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Marathon Runner Attacked at Athens Olympics – August 29, 2004

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Olympic Marathon 2004 Athens, leader is taken out by deranged protester

Olympic Marathon 2004 Athens, leader is taken out by deranged protester
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Wack-Job pushes the leader off the course. He manages to finish the race in third place.

At the 22-mile mark of the 26.2 mile race, Brazilian marathon runner Vanderlei de Lima looked like he was cruising toward the gold medal, when a deranged, defrocked priest from Ireland, adorned in a red kilt and green knee socks, ran out onto the course and pushed de Lima off to the sideline. It took de Lima 15 seconds to get back into the race, and it probably cost him the gold medal.

Miraculously, the Brazilian was able to finish the race and win the bronze medal. De Lima also was awarded the 2004 Pierre de Coubertin (founder of the International Olympic Committee) Award for Sportsmanship.

Appeal Denied

Notwithstanding having won the sportsmanship award, De Lima appealed to the Court of Arbitration of Sport and asked them to award a gold medal to him. (He asked them to award a second gold medal rather than take away the medals that were given to the first and second place finishers.) His appeal was denied.

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Arnold Palmer Wins The Amateur – August 28, 1954

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Arnold Palmer Wins Amateur 1954

Arnold Palmer Wins Amateur 1954

If you wanted to give it a touch of Hollywood coloration—and to do so proved irresistible to a large number of the spectators gathered for the event at the Country Club of Detroit—the final match of the 54th annual United States Amateur championship was a scenario writer’s dream come true: it brought together “a graying millionaire playboy who is a celebrity on two continents” and a “tanned, muscular young salesman from Cleveland who literally grew up on a golf course” and pitted them against each other in a “battle of the classes.” read more SI.com

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Lebron was Le Bronze – August 27, 2004

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Lebronze
A nickname NBA player Lebron James got after Team USA failed to win a gold medal at the 2004 Olympics.

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ATHENS — The reasons are aplenty, some legitimate, some exaggerated and others simply imagined, but the reality of the situation is chilling — a group of top NBA stars, albeit, not the very top, but still among the best — lost three games at the Olympics and isn’t even in the gold medal game.
The United States is no longer the invincible basketball power it once was. The world’s best players might be in the NBA, but the best team, for right now, at least, is Argentina.
Read more: USA Today

The U.S. men’s basketball team, hurriedly assembled and seriously flawed, was beaten with surprising ease yesterday by the more experienced, more cohesive Argentines, 89-81, in an Olympic semifinal.
The U.S. men’s basketball team, hurriedly assembled and seriously flawed, was beaten with surprising ease yesterday by the more experienced, more cohesive Argentines, 89-81, in an Olympic semifinal.

When, after being engulfed by the victors’ joyful postgame explosion, the Americans walked off the Olympic Indoor Arena court in a long, sad line, they were guaranteed an ignoble spot in U.S. Olympic history.
Read more: Philly.com

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Rickey Henderson Breaks Season Stolen Base Record – August 27, 1982

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Rickey Henderson picked up his 119th stolen base of the season on August 27, 1982. The record had previously belonged to Lou Brock. Brock stole 118 bases in 1974. Henderson would go on to steal another 11 bases before the end of the 1982 season, bringing his total up to 130. Henderson’s mark still has a few years to go before it surpasses Ty Cobb’s “longevity record.” Cobb stole 96 bases during the 1915 season, a record which stood 47 years until Maury Wills finally broke it in 1962. Wills stole 104 bases that year.

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Munich Olympics Open – August 26, 1972

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The Munich Olympics opened on August 26, 1972.
The following day, Shirley Povitch wrote in the Washington Post:

It was a smashing effort by the opulent city-state of Munich, only seven miles from the Dachau of foul memory, to compensate for Germany’s remembered sins of that era. For the crowd of 80,000 in Olympische Stadion and almost one billion television viewers around the world, Munich wheeled out its best Bavarian manners, and Gemutlichkeit was rampant. Peace, love and joy were the motif of the ceremonies. From on high in Bonn descended the order to stomp any military note, and even army officers detailed to help with the administration had orders to wear civilian clothes. After the parades, 3,200 boys and girls of Munich, aged 10-14, serenaded the 7,000 athletes before the Olympic flame was lighted. This was a switch from 1936 when thousands of Hitler Youth, shouting the glories of Nazi Germany, attended the Olympics in Berlin, and 40,000 helmeted storm troopers lined an avenue for the entrance of their Fuehrer. The Germans were on their good behavior today, and thinking of everything. They gave the opening ceremonies a script unmatched by any previous Olympics, even to edging the entire stadium with the pale, robin’s-egg blue uniforms of the thousands of hostesses and Olympic workers framed against the 360-degree skyline. The joyful skip-dances of Munich’s children were tasteful affairs as they brandished their flower wreaths woven with halo effects.

