Yes, a star was born Monday across the pond when a kitty cat invaded the soccer pitch at Liverpool's Anfield during their EPL game with Tottenham. Don't believe me that a cat can become a star overnight? Just check out the Anfield Cat Twitter account, which now has almost 30,000 followers and growing! That's more than Awful Announcing's Twitter page (insert cheap plug for @awfulannouncing here).
But, as crazy events like this tend to do, the Anfield Cat got us to thinking about other moments when animals invaded our sporting events. Here's 10 of our favorite moments in our most ridiculous, yet most adorable countdown yet. Well... except for the animals who didn't quite survive their moment in the spotlight, they might not see this as an adorable list.
(10) A bear walks the course at the U.S. Senior Open
-One of the best qualities of golf is the enjoyment of nature while playing the game. As an outdoor sport, it's not uncommon for golfers to come across all sorts of critters from squirrels and birds, to deer and aligators. But, at the U.S. Senior Open, a black bear might have caused a bit of panic when it decided to play through. How this clip lead to a Tim Kurkjian breakdown of man vs. bear is beyond me though.
(9) Bird meets its demise at tennis match
-I don't know how old this clip is, or who the tennis players are involved, but it was clearly a bad day to be a bird. The only thing missing is the tennis player saying "Cerrano kill a living thing?!" as he kneels and prays over the bird. Let's hope it got a decent burial! Ah, who cares it's a rat with wings! (If you don't get these references please go watch Major League II... right now, I'll wait.)
(8) Rabbit races for Touchdown at Michigan
-Here's another old clip where it would be great to know more information. A rabbit runs the length of the field at Michigan to score a TD while an unknown announcer calls the action like a modern-day Gus Johnson. Who was that announcer? What ever happened to that rabbit? At least there's a modest tie-in here to announcing.