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The Perfect Game

A perfect game in baseball is one in which the same player pitches the entire game without allowing any player of the opposing team to reach first base.

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Hitler hated football

Hitler grew to hate soccer because it couldn’t be fixed to ensure German victories.

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Jenson Button – Brawn

The Brawn team went from previous mediocrity to have Button win. It was the first time any team had ever won the F1 championship in its début season.

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No help from above

No country has ever won the World Cup during the papacy of a Pope from the same country.

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Marathon 385 yards

The traditional diatance of 26 miles was lengthened from and after the 1908 London Olympic Games. The reason being, to allow the Royal Family to watch the start from Windsor Castle’s windows!

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Oldest sport?

Archery is considered to be one of the oldest sports in the world.

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Ben Johnson

In the 100m final at the 1988 Summer Olympics Johnson won with a world record time of 9.78s. Unfortunately, it was too good to be true, it was discovered that Johnson had tested positive for steroids. His gold medal was taken away and he was banned for life.

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George Orwell

“Serious sport has nothing to do with fair play. It is bound up with hatred, jealousy, boastfulness, disregard of all rules and sadistic pleasure in witnessing violence: in other words it is war minus the shooting. “

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Brasil v Uruguay

Brazil were the overwhelming favourites. Playing in front of 200,000 at the Maracanã in Rio, the game was supposed to be a coronation for Brazil more than an actual football match. Uruguay won 2-1, the crowd in the Maracanã sat in stunned silence. A few died from suicides and heart attacks.

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Hand picked fans

Not surprisingly North Korean World Cup soccer fans are actually hand-picked by the government. The fans are also made up of Chinese volunteers since North Koreans are not allowed to travel.

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Man v Women

The first ever internationally recognized male vs. female boxing match took place on October 9, 1999 between Margaret MacGregor and Loi Chow in Seattle, Washington. Ms. MacGregor won in 4 rounds.

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Sheep dog trials

In the 1984 sheep dog trials, none were convicted!

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Masters first on the Radio

The Augusta Masters was the first tournament to be covered nationwide in the USA on radio.

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New York Yankees Baseball Team 47-62

  The ‘Bronx Bombers’  qualified for 13 of 16 World Series’ and won 10 of them. Catcher Yogi Berra has a ring for every finger as a member of all 10 titles while fellow baseball greats Joe DiMaggio and Mickey Mantle were also huge components of the dynasty.

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How many balls used in Wimbledon?

About 42,000 tennis balls are used in the 650ish  matches in the Wimbledon Championship.

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Snakes at Wimbledon

The grass at Wimbledon was kept two inches long until 1949 when an English player was bitten by a snake.

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The Calcutta Cup

The Calcutta Cup is the trophy presented to the winner of the England versus Scotland rugby union match. When the Calcutta RFC was disbanded, the memory of the club was kept alive by having the remaining 270 silver rupees in their bank melted down to be made into a trophy.

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Alfredo di Stefano

The Pele-Maradona- Messi – Ronaldo argument may rage forever, but to some Alfredo is the greatest all-round footballer.   The Argentine won five European Cups in a row with Real Madrid during the 1950s, helping European football become the powerhouse it now is but never played in a World Cup, though.

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Futsal

Directly translates into foot room/ ie football played in a room.

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Athlete of the Decade

Arnold Palmer won “Athlete of the Decade” honours for the 1960s

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The volleyball comes from a basketball’s bladder.

Or at least they once did. When he first devised the sport in 1895, William G. Morgan tried to use a basketball, but found it too heavy. So instead he played with the basketball’s inflatable rubber inside, until a custom ball was created just for the sport by A.G. Spalding.

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Soccer

Why is Football sometimes refrred to as Soccer? In the 18th century, the rules of the game were codified and a number of football associations were formed. In fact, it is an abbreviation of the word “association” that gave rise to the term “soccer.”

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Energy to brake

Tthe energy needed to slow  a Formula 1car from 315km/h to 185km/h is the same amount needed to make an elephant jump 10 metres in the air.

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More inequality!

A routine is a sequence of floor exercises and moves that lasts 70 seconds for males and 90 seconds (with music) for females.

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Tommy Lasorda

“In baseball and in business, there are three types of people. Those who make it happen, those who watch it happen, and those who wonder what happened.” Tommy Lasorda, Hall of Fame baseball player and manager

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First non US winner of the Little League World Series

Mexico was the first non U.S. country to win the Little League baseball world series

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Is it worth it?

Fabio Casartelli crashed at 88kph while descending in 1995 and Tom Simpson died of a heart attack after taking amphetamines and attempting the climb to Alpe d’Huez in 1967. In 1935 Francisco Cepeda crashed into a ravine and in 1910 Adolphe Helière managed to drown!

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Michael Owen

“If you only ever give 90% in training then you will only ever give 90% when it matters.”

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Ancient Olympics

The first Olympic games were held in 776BC – and then every 4 years until 339BC.

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“The Tiger Woods/10,000 Hour Myth:”

“The Tiger Woods/10,000 Hour Myth:” Your child must specialise as early as possible if he or she wants to play Professional Sport. Whilst 10,000 hours is a lot of training and comp, the evidence just isnt there to support it.

 

 

 

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Golf Obsessed

President Dwight D. Eisenhower was a massive golf enthusiast, so much so that he had a putting green installed on the White House lawn.

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When and why did the ancient Olympics finish?

We always talk about the 1896 start of the modern Olympics but the ancient Olympics demised only once the Roman emperors became Christian. Pagan festivals were at first discouraged and then completely outlawed. The Olympic games were first and foremost a religious celebration in honour of Zeus, they held no place in the Christian empire. […]

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Larry Brown

“You have to do something in your life that is honourable and not cowardly if you are to live in peace with yourself.”

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Hand picked fans

Not surprisingly North Korean World Cup soccer fans are actually hand-picked by the government. The fans are also made up of Chinese volunteers since North Koreans are not allowed to travel.

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Cough Cough

In the 20’s the riders would often share cigarettes while riding. The were believed to help “open the lungs” before big climbs.

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After You

The Greek team always leads the opening ceremony procession. The last team is the hosting country and the order of the teams in the middle is in alphabetical order.

 

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