The Cleveland Browns are one of the oldest and one of the newest teams in the NFL, because in 1995 the Browns became the the Baltimore Ravens, but in 1999 the Browns rebooted their franchise in Cleveland.
During the Nazi occupation of Ukraine, the football match between the Nazis and a group of Ukrainian players from the famous soccer club FC Dynamo Kyiv took place. The Ukrainians were clearly superior to the occupiers, because they beat them easily over several matches – the last result being at 8-0. Unfortunately, the Nazis didn’t like being humiliated, so the Gestapo got involved. The Gestapo just did what they did best: they arrested and tortured most of the Ukrainian players. At least one of them died at their hands. Those who survived were shipped off to a work camp – and most were ultimately executed.
An endurance athlete, Dean Karnazes, ran 350 miles (560 km) in 80 hours and 44 minutes without sleep in 2005.
ESPN won an Emmy for the creation of the superimposed yellow line representing the first down line for American football games.
The fastest Red Card ever given in soccer was given 2 seconds after the starting whistle was blown, when footballer Lee Todd exclaimed “F**k me, that was loud”.
In 2004 during the Harvard/Yale Annual American football match, Yale students tricked Harvard supporters to hold up placards, that when raised spelt out “WE SUCK”.
Spain’s Paralympic basketball team were ordered to return their gold medals won in Sydney in 2000 after nearly all of their players were found to have no disability.
7 time Olympic Medalist Eero Mäntyranta had a gene mutation that allowed him to carry 50% more oxygen in his body.
The Cleveland Indians once had a “10 cent beer night” that ended in the crowd rioting and attacking the players and umpires. Players and coaches used baseball bats to fend off the rioting fans.