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S: Athletics A-Z By: Will Hardin

FC: All About Texas Athletics A-Z | By:Will Hardin; Coach Kee; Period 2; May 23, 2011

1: Letter Page Astrodome..................................................................2 Byron Nelson Classic......................................................3 Ben Crenshaw..............................................................4 Davis Cup...................................................................5 Frank Erwin Center.......................................................6 History of Football........................................................7 History of Golf.............................................................8 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo...................................9 Ian Crocker................................................................10 Odessa Jackalopes.......................................................11 Kyle Field.................................................................12 History of Lacrosse......................................................13 Mark Henry................................................................14 North Texas Mean Green................................................15 Odessa Permian Panthers...............................................16 Minute Made Park........................................................17 Quan Cosby................................................................18 Texas Relays...............................................................19 Southern Methodist University Mustangs..............................20 History of Tennis..........................................................21 University of Texas Longhorns..........................................22 History of Volleyball......................................................23 Wildcat Stadium...........................................................24 Super Bowl XLV............................................................25 | Table of Contents | Letter Page Astrodome...............................................................................2 Byron Nelson Classic...................................................................3 Ben Crenshaw...........................................................................4 Davis Cup................................................................................5 Frank Erwin Center....................................................................6 Football..................................................................................7 Golf.......................................................................................8 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.................................................9 Ian Crocker............................................................................10 Odessa Jackalopes....................................................................11 Kyle Field..............................................................................12 Lacrosse................................................................................13 Mark Henry.............................................................................14 North Texas Mean Green............................................................15 Odessa Permian Panthers...........................................................16 Minute Made ..........................................................................17 Quan Cosby............................................................................18 Texas Relays...........................................................................19 SMU Mustangs..........................................................................20 Tennis...................................................................................21 University of Texas Longhorns......................................................22 Volleyball..............................................................................23 Wildcat Stadium (Temple, Texas)..................................................24 Super Bowl XLV........................................................................25 Yao Ming................................................................................26 Zach Thomas...........................................................................27

4: Astrodome Multi-Sport Stadium | The Houston Astrodome was home to the Houston Astros(MLB) and the Houston Oilers(NFL- now the Tennessee Titans). It was the first domed stadium in any sport. People around the world called it the "Eight wonder of the world the dome rises 18 stories above the playing field and the roof has panels in it to allow grass to grow. After problems with the grass, they switched to Astroturf. The Astrodome is not in use anymore, but is still standing. | http://www.ballparksofbaseball.com/past/Astrodome.htm

5: Byron Nelson Championship Golf Competition | The Byron Nelson Championship is is a golf tournament held in late April/ early May. It is named after the tournaments fist winner, Byron Nelson. The event is held at the Four Seasons Resort in Irving, Texas. Some famous players to win the event are Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Ben Crenshaw, Fred Couples, and Tom Watson. The golfer with the most event wins is Tom Watson, with four. | http://www.hpbnc.org/byronnelson/bnc/champions/

6: Ben Crenshaw Golf Individual | Ben Crenshaw is a professional golfer who won The Masters twice. He was born in Austin, Texas and went to Austin High School. He later attended the University of Texas where he won three golf National Championships. He went pro in 1973. In 1999, he was selected to be the Ryder Cup Captain. | http://www.bencrenshaw.com/MainBio.htm

7: Davis Cup Tennis Competition | The Davis Cup began in 1900 as a competition between the U.S and Great Britain. It's now the worlds largest international team competition in any sport with, with 125 nations competing in 2010. It was started by four Harvard tennis team members who wanted to have a match of U.S. vs. Great Britain. This year, the Davis Cup is coming to Austin. The tournament is going to be hosted by Andy Roddick. | http://www.daviscup.com/en/history/davis-cup-history.aspx

8: Frank Erwin Center Multi-Sport Stadium | The Frank Erwin Center is located on the University of Texas campus. It is a multi-purpose stadium, but is primarily used for Texas men's and women's basketball.The Erwin Center used to be home to the Austin Wranglers before the franchised closed. The Frank Erwin Center has also had many famous music performers play in the stadium including Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, and ZZ Top. Also, coming this year to the Erwin Center is the Davis Cup, a tennis tournament. | http://www.uterwincenter.com/press/2011/0119GeorgeStraitSellout.html

