The Disgrace of Gijón, a football (soccer) match between West Germany and Austria, was so bad, that the German TV Commentator refused to comment the game at one point, the Austrian TV commentator asked people to change the channel, and Spain’s newspaper printed the match in their crimes section.
In Japan, 40% of golfers have hole-in-one insurance. Celebrations of the feat have become so expensive, millions of golfers pay $65/year for $3500 of coverage to reimburse any costs incurred (champagne, food, tree-planting ceremonies, etc.) while celebrating the “lucky” shot.
The Spanish singer-songwriter Julio Iglesias was a professional footballer signed with Real Madrid. When he was recovering from an accident that ended his career, a nurse gave him a guitar so that he could recover the dexterity of his hands. In learning to play, he discovered his musical talent.
The 26th President of the United States, Teddy Roosevelt, regularly staged boxing matches in the White House and took on anyone he could- including professional boxers.
The YMCA gave Dr Naismith 2 weeks to invent what would become basketball in 1891 in order to have an indoor “athletic distraction” to keep rowdy youth busy in the cold New England winter months.
In the 1952 Olympics, Luxembourg won a gold medal which was so unexpected that the band did not know their national anthem and instead had to improvise and played gibberish.
The YMCA sued the Village People over their “YMCA” song for trademark infringement, but the two sides settled out of court and the YMCA later expressed pride towards the band for their song as a salute their organization.
In 2016 Belgian cyclist Femke Van den Driessche was discovered to have a hidden motor in her bicycle, the first proven instance of “Mechanical Doping”.
One of the ‘unwritten rules’ of the Tour de France is when the Tour is passing through where one of the riders grew up, everyone will slow down to let that rider lead the whole Tour through his hometown (also, if the race leader needs to stop to take a pee break, everyone else slows down/stops too).
The first ever Super Bowl halftime show didn’t feature award winning musicians, but rather two men flying around with jet packs. The spectacle was witnessed by 60,000 in attendance and 50 million watching at home.