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23rd Apr '18 2:51:52 PM EDP
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* Surprisingly enough, cycling is rather serious in Italy-enough that Bartali's 1948 victory played a part in ''averting a civil war''.[[note]]tensions in Italy were high after Palmiro Togliatti, leader of the Communists Party, had been shot and was comatose, the country was on the brink of civil war, and then people calmed down when Bartali won three stages in a row, gaining enough time for Togliatti to wake up and calm everyone down[[/note]]
22nd Mar '18 7:36:18 AM darrenr
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*** "In my time at Liverpool we always said we had the best two teams in Merseyside, Liverpool and Liverpool reserves."
14th Mar '18 7:51:00 AM The_Pyro_Jawsome
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** Philly fans have thrown batteries at players, and ‘’booed Santa Claus.’’ They had a ‘’judicial court’’ under their stadium at one point, they were so bad.



*** On the flip side, they have such a large hatedom, it is almost hard to believe there is a single American who follows Football and does not care about them. Double both when they actually have a chance at winning something

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*** On the flip side, they have such a large hatedom, it is almost hard to believe there is a single American who follows Football and does not care about them. Double both when they actually have a chance at winning somethingsomething.
*** The fallout over a catch being declared incomplete costing them a chance at Super Bowl XLIX actually made a new rule. And then that rule was called into question when the Eagles won Super Bowl LII. One diehard fan had ‘Dez caught it’ in his epitaph.
3rd Mar '18 9:43:25 PM nombretomado
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** And then there was the controversy when former University of Southern California Trojans and current New Orleans Saints running back Reggie Bush, who had without a doubt the most electric season the year that he won the Heisman (had 2,600 all-purpose yards (rushing, receiving, returning, and passing), and 18 touchdowns (15 from rushing, two from receiving and one as a punt returner) and broke out runs of SportsCenter Top 10 Plays quality almost every game) was declared retroactively ineligible as a player for the year he won the award over accepting illegal benefits. Bush and USC airmailed both copies of the trophy they received back to the Heisman Trust, who decided not to declare a winner for 2005. But this didn't stop sports journalists from awarding former Texas Longhorns and Tennessee Titans quarterback Vince Young, who ironically tore Reggie's Trojans a new one in the 2006 Rose Bowl the next month to decide the national championship, the trophy. And to make things worse, [[UnPerson Reggie's name has been stricken from all record books that he is mentioned in, all awards he received that year were taken away, and any images or mentions of him in USC's athletic facilities have been removed.]]

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** And then there was the controversy when former University of Southern California Trojans and current New Orleans Saints running back Reggie Bush, who had without a doubt the most electric season the year that he won the Heisman (had 2,600 all-purpose yards (rushing, receiving, returning, and passing), and 18 touchdowns (15 from rushing, two from receiving and one as a punt returner) and broke out runs of SportsCenter ''Series/SportsCenter'' Top 10 Plays quality almost every game) was declared retroactively ineligible as a player for the year he won the award over accepting illegal benefits. Bush and USC airmailed both copies of the trophy they received back to the Heisman Trust, who decided not to declare a winner for 2005. But this didn't stop sports journalists from awarding former Texas Longhorns and Tennessee Titans quarterback Vince Young, who ironically tore Reggie's Trojans a new one in the 2006 Rose Bowl the next month to decide the national championship, the trophy. And to make things worse, [[UnPerson Reggie's name has been stricken from all record books that he is mentioned in, all awards he received that year were taken away, and any images or mentions of him in USC's athletic facilities have been removed.]]
6th Feb '18 6:35:28 PM dpisel01
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* Philadelphia...Good Lord, Philadelphia! The city is infamous nationwide for its fanatical, insanely devoted fanbase when it comes to sports, ESPECIALLY where their football team, the Eagles, is concerned. Public support for the Eagles can be seen everywhere in the city during football season. Eagles fans have been dubbed the meanest fans in America as well as the scariest and most intimidating. Every year there are multiple cases of sports-related violence and destruction of property. People will attack each other, especially opposing fans, break store windows, tip cars, and climb poles with such frequency that the city has had to grease them up to try and curb this behavior (it doesn't always work). And this can be whether the fans are angry about a loss, or giddy about celebrating a victory, the latter being most notable in the Eagles' victory in Super Bowl LII. And if you're foolish enough to put down the Philly teams or the sports they play for in front of a fan, well, it was nice knowing you.



