As summer’s heat begins to wane (except for here, where it’s expected to be over 100 degrees this week) and a chill creeps into the air, it is time once again for America’s Game! No, not that one–The Footballs!
1.) At least one person here looooves him some New York Giants, but did you know they weren’t always a football team? It’s true! The Giants once called New York’s Polo Grounds home, and due to the venue’s rules, they had to suit up on horseback.
Pictured: The early days of football
After several opponents complained about the Giants’ controversial “trample the fuck out of the quarterback” defense, they switched over to being a football team. Here’s one of their star players from those early days:
Running Back Cornelius “Professional Football Player” O’Shaughnessy had seven Hat Tricks in 1922!
The Giants would later move to San Francisco, where they became the 49ers.
II) Although the earliest origins of football are lost to the sands of time, much of the game we know today was invented on the fly by Indiana University art teacher/football coach Knute Rockwell.
Rockwell, taking a break from painting the cover of the first issue of Swank magazine
Rockwell invented such plays as the Forward Pass, the Superbowl Shuffle, the Poop-On-A-Stick, the Skyhook, and the Liquored-Up Stepdad. As a side note, his grandson wrote this song, which he performed in Knute’s honor during the halftime at Superbowl LXIX.
π) Devotees of the game are known as “football fans,” and this term is likely derived from their fanatical devotion to their teams, often dressing up in garish team-themed costumes.
A Denver Broncos “fan”
Another slang term you may be familiar with is “pigskin.” While today’s footballs are actually made of space-age polymers, the original balls were fashioned out of, well, this…
Well, that about wraps it up for our journey of discovery into football lore. I hope you enjoyed it. And if not, you can go fuck yourself.
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