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Apollo CreedApollo Creed had recently retired from professional boxing when he was lured out of retirement to fight Ivan Drago.  It was a fight he never should have accepted.

After spending months sidelined cooking stew and partying with Jesse Venture and Arnold Schwarzenegger, Creed was barely in fighting shape when he took up the challenge.  But it was his love of the United States, flashy spectacles, James Brown, and oversized hats that lured him out of retirement.

The fight would take place in 1985 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, and it was heavily hyped.  The media was on fire.  This showdown shared so many similarities with the ensuing Cold War.  Which side would win?

Well, in the first battle a cocky and flamboyant Apollo Creed was crushed to death by a barrage of punches thrown by the Soviet in the second round.

It wasn’t Creed’s best bout.  He seemed sluggish and over-confident.  And outside of a slight offensive in the second round, Apollo was obliterated.   His lackluster performance was also capped off by his death.

It was a crushing end to a spectacular career.   Unfortunately, the always-talkative Creed was left speechless.

The media paid little attention to the death, and instead put all of their focus on Rocky Balboa.  Balboa was planning to fight Drago in Moscow later that year, a bout he would eventually win.

A small charity was set up for Creed’s wife after Apollo’s death.  Creed had spent most of his previous winnings on his lavish introduction at the MGM Grand.

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This has been Sports History with Ricky, I’m Ricky and everything in this post is factual.  Take it to the bank.  I’m a sports encyclopedia.  I spend most of my day in the local karate dojo, but the rest of my time is spent watching ESPN.  So eat it.
– Sports History by Ricky offers a rare glimpse into the history of sports in America.  Sports History provides Rib Riot readers with little known and forgotten facts to impress their friends.
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Tom Cruise Wins Daytona

The year was 1990, and NASCAR was at one of its all time lows. That is, until Tom Cruise came waltzing out of Hollywood to challenge for the top prize in the world’s semi-fastest sport.

It was during a hiatus from Mission Impossible when Cruise learned that ‘rubbing is racing.’

Cruise trained intensely for the race by competing in small town circuits with low budget sponsors. Harry Hogge, a grizzled veteran of NASCAR, mentored Cruise and remained his crew chief throughout his NASCAR run.

After rising in the polls, Cruise was briefly suspended from the sport after an altercation with Rowdy Burns. Ultimately though, it was Burns’ car that Cruise used in the 500.

Known for its treacherous turn four, Cruise dominated the Daytona Speedway. He won by a hair after a last second move sent his stock car screaming past Russ Wheeler’s Hardees car for the victory.

Wheeler finished second even after his driving coach had warned Wheeler, “to be careful. He might try to slingshot past ya Russ!”

Cruise spent the evening celebrating with his new wife Dr. Claire Lewicki.

Sports History
This has been Sports History with Ricky, I’m Ricky and everything in this post is factual.  Take it to the bank.  I’m a sports encyclopedia.  I spend most of my day in the local karate dojo, but the rest of my time is spent watching ESPN.  So eat it.
– Sports History by Ricky offers a rare glimpse into the history of sports in America.  Sports History provides Rib Riot readers with little known and forgotten facts to impress their friends.
(Editor’s Note:  The facts presented in Ricky’s “Sports History” have been neither substantiated nor confirmed)

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Lex LuthorAfter his incarceration, due to an altercation with Superman, Lex Luthor was released in 1951 will no job, no henchman, and no money.
Ready to turn over a new leaf, Luthor left the hustle and bustle of Metropolis for a small Indiana town, where Luthor was immediately hired as Hickory High School’s varsity basketball coach.
Always known for his brash personality and spotty past, Luthor had difficulty gaining acceptance from the close knit town, but he soon found friendship with Myra Fleener.
The two become an item as Luthor began to win over citizens and take control of the town.   He even befriended the town alcoholic in an attempt to garner support.  It worked.
Luthor would eventually lead his hick town basketball team to the State Championship, where his team would win, if only for a short period of time.
Immediately following the winning shot, a disgruntled Superman (Who had bet a considerable amount of the Daily Planet’s money on the game) left the Butler Fieldhouse to reverse the rotation of the Earth in order to block the last second shot.
When Luthor found out, he relapsed and immediately began constructing a plot to take over the world.
But I’ll remember him, as the fiery coach that made something from nothing.
Sports History
This has been Sports History with Ricky, I’m Ricky and everything in this post is factual.  Take it to the bank.  I’m a sports encyclopedia.  I spend most of my day in the local karate dojo, but the rest of my time is spent watching ESPN.  So eat it.
– Sports History by Ricky offers a rare glimpse into the history of sports in America.  Sports History provides Rib Riot readers with little known and forgotten facts to impress their friends.
(Editor’s Note:  The facts presented in Ricky’s “Sports History” have been neither substantiated nor confirmed)

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SamwiseIn the year 1975, Samwise Gamgee made the Fighting Irish football squad.  He was a walk on player, and only suited up for a single game.
 
Notre Dame Scouts were hesitant to give Gamgee a shot, but his stocky build made them think twice.
 
He was introduced to the fighting Irish after word spread that he had successfully carried Frodo Baggins over the goal line at Mordor, and even though the Fellowship failed to win the ring, Gamgee's performance was impressive.
 
Gamgee also stood out as a master motivator.  His ability to fire up his teammates in times of great doubt, did not go unnoticed.  However, Samwise was unable attend Notre Dame because of his poor academic record. (I believe he flunked Elvish.)
 
Gamgee spent a couple of years at the Rivendell academy before being accepted into Notre Dame, where he met his new coach Lou Holtz.  The two formed a quick friendship, and currently speak publicly together, along with Chunk and his "Truffle Shuffle."
 
In his only play as an Irishman, Gamgee registered a single sack, and was penalized for carrying Lembas bread in his uniform. 
   
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– Sports History by Ricky offers a rare glimpse into the history of sports in America.  Sports History provides Rib Riot readers with little known and forgotten facts to impress their friends. 
 
(Editor's Note:  The facts presented in Ricky's "Sports History" have been neither substantiated nor confirmed
 

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Rosie O'Donnell As history would have it, the year was 1943, and a boatload of Major League Baseball players were forced to fight in Vietnam.  It was a time of great unrest.  That's when Willy Wonka, the leading chocolate manufacturer at the time decided to start a women's baseball league consisting of a meager four teams.
 
With only four teams, the talent pool was pretty deep with the likes of Eleanor Roosevelt, Susan B. Anthony, and Madonna.  But it was the stocky Rosie O'Donnell that stood out from the pack.  She was signed immediately by the Rockford Peaches.
 
O'Donnell had a fairly productive year, but was more known for her off the field antics including her notable feud with the whirly haired mogul of the time.  Possibly, Carnegie, but I'm not positive.
   
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This has been Sports History with Ricky, I'm Ricky and everything in this post is factual.  Take it to the bank.  I'm a sports encyclopedia.  I spend most of my day in the local karate dojo, but the rest of my time is spent watching ESPN.  So eat it.
 
– Sports History by Ricky offers a rare glimpse into the history of sports in America.  Sports History provides Rib Riot readers with little known and forgotten facts to impress their friends. 
 
(Editor's Note:  The facts presented in Ricky's "Sports History" have been neither substantiated nor confirmed
 

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