Page 2 saves internet from Wikipedia blackout

Wed, Jan 18

Wikipedia is among several websites protesting the proposed Stop Online Piracy Act by blacking out its site for the day.

We know how traumatic this is, because Page 2 couldn't wait even just one more day without some fascinating sports trivia. So we decided to save the interwebs by offering a list of some of our favorite sports facts. We're reciting from memory here because, obviously, we couldn't look them up.

Cherokee Parks
Andrew D. Bernstein/Getty ImagesCherokee Parks inspired some amazing music in his day.

• Rex Ryan was the only person to correctly predict the 2008 financial collapse.

• Roger Goodell was the fat kid in the movie "Stand By Me."

• Pearl Jam was originally named Cherokee Parks.

• Kirk Gibson's game-winning home run in Game 1 of the 1988 World Series was actually filmed on a sound stage in West Hollywood.

• The MLS was created as a bar bet by science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard.

• Paula Deen was the 2011 Boston Red Sox team nutritionist.

• Benito Santiago originally coined the phrase "taking my talents to South Beach."

• Rob Lowe totally predicted the "Miracle on Ice."

• "Talladega Nights" was originally centered around Formula One, but switched to NASCAR when the writers realized nothing interesting ever happens in Formula One.

• Houston Astros pitcher Charlie Kerfeld once did the "Cotton-Eyed Joe" with Dickie Thon.

• "Kazaam" won six Oscars.

• On the back of Jay Berwanger's Heisman Trophy portrait is a hidden code revealing the secrets of the spread offense.

• During his 61-homer season, Roger Maris tested positive for Life cereal.

• Despite an awkward throwing motion and terribly inefficient passing numbers, Tim Tebow led the Broncos to an AFC West Division title and a playoff win over the Pittsburgh Steelers after Denver's 1-4 start.*

*Might actually be true.