Page 8 - Sports Facts

If every NFL team were tied, the playoffs would be determined by a coin flip!

If every NFL team tied, It would depend on which games they won, how much they won by, etc. The NFL has an elaborate tie-break procedure for these sort of incidents.

Every team plays 6 divisional games, 6 conference (not-division), and 4 non-conference games.

Within a division, the first tie-break is divisional record. So, if one team went 6-0 in the division, but 2-8 in all the other games, they would be the division winner.

There are actually 12 levels of tie-breakers, though historically it's never had to get past the fifth level (Strength of Victory) for any playoff berth.

Ultimately, if all 256 games finished in a 3-3 tie, the playoffs would be determined by coin flip.


Nelson Mandela is an honorary Harlem Globetrotter!

The Harlem Globetrotters are a basketball team that only plays exhibition games, simply to provide humor and display their unique skill set. Some of the main features of Harlem Globetrotter basketball games are to have a dunk competition, as well as perform a variety of trick shots.

There are 8 honorary members of the Globetrotters including Nelson Mandela and Kareem Abdul-Jabar. The Globetrotters also have a number of celebrities signed on to contracts for the team, including Bill Cosby - who is paid $1.05 a year for his contract with the team!


One of the best long distance runners in the world runs with a crooked left arm because of school!

Haile Gebre Selassie is regarded universally as the greatest distance runner of all times.

With a career that sees him breaking records as they are made, Haile has built an extraordinary reputation as an exceptional athlete who is setting a new level in long-distance running.

As a child he had to run 10 kilometers a day each way to go and come back from school. At age 16, without any formal training, he entered the Addis Ababa marathon, and finished in 2:42.

The Ethiopian runner, who won 2 Olympic Golds and 4 world titles in 10000 meters, runs with a crooked left arm because he developed the habit as a child when he used to run 10 kilometers to school every day whilst holding his books.


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Pete Maravich said he didn't want to play in the NBA for 10 years and die of a heart attack at 40. That's exactly what happened!

Peter Maravich was the greatest scorer in major college basketball history and an NBA Hall of Famer who played for the Atlanta Hawks. Several people had started calling him Pistol Pete and a “hot dog” (remember this was the 70’s).

One fan even created a sign saying, “Pistol Pete, why do hot dogs cost $2 million in Atlanta and 50 cents in Philadelphia. Maravich however was neither comfortable with this nickname nor the amount of fame and complications that came with a b-ball lifestyle.

In a 1974 interview with the Beaver Country Time, after only having played 4 years in the NBA, he said, “I don’t want to play 10 years in the NBA and die of a heart attack at the age of 40.. ”

However, he continued to play in the NBA for 10 more years. Then, at the age of 40 he passed away. It is likely that he died from an undetermined heart disease.


Jim Abott was an MLB pitcher for 11 years despite only being born with one hand!

Jim Abott was born on September 19, 1967 in Michigan, and unfortunately, he was born without a right hand. However, this minor disability didn't stop Jim Abott from dreaming big, and trying to live his life like everyone else in society. In high school, Jim Abott pitched for his school's baseball team, and played Quarterback for his school's football team!

Jim would balance the glove on his right arm, and as part of the follow through when he threw the baseball, he would slide the glove onto his left hand so he could catch any balls that came back to him! This method of pitching became his signature style, and he became very well known through his college years.

When he graduated college, he was picked up by the California Angels, and later played for the Milwaukee Brewers, Chicago White Sox, and the New York Yankees! In 1993, he would throw the first no hitter at Yankee Stadium in over 10 years! Jim Abott didn't let his minor disability prevent him from playing a game that he loved, and being remembered as one of the best Major League Baseball Pitchers of all time.



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