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19th Jun '16 8:14:19 PM Dialh
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** When [=LeBron=] returned to Cleveland four years later, Cleveland and its surroundings celebrated. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A_z0WCIzoPQ This is how the local sports radio station reported, and reacted to, the news.]]

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** When [=LeBron=] returned to Cleveland four years later, Cleveland and its surroundings celebrated. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A_z0WCIzoPQ [[http://deadspin.com/is-this-for-real-cleveland-media-react-live-on-air-1603647613 This is how the local sports radio station media reported, and reacted to, the news.]]
13th Jun '16 6:59:43 AM bwehehehe
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* Basketball and boxing are notoriously Serious Business in the Philippines. The Philippine Basketball Association, formed in 1975, is the second oldest professional basketball league in the ''world,'' only behind the NationalBasketballAssociation; the PBA came out from a league that started in the [[OlderThanTheyThink late 30s]]. It also helps that you can find a basketball court (full or half) on just about everywhere - from the streets to construction sites. Barangays (the smallest administrative unit in the country) are also known to hold basketball leagues every summer that draw in hundreds. "Multi-purpose halls," which are basically glorified basketball courts are the favorite projects of most city and town mayors, often [[ItsAllAboutMe bearing their name]] on the roof or on the backboards. That's how serious basketball is in this country; if it were a religion, it would easily upstage Roman Catholicism as the biggest one.
** In regards to the boxing part, a Manny Pacquiao fight is a surefire guarantee that crime rate in the entire country will drop to virtually ''zero.'' Yes, everyone loved to watch him so much that even lawless elements stop doing their business just to see Pacquiao fight in the ring.
9th May '16 11:23:03 AM ryanasaurus0077
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* Race relations are ''extremely serious business'' in the world of basketball. The NBA expelled one of its team owners[[note]]Donald Sterling, former owner of the Los Angeles Clippers[[/note]] for a racist rant towards his mistress that was recorded on audio and leaked by TMZ, and that's just one of his alleged crimes against race relations, but perhaps the most vicious of all as it directly threatened to undermine the NBA itself. Also, the usage of the old idiom "chink in the armor" as a headline on the ESPN website to refer to a slump being undergone by a Knicks player who just so happens to be Chinese-American[[note]]Jeremy Lin[[/note]] severely TARFU'd, if not outright FUBAR'd, the idiom's reputation (previously, the phrase had been used without controversy to refer to other sports-related slumps). The editor who committed that boner? Fired. It just goes to show how much of a champion the sport is in terms of race relations.
** The aforementioned expulsion led to a second team owner getting one step ahead of the NBA posse by selling his team.[[note]]Bruce Levenson of the Atlanta Hawks, after it came out that he had sent an internal office email expressing concern that white fans might be reluctant to attend games alongside too many black fans.[[/note]]

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* Race relations are ''extremely serious business'' in the world of basketball. The NBA expelled one of its team owners[[note]]Donald Sterling, former owner of the Los Angeles Clippers[[/note]] for a racist rant towards his mistress that was recorded on audio and leaked by TMZ, and that's just one of his alleged crimes against race relations, but perhaps the most vicious of all as it directly threatened to undermine the NBA itself. This ended up setting a precedent which resulted in another team owner[[note]]Bruce Levenson of the Atlanta Hawks[[/note]] voluntarily giving up control of his team after it came out that he had sent an internal office email expressing concern that white fans might be reluctant to attend games alongside too many black fans. Also, the usage of the old idiom "chink in the armor" as a headline on the ESPN website to refer to a slump being undergone by a Knicks player who just so happens to be Chinese-American[[note]]Jeremy Lin[[/note]] severely TARFU'd, if not outright FUBAR'd, the idiom's reputation (previously, the phrase had been used without controversy to refer to other sports-related slumps). The editor who committed that boner? Fired. It just goes to show how much of a champion the sport is in terms of race relations.
** The aforementioned expulsion led to a second team owner getting one step ahead of the NBA posse by selling his team.[[note]]Bruce Levenson of the Atlanta Hawks, after it came out that he had sent an internal office email expressing concern that white fans might be reluctant to attend games alongside too many black fans.[[/note]]
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8th May '16 10:25:16 PM KYCubbie
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** In 1997, Tom Osborne retired from the position of head coach of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (The Cornhuskers) football team. That single story took over the ''entire front page'' of most newspapers in Nebraska, plus large chunks of the rest of the news sections, plus a good chunk of the sports sections. OK, the guy had been head coach for 25 years, but come on people, priorities?
*** And then he became a state senator. At one point a lot of people were hoping he'd run for governor as well. Subsequent head coaches have been summarily fired for not quite measuring up. In Nebraska, Tom Osborne is approximately on a level with ''Jesus'' in terms of general popularity.

