, you can deduce that the field must be really wet due to the amount of water released at the moment of impact.

Soccer in the Rain

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Looking at the picture from another angle- it could also be the sweat of the player’s head that causes the spray in that photo? If that is true, it’s really unpleasant. That ball is going to touch other people’s head as well. It will be one sweaty ball at full time.

Horror in the Game of Soccer

The facial expressions of these 2 professional soccer players are the best you will ever see. It is just a normal photo, but the photographer was able to capture that moment where both players have a look of terror on their faces.

Horror in the Game of Soccer

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I know this would get you wondering why these players on a soccer field have a look like this. I just feel one of the players should have a happy reaction to the situation of things on the pitch. After all, they play for opposite teams.

Use Your Water Helmet

Head injuries have become a major cause for concern, and this has led the swimming federation to mandate their athletes to wear helmets. Are there other reasons that would make this swimmer wear an actual helmet as seen in the photo?

Use Your Water Helmet

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Looking at the picture, we can see the way the water has shaped his face. He is quite focused and not letting the water distract him – With his swimming glasses, there is no way we can see the look in his eyes.

The Bull Flipped Rider

It’s hard to imagine the effect of the crash landing of this bull toss on the rider. This photo is captured moments before the fall. Watching the scene in slow motion would look he was thinking about something. Call it the calm before the storm.

The Bull Flipped Rider

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In a few seconds, he would have to worry about the bull that is still very much angry. Hopefully, the rodeo clowns will arrive just in time to help distract the bull so he can escape. That being said, we can only hope he lands well and at the same time conscious.

A Good Relaxation Spot

Hey coach! Do you know you are not resting on a seat, you are seating on a person’s back? I understand that gymnasts do not have high body weight, but you can’t just sit on anything you see. It could cause her some harm. You know!

A Good Relaxation Spot

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In the real sense, all the Brazilian coach is doing by sitting on the gymnast’s back is in a bid to apply pressure on her back to enable her to get a deeper stretch. It’s actually a good thing. Extremely flexible gymnasts need this done from time to time for a good body stretch.

This is Rated 18

This isn’t right. Why will such a language be allowed on a basketball court and even shown on the television, when they don’t know who could be watching. They should have thought about the poor children watching at home.

This is Rated 18

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Kids are easily influenced and shouldn’t be seeing something like this on the television. They may even read it out – What exactly is that? Oh, that’s her name! It’s okay. There is no need to worry. The truth be told, that is a hilarious name written on that jersey.

Is That a Wrestler or a Referee

Yeah, we know referees are meant to be tough mentally because they decide the outcome of games with their decisions. No referee wants to be overpowered by the players on the field of play. But just take a look at this referee in that photo. He is dragging a player with ease with one hand and pulling the other by the shirt.

Is That a Wrestler or a Referee

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The referee is seriously cautioning the player at the same time. It turns out that these players are rugby players and not wimps! I would like to know what caused these to fall out between the ref and the players. Anyway, as far as the referee is calling the shots, I am good.

This can’t be Called Cheating?

If this were to be a player with four arms, it wouldn’t be counted as cheating in soccer. Soccer is played with the feet, and no one is allowed to use their hands, so it doesn’t really count. What do you think they could be stretching their hands out for?

This can’t be Called Cheating?

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The photographer did an excellent job here as the photo he took made the player look like a spider monster just like the ones in your nightmares. Lovely work!