Category: sports

2014 Super Bowl Top Rated Commercial

With the largest margin of victory in a Super Bowl in 21 years, the Seattle Seahawks trumped the Denver Broncos by 43 to 8 at Super Bowl XLVIII on February 2, 2014 at the MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey. As has become usual, the Super Bowl commercials attracted a huge amount of attention, even before they […]

Bent sticks and dented balls

The price of fuel is sky high, traffic jams cause road rage, global warming is said to be a disaster in the making, obesity has reached record highs… and only one group of people seem to have the answer: golfers. It might not be easy to understand the fascination of chasing a dented little ball […]

They’ll put a man on the moon before I hit a home run

In 1963, baseball pitcher Gaylord Perry remarked, “They’ll put a man on the moon before I hit a home run.” On July 20, 1969, a few hours after Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon, Perry hit his first home run of his career (while playing for the San Francisco Giants). Perry actually achieved his […]

Hold your breath

Try holding your breath. After a minute you will have used up most of the oxygen stored in your body and carbon dioxide will build up, triggering senses in your diaphragm to start breathing. You will experience an overwhelming urge to gulp some air, something which you will not be able to resist. On average, […]

Surfing was once banned

Surfing was noticed by Europeans for the first time in 1767 at Tahiti. In 1777, English discoverer Captain James Cook (1728 – 1779) wrote that he saw how inhabitants of the islands around Tahiti and Oahu were riding the waves on boards. Later, when missionaries were sent to the islands they banned surfing because they […]

Ancient Olympic athletes competed in the nude

The word “gymnasium” comes from the Greek word gymnos, which means naked. In ancient times athletes practiced in the nude to the accompaniment of music. They also performed naked at the Olympic Games. Women were not allowed to participate or even to attend as spectators. The first Olympic games were held in 776BC – and […]

History of football (soccer)

A sport similar to football (called soccer in the United States and elsewhere) was played 3000 years ago in Japan. Chinese text from 50 BC mentions football-type games between teams from Japan and China. A text dating from 611 AD confirms that football was played in Kyoto, the ancient capital of Japan. Ancient Greeks and […]

World’s strongest men

On Tuesday 13 February 1923, in a strong man contest held before a packed house in City Hall in Augusta, Maine, John B Gagnon beat Warren L Travis of Brooklyn, NY – holder of the official title of World’s Strongest Man. In 10 lifts, taking only 25 minutes, Gagnon lifted a total of 7,552 kg […]

Why do we love sports?

The love of – nay, addiction to – competitive and solitary sports cuts across all social-economic strata and throughout all the demographics. Whether as a passive consumer (spectator), a fan, or as a participant and practitioner, everyone enjoys one form of sport or another. Wherefrom this universal propensity? Sports cater to multiple psychological and physiological […]

Basketball first played 1700 ago

In 1891, James Naismith, a physical education instructor, was thinking about new ways of providing exercise for the young men. He nailed peach baskets onto the balconies at either end of a gymnasium and challenged his student to throw a soccer ball into them from below. Thus modern basketball was born. Springfield, Massachusetts a 30-year-old […]