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If you love sports and have a curious mind about the history of sports,
athletes and the like, you are in great company. As passionate sports fans, we
love bits of history and trivia and always look for some interesting facts to
share with our fellow sports fans.
In this post, we’ll share some of the most fascinating facts about
sports that we know (or believe) is not common knowledge, even among diehard
fans. If you are ready to learn a thing or two, get comfortable in your
favorite spot and read on! Perhaps you’ll know some of these interesting
MLB Playtime = 18 Minutes
Did you know that the actual playtime of any Major League Baseball Match
is 18 minutes? That’s right, we all sit through 3 hours of ads and extras to
get a total of 18 minutes of action. Not that we mind though, it’s all part of
Olympic Gold = Silver
Olympic gold medals are in fact made from silver. It does, however,
consist of 1% of gold which accounts for the finish, the remainder is all
silver and only 6% copper. The very last time that actual gold medals were
awarded was at the 1912 Olympic Games.
Football vs Soccer
While some countries still refer to sport like football, others still
make use of the term soccer. Soccer is actually a slang form of the word
‘association’ and is derived from Football Association. This was shortened to
form ‘socca’, which eventually became ‘soccer’.
The Basketball is the Origin of the Volleyball
The very first volleyball was in fact made from the inner of an old
basketball. Initially, they intended to use the basketball, but it was too
heavy. William G. Morgan, the founder of the sport which started gaining
popularity in 1895, then used the inner tube of the basketball instead.
MLB Uses Dirty Balls
If you’ve ever tried playing baseball with a brand-new ball, you’d know
how difficult it is to work with. Due to the factory sheen, it’s difficult to
grip and that is why Major League Baseball uses mud to wipe each MLB ball. This
strange ritual has been in practice for more than 75 years.
Insurance for your Hole-in-One
Did you know that Japanese golfers actually take out hole-in-one insurance? It’s customary for Japanese golfers to have a big celebration after scoring a hole-in-one, some even buy their golf buddies special gifts. Others have a celebratory party for close friends. It is estimated that 4 million Japanese golfers have golf insurance.
Super Bowl Rings for Referees
Yes, referees who officiate Super Bowl games also receive their own rings. While it is customary that players get Super Bowl rings, rings give to referees are not exactly the same. It is however quite large and impressive and serves as a beautiful commemoration.
Be sure you get the details of this year’s Super Bowl in time. If you love sports, you might even be
tempted into trying your luck at sports betting. We’ve compiled a handy guide
that shows you how to manage your bankroll when you get started betting on football
Learn more about your favorite football players in our post about the best NFL players of all time.
Finally, as a takeaway, be sure to keep your eye on sporting news to
know of all the latest team and sporting developments. We highly recommend USA Today for all the latest in sporting news. Good luck,
and have fun!
You’ve heard the haters question your enthusiasm about your favorite
sport, right? Whatever their reasons, those who do not share a love or passion
for sports may never understand why super fans are so dedicated to sports.
There is a slight chance that they will come to understand if you can explain
to them how they can benefit from it.
In this post, we share some key benefits of being a super fan you
probably did not expect. So, the next time someone laughs at your enthusiasm
about your team playing, you can point out these reasons why you are so fanatic
about your sports. Let’s get started!
While watching your favorite sport, you are relaxed and stress-free. No
matter whether your team wins or loses. The activity allows you to kick back
and be entertained for the time the game is on. What better way to blow off
some steam than to watch a game with some friends over the weekend?
Watching sports is ideal for building relationships, making new
acquaintances and boosting camaraderie. There simply is no better way to
connect with others than sharing a deep passion for sports and watching or even
participating in the activity together. It also promotes good sportsmanship.
Promotes an Active Lifestyle
Have you ever watched a game and felt inspired to get to the field and
start playing yourself? Whatever sport you follow or watch, it is more likely
that you would feel compelled to be active too. Participating in sports has
many health benefits in itself, including boosted energy levels, positive
outlook and a longer life expectancy.
No one can argue the fact that watching your team win has a positive
impact on you. In fact, this burst of pride is often coupled with an increase
in self-esteem and is referred to as ‘reflected glory’. By witnessing your team
win you share in their feeling of success, which also leads to lower chances of
Traditions are great for keeping us grounded and building lasting
relationships. Being a big sports fan means you can easily connect with fellow
sports fans and start traditions of your own. It also connects you with your
team, region, town and so on. In essence, sports fans form their own
As you can see, being sports fans have loads of benefits. As for the
haters out there, now you have something to teach them about what it means
being a mega fan and how you benefit from it. Perhaps you can even convince
someone to join in on the fun.
If you are a mega fan, you’ve probably wondered about sports betting. We
can help you get started in the blink of an eye. Simply read our beginner’s
tips on which risks to avoid when betting on sports and you should be ready
to get started. We also have some insights on how to manage your bankroll.
Anyone who revels in sports betting news will tell you that the key to successful sports or football betting relies heavily on how you manage your bankroll or finances. The other thing to keep in mind is, of course, is noticing value in a given market.
In this post, we highlight key components of how to master the art of
managing your bankroll and revel in your success as a pro sports bettor.
As with any investment, long term sports betting requires careful
consideration and strategy. Here we highlight three of the most common bankroll
management strategies you can apply in your football betting endeavors.
What are the Odds?