9: History of Football Football History | American Football can be traced to the roots rugby. It is known to be evolved by Walter Camp. Walter Camp is known as the "Father of American Football". He helped introduce the line of scrimmage and down-and -distance rules. The IFA(Intercollegiate Football Association) created the first standardized rules with 15 players allowed on a team. | http://www.hornetfootball.org/documents/football-history.htm

10: History of Golf Golf History | The game of Golf was originated in Scotland in the 15th century. Players would hit a pebble around a natural course of sand dunes, rabbit runs and tracks using a stick or primitive club. King Charles the 1st popularized the game in the 16th century in England. In the early years of golf, equipment was handcrafted and therefore expensive. Because of high prices, only the rich could enjoy a round of golf. | http://www.golfeurope.com/almanac/history/history3.htm

11: Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Rodeo Competition | The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is the world's largest live entertainment and livestock exhibition. It also includes the richest regular PRCA season rodeo event. It has been held at Reliant Stadium since 2003 and was previously held in the Astrodome. In 2010, an attendance record was reached at 2,262,834 people, requiring more than 24,000 volunteers. The event is 20 days long kicked off by the Downtown Rodeo Roundup. | http://www.hlsr.com/rodeo/more/history.aspx

12: Ian Crocker Swimming Individual | Ian Crocker was born in Portland, Maine in 1982. He was a swimmer at the University of Texas. Also, he is a three time Olympian(2000,2004,2008). At the Olympics, he won 3 gold medals, 1 silver, and 1 bronze medal. He now lives in Austin, Texas. | http://swimming.teamusa.org/athletes/ian-crocker

13: Odessa Jackalopes Hockey Team | The Odessa Jackalopes are a double A hockey team that play their home games at Ector County Coliseum. Before they were the Odessa Jackalopes, they were the Owatonna Express. The Jackalopes are a minor league team in the Central Hockey League. They are affiliated with the New York Islanders. Before the Islanders, players are moved up to the single A team, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. | http://www.jackalopes.us/

14: Kyle Field Multi-Sport Stadium | Kyle Field is the main outdoor stadium for Texas A&M University. It is located in College Station, Texas. Kyle Field is the 13 largest stadium in the NCAA. It holds 83,002 people, but has hosted crowds in excess of 90,000. It is named after graduate and professor Edwin Jackson Kyle, whom in 1904 fenced off a section of his farming land and paid $650 for covered bleachers to create the first Aggie Stadium. | http://www.recreationparks.net/TX/brazos/kyle-field-college-station

15: History of Lacrosse Lacrosse History | The sport of lacrosse was developed by Indians as early as the 5th century. In traditional lacrosse, the teams consisted of 700-1,000 men. The fields stretched for miles long. Also, the games could go one for 2-3 days at a time. The first person to document the game was Frenchman, Jean de Brébeuf. | http://www.hickoksports.com/history/lacrosse.shtml

16: Mark Henry World's Strongest Man Individual | Mark Henry was born in Silsbee, Texas in 1971. He wrestles for WWE and holds the world squat record.He has squatted 1,006 pounds, dead lifted 903 ponds, bench pressed 985 pounds,and Clean and Jerked 501 pounds. He has attended 2 Olympics, in 1992 and 1996, but did not medal. Last, he is the heaviest man to dunk a basketball at 416 pounds. | Source: Personal Interview

17: North Texas Mean Green Multi-Sport Team | The North Texas Mean Green is a college located in Denton, Texas. They are in the Sunbelt Conference. They compete in 9 sports, including football and basketball. All of the athletic programs are classified as division one. The teams mascot is a an eagle. | http://www.databasefootball.com/College/teams/teampage.htm?TeamID=72

18: Odessa Permian Panthers Multi-Sport Team | The Odessa Permian Panthers are a high school located in Odessa, Texas. The high school is part of Ector County Independent School District. They use the nickname Mojo because after chanting "Go Joe" in a football game, opposing fans thought it was Mojo. They focus mostly on football, starring in Friday Night Lights. They play their home football games in Ratliff Stadium in Odessa. | http://www.kylgrafx.com/mojo/gaines.htm

19: Minute Made Park Baseball Stadium | Minute Made Park is home to the Houston Astros, in Houston, Texas. The park opened in 2000. It has a capacity of over 40,000. The stadium(from the outside) appears as a football stadium due to its unusual rectangular shape. Also, the ballpark has a 65 million dollar retractable roof that can open or close in 20 minutes.

