Sports have an extremely rich and diverse history in the United States. Throughout time, sports have had the unique ability to instill distinctive memories in people that last a lifetime. With the sports calendar as it is today, it is almost impossible to keep track of all of the various occasions and moments that happen throughout the major sports on a daily basis. Some facts and events often become lost to the mind, fading away with time or blocked by more recent eccentricities. There have been many recent and interesting sport facts that people seem to forget, which may one day prove useful in future sports trivia games or arguments amongst friends at a bar.
3. Bo Jackson was an All-Star in Both the NFL and the MLB
Much like Michael Jordan and his quest for success in multiple sports, Bo Jackson was a successful NFL player who wished to transition to a new sport. Bo was known for his insane speed and quickness as well as his likable personality. His ability to dominant on the field and in the ballpark led multiple teams to express interest in acquiring him throughout the two sports. At the end of his career, Bo Jackson played for the Oakland Raiders as well as the Kansas City Royals, Chicago White Sox, and California Angels before calling it a career in 1994. However, most people don’t know that Bo Jackson was in fact not just a two-sport athlete, but an All-Star in both sports to boot.
Although Bo Jackson was known for his football abilities both in college football and in the pros, it is on the baseball diamond where Bo Jackson had the longer and more successful career. In fact, many sportswriters call Bo not being in the MLB Hall of Fame one of the biggest snubs in the league. Of course, Bo Jackson’s chances were most likely hurt by the fact that he decided to split his career among two different sports, but nonetheless his achievements are noteworthy in both the NFL and MLB. Specifically, his football achievements include a Heisman Trophy in 1985, a Pro Bowl appearance in 1990, a 1993 Comeback player of the year, and a 1999 College Football Hall of Fame induction. Bo’s baseball achievements include a 32 HR and 105 RBI season in 1989, and an all-star nomination in the same year. Without question, “Bo Knows” how to dominate the two sports.
2. Pittsburg is the Only US City that has Every Major Sports Team Wear the Same Color Scheme
Cities throughout America have a multitude of different sporting teams. Each team often defines the culture of the city and the people that support them. This sentiment rings absolutely true in Pittsburg, the city of steel complete with hard-nose and hard-working people. The major teams of Pittsburg are the Steelers, Penguins, and Pirates. Each has historically been known for its tremendous fan support and universal love throughout the city. Everywhere you go throughout Pittsburg, you will without a doubt see a logo of one of the three teams.
However, what people seem to forget or perhaps not even realize is that Pittsburg is the only US city that has each team and subsequent logo don the same Black and Gold colors. The colors come from the city’s flag, which in turn comes from the coat of arms of William Pitt, the prime minister of England in the 18th century for which the city is named after. Although the Penguins and Pirates have worn blue and white colors in the past, they eventually joined with the Steelers united in Black and Gold. Throughout the city, black and gold are prevalent almost everywhere you look, signaling the strength of the ties the teams have with the community. I guess it must be pretty difficult to differentiate yourself in a Pittsburg sports bar!
1. There is technically no 2004-2005 NCAA Football National BCS Champion
Everyone seems to remember the 2004-2005 USC Trojans as one of the most dominant teams in college football history. The team went 12-0 under quarterback Matt Leinart and NFL-caliber running back Reggie Bush. The team went on to face Oklahoma in the BCS National Championship game, which was played that year in the Orange Bowl in Miami Gardens, Florida. USC took a 38-10 lead into halftime, and never looked back on their way to a 55-19 routing. The team was so dominant that they set Orange Bowl Records for most points scored (55), most passing touchdowns (5, Matt Leinart), and most receiving touchdowns (3, Steve Smith) (REF)).
However, people forget that this team in fact had to vacate all of their wins this season, including the Orange Bowl National Championship win, because of ineligible player Reggie Bush. The NCAA ruled that Bush and his family had received improper benefits from outside parties, and ruled that the team did little to monitor and fix the situation. Not only did Bush lose out on his Heisman trophy and his team’s championship in 2005, but the entire USC program also faced sanctions of 30 lost scholarship players over 3 years. Without question, this was one of the harshest penalties the NCAA has ever handed down besides the infamous “Death Penalty” for SMU. Although the 2004 USC team was one of the most impressive teams to ever play the game, the record books will forever indicate otherwise.