20 Useless Facts to Help You Dominate Your Local Sports Bar Trivia Night

Did you know that the first Wimbledon tournament in 1877 was actually a fundraiser for croquet, not tennis? If you’re a fan of random trivia and want to win big at your local sports bar, then this guide is for you.

These 20 useless facts may not always be applicable to trivia nights, but they’ll definitely impress your friends and help you win some friendly wagers. Just keep in mind that results may vary depending on the types of questions and your competitors, as well as the amount of alcohol in your system.

For many people, sports are all about spouting off fun facts and random tidbits of knowledge. But instead of dismissing useless information, use it to your advantage and dominate your local sports bar trivia night.

Here are some examples of useless facts that could come in handy:

  • Alaska and Maine are the only two states in the US to never send a school to the NCAA basketball tournament held in March.
  • Three Olympic Games were held in countries that no longer exist: West Germany (1972), USSR (1980), and Yugoslavia (1984).
  • In 1896, winners at the first modern Olympics were awarded a silver medal and an olive branch, not gold, silver, and bronze.
  • The Pittsburgh Steelers and Philadelphia Eagles combined to become the Steagles in 1943 due to their decimated rosters during World War II.
  • The silhouette in the NBA logo is Jerry West, but no one knows for sure who the silhouette represents in the Major League Baseball logo.
  • Before each National Football League game, the home team has to provide the referee with 36 footballs, each inflated within a certain range.
  • Ken Griffey, Sr. and Ken Griffey, Jr. were the first father and son to ever hit back-to-back home runs in an MLB game.
  • Lee Corso, a former collegiate coach and current college football analyst, roomed with actor Burt Reynolds when both attended Florida State. Reynolds dropped out to pursue a career in Hollywood.
  • William Howard Taft was the first US President to throw out the ceremonial first pitch on MLB’s opening day in 1910.
  • Deion Sanders is the only person in the world who has hit an MLB home run and scored an NFL touchdown within seven days of each other.

So the next time you find yourself at a sports bar trivia night, remember these facts and impress your friends with your vast knowledge of useless information.

Chris Weinke from Florida State is the oldest Heisman trophy winner at the age of 28 in 2000. Before 1926, the World Series winning team received pocket watches or medallions instead of rings. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the creator of Sherlock Holmes, used to play as a goalie for AFC Portsmouth. In 1902, Barcelona defeated Madrid FC in their first-ever match. David Beckham played for Manchester United, Real Madrid, and LA Galaxy, but he ended his career with Paris Saint-Germain, which most people are unaware of. The first athlete to fail an Olympic drug test was Hans-Gunnar Liljenwall in 1968 due to beer in his system. The NCAA banned slam dunks from basketball contests between 1967 and 1976, leading to dull games with minimal skills. Babe Ruth, the baseball legend, coached as a first base coach for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1938. Finally, Brazil is the only country to participate in every World Cup from 1930 to 2018.

FAQ

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1. What is the most-watched sporting event in the world?

The most-watched sporting event in the world is the FIFA World Cup. It is estimated that over 3.5 billion people tuned in to watch the 2018 World Cup.

2. Who is the all-time leading scorer in NBA history?

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is the all-time leading scorer in NBA history with 38,387 points.

3. Which country has won the most Olympic gold medals?

The United States has won the most Olympic gold medals with a total of 1,127 as of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

4. Who won the first Super Bowl?

The Green Bay Packers won the first Super Bowl in 1967 by defeating the Kansas City Chiefs.

5. What is the fastest time ever recorded in the men’s 100m sprint?

The fastest time ever recorded in the men’s 100m sprint is 9.58 seconds by Usain Bolt of Jamaica.

6. Who holds the record for the most home runs in a single MLB season?

Barry Bonds holds the record for the most home runs in a single MLB season with 73 in 2001.

7. What is the nickname of the Manchester United football club?

The nickname of the Manchester United football club is “The Red Devils.”

8. Who is the only boxer to win world titles in eight different weight classes?

Manny Pacquiao is the only boxer to win world titles in eight different weight classes.

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