The brain bank’s research furthers the argument that football is linked brain injury. The brains of 76 out of 79 (96%) of deceased NFL players showed signs of a degenerative brain disease known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE.
Pittsburgh is the only city where all the major sports teams (MLB,NHL,NFL) have the same colors: Black and gold
Maybe artists deserve varsity jackets, too. From 1912 to 1948, the Olympics held competitions in the fine arts, with medals being awarded for architecture, literature, music, painting and sculpture. The art produced was required to be Olympics-themed, so gold-winning pieces had names like, “Knockdown” and “Étude de Sport.” The first winning work of literature was…
The “huddle” in football was formed due to a deaf football player who used sign language to communicate and his team didn’t want the opposition to see the signals he used and in turn huddled around him
The longest tennis match took place in 2010 at Wimbledon. John Isner of the United States beat Nicolas Mahut of France in a match that lasted 11 hours and five minutes. It took 3 days to complete!
Basketball was invented by a physical teacher trying to create a game for students during the long winter to keep active.
During the Holocaust, Jewish boxer Salamo Arouch was imprisoned at Auschwitz. He was forced to fight fellow prisoners; the losers were sent to the gas chambers or shot. He survived over 2 years and 200 fights until the camp was liberated
Before the turn of the century, prize fighters fought bare fisted. Matches sometimes lasted more than one hundred rounds and were counted by knock outs
A curling rink in Halifax, Canada, was used as a temporary morgue for bodies recovered from the Titanic disaster
Bonus facts Curling was founded by Scots in 1541. The oldest know curling stone bears the date 1511. A curling rink in Halifax, Canada, was used as a temporary morgue for bodies recovered from the Titanic disaster. Curling also features in the Beatles movie Help! when one of the stones turns out to be a…
In the ancient Greek Olympics, wrestling matches were in the nude and a match did not end until one of the competitors became aroused
Bonus facts Greek wrestling (Greek: πάλη, pálē), also known as Ancient Greek wrestling and Palé, was the most popular organized sport in Ancient Greece. A point was scored when one player touched the ground with his back, hip, shoulder, or tapped out due to a submission-hold or was forced out of the wrestling-area. Three points…
Boxing is the only sport in which neither the spectators nor the participants know the score or the winner until the contest ends
Did you know that the field for the first ever world championship F1 race included a Swiss baron, a Thai prince and a well-known Jazz musician?
Bonus Facts Rather fittingly for a race attended by royalty, the entry list had a distinctly aristocratic flavour. Among the 21 drivers that took the start were Prince Birabongse Bhanudej Bhanubandh (better known as Prince Bira or B.Bira), a notable racer and member of the Thai royal family. Baron Emmanuel ‘Toulo’ de Graffenried, a Swiss…
Bonus fact: Why does the ball look like sphere? The checkered board pattern creates an illusion of a perfect sphere.
This score holds the world record for the highest scoreline recognized by The Guinness Book of Records. The match took place on the 31st of October 2002 between AS Adema and SO l’Emyrne in Antananarivo, Madagascar.