Boston University did a neuropathological study on 111 former NFL Players. 110 out of 111 were diagnosed with CTE, the degenerative disease caused by repeated blows to the head.
Former NFL player James Brooks was found to be illiterate when he was unable to read court documents after admitting to not paying over $100k in child support. When the judge asked how he graduated from Auburn without being able to read, he said, “Didn’t have to go to to class.”
When the band plays “Jump Around” at University of Wisconsin football games the fans jumping registers on the Geology Department’s seismograph 2 miles away.
In 2008, high school football coach Kris Hogan got many of the fans of his team to cheer for and support the other team because the other team was from a maximum-security juvenile correctional facility and did not have fans of their own.
John Urschel, offensive line guard for the Baltimore Ravens has a BS and Masters in mathematics from Penn State, and just finished his first 4 classes of his PhD program in spectral graph theory, numerical linear algebra and machine learning. With straight As.
Baltimore Ravens kicker Justin Tucker is a trained opera singer who can sing opera in seven different languages.
Calling football “soccer” originated in Britain 200 years ago. It wasn’t until the 1980s that Britain began to phase out the name because it was “too American”.
There is a stadium in Brazil in which the midfield line supposedly lies exactly on the Equator, making each team defend one hemisphere.
With a permanent population of less than one million people, Qatar hires migrant workers to fill their empty stadiums in the Qatar Stars League, paying them one dollar an hour to “sit in the stadiums and pretend to have fun”.
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.