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** In 1997, Tom Osborne retired from the position of head coach of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Nebraska–Lincoln (The Cornhuskers) football team. That single story took over the ''entire front page'' of most newspapers in Nebraska, plus large chunks of the rest of the news sections, plus a good chunk of the sports sections. OK, the guy had been head coach for 25 years, but come on people, priorities?
*** And then he became a state senator.senator, and later a U.S. Representative. At one point a lot of people were hoping he'd run for governor as well. Subsequent head coaches have been summarily fired for not quite measuring up. In Nebraska, Tom Osborne is approximately on a level with ''Jesus'' in terms of general popularity.



** And in 2012, a U.S. Representative who was a diehard Carolina fan said, "I have said very publicly that if Duke was playing against the Taliban, then I'd have to pull for the Taliban."[[note]]He had already decided not to run for re-election.[[/note]]



* While on the topic of college basketball, can we point out how serious of a business it is when it comes to the University of Kentucky? The Men's College Basketball Team is considered the uniting factor of the state. When the team was having a subpar (for their standards) season, the President of the University was said to be feeling the hot seat because the coach wasn't fired. Attack ads in the Republican Senatorial campaign were created because one candidate claimed to be a Duke fan over a UK fan.

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* While on the topic of college basketball, can we point out how serious of a business it is when it comes to the University of Kentucky? The Men's College Basketball Team is considered the uniting factor of the state.state (at least outside Jefferson County, where loyalties are divided between UK and the local University of Louisville). When the team was having a subpar (for their standards) season, the President of the University was said to be feeling the hot seat because the coach wasn't fired. Attack ads in the Republican Senatorial campaign were created because one candidate claimed to be a Duke fan over a UK fan.



** The CFL is especially important in Saskatchewan, mainly because we don't have a hockey team to root for. 65% of CFL gear sold is Rider gear... and God help you if you like the Winnepeg Blue Bombers
* Currently, in Turkey, mentioning the victory of Besiktas against Fenerbahce is a possible threat to your perpetual well-being. You have been warned.

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** The CFL is especially important in Saskatchewan, mainly because we don't have a hockey team to root for. 65% of CFL gear sold is Rider gear... and God help you if you like the Winnepeg Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Bombers!
* Currently, in Turkey, mentioning the victory of Besiktas Beşiktaş against Fenerbahce Fenerbahçe is a possible threat to your perpetual well-being. You have been warned.



** The hype is rarely if ever lived up to. The aforementioned draft expert Mel Kiper, Jr. and dozens of others said to be in the know praised [=JaMarcus=] Russell as "John Elway-like" and fully expected him to throw up huge numbers in the NFL. Russell actually did get drafted first, but... let's just say all those experts have quite a bit of egg on their face; Russell is likely to be remembered as the single biggest draft bust in NFL history, never performing with even moderate skill in spite of his illustrious college career. Conversely, one of the most enduring and successful NFL stars of the last decade, Tom Brady, was a ''sixth round'' pick.
* The Heisman Award. There is no award in college football that is more utterly meaningless in every way imaginable, and that includes the BCS Championship. Yet every year, there are massive campaigns, a lavish awards ceremony, and firestorms of controversy over who won and who didn't. We even find out who finished second and third, for crying out loud!
** And then there was the controversy when former University of Southern California Trojans and current New Orleans Saints runningback 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, recieving, returning, and passing), and 18 touchdowns (15 from rushing, two from recieving 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 current 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 recieved that year were taken away, and any images or mentions of him in USC's athletic facilities have been removed.]]
* The President of France is personally holding an inquest into the French football team's failure to progress past the first round of the FIFA World Cup... the sports minister is on record as saying that "those responsible for this disaster must accept the consequences, first the players, then the team management and after them the football federation," amid whispered campaigns by players that the French people "need to know the truth" of what happened at the camp.

