In 1888 a pigeon-fancier and a beekeeper challenged each others creatures to a 3.5 mile organized race in Germany. The bee won by 25 seconds.
The first Tour de France winner was disqualified because he cheated by taking the train
The NFL is the most provincial American sport with 96.5% of the players born in the U.S.
In the traditional aboriginal Canadian version of Lacrosse, each team consisted of about 100 to 1,000 men on a field that stretched from about 500 meters to 3 kilometers long. These lacrosse games lasted from sunup to sundown for two to three days straight.
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”.