7 Sports Things That Still Don’t Make Sense
Sometimes, we get so caught up in the scores and standings of our favorite sports that we forget to take a step back and notice the sports world as a whole. Then again, there are plenty of things in sports history that still don’t make sense, and we’d still like someone to explain them to us.
Johnny Unitas was cut by the Steelers.
The Pittsburgh-born Unitas was drafted out of Louisville in the ninth round of the 1955 NFL Draft, but he was cut before the season started because they already had three other quarterbacks. Let it be noted: Ted Marchibroda (who went on to coach the Colts) was one of the QBs that beat Unitas out. Unitas, of course, is now an NFL Hall of Famer that held the NFL record (among many) for most consecutive games with a touchdown pass, until Drew Brees broke it in 2012.
The Raiders kept Marcus Allen just to spite him.
The Raiders kept an angry Marcus Allen on their team even after adding Bo Jackson (this was before NFL free agency). For four years, owner Al Davis kept the disgruntled Heisman winner on the Raiders, waiting until Jackson finished the baseball season each summer to come play football. They could have traded Allen for dozens of valuable pieces that could have put them over the top (they lost to Buffalo in the AFC Championship Game in the 1990 season).
ESPN still has Go.com in its URL.
Have you ever gone to Go.com? It’s all of Disney’s web properties, but it was created by a 13-year-old that just learned html.
The Utah Jazz.
This is an old one, of course, but with teams easily changing their names, why hasn’t Utah switched their mascot? If you could pick ONE music form to be the exact opposite of Utah, it would be jazz. It’s like other teams that might be named New York Cattle Farmers or the Miami Snowboarders. Can’t we just call them the Bobcats or Pelicans (returning Jazz to New Orleans) and make our lives easier?
JaMarcus Russell the No. 1 overall pick in 2007.
The Raiders set their franchise back a few years when they took the former LSU quarterback with the very first overall pick in the 2007 NFL Draft. You can’t really even fault the Raiders, considering Russell was considered the best player by most draft experts and other NFL teams that year. Yet, after three NFL seasons (7-18 record as a starter), the Raiders cut him – and he never played again (he was arrested on drug charges later). Meanwhile, in that same first round, Calvin Johnson, Joe Thomas, Adrian Peterson, Marshawn Lynch, Darrelle Revis, Jon Beason and Greg Olsen were drafted. In the first round alone!
The NBA rim still set at 10 feet.
The average height of an NBA player has gone up two inches since the early ‘70s. When Dr. James Naismith created this great game back in 1891, he set the rim height at 10 feet and it has never changed. The average height of a man back then was 5-foot-6, by the way.
The Braves won just one World Series during Bobby Cox tenure.
If a team was built mostly on offense, you can kind of understand how things would come apart once they reach the MLB Playoffs. But the Braves had great pitching staffs for most of those years, with Greg Maddux, John Smoltz and Tom Glavine as one of the best 1-2-3 pitching trios in the 20th century. From 1991 to 2005, they won the NL East and reached the playoffs every single season (minus the strike year), yet they only won the 1995 World Series.
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