These 10 Amazing Sports Moments Transcended The Game And Changed The World 0 80

 Throughout the history of sports, there have been iconic moments that have helped shape a generation of die hard fans. There are times, however, when moments go beyond that Hail Mary pass or underdog win to make a mark in history, changing not only the way people view sports, but also advancing social justice.

Rugby And Apartheid

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The racially divisive apartheid system in South Africa heavily impacted both the political and social infrastructure, even after it ended back in 1993. Two years later when the South African Springboks defeated the New Zealand All Blacks during the Rugby World Cup, it was a defining moment in bringing unity and easing some of the racial tensions. Then South African President Nelson Mandela even shook hands with the Springboks captain Francois Pienaar after the big game.

Jesse Owens Takes A Stand Against Nazi Germany

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The 1936 Olympic games in Berlin were supposed to be Hitler’s showcasing of why the Aryan race was superior to all others. Unfortunately for him, American track and field athlete Jesse Owens wasn’t going to play along with the Nazi leader’s game. Owens went on to win four gold medals and while he was on the medal stand for the long jump, he was captured saluting, an image that became one of the most powerful moments in sports history.

When Owens returned home, he was greeted with love and support from fans of all ages and ethnic backgrounds. One person, however, didn’t care enough about Owens’ accomplishments to give him a call. President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s political party may not have appreciated giving congratulations to a black man, so Owens was ignored. He later said, “Hitler didn’t snub me; it was our president who snubbed me. The president didn’t even send a telegram.”

Black Pride At The Olympic Games

Afp/AFP/Getty ImagesAnother major moment in sports history was at the Mexico Olympic Games in 1968 when Tommie Smith and John Carlos raised their fists as a display of black pride while they were receiving their medals for first and third place, respectively. They made this gesture during the U.S. National Anthem while also wearing the Olympic Project For Human Rights badge. Although silver medalist Peter Norman didn’t have his hand raised, he too, wore the Olympic Project For Human Rights badge as a gesture of solidarity against inequality.

Lou Gehrig’s Retirement

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As Lou Gehrig’s battle with ALS increased, a disease that would later be named after him, he could no longer play baseball and was forced to retire. On Independence Day, a emotional ceremony was held for the New York Yankee star who retired his number as he gave a short speech in front of friends and fans.

The Legless Football Player

Sports IllustratedBobby Martin stood at only three feet tall when he played high school football back in 2005. Martin was born without legs and uses his arms to run, and because he doesn’t have thighs, he is unable to wear prosthetic, but that didn’t stop him from playing punt and kickoff coverage as well as the varsity nose tackle.

Muhammad Ali Stripped Of Title

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One of the greatest boxing wins was back in 1965 when Cassius Clay knocked out heavyweight champion Sonny Liston and took over the title. The next day he announced that he was now apart of the Nation of Islam and changed his name to Muhammad Ali. During the Vietnam War draft, Ali refused to enlist in the Army due to his religion, which resulted in him being stripped of his title.

Jackie Robinson Becomes A Dodger, 1947

Transcendental Graphics/Getty Images Sport Classic/Getty ImagesBack when the Dodgers were a Brooklyn team, baseball wasn’t as ethnically diverse as it is today. Jackie Robinson endured many obstacles as he made his way to major league baseball, but it was his perseverance, talent, and skill that kept him going. After signing with the Dodgers in 1947, he became the first black player on a major league team and paved the way for other players of color to step into the baseball arena, enduring death threats and being ignored almost everywhere he went by other players.

Ben Johnson’s Lifetime Ban

Romeo Gacad/AFP/Getty ImagesJamaican-born Canadian sprinter Ben Johnson had a big win at the Seoul Summer Olympic Games in 1988. He set a world record and was nicknamed the “Human Bullet.” Unfortunately for him, he later tested positive for steroids and his 1987 and 1988 titles were taken from him. Years later at the Barcelona Olympics he was allowed to return, but he again tested positive for testosterone. After that, he was banned from competing for life.

Tiger Woods Wins Masters At Once Segregated Golf Course

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Georgia’s Augusta National Golf Club was a place known for its history of segregation. It wasn’t until 1975 that black people could even play its course and it was 1990 when blacks could join. In 1997, Tiger Woods became the young player to win the Masters at 21 years old, changing perceptions in the golfing community about people of color.

Reggie Bush’s Heisman Lose

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USC running back Reggie Bush was instrumental in helping the university’s football team take home many wins, including the December 2005 game against rival UCLA. He was awarded the 2005 Heisman Trophy for that season, but that was later taken from him after an NCAA investigation concluded that both Bush and his family received lavish gifts from sports agent Lloyd Lake while he was playing for the Trojans. The university was stripped of two wins during their 2004 season, including the Orange Bowl, and they later removed all of Bush’s jerseys from campus facilities that were once mounted in his honor.

