In 1905, 19 people died playing football. Ten of those killed were aged 17 or younger. People, including President Teddy Roosevelt, called for rules changes. They sought to remove slapping, nosepulling, and biting, but critics thought it would make the players soft. paleofuture.gizmodo.com/1…
The Three Stooges performed at the very first Super Bowl Halftime Show. During their performance, Larry Fine spotted a football player hitting on his wife. He flipped him the bird, and for this he got in trouble with CBS and had to pay a fine of $42.50. sandiegoreader.com/weblog…
A very frugal librarian, the late Robert Morin, left millions of his life savings to the University of New Hampshire where he worked as a librarian, then the University spent $1 million dollars of that money on a scoreboard for a new football stadium. npr.org/sections/thetwo-w…
Although they had been invented during WWII, nachos wouldn't become well known worldwide until a Monday Night Football game in 1978, when during the Baltimore Colts/Dallas Cowboys games, Howard Cosell kept mentioning them (Texas Stadium happened to be serving them, which helped things) dallasnews.com/news/obitu…
The "Heidi Game" was a 1968 football game between the Oakland Raiders and the New York Jets. The Raiders scored two touchdowns in the final minute to win by 43–32. However, NBC broke away to broadcast Heidi resulting in many viewers missing the Raiders' comeback. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hei…
Actor John Candy was a high school football player, and a knee injury kept him from playing professionally. He was also part owner of the Toronto Argonauts and they won the Grey Cup that year. grunge.com/288460/the-spo…
Today I learned of the Chicago College All-Star Game, an NFL preseason game between the NFL Championship Team of the previous season vs a team of the best college football players. It was played from 1934 to 1976. Of the 42 games played, the college team won 9 times with their last win in 1963. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chi…
Legendary football coach Paul "Bear" Bryant earned his nickname by agreeing to wrestle a bear for $1 at a carnival when he was 13 years old. The bear bit his ear, and the carnival never paid him $1. fanbuzz.com/college-footb…
Lloyd Avery II, the man known for his role in Boyz in the Hood as the gunman who shoots down high school football star β€œRicky Baker” as he ran away, was later convicted of a double homicide in 2001 and sentenced to life in prison. While in prison he was killed by his cell mate in 2005. thetruecrimedatabase.com/…
The football huddle was invented by the Gallaudet school of the deaf’s football team to prevent the other team from seeing the QB’s ASL signs. gallaudet.edu/about/huddl…
A bride from Cyprus named Maria Paraskeva broke the Guinness World Record for the Longest wedding veil. Her veil measured about 6,962. meters. Her marriage took place in Larnaca, Cyprus, on 14 August 2018. This is approximately the length of 63 and a half American football fields. guinnessworldrecords.com/…
In 1896, Auburn students greased the train tracks leading in and out of the local station. When Georgia Tech's train came into town, it skidded through town and didn't stop for five more miles. The GT football team had to make the trek back to town, then went on to lose, 45-0. thewareaglereader.com/201…
Marlon Brando was once sued for $40,000 for punching a paparazzi photographer in the face, breaking his jaw and knocking out five of his teeth. Undaunted, the same photographer later tried to photograph Brando again, but wore a football helmet to protect himself. bbc.com/culture/article/2…
At the beginning of the 19/20 English Premier League football (soccer) season, a fan jokingly placed a Β£10 bet on infamous Manchester United attacker Jesse Lingard not scoring all season. He lost out on Β£670 when Lingard scored with his final touch in the final minute of the season’s final game. futballnews.com/jesse-lin…
Wrexham A.F.C, a Welsh football team, has been owned by Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney since November 2020 via their holding company RR McReynolds, LLC. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wre…
A railgun projectile will cover 27 football fields in the first second en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rai…
In 1900 at a college football game in San Francisco, hundreds of people climbed on the roof of a glass factory to watch the game. When the roof collapsed they were dumped into a hot glass furnace where 22 died and hundreds were injured. sfchronicle.com/college/o…
In 2004, a group of Yale students pranked Harvard by posing as a Harvard Prep Squad and handing out placards to over 1,800 Harvard fans at a football game. The Harvard fans were told they would spell out, β€œGo Harvard” when in reality, it actually said β€œWe Suck.” theboola.com/5-best-harva…
Bill "Choptop" Moseley (aka Otis Driftwood from House of 1000 Corpses/The Devil's Rejects) was born in Connecticut, graduated from Yale, third generation, after his dad & grandfather played on the Yale Football team halloweeneverynight.com/a…
Oakland Raiders player Lester Hayes used Stickum to help him grip the football. This was common in the NFL but Hayes slathered his hands and also his arms and uniform. He was very successful and it was banned in 1981. Jerry Rice admitted to using it after it was banned breaking many NFL records. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sti…
Fans of the football team the Seattle Seahawks once caused a minor earthquake from their cheering bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-c…
Today I learned of Ron Weaver, a 30-year old former college football player who took on a fake alias to earn a full ride scholarship to play football at the University of Texas posing as a 23-year old. vault.si.com/.amp/vault/1…
In June 2019, a Spanish third division football team changed their name to Flat Earth FC to promote the beliefs of their 34 year old club president en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fla…
The sport that is now softball began as an indoor version of baseball in 1887 at a Chicago boat club, when, anxiously awating the results of a football game played between them, a Yale alumnus playfully threw a boxing glove at a Harvard supporter who hit with a broom handle athleticscholarships.net/…
In a 2018 English women's football (soccer) match, the referee, upon being without a coin for the pregame coin toss, had the team captains play rock paper scissors to determine which team would kick-off. The referee was subsequently suspended by the FA for three weeks en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roc…
