Officially called the “AFL-NFL World Championship Game”, the first Super Bowl match was little more than an inconsequential game between two bitter league foes, the established National Football League (NFL) and the younger American Football League (AFL).
The 1956 Summer Olympics featured Hungary versus the USSR in the water polo semi-finals, which became a metaphor for the struggle of political freedom.
In 1972, Georgetown basketball was in shambles. In came Francis Rienzo and John Thompson who would turn around the school's sports program and take the university to new heights, culminating in the 1984 NCAA national championship.
A century ago, eight members of the White Sox baseball team and a group of gamblers conspired to fix the 1919 World Series. Things got complicated and while the players escaped prosecution, they were banned for life from the game.
In 1961, a tragic air crash wiped out the entire U.S. national skating team as they were traveling to Europe for the World Championships. The golden period of ice skating was gone and America was forced to reconstitute a new team out of the ashes.
More than just tennis, Wimbledon represents tradition. From royalty, to white playing outfits, to strawberries and cream, the annual tennis tournament is associated with the best of the sport's heritage.
25 years ago, George Foreman, an ordained minister since 1978 and a different man from his early days in the ring, won his second world heavyweight title at a record age of 45.
In 1969, Honduras and El Salvador went to war over simmering social and economic tensions that were building up for years. However, it was a series of soccer games between the two countries that finally triggered the conflict.
Larry Bird and Magic Johnson were basketball rivals since their respective college teams went head-to-head at the 1979 NCAA Championship. Their on-court rivalry became an off-court friendship after the two had lunch one day while shooting a commercial.
Jesse Owens, the track & field athlete who became an overnight international celebrity after dispelling Adolf Hitler's myth of the Aryan race at the 1936 Olympics, was already a star before his trip to Berlin.
Industry insiders agree that thoroughbred racing in the U.S. today is in a “moral crisis”, but the sport has come a long way since the old scrappy betting days when even jockeys met death on the dirt.
Never finishing higher than 9th place in the 10-team National League, the 1969 Mets were a miracle story that still capture our imagination more than 50 years on.
There was a time when the Baltimore Orioles were the envy of major league baseball. More than just a winning team, they were a successful organization. It was called "The Oriole Way".
The Olympic are evolving with the times and next year's games in Tokyo will feature surfing, skateboarding, and wall climbing for the first time. Despite their appeal to a younger generation, none are guaranteed a permanent spot afterwards.
Ivan Abadjiev, a Bulgarian weightlifting coach, single-handedly changed the coventional thinking of competitive weightlifting during the 1960s and onwards. His proteges went on to win championships at all levels of international tournaments.
One of the most majestic golf courses in the entire world, Pebble Beach has hosted Hollywood celebrities and famous personalities as much as professional golfers. It has also caught the eye of real estate investors who locked horns with golf purists and preservationists.
Peyton Manning did more than just break records as one of the leading NFL quarterbacks of his generation. He changed the sports culture of a city from a traditional basketball-rooted town to a football fandom.
Before there was Jack Johnson in the boxing ring, or Jesse Owens on the running track, there was Major Taylor on the bicycle. Taylor was the first African-American sports champ in any sport.
It was the height of the sexual revolution and Billy Jean King wasn't going to let retired tennis player Bobby Riggs reverse the progress that she and the women's movement had achieved. But how was the mob involved?
A century ago, Major League Baseball banned the spitball, yet 17 players were still allowed to hurl the pitch until their retirement. The last one was Burleigh Grimes, who threw the last legal spitball in 1934.
England is the country that invented, codified, and spread the game of soccer. Yet the island nation has achieved only one World Cup victory. The year was 1966, and a remarkable group of players and a determined coach made it happen.
In 1991, the talented Lithuanian basketball team was desperate to make the trip to the 1992 Olympics, but they were strapped for cash. A most unlikely source came to their aid: the Grateful Dead.
In the 1980s and 1990s, Colombia was torn by drug violence. Yet in the midst of all this, soccer thrived and reached its golden age. The unlikely reason? Drug money that was poured into players, teams, and stadiums.
One was a notorious hustler and the other a respected champ. In 1978, billiards legends Minnesota Fats and Willie Mosconi faced off in front of the largest TV viewership ever for a pool match.
In 1965, Muhammad Ali and Sonny Liston faced off for the second time for the heavyweight title. Ali won the fight with a TKO in the first minutes of the first round. But speculation remains that Liston took a dive.