- The origins of football can be traced back to 4th century BC China, with a ball game called Cuju!
- Up to 1943, it wasn’t mandatory for football players in the NFL to wear helmets!
- Super Bowl is the most-watched show on American television today.
- Originally, tennis courts were built in an hourglass shape – they got narrower near the net!
- To this day, the Wimbledon tournament requires all players to wear white (not even off-white or cream!).
- Venus and Serena Williams were the first sisters to win Olympic gold in tennis.
- The first game of basketball was actually played with a soccer ball!
- The tallest players in NBA history are Gheorghe Mureșan and Manute Bol, who are 7 feet 7 inches tall!
- The temperature of a basketball influences its bounciness! A warmer ball will bounce higher.
- There are over 10 types of horse-riding sports, such as polo, racing, dressage, and more.
- Dressage – an Olympic discipline in horse-riding – is often called “horse ballet”!
- The shortest jockey in horse racing history was 15-year-old Kenneth Glover of Yorks, who was 4 feet tall.
- Baseball was originally called “rounders,” based on an English bat-and-ball game played since the 15th century.
- The longest game in the history of professional baseball lasted 8 hours and 25 minutes!
- The World Series Trophy weighs approximately 30 pounds!
- Figure skating is the oldest Olympic winter sport (and it had its Olympic debut in the summer games!).
- The fastest spin ever recorded was completed by Canadian figure skater Olivia Oliver… at 342 rotations per minute!
- Before 2012, the songs chosen for figure skating performances couldn’t feature lyrics.
- Hockey pucks are frozen before NHL games to reduce bouncing.
- Before the 1960s, hockey sticks were straight and the curved blade came into being because a player accidentally broke his stick!
- The Stanley Cup doubled as a bowl more than once. NHL players used this trophy to eat cereal, meatballs, ice cream, and more!