In the opening procession of the Olympics, the team
representing the host nation always marches last.
Arnold Palmer was the first player to win $1 million on the
The name of the popular sports drink Gatorade was named for
the University of Florida Gators where it was developed.
The ancient Greeks awarded celery to winners of sports
On average, 42,000 balls are used and 650 matches are played
at the annual Wimbledon tennis tournament.
In the game of craps, the slang term "Little Phoebe" refers
to a roll of 5 on the dice.
Left-handed people are better at sports that require good
spatial judgment and fast reaction, compared to right-handed
Soccer legend Pele's real name is Edson Arantes do
No high jumper has ever been able to stay off the ground for
more than one second.
The national sport of Japan is sumo wrestling.
Racecar driver Lee Petty once left a pitstop and did a full
lap with a pit crew member still on the hood.
Soccer gave us the term "melee." It means a "confused mass".
Morihei Ueshiba, founder of Aikido, once pinned an opponent
using only a single finger.
Tiger Woods is the first athlete to have been named
"Sportsman of the Year" by magazine Sports Illustrated two
According to manufacturer Spalding, the average lifespan of
an NBA basketball is 10,000 bounces.
The average height of an NBA basketball player is 6 feet 7
A pro volleyball player can spike the ball at 80 miles per
Three consecutive strikes in bowling is called a turkey.
Sharunas Marchulenis was the first Soviet basketball player
to join the NBA.