The sporting world produces some of the finest photography available in the media. It also produces some of the weirdest.
The DeseretNews.com Sports Staff has selected these 25 photos as the most interesting, most heart-warming, most humorous, and most ridiculous photos from the week of Oct 14-20, 2012.
DeseretNews.com sports will produce one list like this every Monday.
In this list, the least weird, ridiculous, or awesome are at the beginning and the best is last. We've also modified (most of) the captions for effect.
If you know of any photos that you would like to include in next Monday's list, notify us by emailing email@example.com.
A young fan waits for players to get autographs before an NFL football game between the Minnesota Vikings and the Arizona Cardinals in Minneapolis, Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012. Don't you remember what that was like to be a young fan?
Los Angeles Clipper's Blake Griffin looks up at the score board from the bench during a game against the Utah Jazz during the first half of an NBA preseason basketball game in Salt Lake City, Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012. Griffin did not play, but if the first two Jazz-Clippers contests were any indication of the rest of the season, this series will be one to watch.
Oakland Raiders wide receiver Rod Streater (80) holds on to a pass in the end zone long enough to get this great picture, but couldn't pull the ball in and get both feet in bounds. The misstep didn't prevent the Raiders from winning, however. They downed the Jaguars 26-23.
Former NBA star Yao Ming, left, and Hong Kong actor Eric Tsang, right, chat during the award ceremony following the World Celebrity Pro-Am golf tournament in Haikou, in southern China's island province Hainan on Sunday Oct. 21, 2012. He may not ball anymore, but he's not getting any shorter.
Detroit Tigers' Miguel Cabrera after his team won Game 4 of the American League championship series, 8-1, against the New York Yankees, Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012, in Detroit. Cabrera won the triple crown this year and is a father of two. It's unknown which accomplishment is more important to him, though we at the Deseret News would like to think it's fatherhood.
New York Giants' Ahmad Bradshaw looks for running room while the defensive lineman proudly displays his more flattering side against the Washington Redskins during an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012, in East Rutherford, N.J. The Giants won 27-23.
San Francisco Giants relief pitcher and Brian Wilson imitator Sergio Romo reacts after the final out in the ninth inning of Game 6 of baseball's National League championship series against the St. Louis Cardinals Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012, in San Francisco. The Giants won 6-1 to tie the series at 3-3. Rumor has it the Cardinals were more afraid of Romo's beard than his fastball.
Cincinnati Bengals defensive back Chris Crocker (33) intercepts a pass in the end zone intended for Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Heath Miller during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012, in Cincinnati. Bengals linebacker Rey Maualuga helps at right.
The referee and his assistant try to untangle Toronto FC's Reggie Lambe and Montreal Impact's Patrice Bernier from an impromptu game of Twister during the first half MLS action in Toronto on Saturday Oct. 20, 2012. Two seconds later, both of the players hit the ground and began writhing in pain (not really).
The Spurs' Danny Green wrestles for the ball, and the Miami Heat's Terrel Harris mistakes Green's head for the ball during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Miami, Saturday,Oct. 20, 2012. The Heat won 104-101.
San Francisco 49ers quarterback and former Ute Alex Smith passes against the Seattle Seahawks during the second quarter of an NFL football game in San Francisco, Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012. Rumor has it that officials in the Utah football program have reached out to Smith in the hopes that he'll return to the Utes to save them from their season.
Milwaukee Bucks' Tobias Harris and Ersan Ilyasova fight for the loose ball with Washington Wizards' Jan Vesely during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012, in Milwaukee. After the play, Wizards head coach Randy Wittman reminded Vesely he wasn't playing volleyball.
An Indianapolis Colts fans cheers before an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012, in Indianapolis. Attempts by numerous Browns players to use this fan's head as the game ball brought the ire of the Colts. Indianapolis won 17-13.
New Orleans Saints running back Pierre Thomas pushes over Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Gerald McCoy for a touchdown during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012, in Tampa, Fla., and in the process reminds the Buccaneers organization why they changed their colors, their logo and their uniforms.
Either 10 previously unknown NFL teams, such as the Astronauts, Flintsones, and Devils, played in Foxborough, Mass., on Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012, or New England Patriots cheerleaders dressed for Halloween.
Dallas Cowboys linebacker Dan Connor, top, and free safety Gerald Sensabaugh, bottom, make a Cam Newton sandwich during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012. Given the Panthers' 1-5 record and Newton's performance so far this season, the Cowboys were likely not the first to do so. The Cowboys won 19-14.
We're not quite sure what these fans meant by this during Game 6 of baseball's National League championship series between the San Francisco Giants and the St. Louis Cardinals Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012, in San Francisco, but they sure were excited.
Portland Timbers' Hanyer Mosquera, top, of Colombia, gets airborne over Vancouver Whitecaps' Camilo Sanvezzo during the first half of an MLS soccer game in Vancouver, B.C., on Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012. We're pretty sure Mosquera was not practicing his can-can routine.
(We altered many of these captions, but this one we decided to leave alone.) A pedestrian walks on Babe Ruth Plaza outside Yankee stadium, Friday, Oct. 19, 2012 in New York. After leading the league in wins this year, the New York Yankees didn't just lose to Detroit in the AL championship series. They got swept in one of the more humiliating moments in the baseball team's history.
AP photographer Nam Y. Huh successfully finds the most obstructed view to Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau: through the legs of two different players. Huh took this photo during the second half of an NBA preseason basketball game against the Minnesota Timberwolves in Chicago, Friday, Oct. 19, 2012. The Bulls won 92-81.
Full-time Green Bay Packers outside linebacker and part-time Tre'Semme hair products model Clay Matthews flips his hair as he warms up before the start of an NFL football game between the St. Louis Rams and the Green Bay Packers Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012, in St. Louis.
Isn't it gorgeous?!
A Houston Texans fan and plastic cup enthusiast shows off during the first quarter of an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012, in Houston. The fans sitting directly behind her absolutely adored this hat. The Texans won the football game 43-13.
Indiana Fever guard Briann January, right, practices a her MMA take-down skills on Minnesota Lynx guard Seimone Augustus while going after a loose ball in the second half of Game 3 of the WNBA basketball Finals, Friday, Oct. 19, 2012, in Indianapolis. The Fever won 76-59.
Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson, right, reacts with cornerback Alterraun Verner (20) after the Titans stopped the Buffalo Bills on their final drive during the second half of an NFL football game in Orchard Park, N.Y., Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012. Tennessee won 35-34. Rumor has it Johnson will be dressing up as Medusa this Halloween. No, Verner did not turn to stone.
Write your own caption for this photo of Eric Spoelstra taken Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012, and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. We'll feature this at the beginning of next week's sports photo list with the best, funniest, most tasteful caption.