* Surfing. In Polynesian culture, surfing has deep cultural and spiritual associations, and many surfers find it annoying when tourists treat it as a mere pastime. In Hawaii in particular, there are "locals only" beaches, and informal clubs and gangs that make sure they stay that way. In Southern California localism has even led to violence on occasion.

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* Surfing. In Polynesian culture, surfing has deep cultural and spiritual associations, and many surfers find it annoying when tourists treat it as a mere pastime.pastime, though this only makes the locals seem arrogant and ignorant of the fact that just because they associate it with spirituality doesn't mean tourists have to (it's perfectly reasonable to treat it as a pastime if you're not Polynesian). In Hawaii in particular, there are "locals only" beaches, and informal clubs and gangs that make sure they stay that way. In Southern California localism has even led to violence on occasion.
26th Nov '17 4:49:05 PM nombretomado
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* IceHockey. People who think Canadians are always polite and well-behaved have clearly never been in Vancouver during a Canucks game.

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* IceHockey.UsefulNotes/IceHockey. People who think Canadians are always polite and well-behaved have clearly never been in Vancouver during a Canucks game.
9th Jul '17 8:57:59 AM nombretomado
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* Australian UsefulNotes/{{cricket}} legend and WorldWarTwo fighter pilot Keith Miller put things into perspective when he was asked how he handled the pressure of international cricket. His reply: "Pressure? A Messerschmitt up your arse is pressure. Playing cricket is not."

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* Australian UsefulNotes/{{cricket}} legend and WorldWarTwo UsefulNotes/WorldWarII fighter pilot Keith Miller put things into perspective when he was asked how he handled the pressure of international cricket. His reply: "Pressure? A Messerschmitt up your arse is pressure. Playing cricket is not."
11th Jun '17 1:48:07 PM nombretomado
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** When Brazil lost the last and decisive match ([[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness there was no final]]) of the 1950 [[FIFAWorldCup FIFA World Cup]], two fans in the stadium committed suicide by throwing themselves off a stand.

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** When Brazil lost the last and decisive match ([[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness there was no final]]) of the 1950 [[FIFAWorldCup FIFA World Cup]], UsefulNotes/FIFAWorldCup, two fans in the stadium committed suicide by throwing themselves off a stand.
11th Jun '17 8:30:15 AM WillBGood
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* Keep the idea of "stadium justice" in mind when going to another team's arena to cheer for your team. If you cause trouble (and depending on who the opponent is, they ''will'' be unwelcoming!), you're going to be sorry, even the security will pick favors.

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* Keep the idea of "stadium justice" in mind when going to another team's arena to cheer for your team. If you cause trouble (and depending on who the opponent is, they ''will'' be unwelcoming!), you're going to be sorry, even the security will pick favors.favorites.
27th May '17 12:28:54 AM TerminusOmega13
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** During one of the recent matchups, the city of Ann Arbor sent their own police officers along to protect their fans in Columbus. **Legendary coach Woody Hayes reportedly went on a recruiting trip to Michigan with an assistant coach, who noted that they were about to run out of fuel. Woody was adamant that they would NOT fill up in Michigan or spend a dime there, and they had to coast across the state border, barely making it to the first gas station on the other side.

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** During one of the recent matchups, the city of Ann Arbor sent their own police officers along to protect their fans in Columbus. **Legendary
** Legendary
coach Woody Hayes reportedly went on a recruiting trip to Michigan with an assistant coach, who noted that they were about to run out of fuel. Woody was adamant that they would NOT fill up in Michigan or spend a dime there, and they had to coast across the state border, barely making it to the first gas station on the other side.
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