8 episodes

Titus O’Reily and Mick Molloy are on the hunt for the most bizarre stories to ever occur in the world of sport.

Sports Bizarre delves into the history of sport to find the stories that you wouldn’t believe if they hadn’t happened.

No sport is off-limits, athletics, swimming, rugby, American Football, cricket, baseball, badminton, motorsports, tennis and even that sport on the ice with brooms

Sports Bizarre is available wherever you get your podcasts and on YouTube.

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Titus O’Reily and Mick Molloy are on the hunt for the most bizarre stories to ever occur in the world of sport.

Sports Bizarre delves into the history of sport to find the stories that you wouldn’t believe if they hadn’t happened.

No sport is off-limits, athletics, swimming, rugby, American Football, cricket, baseball, badminton, motorsports, tennis and even that sport on the ice with brooms

Sports Bizarre is available wherever you get your podcasts and on YouTube.

    The Battle of Montevideo

    The Battle of Montevideo

    The 1967 Intercontinental Cup saw Scottish club Celtic and Argentinian side Racing Club face off across three brutal matches.
    In one match, the Celtic goalkeeper was knocked unconscious by a bottle thrown from the crowd before the game; despite this, the game still went ahead with a very nervous backup keeper.
    Reuters described another match as "a bar-room brawl with soccer skills abandoned for swinging fists, flying boots and blatant body checking".
    The series would result in the ‘Curse of El Cilindro’, when opposition fans buried the bodies of seven black cats at Racing’s home ground, Estadio Juan Domingo Perón. Decades of bad luck followed, leading to even the Catholic Church getting involved in an attempt to end it.
    Titus O’Reily and Mick Molloy look back at the ‘Battle of Montevideo’, one of the most hostile sporting encounters of all time.
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    • 43 min
    Young Griffo

    Young Griffo

    Albert Griffiths, or ‘Young Griffo’ began life in the slums of Sydney as the leader of a local street gang. This proved to be the perfect training for boxing, and before he was twenty, he was the World Featherweight Champion.
    Moving to the United States, Young Griffo would become one of the greatest boxers of all time, despite never training and rarely fighting sober.
    In a career spanning 232 fights, Girffo would lose only nine, despite multiple arrests and stints in bot jail and various asylums.
    Titus O’Reily and Mick Molloy look at one of the greatest boxers of all time, whose life which was stranger out of the ring than in it.
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    • 49 min
    The Worst Event in Olympic History

    The Worst Event in Olympic History

    The 1904 Olympics in St Louis, Missouri, were a disaster in every way possible. Held over six months alongside the World’s Fair, it had a human zoo and a ‘savage Olympics’ pitting various indigenous groups against each other.
    But the marathon would be the biggest mess; competitors were refused water, runners were chased off course by dogs, there was cheating, several near deaths, and the first recorded case of doping in Olympic history.
    Titus O’Reily and Mick Molloy look back at the worst event ever held at an Olympics and find their favourite Olympic competitor, a Cuban named Félix de la Caridad Carvajal y Soto.
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    • 55 min
    Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding

    Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding

    Days out from the 1994 US Figure Skating Championships, Nancy Kerrigan had just finished training at the Cobo Arena in Detroit when a man approached and hit her with a metal object just above her knee.
    Almost immediately, the FBI would identify four men as behind the attack, all linked to Kerrigan’s main rival, Tonya Harding.
    Titus and Mick look back on the motley crew that carried out the attack, how they managed to botch almost every part of their plan and left a trail of clues so wide that anyone on the planet could have solved the case.
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    • 52 min
    Doping in the Tour De France

    Doping in the Tour De France

    From the first Tour De France, riders were putting all kinds of things in their bodies, caffeine, strychnine, cocaine and alcohol.
    Drugs were so much part of the sport that the 1930 rulebook, given to all riders, reminded them that drugs would not be provided by the organisers.
    Titus O’Reily and Mick Molloy look at the use of doping in the Tour De France from 1903 until the Festina Affair in 1998, the year before Lance Armstrong ‘won’ his seven consecutive yellow jackets.  
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    • 46 min
    Tour De France, the Early Years

    Tour De France, the Early Years

    The early years of the Tour De France were a hot mess, with a spiked bottle of lemonade, itching powder put in cyclists’ shorts, riders taking rides in cars and trains, attempted murder and pitched battles between cyclists and spectators.
    Beginning in 1903 as a marketing exercise to boost the circulation of the newspaper L’Auto, the first was won by Maurice-François Garin, who knocked an opponent off their bike, and then jumped on the wheels so they couldn’t ride it anymore.
    The second Tour would result in the top four finishers all being disqualified, with the reasons never made public.
    Titus O’Reily and Mick Molloy look at the early years of the Tour De France, and how those bizarre early races would set the tone for one of the most popular sporting events in the world.
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    • 48 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
253 Ratings

253 Ratings

Adz the Dad ,

Amazing and hilarious!

These guys are absolute gold - spinning great yarns about amazing circumstances! Keep it up.

ash_acoustic ,

Great storytelling

Titus is an amazing storyteller and Mick does what he does best. I hope this podcast continues for a long time to come

West Kiama ,

Sports Lovers Delight

What isn’t there to like about two sports fanatics coming together to not only talk about bizarre and mostly unknown stories from the history of sport, but to engage in a few laughs along the way. Entertaining and informative, and really very enjoyable. Highly recommended.

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