Today I learned about Stage Coach Mary - 63 year old, gunslinging, booze drinking, cigar smoking, fist fighting freed slave - and first black woman is U.S. history to deliver the mail. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
In the entire 120+ year history of Kansas University's basketball team there has been only one coach with a losing record. His name is James Naismith, the inventor of basketball. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kan…
Muhammed Ali was first directed to take up boxing at the age of 12 after his bicycle was stolen. Police officer and boxing coach Joe E. Martin met him fuming over the theft. Ali told Martin that he was going to β€œwhup” the thief. Martin told him that he had better learn how to box first. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muh…
Deland McCullough, former NFL player, and current RB coach for the Chiefs, was given up for adoption at birth in 1973. He found his birth mother in 2017. She told him the name of his father, who turned out to be his college coach and mentor throughout his adult life. espn.com/espn/feature/sto…
Canadians gifted a Norwegian coach over 5 tons of maple syrup after he helped an Olympic Canadian cross-country skier after she broke her pole during a race. cbc.ca/sports/norwegian-r…
Today I learned of Lester Patrick, a coach for the New York Rangers who played at goalie in the 1928 Stanley Cup Finals while the head coach and GM for the team. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Les…
In the early comics, Aquaman went to college to learn about fish, where he gives himself the clever alias "Mr. waterman" only to out himself as Aquaman to the swim coach. youtu.be/qjzxS8SJ7Eo?t=18…
In Spain, a thief found child pornography on some tapes he had stolen from a 64-year-old football coach, among other electrical goods. He left the incriminating tapes in an envelope for the police to find, notifying them of where he had burgled them from, leading to the coach being arrested. independent.co.uk/news/wo…
After Marvin Gaye recorded β€œWhat’s Going On” with two Detroit Lions players, he tried to join the team as a wide receiver even though he had never played football. Head Coach Joe Schmidt declined, believing he’d be too much of a moving target. espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/1…
Jerry Rice (one of the greatest wide-receivers in NFL history) started playing football in his sophomore year of high school after his principal caught him skipping class. The principal noted how fast Rice sprinted away from him, which led him to recommend Rice to the football coach. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jer…
Vince Lombardi, the legendary coach of the Green Bay Packers and Washington Redskins, was a big proponent of racial equality, as well as gay rights. youtube.com/watch?v=ZYUSb…
The Phillies used to steal signs by electrocuting their third base coach. baseballhistorycomesalive…
Babe Ruth badly wanted to Manage an MLB team after retiring as a player and was denied due to the image he created of himself for his off-field exploits. Being one of the original five members inducted to the MLB Hall of Fame in 1936, the other four received offers to manage/coach a team. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bab…
Former NFL Player, Hall of Fame NFL Coach, and NBC Personality, Tony Dungy is the only player in modern NFL history to have both thrown an interception, and made an interception in the same NFL game. espn.com/blog/nflnation/p…
Hall of Fame Football Coach Jimmy Johnson and Janis Joplin went to high school together thesportsseer.com/jimmy-j…
The 1931 plane crash that killed legendary Notre Dame football coach Knute Rockne triggered sweeping changes to the airline industry and ignited a safety revolution that ultimately transformed airline travel from the most dangerous forms of travel to one of the safest. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/193…
Dick Rehbein, the New England Patriots QB coach most responsible for drafting Tom Brady in the 6th round of the 2000 draft, died on August 6, 2001 before Brady started a single game. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dic…
NFL coach Jon Gruden and actor Dean Norris (best known for playing Hank Schrader on "Breaking Bad") attended high school together in South Bend, Indiana. cbssports.com/nfl/news/br…
The Belgian engineer responsible for the Orient Express won a gold medal in mail coach at the 1900 Olympics. And that there was an event called 'mail coach'. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Equ…
James Naismith, the inventor of basketball, had a losing career record as head coach. He is the only head coach in the history of the Kansas Jayhawks program to have a losing record en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jam…