20: Quan Cosby Football Individual | Quan Cosby is a football player born in Mart, Texas. He attended the University of Texas and made the game winning catch against Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl. He is 5'11'' and weighs in at 200 pounds. Before Quan came to Texas, he was a minor league baseball player. He then developed into one of the Big 12's best receivers. | http://quancosby.info/bio.html

21: Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays Track Competition | Th Texas Relays are held in Mike A. Myers Stadium located on the Texas campus. The event is usually held in the 1st or 2nd week of April. The relays started as a mens only competition in 1925. They did not hold the event from 1932-1934 due to the Great Depression. In 1963, they finally added womens events. | http://austin.ynn.com/content/headlines/277670/texas-relays-fans-bridge-decades-of-history

22: Southern Methodist University Mustangs Multi-Sport Team | The SMU Mustangs are located in Dallas, Texas. They were once really good at football until violations came upon them. In 1985, they were accused of recruiting violations and were put on 3 years probation. Also, they were banned from bowl games in 1985 and 1986, being banned from live television only on 1986. After the violations, SMU was not the same, they did not make a bowl again until 2009. | http://southern-methodist-university-football-scandal.co.tv/

23: History of Tennis History Tennis | The game of tennis was first invented by European monks to have entertainment during religious services. First, the ball was hit with the hand, but later a glove was invented. After the gloves, an adaptive handle was invented for more affective serving and hitting, this created the first racquet. Also, the balls were first made of wood, then changed to a bouncier leather. The game soon became very popular especially in France with the royal family. | http://www.historyoftennis.net/

24: University of Texas Longhorns Multi-Sport Team | The University of Texas is a multi-sport team. They play home football games in DKR Texas Memorial Stadium and basketball games in the Frank Erwin Center. They focus mostly on football, but also excel in baseball and basketball. The football team has won a total of 4 National Championships. The basketball team has won none. | http://www.utexas.edu/about-ut/history-traditions

25: History of Volleyball Volleyball History | In 1895, William G. Morgan, and instructor at the YMCA, combined many sports to invent volleyball(originally called mintonette). During the first demonstration, someone said that the players were volleying the ball, and so the came out with the name Volleyball. In1900, they invented a ball especially for the sport. In 1916, the NCAA was invited by the YMCA to aid in editing the rules. Volleyball was then added to many college programs. | http://www.volleyball.org/history.html

26: Wildcat Stadium Multi-Sport Stadium | Wildcat Stadium was opened in 1965. It is located outside of Austin, in Temple, Texas. It is home to the Temple Wildcats. The teams that play here are football, soccer, and track. The stadiums capacity is 11,500 and the playing surface is made of artificial field turf. | http://www.texasbob.com/stadium/stadium.php?id=190

27: Super Bowl XLV Football Competition | Super Bowl XLV was held in Dallas, Texas in Dallas Stadium. The game was between the Green Bay Packers and the Pittsburgh Steelers. The attendance to this game was 103,219 people. The Packers ended up winning 31-25. The quarterback, Aaron Rodgers, won the MVP award. | http://sports.espn.go.com/dallas/nfl/news/story?id=6093344

28: Yao Ming Basketball Individual | Yao Ming was born in China on September 12, 1980. He is a professional basketball player for the Houston Rockets. He is the tallest player in the league at 7 feet 6 inches tall. He was the number one pick in the 2002 NBA draft. He has been selected to t he All-Star Game 8 times. | http://www.nba.com/playerfile/yao_ming/

29: Zach Thomas Football Individual | Zach Thomas was born September 1, 1973 in Pampa, Texas. He played college football at the University of Texas Tech. He was then drafted to the Miami Dolphins in the 5th round in 1996. He played his first 12 seasons for the dolphins recording more than 1,000 tackles. He was selected tot he Pro Bowl 8 times. | http://www.nfl.com/players/zachthomas/profile?id=THO415247

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