Carmen Basilio (right) celebrates with his cornermen after knocking out Tony DeMarco (left) in the 12th round for the world welterweight title, Nov. 30, 1955
Eagles at Giants, Nov. 20, 1960 | Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Chuck Bednarik celebrates after laying out New York Giants running back Frank Gifford at Yankee Stadium. The hit forced Gifford to temporarily retire from football.
Even if they don’t want to admit it, most people have superstitions. “Step on a crack, break your momma’s back” has forced people to avoid cracks for the rest of their lives for fear of their mother breaking her back. It seems outrageous, but do you step on cracks if you can avoid it?
When you have a career as luck-driven as professional sports, you just have to lean into all of the superstitious mumbo-jumbo. Sure, all of the pre- and post-game rituals may seem silly, but would you really want to be responsible for letting your team down?
1. Les Miles has a habit of eating the turf of the field before the game and in high pressure situations. Miles claims that it helps him stay grounded and realize that he is just a small cog in a larger game. He wouldn’t admit anything otherwise, but he claims that the grass at LSU’s stadium tastes the best.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. is on top of the world. He is the world’s highest-paid athlete and is headed for the biggest payday of his career. New estimates show Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s payoff for fighting Manny Pacquiao could easily be $180 million. Unlike other super-rich athletes like Tiger Woods and Tom Brady, Floyd is not afraid to flaunt his wealth. He posts photos of himself and his money (literally, stacks of money) all the time, and they are unreal.
10. Rulon Gardner beats “The Unbeatable”
This wasn’t even a blip on anyone’s radar during the 2000 Summer Olympics. It was a foregone conclusion that Alexander Karelin was going to win gold in the heavyweight division of Greco-Roman wrestling. That was until Gardner, the big bear (now even bigger) from Afton, Wyo., stepped onto the mat and took down the internationally undefeated Russian to take home the gold. Karelin had been undefeated in 13 years of international competition and had lost only one wrestling match in his entire life — when he was 19 years old in the 1987 Soviet Championships.
Mike Tyson and his trainer, Cus D’Amato, before his first professional fight 3-6-1985
Manute Bol playing defense in 1984 (At 7 ft 7 in tall, he was one of the tallest men ever to play in the National Basketball Association)
Few things are as thrilling as witnessing two evenly-matched combatants battle it out for twelve rounds in the ring. Every so often the planets will align and two men will deliver a fight for the ages. It’s terrifying and exhilarating all at the same time. Here are ten of the best rounds to have ever have taken place in the history of boxing.
Diego Corrales vs Jose Luis Castillo Round 10
There’s something magical about the competition that a good sports match provides. No matter what sports you like it’s always exciting to see the teams you support take the field, because the thrill of not knowing whether they’ll win or lose is what makes the experience so great. However, there’s a depressing exception: if you were a supporter of one of the following teams, you knew to expect only ineptitude.
10. 2003 Detroit Tigers
Most terrible sports teams are expansion franchises, which is understandable; it’s tough for a brand new team to compete with established squads. But the 2003 Tigers had no such excuse when they went 43-119 in 2003, becoming the second worst modern baseball team in the process. At least the Tigers have company, because as you’ll see later they’re not the only franchise to embarrass Detroit.