This strategy entails some calculus and research. It’s considered a safe
strategy for beginners especially, due to the fact that your bet remains a
fixed percentage based on your bankroll and the odds.
A fine strategy overall, but be wary of betting your entire bankroll. Do
your research before committing to a bet and losing everything you’ve got.
Keeping a Fixed Percentage
Probably the most common bankroll management strategy out there, and
mostly implemented by noobs, a fixed percentage betting strategy seems safe.
While you commit to only parting with a certain percentage of your bankroll on
any given bet, your risk may be lower.
It has however one flaw; the fixed percentage strategy does not take
value into account. A great strategy will always include value.
The Kelly Method
And finally, we’ve got the Kelly Method, one of the oldest bankroll
management strategies out there. The reason why it’s one of the most popular
bankroll strategies is simply that the value is taken into account in relation
to the probability of a win from your team.
Your betting percentage or amount is therefore influenced by the value and the chances of getting a favorable outcome.
Managing your bankroll while betting on football is key to a fun and
successful betting experience. Keep a record of your losses and wins, and keep
a handle on what you can afford to bet.
Need some more information on bankroll management strategies? Be sure to
contact our team and we’ll walk you through
everything. Read our post on risks to avoid while betting on football for a guaranteed great betting experience.
Sports betting, and betting on football more specifically, is a fun
activity aimed to increase the level of enjoyment while watching your team
play. While it can be rewarding and entertaining, it holds some risks you have
to be aware of before getting started.
In this post, we take a brief look at the four most common risks you
should avoid when betting on football at online betting sites.
Losing Your Deposit
The number of online sports bookies out there is increasing on a daily
basis. And every single one of them is looking to get as many bettors signed up
as possible. There are some fraudsters out there, so be sure to do some
research and read as many reviews before joining.
What’s even worse than losing your deposit? Not getting your hands on
the money you rightfully won! Some bookies aren’t reliable when it comes to
paying out your winnings. Be sure to check whether the site is governed by a
reliable regulatory body and see what other bettors have to say about them.
Identity Theft and Loss of Sensitive Data
There will always be hackers trying to get their hands on your sensitive
data. Be sure to visit reliable betting sites with positive reviews, and never
bet while connected to an open Wi-Fi spot. You should also ensure you’ve got
the necessary security measures and programs in place.
Developing a Gambling Addiction
Finally, you will be at risk of developing a gambling problem. To avoid
this, be sure to know when to quit, manage your bankroll and keep a record of
everything. Responsible gambling is at the heart of a good and exhilarating
football betting experience!
Do your homework, have a failsafe bankroll management strategy in place,
and remember that it’s all about having fun. If you get to win, it’s a bonus!
With a clear head and keeping these points in mind, you shouldn’t have a
problem when you get started betting on football.
There is nothing more thrilling than watching a football game live. Some
are even lucky enough to have witnessed some of the United States’ best players
make history, while others can only watch re-runs of their awe-inspiring games.
Join us as we pay homage to some of the States’ toughest, boldest and most talented NFL players of all time. Perhaps you are one of the lucky ones who has witnessed one of their incredible games live.
First up we have legendary quarterback Johnny Unitas. Known for his
influence to introduce the fourth-quarter comeback and two-minute drill, Unitas
has also won numerous awards for his spectacular performance during his career.
With four Lombardi trophies on his belt, Joe Montana comes in at our
number two spot. Perhaps one of the most underestimated players in NFL, Montana
wowed teammates and crowds with his agility as a quarterback.
Jerry Rice is known as the best wide receiver in NFL history. With a
total of 208 touchdowns and many more record-breaking feats, Jerry Rice deserves
his spot on this list. His success as an NFL wide receiver can be attributed to
his passion for giving it his best.
Considered as one of the most powerful and fastest linebackers in the
history of NFL, Lawrence Taylor gets our number four spot. His passion and
drive during his 13-year career in pro ball afforded the evolution of offensive
Jim Brown played running back during the late 50’s and early ’60s. Known
for his speed and agility, Brown broke countless NFL records even though he
only played for nine seasons. Scoring a total of 106 touchdowns, Brown reaches
the number five spot on our list.
Another legendary running back on our list is none other than Walter
Payton. With a total of 110 touchdowns and incredible performances during his
13-year career, Payton was hands down one of the NFL’s top running backs.
At our number seven spot, we’ve got the exceptional linebacker, Dick
Butkus. Known for his brute strength as a linebacker, Butkus was feared by many
of his opponents. His discipline and dedication to the game paired with
incredible sportsmanship get him on our list.
Perhaps one of the younger NFL stars featured on our list, Tom Brady
needs no formal introduction. With five Lombardi trophies and four Super Bowl
MVP awards, Brady is known as one of the best quarterbacks of all time.
One of the legendary defensive ends, Reggie White left his mark solid on
NFL history. During his 15-year career, he played during 13 Super Bowl games,
won two Player of the Year awards and won a game with the Packers.
And last but not least, we’ve got Don Hutson. Hutson is honored for
holding some of NFL’s records for decades. To this day holds the record for
scoring the most touchdowns for the most seasons. Hutson is seen as one of the
NFL’s most talented players for his time.
And that’s a wrap! We hope you enjoyed this roundup of some of the
States’ very best NFL players. Did you have the privilege to watch any of their
games live? If you love football and would love to see one of your heroes added
to our list, be sure to contact the team
at The Champion and we’ll be sure to add it here.