Opening day at the Munich Olympics wasn’t all sweetness and light. Twenty members of the Rhodesian team (Rhodesia is now known as Zimbabwe.) watched the ceremonies from the stands. Their team was “uninvited” four days before the start of the games.

Rhodesia has been thrown out of the Olympic Games with just four days to go before the opening ceremony in Munich, Germany.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) voted by 36 to 31 with three abstentions to recommend Rhodesia’s expulsion in the face of mounting international pressure. Two days ago the National Olympic Committees of Africa threatened to pull out of the games unless Rhodesia was barred from competing.
The African nations were demanding Rhodesia’s expulsion on the grounds the country was an illegal regime and members of its team were not therefore British subjects. Read more, BBC.com

There was also a March against the War in Vietnam The LA Times reported:

About 5,000 anti-Vietnam War protestors marched through Munich Saturday.
The demon strators, armed with clubs hidden beneath their jackets and holding masks and helmets, marched behind a banne r. It read, “Two Faces of Imperialism— Genocide in Vietnam and a Peace Show in Munich.”
Special trains and buses had brought the protestors from various areas of Germany.

And of course among the 7,000 athletes who marched into the Olympic Stadium, were several Israeli team members who were massacred by terrorists, 10 days after the opening ceremonies.

Opening Ceremonies 1972 Munich Olympics 10 members of Israeli Team would soon be massacred

Opening Ceremonies 1972 Munich Olympics
10 members of Israeli Team would soon be massacred
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Grand Slams – Yankees Hit Three on August 25, 2011

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The New York Yankees became the first and only team in Major League history to hit three grand slams in one game. Trailing 7-2 in the fifth inning, Robinson Cano hit one into the right field stands off of Oakland A’s starter Rich Harden. In the next inning Russel Martin facing Fautino De Los Santos, put the Yankees ahead 10-7 with a shot to right center. In the eighth inning, with Yanks now ahead 17-8, Curtis Granderson drove Bruce Billings pitch out of the park for the Yankees third slam of the game.

Yankees hit three grand slams in one game

Yankees hit three grand slams in one game
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In nearly a century of storied slugging, the Yankees had never enjoyed a day like this.
On a dreary afternoon, some fans headed home with the Yankees trailing 7-1 after three innings and rain still falling in a game that began after an 89-minute delay.
Turns out they missed the Yankees coming home — over and over and over.
Read more: CBSNews.com

No team in major league history had hit three grand slams in a game before Yankees center fielder Curtis Granderson strode to the plate in the bottom of the eighth inning Thursday, the crowd at Yankee Stadium having been thinned, but the bases loaded one more time.
Granderson had 35 home runs before Thursday, which made him as good a candidate as any to help the Yankees set a record. With the Yankees well on their way to a wild 22-9 victory over Oakland, Granderson really just wanted one good pitch to drive.

He got it.
Read more: NY Times

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Pete Rose Banned from Baseball – August 24, 1989

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Pete Rose was banned from baseball for life by Commissioner Bart Giamotti, on August 24, 1989. There is no doubt that Rose bet on games that he was involved with, and that was obviously against the rules, and of course it was bad for baseball. But unlike Alex Rodriguez and Ryan Braun, Rose wasn’t a cheater.

While there is no proof that that he didn’t bet against himself, there is absolutely no evidence that he did. And if you consider how sloppy Rose was about concealing his gambling habits, it’s likely that if he had bet against himself, we’d know it.

The evidence was so staggering that it was difficult to fathom. Records of phone call after phone call made to bookies, sometimes just minutes before the national anthem. Records of bets, one after another, day after day, on virtually every team, including the team he managed, along with the amount of the bet – wagering almost $20,000 per day.
The baseball world — and the world in general — was staggered by the amount of evidence, leaving little doubt that Pete Rose, baseball’s all-time hits leader and one of history’s greatest and celebrated players, had gambled on baseball and bet on his own team.
Read more: ESPN

Rose wasn’t a cheater. He was just a pathetic gambling addict.

I tried everything I could every night to win. I told the guy [I bet with] before the season I want my team every night and we’ll settle up at the end of the year. That was my first year without playing. Managing wasn’t enough. I needed more. The more was betting on my team every night.
Read more: Sports Illustrated

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