Fun Fact Friday

Fun facts (that you probably didn't know) about sports! 


-Baseballs were originally made from the foreskins of horses.


-Studies show high school tennis players score significantly lower on math tests, it is assumed because of the sport’s illogical 15–30–40 scoring system.


-The NCAA required college football players to study during halftime until 1925.


-Tug of War was an Olympic event between 1900-1920


-At 120 miles per hour, a Formula One car generates so much downforce that it can drive upside down on the roof of a tunnel.


-The first woman to reach the top of Mount Everest was Junko Tabei on May 16, 1975 as part of the Ladies Climbing Club Japan.


-Soviet gymnast Larissa Latynina holds the record for the most Olympic medals ever won. She competed in three Olympic Games, between 1956 and 1964, winning 18 medals in gymnastics.


-Sports have the biggest television audiences, the most popular being the summer Olympics, World Cup Football and Formula One racing.


-Boxing was recognized as a legal sport in 1901.


-Despite running about three hours, actual playing time in a Major League Baseball game is under 18 minutes.


-The Phillippines have competed in the most summer Olympics (20) without winning a single gold medal. 


-An incomplete forward pass in football used to earn teams a 15-yard penalty. 


-NFL refs also receive Super Bowl rings. They're not as large or impressive as the rings received by the players, but all referees who officiate the Super Bowl get a serious piece of bling to commemorate the day.