Eight of the best bites in sports history

From Luis Suarez chomping down on Branislav Ivanovic's arm to Alex Burrows' bite on Patrice...

From Luis Suarez chomping down on Branislav Ivanovic's arm to Alex Burrows' bite on Patrice Bergeron's finger in the 2011 Stanley Cup final, we look at the best bites in sports. (REUTERS)

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Biting is generally reserved for preschool and barnyards.

But unfortunately on Tuesday, former Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Miguel Olivo got so angry he bit his own teammate, infielder Alex Guerrero.

The incident occurred during the eighth inning of a triple-A baseball game between L.A.’s minor-league affiliate, the Albuquerque Isotopes, and the Salt Lake Bees.

According to Guerrero’s agent, Scott Boras, part of his 28-year-old client’s ear was “displaced by a bite” during the altercation in the dugout with Olivo.

Olivo was suspended by the Dodgers until the investigation is complete.

So thanks to Olivo’s odd biting incident, we take a look at eight of the best bites in sports.

RUCK GONE WRONG

In 1994, during the second test of a three-match series between the All Blacks and Springboks in Wellington, New Zealand captain Sean Fitzpatrick leapt from the ground after an otherwise ordinary ruck with blood streaming from his ear.

While lying prone, Fitzpatrick's ear had been bitten by South Africa prop Johan le Roux.

Appeals to the referee went unheeded as officials had not seen the incident, but le Roux was sent home after the match when video evidence showed it was clear that Fitzpatrick had been bitten.

Le Roux was banned from rugby for 18 months and never played for South Africa again.

GALLARDO BITES PENIS

In one of the most bizarre goal celebrations in the history of sport, Spanish midfielder Francisco Gallardo decided to bite his teammate Jose Antonio Reyes’ penis in November 2001.

Reyes, lying on the field, was being mobbed by teammates when Gallardo leaned over to take a nibble.

Gallardo was fined and suspended by the Spanish soccer federation.

GRABO WANTS GRUB

Mikhail Grabovski may not be a Toronto Maple Leaf any longer, but he left his mark with at least one opponent.

The Belarusian forward was involved in a tussle with Montreal Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty after the whistle during a very heated game in February 2013.

While it’s hard to tell based on the film, Grabovski appeared to bite Pacioretty’s arm, and the Habs power forward even showed the damage to an official.

The NHL ruled there wasn’t enough evidence to support supplemental discipline.

BURROWS BITES BERGERON

In a similar incident to the Grabovski-Pacioretty bite, Alex Burrows clearly bit down on Patrice Bergeron’s finger during the 2011 Stanley Cup final.

The 33-year-old Vancouver Canucks forward drew plenty of ire from fans and players alike after Bergeron put his glove in Burrows’ face.

Burrows was clearly fed up with the tormenting from his French-Canadian counterpart, and bit Bergeron’s finger through his glove.

The Canucks forward wasn’t suspended for the incident.

TYSON TEETHS HOLYFIELD

How could this list exist without the mother-of-all-bites?

Mike Tyson, trying to throw off Evander Holyfield in a much anticipated rematch for the WBA heavyweight championship, bit off a piece of his rival’s ear during their bout June 28, 1997.

Tyson was disqualified from the match and lost his boxing license but was later reinstated.

PEPLINSKI POKED

Legendary NHL agitator Claude Lemieux did everything he could to throw his opponents off their game.

During the 1986 Stanley Cup final, the Montreal Canadiens forward got into a fight with Calgary Flames forward Jim Peplinski.

Lemieux scratched Peplinski’s eyes and proceeded to bite his finger.

Peplinski tried to show referee Denis Morel his bloody finger, but Morel said, “How do I know you didn’t do it to yourself?”

He then got a tetanus shot and jabbed the league saying “I didn’t know they allowed cannibalism in the NHL.”

SUAREZ BITES BRANISLAV

Controversial Liverpool striker Luis Suarez shocked the soccer world when he grabbed a hold of Branislav Ivanovic’s arm and bit during a match in April 2013.

Suarez was battling in the box with Chelsea’s defender when the 27-year-old Uruguayan dug his teeth into Ivanovic’s forearm.

To the surprise of many watching at the time, the referee allowed Suarez to stay in the game, despite Ivanovic showing the fresh tooth marks.

Suarez was suspended ten games for the incident.

TREE BITES MAN

In Boston, man doesn’t bite tree. Tree bites man.

During a heated playoff series between the Atlanta Hawks and the Boston Celtics in 1983, a fight broke out after Hawks’ big man Tree Rollins elbowed Celtics’ Danny Ainge.

Ainge tried to tackle the big man and a brawl broke out.

During the chaos, Rollins bit Ainge’s hand, and the Celtics’ player screamed in pain.

“He almost bit my finger off,” Ainge recalled to reporters at the time. “He bit it all the way through. I had to get two stitches.”


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