Sport has its own way of influencing and making an impression on people. Since the first sporting activities were introduced in 3000 B.C., they have been among the most popular sources of entertainment of people from all ages and walks of life. Sports events these days are held more formally than in the ancient times. They are governed by rules, held in vast fields and draw large crowds and audiences. The evolution of sports from a simple form of leisure to a competition that involves professional players has tremendously influenced modern popular culture. It is the reason why events such as these 25 most spectacular events in the history of sports are so important.
20. The Bob Beamon Long Jump
findingmanhood.wordpress.com Bob Beamon successfully set a World Record for his long jump measuring 29’2 Â½ inches during the Summer Olympics on October 18, 1968. He broke the existing record at that time by almost two feet. His jump labeled “The Perfect Jump” by journalist Dick Schaap) held the record for 23 years until it was broken in 1991.
15. Last Second Kickoff
www.seniorforums.com The college football game between the University of California Golden Bears and the Stanford University Cardinal on November 20, 1982 made history after a last-second kickoff return that led to the victory of the former. This wild game is considered as one of the most memorable college football games ever played in history.
10. Mike Tyson Bit off Holyfield’s Ear
www.magicelves.net One of the most controversial yet spectacular events in the history of sports was when boxer Mike Tyson bit off the ear of his opponent Evander Holyfield at the end of the third round. He removed a piece of the ear (which was actually found on the ring at the end of the fight…ouch!).
5. Chinese Yao Ming Joins NBA
au.ibtimes.com Yao Ming was the first international basketball player from China without any experience in a U.S. college basketball league who has ever been picked to play for the NBA. In 2002, he was chosen by Rockets to play because of his height which makes him a potential Hall of Famer. His enlistment in the NBA bridged the gap between the basketball association and China.
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