The quote "Winning isn't everything; it's the only thing!" was NOT said by Green Bay Packers coach Vince Lombardi, but by UCLA football coach Henry Russell ("Red") Sanders saturdaydownsouth.com/coa…
As a white belt, Paul Walker told his BJJ coach that he would get his black belt "even if he needed to get it in his coffin", shortly after Walker's death, that same coach awarded Walker his black belt and told his father he could put it in his coffin. grapplinginsider.com/bjj-…
Knute Rockne, legendary Notre Dame football coach, is known for popularizing the 'forward pass' in football during the early 1910's. He practiced it with a friend while lifeguarding on a Lake Erie beach at Sandusky, OH; the same place where the national theme park Cedar Point is located. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/For…
New Orleans Saint head coach was a QB for the Bears as a replacement player aka "the Spare Bears." He played in 3 games and had a record of 2-1. espn.com/espn/columns/sto…
Walter McCarty, current head coach of the Evansville Purple Aces basketball team, was a former Kentucky player who won the 1996 NCAA Championship, played professional basketball with the Boston Celtics, appeared in the movie "He Got Game", and was a professional R&B/Soul singer. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wal…
A high school basketball coach was fired after his team won 100-0 because the Catholic school he worked for thought that winning by such a wide margin did not show a β€œChristlike and honourable approach to competition”. espn.com/highschool/rise/…
Biff from Back to the Future (Thomas F. Wilson) played the school coach on both Freaks and Geeks and Zoey 101 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tho…
The dog who played Queenie in "The Burbs" also starred as Buffalo Bill's dog in "Silence of the Lambs." She was also cast in "Batman Returns," "Pee Wee's Big Adventure," and the sitcom "Coach." cbsnews.com/pictures/famo…
Steve Kerr, head coach of the Golden State Warriors, was born and raised in Beirut and his father was killed by Islamic Jihadis en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ste…
Pres. Ulysses S. Grant was caught driving his horse-drawn coach at "a furious pace" in D.C. He promised it wouldn't happen again, but the very next day he was caught on the same road, reminded of his promise, and placed under arrest. Grant and the arresting officer later became good friends. mentalfloss.com/article/6…
Both Handel and Bach were blinded by a quack oculist named John Taylor, who travelled around Europe in a coach decorated with eyes and later died blind himself. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
MEWS is a street name given to a β€œrow of stables and coach houses with living quarters above, built in a paved yard behind large London houses of the 17th and 18th centuries.” britannica.com/topic/mews
β€œOver the Rainbow” was nearly removed from β€œThe Wizard of Oz” because some felt it slowed the film down. At the urging of an executive producer and Judy Garland’s vocal coach it was left in, but the introductory verses were removed as well as a reprise of the song later in the film. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ove…
Immediately following the 1999 NFL season, the New York Jets promoted Bill Bellicheck to be head coach. He was coach for only one day because the Patriots hired him instead. Right before his press conference, he scribbled on a napkin 'I resign as HC of the NYJ' and gave that to the owners. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bil…
When Nicholas Colasanto ("Coach" Ernie Pantusso) died, a picture of Geronimo that he loved was moved to the wall of the set of Cheers. Ted Danson (Sam Malone) straightened that picture as the last act in the final episode. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/One…
Glenn Hoddle, former football player and coach, was fired from his position as the coach of England's national team for saying that the disabled are punished for their sin in former life. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gle…
When the NFL football team Seattle Seahawks invited a retired 4 star general to their facility, Seattles head coach Pete Carroll blitzed him with questions about whether the 9/11 attacks β€œhad been planned or faked” by the government. newyork.cbslocal.com/2013…
James Naismith, the creator of Basketball, was the first and only losing record coach in University of Kansas history. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jam…
