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Thursday, March 29, 2012
Readers provide top 10 April Fools sports pranks


This week's reader-generated list -- Top 10 April Fools Sports Pranks -- turned out to be a bigger challenge than expected. And reader Lin K. of Atlanta pinpointed the problem:

"It's become almost impossible to think of imaginary things that are more bizarre or funny than what actually happens in sports," he wrote. "For example, my entry would have been 'Major League Baseball announces it will start its regular season in Japan while continuing its practice games here,' but turns out baseball beat me to the punch."

Point for Lin.

But there's always hope. Remember when the Phillies convinced pitcher Kyle Kendrick that he had been traded to the Yomiuri Giants in Japan? A prank to be admired by everyone not named Kyle Kendrick. Incidentally, the elaborate details are found in a new book called "The Baseball Hall of Shame: The Best of Blooperstown", by Bruce Nash and Allan Zullo.

For that matter, Elias K. of Orlando points out that it would have sounded like an April 1st prank if the Jets had waited until Sunday to hold a news conference to introduce their backup quarterback. It happened and it still sounds strange.

However, the chance of more than one good sports prank Sunday still exists. Pranks such as these:

Top 10 April Fools Sports Pranks

10. For Packers fans: "Green Bay Packers announce Brett Favre has unretired and is returning to the Packers 'to help in any way I can,'" said Alice A. of St. Paul, Minn. (Wonder what the fan suggestions would be about how Favre could help?)

9. "Assure Mark Sanchez that he will be the Jets' starting quarterback all season," said Carey S. of Palo Alto, Calif. (All season? How about all September?)