Faked 'em out, temporarily
In one of the more hotly protested games in NBA history, Lakers guard Norm Nixon faked the second of two free throws with his team down by two points and three seconds left against San Antonio in December of 1982.
Players from both teams were drawn off their lines, resulting in a double lane violation.
Officials called for a tipoff at center court, which the Lakers won, and Nixon scored to force overtime.
The Lakers won in double overtime, but the Spurs filed a protest, arguing that Nixon should have been forced to take the second free throw.
The league agreed, the Spurs won when the last three seconds were replayed when the teams met later in the season. The NBA rule book now states that "the free-throw shooter shall not purposely fake a free-throw attempt."
The ultimate no-show
A quick scan of the NHL rule book leaves you with this thought: These guys think of everything. There are several guidelines to follow if a referee or linesman has to leave the ice because of injury, and then there is this gem:
"If, through misadventure or sickness, the referees and linesmen appointed are prevented from appearing, the NHL will make every attempt to find suitable replacement officials; otherwise, the coaches of the two clubs shall agree on referees and linesmen.
"If they are unable to agree, they shall appoint a player from each side who shall act as referee and linesman, the player from the home club acting as referee and the player from the visiting club as linesman."