Whether it is incredible size, lightning speed or uncanny hand-eye coordination, today's professional athletes tend to possess preternatural physical skills that the rest of us foam-finger waving, beer-helmet wearing fans can only marvel at from the stands, slack-jawed and heavy limbed.
Maybe these starks differences between us and so many of them explain why fans can take so much joy in watching a professional athlete flounder, bumble and fail.
Whether it is a missed dunk, an embarrassing flop or a missed attempt at an open net, the schadenfreude of an epic fail can sometimes rival the exhilaration of witnessing a game-winning shot or otherwise transcendent performance. Sound like too cynical a point of view? Go check the top trending sports videos at Youtube at any point and you'll likely find a break-even mix of the sublime and the slapstick. Because fail = funny.
Help us decide which was the WORST SPORTS FAIL OF 2011. We know these epic fails are just the tip of the ice berg -- or, the rather, the top deck of the Titanic. So let us know the other flops, flails and unbelievable screw ups that took place this year by clicking 'Add A Slide' and submitting a YouTube highlight.