The professional wrestler, Big Show, quit football after his freshman year in high school, because of disputes with the coach. He continued to support the team by joining the cheerleading squad, partly from spite. He later called it "the greatest experience of my life" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big…
Japan revolutionized olympic swimming. In 1920 they didn't even field a team. By 1932 in LA Japanese coach had used underwater cameras and sports science to upend Western conventions (e.g. square shoulders). That year, Japan won 5 of the 6 golds awarded, 4 silvers and 2 bronzes. youtube.com/watch?v=Ka2tj…
In 1970, Marquette basketball Coach Al McGuire was so upset over their NCAA tournament seeding that he declined the invitation and played in the NIT instead. The next year the NCAA changed the rules such that if you decline an invitation, the team is banned for life. kansascity.com/sports/col…
In 1972, President Richard Nixon called Miami Dolphins head coach Don Shula before the Super Bowl and recommended he run a certain play. The week prior, he reportedly did the same thing with the Washington Redskins. Both teams ran the plays he suggested; both plays failed. Both teams lost. sports.yahoo.com/news/nfl…
An NCAA football coach was fired after a co worker found porngraphic videos of children on his cell phone. He fought the charges vigorously after being charged with 2 felonies. He was finally reinstated after 18 months after it was revealed it was his kids taking a bath. usatoday.com/story/sports…
The Russian women's volleyball coach, Sergei Ovchinnikov, committed suicide after the team failed to beat Brazil in the 2012 Summer Olympics Quarterfinals en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ser…
Today I learned of Bennie Fuller - the highest scoring deaf basketball player and high school career scoring leader for Arkansas (4,896 points vs 2nd place at 2,018 points). His head coach was Houston Nutt Sr., father of University of Arkansas and Ole Miss football coach Houston Nutt Jr. encyclopediaofarkansas.ne…
The cast/crew of Star Wars: A New Hope flew coach to England due to a low budget. Carrie Fisher's mother, Debbie Reynolds, called George Lucas to complain about her daughter flying coach. Fisher took the phone from Lucas and said "Mother, I want to fly coach, will you fuck off?!" and hung up. independent.co.uk/arts-en…
Bill Parcells was one of Pizza Hut’s first store managers, and its founders tried to talk him out of quitting to go coach football danpatrick.com/2013/07/30…
Longtime Minnesota Vikings head coach Bud Grant briefly played in the NBA en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bud…
Today I learned about Phil Jackson who has won a record total of 13 NBA Championships; 2 as a player and 11 as a coach en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phi…
In the early 1970s because of the recession and a glut in air travel, American Airlines removed 50 seats from their 747 and created a piano lounge for Coach class pointmetotheplane.boardin…
An NBA coach (Jason Kidd) told one of his players to run into him so he could spill his drink on the court in order to buy him more time to draw up a last second shot attempt. youtu.be/4lR0EzQ3QUg
The highest paid state employee in the USA is Nick Saban, the Alabama football team head coach, making $7.09 million a year sportige.com/alabama-foot…
Ex-NBA player Matt Barnes drove 95 miles to β€œbeat the sβ€”t" out of Ex-NBA coach Derek Fisher. nypost.com/2015/10/07/mat…
Mark Spitz, nine time olympic champion, jokingly told the Russian swim team coach in 1972 that his moustache increased his speed in the water, deflecting water away from his mouth. The next year, every Russian swimmer was sporting one. swimswam.com/10-things-di…
The actor that played Juan in the movie The Big Green (1995) was a successful college soccer player and is now Assistant Head Coach for the Furman University Men's Soccer Team. furmanpaladins.com/sports…
When underdog Iceland reached the quarter-final of the 2016 Euro Cup, 10% of Iceland's population traveled to France for the game. The coach was also a dentist. nytimes.com/2016/07/03/sp…
The only head coach in Kansas Jayhawks men's basketball history to have a losing record during their time at Kansas was James Naismith, who was the inventor of basketball. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Today I learned of Roger Nielson, a hockey coach whose repeated exploitation of loopholes in the NHL rulebook forced the NHL to make multiple new rules. youtube.com/watch?v=8tonx…
George RR Martin is a big fan of football, but not of Coach Belichick and the Patriots. In "A Dance with Dragons", he even references the 2007 Superbowl where the Patriots fell after a perfect season to the Giants, naming a character "Belichio" who gets eaten by giants. dailydot.com/parsec/wun-w…
