Racism has riddled sports for decades. Despite that fact, great strides have been made. There used to be separate leagues for different races, but now players of all races play together.
In 1902, Charles Follis became the first black professional football player. In 1936, much to Hitler’s chagrin, Jesse Owens took home four Olympic gold medals. In 1947, Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in baseball. And by 1961, the Washington Redskins became the last football team in America to integrate racially. But integration was just the first step.
There is still a lot of racism in sports, as evidenced by the recent Donald Sterling controversy. Players are still not [...]
The World Cup draws billions of viewers. The 2010 FIFA World Cup was watched by nearly half of the world’s population. So it’s no wonder that it is being used as a platform to showcase major technological advancements.
For starters, the ceremonial first kickoff will be made by a Brazilian paraplegic with the help of a mind-controlled human exoskeleton. This exoskeleton features a 3-D printed headpiece, sensors that monitor brain activity, and a battery-powered hydraulic suit that will aid the paralyzed person’s movements.
Goal line sensors will also help referees make better calls. This solar-powered sensor net will send information directly to a ref’s watch. Even [...]
Everyone has a team. Most have two, actually — the one they love, and the one they love to hate. Over the years a sports dynasty can build up quite a reputation based on the players and even the coach. Sometimes, win or lose, it’s all about the team colors and the way they look when you’re seeing red. Whether you want these teams to win or lose, these six sports dynasties are sure to inspire passion.Miami Heat
Miami Heat gets no respect — and rightfully so. In the past, they’ve been accused of buying the championship. Heat players are some of the highest paid ballers in the league. Forbes reports their valuation at $770 million, ranking them 7th for highest [...]