Page 9 - Sports Facts

Darren Sproles was so good in peewee football, his league made a rule to slow him down!

Darren Sproles is an NFL running back and return specialist for the New Orleans Saints, and previously for the San Diego Chargers.

Sproles was originally drafted out of Kansas State in the fourth round by the Chargers in the 2005 NFL, where he was the backup to All-Pro running back LaDainian Tomlinson.He worked hard and excelled as a special teams player and as fill in for Tomlinson.

In 2011, he signed as a free agent with the Saints, and went on to have his best season of his career, to date, by leading the entire NFL in all purpose yards (rushing yards + receiving yards + kick/punt return yards.)

Despite his incredible season in 2011, the NFL did not change any rules to try and slow Sproles down, but that is exactly what happened when he played peewee football! Sproles was so much faster than everyone else in his league that they made a rule that his team was no longer allowed to run sweeps to him, because he scored a touchdown every single time!

It's no wonder that he has gone on to succeed in high school, college, and now the pros!


Some gold medalists from the 2014 winter Olympics are also in possession of meteorite! Here's how

The 2014 winter Olympics in Sochi were, overall, a success. And so were their medals. Or at least they were odd. Some of the gold medals contained fragments of a meteorite that hit Russia on February 15, 2013.

On that day, the Chelyabinsk meteor entered earth's atmosphere at about 60 times the speed of sound. The meteor exploded in the air over Chelyabinsk Oblast. The blast sent gas, dust and meteor fragments flying.

Some of these fragments were gathered and put into the gold medals that were given out on the meteorite's anniversary. Seven medals were given out with these fragments.


PETA is trying to ban a tradition at the Indy 500!

Some traditions don't sit well with those of new-age ideas and beliefs. The noble and justified interest in the ethical treatment of animals has been growing in popularity, spawning the group PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals).

However, sometimes they can get a little ridiculous, like their call for banning milk drinking after the Indy 500.

Drinking a big bottle of milk in the victory lane after the Indy 500 has been a tradition since 1936, when Louis Meyer downed a bottle and mentioned his mother's post-race beverage recommendation. Turns out it caught on and has been a staple since, except for one year when an Orange farm owner chose orange juice instead.

Apparently, drinking milk promotes not just calf cruelty and wastefulness, but also racism, according to PETA.

Racism?! It turns out that African-Americans have an enzyme which makes milk difficult to digest. An African-American victor might have to partake in a ritual that would make them physically uncomfortable. Since the tradition isn't enforced, however, the victor could make the choice for themselves.

PETA started a petition to get the tradition banned, but it hasn't caught on, so you can expect yet another milk-chugging victor when the race returns this May.


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An Olympian abandoned his race to save some competitors—and still won a medal!

One of Canada's shining Olympic moments didn't happen on the gold, silver, and bronze podium; it happened off the coast of Pusan as some fellow sailors were in danger.

Larry Lemieux could have won the silver medal in the 1988 Seoul games as he overcame 35-knot winds in the Finn-class competition. He saw a capsized boat on the adjacent 470-class course with injured Singapore sailors in the water. He promptly abandoned the race to sail over and save them.

He lost his shot at an Olympic medal, but he was awarded the extremely rare Pierre de Coubertin Medal by the International Olympic Committee president. He is the only Canadian to win one. It's awarded to athletes that demonstrate true sportsmanship, with only 10 of them ever being awarded.

Lemieux battled four-meter waves and a current that was going against the wind. Though he took on a lot of water, he overcame the odds with all his sailing skills and saved both sailors while keeping his own boat from capsizing. A Korean Navy boat arrived and picked the stranded sailors up. Lemieux even went back to finish the race, where he finished 21st out of 32.


If sales were any indication, Frisbee would be the most popular sport in America

According to a report for the Centers for Diesease Control and Prevention, Ultimate Frisbee could be the biggest sport in the United States.

Frisbees and other flying discs out sold baseballs, basketballs, and footballs combined. So is frisbee the new National Pasttime?

Technically, most companies that sell flying discs can't even call them Frisbees. That word is trademarked by Wham-O Toys Incorporated, yet it's still used as the colloquial term for the toy. Because of this, Ultimate Frisbee is actually just known as Ultimate to avoid the headaches of lawsuits.

Playing with Frisbees is a terrific form of exercise because when the disc is in play, players don't stop running. During an average match of Ultimate, it is not uncommon that a player runs around five miles. Spend a whole day playing and you'll be running marathons in no time.

It would be wise for the health organizations to push this sport more to promote a healthy lifestyle.



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