When former 49ers coach Mike Nolan was allowed to wear a suit in 2006, the league said it had to be made by Reebok and only worn for 2 home games. After fan backlash, the league relented in 2007, and Nolan was allowed to wear a custom Joseph Abboud suit for all home games. sfgate.com/49ers/article/…
The cast of "Cheers" was not allowed by NBC to attend the funeral of Nicholas Colasanto (Coach) because it interrupted filming. John Ratzenberger (Cliff Clavin) was sent by NBC to represent the cast. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nic…
In 1807, while hunting, a group of 3,000 rabbits barraged Napoleon Bonaparte and his men. They attempted to fight off the fuzzy creatures, but ended up fleeing and escaping in their coach. trove.nla.gov.au/newspape…
An American college football coach was paid 65 million in contract buyouts and severance to basically not coach football. moneyinc.com/charlie-weis…
1807, After his victory at Friedland, Napoleon proposed a rabbit hunt as to celebrate. invited military’s biggest brass & collected a colony of rabbits, once bunnies were released they didn’t scurry in fright. Instead, bounded toward him & his men. The attack ceased only as the coach rolled away awkward.com/did-you-know-…
The first black manager in Major League Baseball and first NBA Head Coach were high school teammates en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fra…
Despite having invented the game of basketball, James Naismith actually had a losing record as a head coach at 55-60. He is still the only coach with a losing record in University of Kansas' history. hoophall.com/hall-of-fame…
The Lou Holtz Jr., son of famous football coach, was the writer of the Jim Carrey movie The Cable Guy. nytimes.com/1996/06/27/mo…
In the UK, a singing coach told his pupil that he was performing an act to to open her air passages to improve her singing. In fact he was having sexual intercourse with her. e-lawresources.co.uk/case…
The Santa MarΓ­a, the largest ship used by Christopher Columbus when he reached the Americas, was only 62ft (19m) long, or slightly longer than a large coach bus. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San…
The record for the most goals in a single soccer match belongs to two teams from Madagascar facing each other in 2002 (AS Adema vs SO l’Emyrne). The match ended with a scoreline of 149-0 (All own goals) in favor of AS Adema. After match SO L’Emyrne coach & 4 players were suspended for 1-3 years. the18.com/soccer-learning…
Wayne Gretzky wanted to wear #9 on his uniform in tribute to his hero Gordie Howe, but a teammate has already claimed the number. His coach suggested #99 instead. en.wikipedia.org/w/index.…
According to former Indiana Hoosier players, head coach Bob Knight showed players his own feces and said, "This is how you guys are playing." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob…
James Naismith, the inventor of basketball, had a losing record (55-60) as head coach, the only losing coach in University of Kansas history en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jam…
Coach Stan Van Gundy was fined for saying NBA shouldn't be playing games on Christmas Day en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nat…
The first professional American football player, William Heffelfinger, was motivated by his college coach to "strike terror in his opponents" after he received a motivational letter from his coach written entirely in blood from a local slaughterhouse. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
A pub in Ireland banned Bus/Coach tours and "Loud Americans" upi.com/Odd_News/2014/07/…
President John F. Kennedy played tight end at Harvard. His coach would later say "the most adept pass catcher was John Kennedy, but his lack of weight was a drawback.” During his sophomore season he suffered a spinal injury that was the start of his lifelong back problems. boston.com/news/history/2…
Today I learned about Pat Riley, after playing in the NBA for nine years, he became a broadcaster for the Los Angeles Lakers. Once Paul Westhead became head coach of the team, he would bring on Riley as an assistant. Pat Riley would go on to be a head coach in the NBA for 24 years and win five championships en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pat…
Major League Baseball (MLB) grants a lifetime pass for free admission to MLB games for life to any player, manager, coach or umpire with at least eight years of MLB experience. MLB is the only major pro-sports league that has such a program. mentalfloss.com/article/8…