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** The hype is rarely if ever lived up to. The aforementioned draft expert Mel Kiper, Jr. and dozens of others said to be in the know praised [=JaMarcus=] Russell as "John Elway-like" and fully expected him to throw up huge numbers in the NFL. Russell actually did get drafted first, but... let's just say all those experts have quite a bit of egg on their face; Russell is likely to be remembered as the single biggest draft bust in NFL history, never performing with even moderate skill in spite of his illustrious college career. Conversely, one of the most enduring and successful NFL stars of the last decade, Tom Brady, Creator/TomBrady, was a ''sixth round'' pick.
* The Heisman Award. Trophy. There is no award in college football that is more utterly meaningless in every way imaginable, and that includes the BCS Championship.[[OverlyLongName College Football Playoff National Championship]]. Yet every year, there are massive campaigns, a lavish awards ceremony, and firestorms of controversy over who won and who didn't. We even find out who finished second and third, for crying out loud!
** And then there was the controversy when former University of Southern California Trojans and current New Orleans Saints runningback 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, recieving, receiving, returning, and passing), and 18 touchdowns (15 from rushing, two from recieving 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 current 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 recieved received that year were taken away, and any images or mentions of him in USC's athletic facilities have been removed.]]
* The President of France is personally holding held an inquest into the French football team's failure to progress past the first round of the 2010 FIFA World Cup... the sports minister is was on record as saying that "those responsible for this disaster must accept the consequences, first the players, then the team management and after them the football federation," amid whispered campaigns by players that the French people "need to know the truth" of what happened at the camp.



*** This has since been redacted because - get this - FIFA (the world's governing body for the sport) threatened suspension of Nigeria's team from FIFA because the above constituted government interference of the country's program.

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*** This has since been redacted reversed because - get this - FIFA (the world's governing body for the sport) threatened suspension of Nigeria's team from FIFA because the above constituted government interference of in the country's program.



* UsefulNotes/AssociationFootball/Soccer vs [[UsefulNotes/AmericanFootball American Football]] [[AmericansHateTingle debates]] are very serious at least on the internet. Both sides [[strike:are rather respectful in their debate and employ eloquent and well-researched arguments]] have {{Flame War}}s about each others favored "football" with complete FanDumb behavior and absolutely pathetic and not researched arguments to why their sport is better. It would be easier if both sides just said "I just don't like that other football" and be on with it, but that's why it's here in the first place. Calling the former sport ''soccer'' is a BerserkButton to Association Football fans. Ironically, in a research mistake by these two sides, [[AwfulTruth the word was actually coined by a Brit and not an American]].

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* UsefulNotes/AssociationFootball/Soccer vs [[UsefulNotes/AmericanFootball American Football]] [[AmericansHateTingle debates]] are very serious at least on the internet. Both sides [[strike:are rather respectful in their debate and employ eloquent and well-researched arguments]] have {{Flame War}}s about each others other's favored "football" with complete FanDumb behavior and absolutely pathetic and not researched arguments to why their sport is better. It would be easier if both sides just said "I just don't like that other football" and be on with it, but that's why it's here in the first place. Calling the former sport ''soccer'' is a BerserkButton to Association Football fans. Ironically, in a research mistake by these two sides, [[AwfulTruth the word was actually coined by a Brit and not an American]].



* In Puerto Rico, Female volleyball is serious business. Boxing too.

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* In Puerto Rico, Female women's volleyball is serious business. Boxing too.



* In many parts of the South, the Holy Trinity is God, Jesus and Dale Earnhardt.

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* In many parts of the South, the Holy Trinity is God, Jesus and Dale Earnhardt.Creator/DaleEarnhardt.



* Race relations are ''extremely serious business'' in the world of basketball. The NBA is in the process of expelling one of its team owners for a racist rant towards his mistress that was recorded on audio and leaked by TMZ, and that's just one of his alleged crimes against race relations, but perhaps the most vicious of all as it directly threatened to undermine the NBA itself. Also, the usage of the old idiom "chink in the armor" as a headline on the ESPN website to refer to a slump being undergone by a Knicks player who just so happens to be Chinese-American severely TARFU'd, if not outright FUBAR'd, the idiom's reputation (previously, the phrase had been used without controversy to refer to other sports-related slumps). The editor who committed that boner? Fired. It just goes to show how much of a champion the sport is in terms of race relations.
* In FlyoverCountry, High School Football is treated with the same intensity as the Superbowl. Seriously. Insult your home team? Congrats, you just committed suicide by mob.

