No Touchdowns for Financial Maturity Among NFL Players

The average career of a National Football League (NFL) player is slightly more than three years. In those years, the average earnings is about $4 million after taxes. Despite this impressive amount in a relatively short amount of time, 78% of all former NFL players are bankrupt or nearly so within three years of ending... Continue Reading →

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The Awkward Tale of the Countries with Identical Flags

What can be more awkward than two ladies showing up at a social event, wearing identical outfits? How about two countries showing up for the Olympics, waving identical flags? That's what happened at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, Germany. The Haitian civil flag dates back to the early 1800's. Unlike the national flag, which includes... Continue Reading →

Scotland Did Not Always Give Sports a Sporting Chance

Scotland is known for its passionate football (American soccer) fans, and it is recognized as the birthplace of golf and home to the most famous golf courses in the world. Did you know that both sports were once illegal throughout the land? King James I outlawed football with the Football Act of 1424. It was... Continue Reading →

And the Game Goes On… and On… and On….

Fans of sporting events are known to be so committed to their team that they will endure years of poor performance, shell out big money for season tickets, sit through horrible weather to watch an event, and wear their team's colors on every possible occasion. Sometimes fans also have to be prepared to wait. And... Continue Reading →

Athletic Rivalry Taken to the Extreme

Every match between rivaling athletic teams is described in terms of a military conflict, but few expect much more taunts and fight songs to be used as weapons. When soccer fans gathered to watch El Salvador compete against Honduras, an athletic rivalry quickly escalated into an actual military conflict between two nations.  Relations between Honduras... Continue Reading →

Time Waits for No Man … But Don’t Underestimate Illinois Politics

  Baseball is one sporting event that doesn't use a clock to regulate the length of its games. Ironically, it was a clock that was very much at the heart of one of Baseball's most dramatic moments. The date was June 30, 1988. The Chicago White Sox wanted a new stadium to replace the run-down... Continue Reading →

Forget Playing with Pigskin; This Sport Really Gets Your Goat

If basketball or hockey isn't your thing, consider taking up the sport of buzkashi. Originating with the Turks and Mongols sometime between the 10th and 15th centuries, its name means "goat dragging." The name describes it well. Buzkashi games are played between horse-mounted players who compete to see who can drag a decapitated goat carcass... Continue Reading →

The Christmas Truce of 1914

  On Christmas Eve, 1914, many German and British troops sang Christmas carols to each other across the lines, and at certain points the Allied soldiers even heard brass bands joining the Germans in their joyous singing. At the first light of dawn on Christmas Day, some German soldiers emerged from their trenches and approached... Continue Reading →

Let’s Get Ready to Rumble Roll in the Dough

Michael Buffer is the best-known ring announcer for boxing and professional wrestling. He has appeared in more than 20 movies and television shows, such as Rocky V, Rocky Balboa, and Phineas and Ferb. His trademark phrase, "Let's get ready to rumble!" is literally trademarked. By selling the rights to this phrase to be used in... Continue Reading →

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