Breakdancing has become an Olympic sport. β€œBreaking” officially added to the medal events program at the 2024 Paris Games. espn.com/olympics/story/_…
Jesse Owens broke three world records and tied a fourth, all in less than an hour at the 1935 Big Ten track meet in Ann Arbor, Michigan, a feat never equalled since, and called "the greatest 45 minutes ever in sport". Owens went on to win four golds at Berlin the following year. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jes…
A sports writer wrote a rude and snarky article about the WNBA even though he had never been to a game. He was confronted by a WNBA star who chided him and invited him to watch her play. Two years later they were married. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reb…
In 1974, drinkers in a British pub were bemoaning the fact that the UK didn't produce world champions, so they invented a sport that no one else knew about: toe wrestling. In 1976, a Canadian visitor competed and won, so with the point of the sport gone, the "World Championship" was discontinued en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toe…
Figure Skating got its name from skaters' abilities to trace patterns on the ice to be judged for motor control and accuracy. The rise of broadcasting the sport made the art difficult to follow on TV, so tracing was dropped in 1991, and younger athletes began winning based on difficult leaping. britannica.com/sports/fig…
Before Joel Silver produced some of Hollywood's biggest action film franchises (The Matrix, Die Hard, Lethal Weapon, Predator, Commando, Road House, V for Vendetta, etc), he and his high school buddies created the sport Ultimate Frisbee β€” a name that he coined. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe…
42-year-old Zamboni driver, kidney transplant recipient, and practice hockey goalie David Ayres, led the Carolina Hurricanes to a 6-3 win after their two pro goalies were injured. Cheered by the opposing team's fans, he was the oldest player ever to make his pro debut in a major sport. tampabay.com/sports/light…
Bobby Fisher was actuallyly the second (and last) chess player on the cover of Sports Illustrated. The first one was Lisa Lane, women's national champion, a decade earlier. si.com/more-sports/2018/1…
The famous Kink.com building was built in 1912 as a stronghold/armory for the National Guard. During their ownership, it was also used as a sports venue. When the NG left, it was unused for 30 years but was used for internal spaceship scenes in "The Empire Strikes Back" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San…
Aston Martin, English manufacturer of luxury sports cars, which has held a Royal Warrant as purveyor of motorcars to the Prince of Wales since 1982, has gone bankrupt seven times in its history. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ast…
When in 2015 Domino's was rolling out their Driver Tracker, they were considering having the app show "fun facts" about the delivery driver, such as their favorite sports teams and music they listen to on the way over. theverge.com/2015/5/3/853…
FoxTrax, the hockey puck designed by Fox Sports using augmented reality and to give a blue glow around the puck, cost $2 million dollars to develop, and each puck cost $400 each. It lasted from 1996 to 1998. bizjournals.com/losangele…
The first sporting event aired by the sports cable channel ESPN on September 7, 1979 was the first game of the best-of-nine American Professional Slowpitch Softball World Series between the Milwaukee Schlitz and Kentucky Bourbons jsonline.com/story/sports…
Because France prohibits alcohol sponsorship of sport, the Guinness Six Nations rugby championship is branded there as 'Six Nations Greatness' irishtimes.com/business/i…
Motorboat racing was an Olympic event at the 1908 games in London, the only time a motorized sport has been contested at the Olympics. olympic.org/news/thubron-…
Jean-Claude Van Damme took up ballet when he was young, and has said "If you can survive a ballet workout, you can survive a workout in any other sport." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jea…
Many of the sports/ basketball phrases we use every day - "Slam Dunk", "Air Ball", "No Harm, No Foul", "Throw A Brick", "Garbage Time" etc, were coined by one man - Lakers announcer Chick Hearn en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chi…
A study on the sport of quidditch determined the incidence of injury in the sport to be 4.06 per 1,000 hours, with over 20% of the injuries being concussions. Also it was found that the risk of all injury appears no greater than other established sports, despite the mixed gender nature. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
In an attempt to boost viewership, NBC broadcast an NFL game without any announcers in 1980. The experiment was deemed a failure, and no major broadcast of any professional sport in the US has tried it since. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ann…
Ritter Sport is called that because it was designed to fit into the pocket of a sport coat. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rit…
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/…
Today I learned of Tank biathlon, a military sport event promoted by the Russian military, similar to biathlon, but with tanks. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tan…
Colombian ex-footballer Juan Carlos Osorio, while studying for a degree in Sports Science in the UK, once rented a tiny room overlooking Liverpool FC's training ground to watch their training methods. Osorio later became coach of Mexico for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. espn.co.uk/soccer/club/me…
There are only two "mind sports" recognized by the International Olympic Committee : chess and bridge. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Con…
Today I learned about Alahakbarries, the amateur Cricket team formed by J.M. Barrie with notable members such as: Rudyard Kipling, H. G. Wells, Arthur Conan Doyle, P. G. Wodehouse, G. K. Chesterton, as well as the son of Alfred Tennyson. They were all terrible at it, but they played for admiration of the sport. sportageous.co/allahakbar…
