Archive for the ‘Sports’ Category

Big Ten Championship!

December 8, 2019

Congratulations to Ohio State Buckeyes on their victory over Wisconsin Badgers in the Big Ten Championship game.  This should guarantee Ohio State a spot (possibly the top spot) in the College Football Playoff.  There continue to be six (6) teams from the Big Ten ranked in the top-25: Ohio State [#1], Wisconsin [#8], Penn State [#10], Michigan [#14], Iowa [#16], and Minnesota [#18].

The other conference champions include:

  • Clemson (ACC Conference)
  • Memphis (American Athletic Conference)
  • Oklahoma (Big 12 Conference)
  •  (Big Ten Conference)
  • Florida Atlantic (Conference USA)
  • Miami of Ohio (Mid-American Conference)
  • Boise State (Mountain West Conference)
  • Oregon (Pac-12 Conference)
  • LSU (SEC Conference)
  • Appalachian State (Sunbelt Conference)

The upsets this week included:
Utah (#5) losing to Oregon (#13).

The close calls this week (games that were won by a touchdown or less) included:
Oklahoma (#6) defeating Baylor (#7) by seven (7) points in overtime.
Memphis (#17) defeating Cincinnati (#20) by five (5) points.
Appalachian State (#21) defeating unranked Louisiana by seven (7) points.

Top-25 match-ups won by the higher-ranked team included:
Ohio State (#1) defeating Wisconsin (#8).
LSU (#2) defeating Georgia (#4).
Clemson (#3) defeating Virginia (#23).
Oklahoma (#6) defeating Baylor (#7) by seven (7) points in overtime.
Memphis (#17) defeating Cincinnati (#20) by five (5) points.

Fun Fact Friday, Number 141!

August 23, 2019

The category for today’s trivial imponderable is “sports.”  Do you know . . . how the word “seed” came to be used in tennis rankings?

“Seed” as a ranking comes from the word “conceded” which referred to players who are conceded, or assumed, to be the best in ranking for a tournament.  More casual usage led to ceded, which eventually led to the current word, seed.

Source: Sorry, Wrong Answer: Trivia Questions That Even Know-It-Alls Get Wrong, by Dr. Rod L. Evans.


July 22, 2019

In the golfing world, shooting a score that is lower than your age is a big deal.  Well, today marks the anniversary of the very first occurrence of such an event during the PGA (Professional Golfers Association) tour . . . Sam Snead, age 67, shot a 66 on the fourth day of the Quad Cities Open tournament at Coal City, IL, in 1979.

Some other “firsts” for today throughout history include:

  • the first Silverite national convention (St. Louis, 1896)
  • the first African-American opera prima dona (Caterino Jabroro, 1933)
  • the first Public Enemy Number 1 (John Dillinger, 1934)
  • the first African-American woman judge (Jane Matilda Bolin, New York City, 1939)
  • the first bank of importance to lease personal property (Bank of America, San Francisco, 1963)
  • the first time Navy divers submerged for ten days (Lieutenant Commander Robert E. Thompson, Gunners Mate First Class Lester E. Anderson, Chief Quartermaster Robert A. Barth, and Chief Hospital Corpsman Sanders W. Manning; 1964)
  • the first ballet transmitted by satellite (the Royal Ballet Salutes the U.S.A., from London; 1978)

Source: Famous First Facts, by Joseph Nathan Kane, Steven Anzovin, and Janet Podell.

Annual “March Madness” Getting Underway!

March 17, 2019

Today is “selection Sunday” and the 2019 March Madness is all set to begin next week!  Here is an infographic (courtesy of WalletHub) that show some of the interesting stats and facts from last year’s tournament.  Enjoy!  I will have a more detailed post tomorrow about “who’s in” and “who’s not.”


Source: WalletHub


It’s Winter!

January 17, 2019

And now that winter has arrived, here is an informative infographic (courtesy of Eastern Mountain Sports School) that outlines the good, the bad, and the ugly of this season we call winter.  Enjoy!


Fun Fact Friday, Number Ninety-One!

September 7, 2018

The category for today’s trivial imponderable is “sports.”  Do you know . . . what distinguishes pugilism from boxing?

Pugilism, when distinguished from boxing, is bare-fisted.

Source: Sorry, Wrong Answer: Trivia Questions That Even Know-It-Alls Get Wrong, by Dr. Rod L. Evans.

Winter Enthusiast!

February 17, 2018

Happy Saturday!  We may be on the downside of the winter season (and spring is officially a little more than a month away), but we are smack dab in the middle of the Winter Olympics so here is a great infographic that shows the number of calories that can be burned by the various Winter Olympic sports.    Hmm, snow shoveling made the list . . . I wasn’t aware that this was an Olympic sport.  Enjoy!

Chart showing how various winter Olympics activities burn calories.

Eighty-Six Years Ago!

February 4, 2018

While the XXIII Winter Olympics official get underway a little later this week, today marks the anniversary of the very first Olympic Games competition to be held in the winter.  Yep, 1932, Lake Placid, New York.  The games opened on February 4th, by the then Governor of New York, Franklin Delano Roosevelt and included 307 athletes from 17 countries.  What is your favorite Winter Olympic sport?  I probably would be hard-pressed to single out a favorite, but I have always wished that I had given ski jumping a try (long before the movie “Eddie the Eagle” was released in theaters).

Source: Famous First Facts (6th ed.)by Joseph Nathan Kane, Steven Anzovin, and Janet Podell.


November 30, 2017

Affirmation_largeHere is another wonderful demoti-vator (courtesy of www-dot-despair-dot-com).This seems to be especially relevant in today’s world of the participation trophy generation.  And, to add credence to this phenomenon, Georgetown University celebrated “Millenial Day” back in September.  The director of marketing at Georgetown, Chris Grosse, stated: “We decided we could come up with something that would be clever and funny, kind of honoring millennials, but also poking fun at some of the stereotypes that I think are incorrect.” The headline for an article written about this event read: “Participation trophies abound as Georgetown celebrates ‘Millennial Day’.” Ha!  Too funny!  I must give credit where credit is due . . .  a very catchy idea.

The Very First . . . !

July 24, 2017

Did you know that July 24th represents the month and day of the year with several significant “firsts?”

  • in 1824, the first opinion poll was conducted (the Harrisburg Pennsylvanian asked voters their preference between presidential candidates Andrew Jackson and John Quincy Adams).
  • in 1860, the first doctoral degree was awarded by an American University (Yale University — the degree was “authorized” in 1860 but not actually awarded until 1861).
  • in 1866, the Union readmitted the first state following the Civil War (Tennessee).
  • in 1934, the first ptarmigan that was hatched and reared in captivity (Ithaca, New York).
  • In 1946, the first atomic bomb underwater explosion (Pacific Ocean, three miles off Bikini).
  • in 1950, the first rocket was launched from Cape Canaveral (U.S. armed forces and General Electric Company, Bumper 2).
  • in 1956, the first adaptable railroad freight car (the Adapto Car; Chicago, Rock Island, and Pacific Railroad Company; operating between St. Louis, MO, and Wichita, KS).
  • in 1998, the first Capitol Police Officers killed in the line of duty (Special Agent John Michael Gibson and Police Private First Class Jacob Joseph Chestnut).

Source: Famous First Facts by Joseph Nathan Kane, Steven Anzovin, and Janet Podell.