Some PlayStation 1 games had scratch and sniff discs, such as FIFA smelling like a football field and Gran Turismo smelling like car tyres. anihilistabroad.com/2020/…
In 2016, the Rwanda Football Federation passed strict measures against the use of witchcraft: a player will be fined 100,000 Rwf (1000 Rwf = $1) and suspended for 3 matches; a manager will be fined 200,000 Rwf and suspended for 4 matches; and a team will be fined 500,000 Rwf and lose 3 points newtimes.co.rw/section/re…
In the late 1990s, a company secretly filmed hundreds of college wrestlers, football & squash players undressing and showering for videos like "Lockertime" and "Straight Off the Mats." 46 athletes sued Franco Productions (which did not appear in court) and were each awarded $11 million. abcnews.go.com/GMA/story?…
The famous Canadian beer Labatt Blue got its name from the Winnipeg Blue Bombers who are part of what is now the Canadian Football League labatt.com/brands/nationa…
The only man to have managed a Major League Baseball and coached a National Football League team is Hugo Bezdek, who managed the Pittsburgh Pirates (MLB) from 1917-19 and coached for the then-new Cleveland Rams (now in Los Angeles) from 1937-38 mlb.com/cut4/rams-move-to…
The MLS' four kit suppliers – Nike, Adidas, Reebok and Puma – were given permission by the league to design the brands for the football teams they were supplying. theguardian.com/football/…
Today I learned of the 1916 Cumberland-Georgia Tech football game. With a final score of 222-0 it is the most lopsided game in the history of football. Cumberland's QB was knocked unconscious three times, Tech's kicker caught his own kick in the endzone for a TD, and several Cumberland players ran away and hid. fanbuzz.com/college-footb…
In the past few years, at the same time that the NFL's "Super Bowl" is being played, the Aquarium of the Pacific (in the Californian city of Long Beach) holds the "Otter Bowl", with the otters playing with footballs made from frozen clams nbclosangeles.com/the-sce…
By winning his 7th National Championship, University of Alabama head football coach Nick Saban has more national championships than all other active FBS college football coaches combined. fanbuzz.com/college-footb…
Boston College football wears a uniform every year with red bandana pattering in honor of alumni student Welles Crowther, who died saving 18 people on 9/11 while wearing a red bandana. si.com/college/bostoncoll…
Today I learned of the Barassi Line, an imaginary line that runs from the eastern end of the NSW/Vic border to the northern end of the QLD/NT border and splits the country into Rugby dominant and Aussie Rules dominant football regions. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bar…
Sweatshirts were invented in 1926 by Alabama football player Benjamin Russell Jr. as a more comfortable alternative to abrasive wool for practice jerseys. They were made by the Russell Manufacturing Company, founded by Russel Sr. and known today as Russell Athletic. russellathletic.eu/our-he…
A top-level Dutch football club signed up an 18-month old for a ten year contract, after his father posted a video of the boy kicking a ball into his toy chest 3 times in a row. After scribbling his signature for the club, the toddler celebrated with a glass of orange juice en.espn.co.uk/football/sp…
Former U.S. Supreme Court Justice, Byron Raymond "Whizzer" White was a star running back in the National Football League was also awarded two bronze stars during WWII as well as being Rhodes Scholar, and is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Byr…
Today I learned about the Disgrace of GijΓ³n, a Football (Soccer) match between West Germany and Austria so bad, the German TV Commentator refused to comment the game at one point, the Austrian TV commentator asked people to change the channel, and Spain's newspaper printed the match in their Crimes Section. footiecentral.com/footbal…
Aaron Rodgers was not even recruited so he played football at a community college en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aar…
After suffering a broken neck during a football game in 1992, NFL player Dennis Byrd was paralyzed from the waist down, but after extensive physical therapy he was able regain function in his legs and walk again...only to be killed in a head-on automobile accident in 2016. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Den…
Today I learned about Kazuyoshi Miura, a Japanese professional football/soccer player who is still playing as an attacker in Japan’s premier soccer league at the age of 53 years and 10 months. He made his professional debut in Brazil in 1986, 34 years ago. bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia…
In 1962 then manager of Benfica (a Portuguese football/soccer team) BΓ©la Guttmann, had his pay rise request denied. He stormed out and said these final words... "Not in a hundred years from now will benfica ever be European champions." It's known as the BΓ©la Guttmann curse. footballtalk.org/stories/…
Today i learned that Thomas Raymond Flores and Mike Ditka are the only two people in National Football League history to win a Super Bowl as a player, assistant coach, and head coach. coorslight.com/en-US/icem…
Poland and Bayern MΓΌnchen football star Robert Lewandowski only sleeps on his left side, to preserve his stronger right leg; and always eats desserts first, because sweet foods digest quicker, so by metabolising them first, he avoids mixing them in his stomach with protein and carbohydrates theguardian.com/football/…
Ball boys in football originated in 1905 while William "Fatty" Foulke – 6'4" and 300+ pounds – was Chelsea's goalkeeper. The club placed small boys behind Foulke in order to accentuate his massive frame and intimidate strikers. Eventually the boys started collecting out-of-play balls too. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
The Heisman Trophy was designed by sculptor Frank Eliscu, modeled after his friend Ed Smith, who played football for NYU in 1935. Smith didn't realize the Heisman Trophy was modeled after him until 1982, and the The Downtown Athletic Club presented Smith with his own Heisman Trophy in 1985. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ed_…
Magnus Carlsen the World Chess Champion since 2013 was also leading in English Premier League Fantasy Football in December 2019 ahead of over 7 million other players. theguardian.com/sport/201…
When Swedish football player Stefan Schwarz joining English side Sunderland in 1999 for a club record Β£4 million, the club inserted a "Space Clause" in his contract, that stated that if he were to travel into space, his contract would become wholly invalid en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ste…

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