Today I learned about the Inuit sport of the Ear Pull. Competitors face off with a 2 foot loop of string wrapped around one ear each. The winner is determined if the string falls off the opponent's ear or the opponent quits. newsminer.com/news/local_…
Mesoamerican Ball game is recognized as the oldest sport and oldest team sport. People have enjoyed the game for over 3,400 years, longer than any other sport in history simple.wikipedia.org/wiki…
Boxing Day got its name when Queen Victoria was on the throne in the 1800s and has nothing to do with the sport of boxing. bbc.co.uk/newsround/46454…
Wii Sport Resort never had the sport of golf, until Miyamoto (Creator of Mario) accidentally stated in an interview that in Resprt, golf shots would be determined by the backswing. When Miyamoto returned to his team in japan he said: "You know we're including golf now." iwataasks.nintendo.com/in…
Shigeru Miyamoto, creator of the Super Mario Bros franchise, considers the characters to be actors playing different roles in each game, hence why Bowser will be kidnapping the princess in one appearance and playing sports with Mario in another. gameinformer.com/b/featur…
Although ice hockey is the largest sport in Finland, an ice hockey player has never been chosen as Sports person of the year in Finland. Soccer player has been chosen 4 times. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fin…
Comedian and actor Eddie Izzard ran 27 marathons in 27 days to raise money for Sport Relief bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-3…
Today I learned of the "Nika riots" 30,000 people died in the largest sports riot ever recorded, started between fans of two opposing chariot racing teams, Constantinople, 532 AD. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nik…
The rare and famous McLaren F1 sports car is powered by a V12 BMW engine. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/McL…
Today I learned about the time Gary Mays held Elgin Baylor to 19 points and stole the ball from Baylor to make the shot to secure the win in a D.C. high school post-tournament game. But basketball wasn't May's best sport. He excelled as a baseball catcher in high school and college. Mays had one arm. espn.com/espn/news/story?…
Buzkashi, a central Asian no holds bar game and national sport of Afghanistan, is played on horseback and the object of the game is to get a headless legless goat carcass, that can weight up to 90 pounds, into a goal hole. youtu.be/7vGmion3fWM
Worm charming, worm grunting, and worm fiddling are methods of attracting earthworms from the ground, usually for bait or competitive sport. Most methods involve vibrating the soil, which encourages the worms to the surface. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wor…
US embassy in Baghdad, Iraq is world's largest (almost of the same size as Vatican City). It houses its own power station, water & sewage treatment, internet and phone network, gym, cinema and sports facilities. Also has 6 apartment buildings for employees. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emb…
In 1977 Sports Illustrated named NFL Football Guard, Conrad Dobler as β€˜Pro Football’s Dirtiest Player’. According to his opponents, he would frequently engage in eye gouging, face-mask twisting, leg whipping, tripping and even biting. vault.si.com/vault/1977/0…
Today I learned about Fox Tossing, a competitive blood "sport" popular in parts of Europe in the 17th and 18th centuries. It involved throwing live foxes and other animals high into the air, often using slings with a person on each end to catapult the animal upwards. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fox…
The name "Tetris" is a combination of "tetra", meaning "four", which refers to the composition the game pieces, aka "tetriminos", and "tennis", the creatorΒ΄s favorite sport. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tet…
On February 6, 1971, golf became the first sport to be played on the moon by Astronaut Alan Shepard youtube.com/watch?v=t_jYO…
Today I learned of the father of extreme sports, Daniel Canary, was featured in a 1883 article describing his "fancy riding" where he did the first documented wheelies, nose wheelies and dark side bike flips. Center column towards the middle of the newspaper article. chroniclingamerica.loc.go…
ESPN launched a sport centered phone called "Mobile ESPN" in 2005 which failed miserably. Steve Jobs called it, "The dumbest fucking idea I have ever heard." It cost $300 for the phone itself, and between $65 and $225 per month for content. vice.com/en_us/article/53…
In April 1985, Sports Illustrated ran a story about a prospective baseball pitcher named Sidd Finch, who could throw 168 miles per hour fast ball. Eagle-eyed readers caught on immediately: The first letters in the words of the story's secondary headline spelled out "Happy April Fools' Day." si.com/mlb/2014/10/15/cur…
Today I learned about Pato, Argentina's national sport. A game played on horseback, combining elements from polo and basketball, where (originally) a live duck was used instead of a ball, hence the name of the sport. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pat…
Today I learned about the sport of Gurning, a traditional rural sport in some English towns that consists of pulling a snarling or otherwise ugly face through a horse collar. Annual contests have existed for over 800 years by estimate. news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/15…
African-American men once dominated horse racing, among the USA's most popular 19th Century sports. Most of the Kentucky Derby champions then were Black men who established huge names, winnings and followings for themselves. Eventually they were shut out of participating in the sport. youtu.be/pJxuUSZ4Z70
Today I learned of the sport of Tower Running, wherein people compete in seeing who can climb a Skyscraper the Fastest. The inaugural Tower Running World Championships was held between March 27-28th of 2015 at the Aspire Tower in Doha, Qatar and saw Piotr ŁobodziΕ„ski & Andrea Mayr crowned Champions. towerrunninguk.com/2015/0…

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