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* Race relations are ''extremely serious business'' in the world of basketball. The NBA is in the process of expelling expelled one of its team owners owners[[note]]Donald Sterling, former owner of the Los Angeles Clippers[[/note]] for a racist rant towards his mistress that was recorded on audio and leaked by TMZ, and that's just one of his alleged crimes against race relations, but perhaps the most vicious of all as it directly threatened to undermine the NBA itself. Also, the usage of the old idiom "chink in the armor" as a headline on the ESPN website to refer to a slump being undergone by a Knicks player who just so happens to be Chinese-American Chinese-American[[note]]Jeremy Lin[[/note]] severely TARFU'd, if not outright FUBAR'd, the idiom's reputation (previously, the phrase had been used without controversy to refer to other sports-related slumps). The editor who committed that boner? Fired. It just goes to show how much of a champion the sport is in terms of race relations.
** The aforementioned expulsion led to a second team owner getting one step ahead of the NBA posse by selling his team.[[note]]Bruce Levenson of the Atlanta Hawks, after it came out that he had sent an internal office email expressing concern that white fans might be reluctant to attend games alongside too many black fans.[[/note]]
* In FlyoverCountry, High School Football is treated with the same intensity as the Superbowl.Super Bowl. Seriously. Insult your home team? Congrats, you just committed suicide by mob. Take that UpToEleven in Texas.



* In Europe, especially the Nordic countries and Germany, Handball is extremely popular. As Germany is one of the biggest markets, the world governing body for Handball ''changed their own rules'' to allow Germany to participate in the world cup even though it had not qualified. Go to Schleswig-Holstein (the northernmost state of Germany) and go to a Handball game, Serious Business indeed.

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* In Europe, especially the Nordic countries and Germany, Handball is extremely popular. As Germany is one of the biggest markets, the world governing body for Handball ''changed their own rules'' to allow Germany to participate in the world cup even though it had not qualified. Go to Schleswig-Holstein (the northernmost state of Germany) and go to a Handball game, game. Serious Business indeed.
8th May '16 10:02:46 PM KYCubbie
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** In New Jersey, where Lombardi used to coach the New York Giants, the only thing named after him is a rest stop on the New Jersey Turnpike.

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** In New Jersey, where Lombardi used to coach the New York Giants, the first NFL team that Lombardi coached, now plays, the only thing named after him is a rest stop on the New Jersey Turnpike.Turnpike. Actually not all that surprising; Lombardi was from Brooklyn, and the Giants didn't play in New Jersey during Lombardi's lifetime.



* Bengals wide receiver Chad Johnson (or at least he was Chad Johnson) recently legally changed his last name to "Ocho Cinco," his nickname, just so he could put it on the back of his jersey. This despite that "ocho cinco" means "eight five"; "ochenta y cinco" is eighty-five. It was also mostly due to his ego.
* UsefulNotes/CollegiateAmericanFootball is a religion in many, many parts of the United States. The greatest rivalry in all of sports, according to ESPN, is [[http://espn.go.com/endofcentury/s/other/bestrivalries.html that]] between the Ohio State University and the UsefulNotes/UniversityOfMichigan. Other college blood feuds include Alabama/Auburn, Florida/Florida State, North Carolina/Duke, Oklahoma/Texas, Georgia/Georgia Tech, Notre Dame/USC, and Army/Navy.

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* Bengals wide receiver Chad Johnson (or at least he was Chad Johnson) recently legally changed his last name to "Ocho Cinco," his nickname, just so he could put it on the back of his jersey. This despite that "ocho cinco" means "eight five"; "ochenta y cinco" is eighty-five. It was also mostly due to his ego.
ego. He later changed his last name again... back to Johnson.
* UsefulNotes/CollegiateAmericanFootball is a religion in many, many parts of the United States. The greatest rivalry in all of sports, according to ESPN, is [[http://espn.go.com/endofcentury/s/other/bestrivalries.html that]] between the Ohio State University and the UsefulNotes/UniversityOfMichigan. Other college blood feuds include Alabama/Auburn, Florida/Florida State, North Carolina/Duke, Oklahoma/Texas, Georgia/Georgia Tech, Notre Dame/USC, and Army/Navy.Army/Navy. North Carolina/Duke and Kentucky/Louisville, while hard-fought on the football field, are far better-known (and more intense) in men's basketball.



