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The trickiest plays

Sports aren’t for everyone, that’s for sure, but few of us can deny the brilliance of a really cool trick shot. Tennis ace Roger Federer has had more than a few in his day, and last night in center court at the U.S. Open, he did it again.

They’re calling it the “tweener,” which refers to the fact that the winning point came from between Federer’s legs.  Particularly remarkable is the fact that this is the second time that the Swiss phenom pulled the feat off at a major tournament. While the Internet is littered with examples of people pulling off some pretty amazing moves, from pretty much any sport you can think of, there’s nothing quite as satisfying as seeing a trick play unfold during a real game when it counts.

Take a gander at some of the other big befuddlers from across the world of sport after the jump.

You could probably populate a whole list with Michael Jordan shots alone, but this one, from the 1993 NBA finals, occupies some rarefied “air.”  Jordan approached the basket, ball in his right hand, when he encountered some stiff defense mid-flight.  Miraculously, he managed to reverse the full extension of his arm, and pass the ball to his left hand for a reverse layup before coming back down to earth.

In the NFL, a trick play can be hard to come by – but few real gridiron fans can forget Miami’s Dan Marino executing the infamous “Clock Play” in 1994 against the New York Jets. Trailing 24-21, Marino pretended that he was going to spike the ball to stop the clock, indicating that the Dolphins would settle for a game tying field goal. With the defense off guard, Marino instead fired a game-winning pass into the endzone, leaving the stunned Jets in disbelief.

The granddaddy of the Major League Baseball sneaky play is the old “hidden ball trick.” Despite being around since 1905, it’s a rarely seen ruse and can result in some serious embarrassment for a runner caught unawares. You’ll see it once in a long while, after a hitter slides into first and is called safe. With the hidden ball play, the first baseman only pretends to throw the ball back to the mound, instead putting the tag on the runner as he gets to his feet.

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