Days, 7 Good News: Fast Garbage Pickup, Woman Power and Finder’s Fee

LISTICLE | 10/27/2021
7 days, 7 good news stories: a heroic victory in the Tour-de-France, a head wash for the bathing cap ignoramuses and a football club taking a stand against racism.
Antonia Wille

We think: Every now and then you need good news. Especially from the world of sports. In our Good News we serve you seven news every week that make our - and hopefully your - sports heart beat faster. Because the news is fun. Because they are trend-setting. Because they show new trends. Because they sprinkle a pinch of absurdity in a much too serious world. Or because they simply bring joy. The main thing is to be in a good mood, that's our motto in this news format. And we'll get right to it. With a basketball Bundesliga struggling for fairness, a richly remunerated finder, the change from the sandbox into the paragraph jungle. And with Sebastian Vettel, perhaps the world's fastest garbage collector.


Fair Play Instead of Foul

After all, we always thought basketball was the one super-fair, low-contact sport. Not so much: Because basketball players fake fouls again and again, the Basketball Bundesliga is now taking action. Until the end of January, former national players and former referees are to look at controversial scenes in the Bundesliga. If players there have only faked fouls, they get a warning. We hope the test phase works: Because we want our faith in superfair basketball back.


Posthumous for Gerd Müller

He would have deserved this award during his lifetime - now he will receive it posthumously: Gerd Müller will be honoured as a "Legend of Sport" on 6 November. This is the first time that a deceased person has received this award at the German Sports Press Ball. Müller is now finally on a par with Boris Becker, Franz Beckenbauer or Kati Witt.


An Honest Finder Gets Reward

This honest finder now has a really good reward: At the NFL football game, a fan returned the ball with which quarterback legend Tom Brady had thrown his 600th touchdown pass. The pass receiver, Mike Evans, had simply thrown the ball carelessly into the audience, without considering that in the US, memorials of special sports moments are revered like shrines containing relics of saints in the Vatican. But the fan was cooperative and returned the ball to a Tampa Bay Buccaneers official. As a thank you, there are now two jerseys signed by Brady, his helmet, a jersey of pass receiver Mike Evans, his worn shoes, a season ticket for this season and next, and a $1,000 credit in the fan store. For once, the honest man is not the fool.


Women Power in Football Teams

Presumably, she would be the first to actually get her way: Women's national coach Martina Voss-Tecklenburg has called for more female presence in the men's professional leagues. "I advise every club: Get women in the team," Voss-Tecklenburg told the media. The 53-year-old's belief: Clubs will find "that they function better and are more efficient." Let's hope that the national coach is really heard in the football leagues, which are dominated by male bickering over "who has the fattest car, the biggest salary or the most sponsors".


From the Sandbox into the Legal Jungle

Sometimes parents have to nag their kids to do something decent - but beach volleyball player Julius Thole figured it out on his own. With almost still youthful 24 years, the vice world champion of 2019 now ended his career. According to Thole, he has no physical problems. "Rather, I want to set a new focus in my life," explained the former competitive athlete. Julius Thole now wants to deepen his law studies - from the sand courts of the world into the jungle of paragraphs. You really can't get more serious than that.


The World’s Fastest Waste Collection

It hasn't been enough for the world championship title for a while now - but perhaps Sebastian Vettel will now become the world's fastest garbage collector. Anyway, at the Formula 1 race in Austin in the US, the German called on fans in the stands to pick up their trash. "I know it's a big event and you have fun, but please pick up your trash, it makes it easier for everyone. Please be respectful," Vettel said in a video message. We think that's cool from the four-time world champion. Having already collected rubbish in the stands himself, it would be even cooler if he took a rubbish bag away in the race car in the near future.


On Foot with 21 km/h on the Road

Have you ever been on the road without a car for an hour at an average of 21 km/h? Probably very few normal people can do that on a bicycle. Amanal Petros, on the other hand, maintained this speed on foot for over 60 minutes. The Eritrean-born runner from Wattenscheid broke the German record in the half marathon with a time of 1:00:09 hours in Valencia. This was 25 seconds faster than the previous German record holder Carsten Eich 28 years ago. We say Chapeau! But please don't go any faster now, otherwise it won't be so easy to calculate the average speed.

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Antonia Wille