Pininfarina (the Italian coach building company responsible for many classic Ferraris and other Italian cars) designed the Coca-Cola freestyle machines which was originally going to be a precise drug dispensing machine. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coc…
In 1962 Marilyn Monroe left most of her estate to her acting coach Lee Strasberg. When Strasberg died in 1982, his wife Anna, who had never known Monroe inherited her estate. In 1999 she auctioned off Monroe's personal belongings for $14 million. vanityfair.com/news/2003/…
Pat Summitt, the legendary women's basketball coach, earned a mere $250 per month starting out as Head Coach at The University of Tennessee. By the time of her final season in 2012, her salary was over $1.1 million. atozsportsnashville.com/l…
In 2006 a Norweigan coach gave a ski pole to a Canadian, allowing her to go on to win a silver medal. Canadians citizens were so touched they collectively gave him 5.2 tonnes of Maple Syrup. cccski.com/Events/Events-…
A Soviet soccer player was so popular that when he was sent to the Siberian gulags during Stalin's Great Purge in the 1930s, he was treated rather well as the gulag commanders were also his fans, who gave him better quarters and food rations, and was even asked to coach the local teams. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nik…
A high school football coach got half the fans of his own team to cheer for the other team, because the other team was from a maximum-security juvenile correctional facility and didn't have any fans of their own. sports.espn.go.com/espnma…
There is a High School football coach who never punts and always does onside kicks. He has won 4 state titles doing this. fivethirtyeight.com/featu…
NBA Hall of Famer Patrick Ewing frequently faced racist chants while he played in college. In one game after an orange was thrown at him, the opposing coach borrowed a microphone and threatened to forfeit the game if fans continued to throw objects at Ewing. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pat…
One company owns Ray Bans, Arnette, Oakley, Persol, and Oliver Peoples, makes glasses for Chanel, Prada, Armani, Coach, Versace, and Polo Ralph Lauren, owns Sunglass Hut, LensCrafters, Target Optical, and Pearle Vision, and owns EyeMed, a vision insurance company. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lux…
In 1989 LA Dodgers coach Tommy Lasorda got the Montreal Expos mascot tossed out of a 22-inning, 1-0 game. cbssports.com/mlb/news/th…
Chris Paul, one day after his 61 year-old grandfather was murdered, scored 61 points in a high school basketball game, intentionally missed a free throw, and asked his coach to pull him out. He then sat on the sideline and wept. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chr…
The inventor of basketball, James Naismith, was the first coach of the Kansas Jayhawks. He is also the only Kansas coach with a losing record. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kan…
When Chris Pratt's wrestling coach asked what he wished to do with his life he responded with 'I don't know, but I know I'll be famous and I know I'll make a shit ton of money.' en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chr…
Lambeau Field, home of the Green Bay Packers, sets its outward-facing clock fifteen minutes early in honor of their legendary coach, Vince Lombardi. Lombardi believed that if you aren't fifteen minutes early you're late, and used this ideology to discipline his players. blog.crownandcaliber.com/…
Shaq, standing 6'6" at the age of 13, was mistaken for a soldier not an army brat by LSU Coach Dale Brown nola.com/lsu/index.ssf/20…
Frank Reich, head football coach for the Indy Colts, is responsible for two of the biggest comebacks in football history. Once in college (Maryland) and once in the NFL (Buffalo). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fra…
Eddie "The Eagle" Edwards was the 1st Olympic ski jumper for England in 52 years. He had no money, no coach, no team and only learned to ski jump 18 months earlier. He wore 6 pairs of socks inside his second hand boots, a helmet given to him by the Italians, and used skis from the Austrian team. smithsonianmag.com/histor…
Since the inception of Forbes "400 Richest Americans" list in 1982, only one man from said list has ever been convicted of murder: philanthropist and wrestling coach, John du Pont. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
Dr. Phil played middle linebacker under coach Glenn Dobbs at the Univerty of Tulsa during the game when Tulsa lost to the University of Houston 100-6. en.wikipedia.org/w/index.…
4 members of the Dutch gymnastics team of 1928, plus their coach, died at the Holocaust. jpost.com/Sports/Fallen-c…

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