** The Iron Bowl has always been huge in the state of Alabama, but when you add to it SEC (and even BCS) Title implications? [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_uT_3JbGX1w You get the 2013 Iron Bowl]] (Entire game is posted). We do not exaggerate when we say that the state infrastructure ''shut down'' to watch the game, and it lived up to every bit of the hype.

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** The Iron Bowl has always been huge in the state of Alabama, but when you add to it SEC (and even BCS) Title national) title implications? [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_uT_3JbGX1w You get the 2013 Iron Bowl]] (Entire game is posted). We do not exaggerate when we say that the state infrastructure ''shut down'' to watch the game, and it lived up to every bit of the hype.
4th Apr '16 1:35:35 PM Jhonny
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* In Europe, especially the Nordic countries and Germany, Handball is extremely popular. As Germany is one of the biggest markets, the world governing body for Handball ''changed their own rules'' to allow Germany to participate even though it had not qualified. Go to Schleswig-Holstein (the northernmost state of Germany) and go to a Handball game, Serious Business indeed.

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* In Europe, especially the Nordic countries and Germany, Handball is extremely popular. As Germany is one of the biggest markets, the world governing body for Handball ''changed their own rules'' to allow Germany to participate in the world cup even though it had not qualified. Go to Schleswig-Holstein (the northernmost state of Germany) and go to a Handball game, Serious Business indeed.
26th Mar '16 9:53:12 AM nombretomado
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* Australian {{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 {{cricket}} 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."
24th Mar '16 10:09:26 AM DarkPhoenix94
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** Unsurprisingly, the Liverpool-Manchester United derby (considered the counterpart of Spain's El Clasico between Barcelona and Real Madrid) has been nicknamed 'El Vitriol', and it is aptly named. Unlike the more local Liverpool-Everton and (to an extent) the Manchester United-Manchester City derbies, there's no family ties among the supporters and the reaction of the two to one another is best described as vitriolic and/or pure hatred. Despite the recent decline in both sides fortunes, it is still one of the most fiercely contested match-ups in world football, watched by hundreds of millions of fans worldwide.
24th Mar '16 10:02:48 AM DarkPhoenix94
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*** In the semi-final of the European Championship the Italian football team defeated Germany 2-1. Fans have openly quoted the ''Bollettino della Vittoria'', the ''war bullettin announcing the victory in WorldWarI''. It happens pretty much '''every single time an Italian team wins an high profile match against a foreign one'''.
*** In the 2002 World Cup, the Italian national team was eliminated in the Round of 16 by South Korea, in no small part thanks to bad officiation from referee [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Byron_Moreno Byron Moreno]] (later suspended by the Equadorian football association and investigated on charges of favoritism and even falsification of a report in a match between the Liga Deportiva Universitaria de Quito[[note]]at the time Moreno was a candidate in imminent elections for Quito's city council[[/note]] and the Barcelona). South Korean player Ahn Jung-hwan, who scored the decisive goal and at the time played for the Italian team Perugia A.C., was kicked out of the team, and Moreno was invited in Italy specifically to get booed and hit with rotten eggs and dedicated a song chanting for his death and the public toilets of an Italian town.
* Up until the early 1990's, English football fans were [[FootballHooligans infamous for rioting]] which combined with high fences, culminated in the Heysel Disaster of 1985 in which 39 Juventus fans were killed (resulting in the ban of English teams from European competition for five years) and the Hillsborough disaster, in which ''96'' Liverpool fans were killed, with the [[TearJerker youngest victim, Jon-Paul Gilhooley, being only nine years old.]] He was also the cousin of a little boy who grew up to become legendary Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard, [[HeartWarming who later said in his autobiography that he plays for Jon-Paul]]. The latter, however, can mainly be blamed on poor policing. The ''Sun'' newspaper responded by viciously slandering Liverpool fans, alleging that they looted and pissed on the dead. To this day, despite several apologies of dubious sincerity, the Sun sells very few papers in Liverpool. Over twenty years after the disaster, a documentary proved that you can't even give it away.
** Even these days, football rivalries are taken ''very'' seriously, with derby games such as Liverpool vs Everton/Manchester United, Arsenal vs Tottenham/Manchester United, Manchester City vs [[RuleOfThree Manchester]] [[RunningGag United]], Sunderland vs Newcastle and Aston Villa vs Birmingham City tend to be scrappy affairs - Liverpool vs Everton, the Merseyside Derby, has yielded the most red cards in Premier League history, for instance, and heavily policed [[note]] It should be noted that as 'the Friendly Derby'. it is one of the few derbies that doesn't enforce total fan segregation and the crowds tend to be relatively well-behaved, since there are usually members of the same family supporting both sides. As recently as the FA Cup Final of 1984, both groups of fans freely mingled, chanting 'Merseyside, Merseyside' and despite the uptick in rivalry, as recently as 2002, a player called Abel Xavier moved from one team to the other and played for Everton in the first derby, then Liverpool in the return match. Astonishingly, he is still alive today. [[/note]]. Wearing the wrong shirt in the wrong stand, for instance, is pretty much a suicide note. And let's not even discuss Millwall [[HateSink 'No one likes us, we don't care']] FC...

