We've all seen those lists of life's most vexing questions, such as: Why do drive-through ATMs have instructions in Braille? How does Teflon stick to the pan? If you choke a Smurf, what color will he turn? But with a single exception--Why is it called a foul pole when it's in fair territory?--the unanswerable sports questions never get asked. Until now.
How do fans in China form the letters when singing Y.M.C.A.?
A jockey's silks are actually made of nylon. So why won't jockeys just admit that they wear nylons?
And why do some boxers wear Jockeys while some jockeys wear boxers?
Pinocchio lied and his nose grew. So what grows when ex- Viagra spokesman Rafael Palmeiro tells a lie?
Why are you allowed to have a cap on your head during the national anthem but not on your beer bottle? (In most stadiums, bottle caps are removed at the concession stand.)
Do Boise State football players think the grass is always bluer on the other side of the fence?
Why does television regularly show suicide bombings in Iraq, monks setting themselves on fire in the street and murders captured on convenience-store security cameras but never--never--shows someone running onto the field at a baseball game, for fear that the images might encourage such behavior?
If baseball players are about to hit in a batter's box, why do they practice in an on-deck circle?
Who built the first cheerleader pyramids?