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10 Mainstream Movies Where Actors Really Had Sex 0 13

Those hot and heavy sex scenes in films can at times look so believable that it leaves viewers wondering whether or not the actors were really getting it on. While many stars deny that they would get it on with a co-star on screen, there are a select few actors who admitted that their steamy scenes were truly unsimulated sex.

Little Ashes

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Robert Pattinson’s film “Little Ashes” has a scene where the actor admits he was masturbating. He admitted to pleasuring himself because faking it “just doesn’t work.”

Lie With Me


Viewers thought that “The L Word” star Lauren Lee Smith and actor Eric Balfour’s sex scenes in “Lie With Me” looked a bit too realistic, and that’s because they were.


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Lars Von Trier is known for producing films that push the envelope by using unsimulated sex scenes, and his star-studded “Nymphomaniac” was no different. It’s said that while the stars truly are engaging in intercourse, they used porn or sex doubles for the ejaculation shots.


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The 1970s film “Caligula” is reported to be the first time that recognized, notable actors starred in a movie that featured pornographic scenes. Many of the sex scenes were not fake, and included scenes that featured oral sex and penetration, the movie as a whole wasn’t received well by critics or the public.

All About Anna

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“All About Anna” is a Danish film by Lars Von Trier that is described as a movie about sexual relationships, so it’s only natural that you’d see various people doing the horizontal mambo. The intercourse and masturbation scenes really did happen, and producers responded to the uproar about the controversy by saying in a statement, “Without the sex scenes, the film’s drama would fall apart. This was a particular challenge to the film’s cast, who had to cope with the traditional social and human traumas associated with having real sex in front of a camera.”

The Brown Bunny

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In “The Brown Bunny,” actress Chloë Sevigny pretty much shows off her fellatio chops by performing oral sex on her co-star, Vincent Gallo, in their sex scene.

“Sweet Sweetback’s Badasssss Song”

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In 1971, Melvin Van Peebles had tongues wagging about his sex scene in his film “Sweet Sweetback’s Badasssss Song.” It was many years later that he admitted that yes, the sex was real — because he contracted an STD. Because of that, he was able to receive workers compensation.

Pink Flamingos

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John Waters’ campy 1972 cult classic “Pink Flamingo,” Divine’s character and her son, Crackers, engage in incestuous sexual behaviors inside of a friend’s home and the oral sex Divine performs is real.



The French film “Baise-moi” translates to “f–k me,” so be prepared to see exactly that when watching. The sex scenes aren’t just graphic, but they’re real, and some considered the movie — which was a dud with critics and viewers — practically pornography.

9 Songs

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“9 Songs” is considered to have one of the worst film sex scenes of all time, and that must be horrible for stars Kieran O’Brien and Margo Stilley who didn’t even fake their intercourse.

27 Vintage Photos Of Totally Miserable Looking Brides 0 92

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 It was supposed to be the happiest day of their lives.

But for these brides of bygone errors, something was going terribly wrong. And their vintage wedding photos captured it for posterity.

Unhappily Ever After…And They Know It Already

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To Some, Marriage Is A Word. To Others, A Sentence

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Too Many Little Digs Sends A Marriage To An Early Grave

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They Were A Fastidious Couple, She Was Fast, He Was Tedious

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Love Can Be A Touchy Subject

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With Her Marriage She Got A New Name And A Dress—She Wants More

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Love Is One Long Sweet Dream, And Marriage Is The Alarm Clock

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There Is No Such Cozy Combination As Man And Wife

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She’s Already Gearing Up For Divorce: The Past Tense Of Marriage

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The Bonds Of Matrimony Are Already Weighing Heavy

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An Object In Possession Seldom Retains The Same Charm That It Had In Pursuit

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She Wishes He Was The Gardener. He’d Be Less Rough Around The Hedges

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Her Mother In Law Is Already Interefering And They’re Not Even Related Yet

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He’ll Not Be Wearing The Pants In This Relationship

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Bewitched, Bewildered, And Absolutely Bothered

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Love Is All Around—Can’t You Tell By Their Smiling Faces?

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They Were Married By Candle-Light, But The Marriage Lasted Only A Wick

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This Is What Happens When You Meet On A Cruise

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She Wishes He Wouldn’t Put A Ring On It

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A Double Wedding Saved On Costs, But Not On Merriment

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Harry Met Sally. And Then Sally Had A Panic Attack

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Hey There, You With The Stars Dying In Your Eyes

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This Is When She Found Out Her Made Of Honor Had Run Off With The Groom

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It Was An Upsetting Wedding. Even The Cake Was In Tiers

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Pre-arranged Marriages Pre-pair People For The Future, Even If They Don’t Want To Be

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Please Don’t Get Her To The Church On Time

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Hell No. (Slams Door)

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