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*** In the semi-final of the European Championship the Italian football team defeated Germany 2-1. Fans have openly quoted the ''Bollettino della Vittoria'', the ''war bullettin bulletin announcing the victory in WorldWarI''. It happens pretty much '''every single time an Italian team wins an high profile match against a foreign one'''.
*** In the 2002 World Cup, the Italian national team was eliminated in the Round of 16 by South Korea, in no small part thanks to bad officiation from referee [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Byron_Moreno Byron Moreno]] (later suspended by the Equadorian football association and investigated on charges of favoritism and even falsification of a report in a match between the Liga Deportiva Universitaria de Quito[[note]]at the time Moreno was a candidate in imminent elections for Quito's city council[[/note]] and the Barcelona). South Korean player Ahn Jung-hwan, who scored the decisive goal and at the time played for the Italian team Perugia A.C., was kicked out of the team, and Moreno was invited in to Italy specifically to get booed and hit with rotten eggs and dedicated a song chanting for his death and the public toilets of an Italian town.
* Up until the early 1990's, English football fans were [[FootballHooligans infamous for rioting]] rioting]], to the point where individual teams had 'firms' of hooligans, which essentially engaged in gang warfare. This behaviour, combined with high fences, fences to keep fans off the pitch and standing areas, culminated in the Heysel Disaster of 1985 in which 39 Juventus fans were killed (resulting in the ban of English teams from European competition for five years) and the Hillsborough disaster, in which ''96'' Liverpool fans were killed, with the [[TearJerker youngest victim, Jon-Paul Gilhooley, being only nine years old.]] He was also the cousin of a little boy who grew up to become legendary Liverpool and England captain Steven Gerrard, [[HeartWarming [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming who later said in his autobiography that he plays for Jon-Paul]]. The latter, however, can mainly be blamed on poor policing.policing and the police attempted to pass the buck to the fans with the support of the Thatcher government. The ''Sun'' newspaper responded by viciously slandering Liverpool fans, alleging that they looted and pissed on the dead. To this day, despite several apologies of dubious sincerity, the Sun ''Sun'' sells very few papers in Liverpool. Over twenty years after the disaster, a documentary proved that you can't even give it away.
** Even these days, football rivalries are taken ''very'' seriously, with derby games such as Liverpool vs Everton/Manchester United, Arsenal vs Tottenham/Manchester United, Manchester City vs [[RuleOfThree Manchester]] [[RunningGag United]], Sunderland vs Newcastle and Aston Villa vs Birmingham City capable of making or breaking a player or manager's career. Accordingly, they tend to be scrappy affairs - Liverpool vs Everton, the Merseyside Derby, has yielded the most red cards in Premier League history, for instance, and heavily policed [[note]] It policed. Perversely, it should be noted that as 'the Friendly Derby'. Derby', as it used to be known, it is also one of the few derbies that doesn't enforce total fan segregation and the crowds tend to be relatively well-behaved, since there are usually members of the same family supporting both sides. As recently as the FA Cup Final of 1984, both groups of fans freely mingled, chanting 'Merseyside, Merseyside' and despite 'Are you watching Manchester?'. Despite the uptick in recent intensifying of the rivalry, as recently as 2002, a player called Abel Xavier moved from one team to the other and played in the middle of the season, playing for Everton in the first derby, then Liverpool in the return match. Astonishingly, he is still alive today. [[/note]]. Wearing With that notable exception out of the way, wearing the wrong shirt in the wrong stand, for instance, is pretty much a suicide note. And let's not even discuss Millwall [[HateSink 'No one likes us, we don't care']] FC...FC...
** Connected to above, mocking the Hillsborough Disaster tends to get a horrified DudeNotFunny reaction from almost every team in the League, save a small minority of Manchester United fans that enjoy bringing it up every other match or so. To take one example, before the second leg of a Europa League match at Old Trafford (United's home stadium) which Liverpool were going into as favourites following a decisive win at Anfield the previous week, a Hillsborough themed banner was hung on a bridge crossing over the main road from Liverpool to Manchester. It was accompanied by vile chants of 'the ''Sun'' was right, you're murderers'. This wasn't back in the bad old days of the late 80's/early 90's. This was in ''March 2016.''
* Russian fans are infamous for violence and racism, with black players frequently being on the receiving end of monkey chants. In fact, they're so bad that this was brought up as a reason why Russia shouldn't be awarded the 2018 World Cup by FIFA. [[CorruptCorporateExecutive FIFA's non-existent ethics policy, however, meant that this cut no ice.]]
** Spanish fans are less violent, but still fairly racist - Barcelona fullback Dani Alves, a black Brazilian, had a banana thrown at him. In a CrowningMomentOfAwesome, he picked it up, peeled it, and took a bite, before chucking it off the pitch.
*** The notably vicious Barcelona-Madrid rivalry, culminating in the 'El Clasico' derbies watched by hundreds of millions worldwide, is rooted in what can be politely called political disputes going back decades or, arguably, centuries. Barcelona FC are based in the city of Barcelona, de facto capital of Catalonia, a part of Spain with its own language and fearsomely independent identity (it frequently attempts to secede, for one thing). Real Madrid is based in Madrid, capital of Spain as a whole and the region of Castile, which ended up dominating the rest, and was also the favoured club of military dictator Francisco Franco, who ruled until his death in 1975, and therefore seen as a tool of his regime and representative of his harsh repressive measures taken against the Catalonian language and identity. In this context, it is perhaps unsurprising that Portuguese winger Luis Figo, who moved from Barcelona to Real Madrid, had a pig's head thrown at him on his first return to Barcelona.



* The Welsh treat rugby and rugby players with a similar reverence, with football coming a very distant second to rugby in the otherwise football mad British Isles (though this might be changing, somewhat, with the unexpected recent success of the Wales football team). and while Wales isn't quite as successful as New Zealand, they are almost always considered to be contenders for the Six Nations title (a competition comprised of England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, France and Italy, generally considered to be the best teams in the northern hemisphere) and are frequent winners of [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome the Grand Slam, achieved only by beating every other team in the Six Nations, including 2003 World Cup Winners and 2007 Finalists England, France and Ireland]].

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* The Welsh treat rugby and rugby players with a similar reverence, with football coming a very distant second to rugby in the otherwise football mad British Isles (though this might be changing, somewhat, with the unexpected recent success of the Wales football team). and team, which broke into the top 10 of the World Rankings in October 2015). And while Wales isn't quite as absurdly successful as New Zealand, they are almost always considered to be contenders for the Six Nations title (a [[note]] The Six Nations is an annual competition comprised of England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, France [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg and Italy, Italy]], generally considered to be the best teams in the northern hemisphere) hemisphere - though Italy, while much improved, [[ButtMonkey is still considered to be an opportunity to rack up the points by the other teams]] [[/note]] and are frequent winners of [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome the Grand Slam, achieved only by beating every other team in the Six Nations, including 2003 World Cup Winners and 2007 Finalists England, 2011 Finalists France and Ireland]].Ireland]], being the most frequent winners in the 21st century.
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** When [=LeBron=] returned to Cleveland four years later, Cleveland and its surroundings celebrated. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A_z0WCIzoPQ This is how the local sports radio station reported, and reacted to, the news.]]
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