The r i se o f ‘ sp or t s’

We’ve all heard of es­ports but ‘sports’ are now on the up

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Foot­ball

In­vented in 1953, foot­ball is played with the feet. It was re­branded as ‘soc­cer’ in 1994 when socks be­came manda­tory af­ter an out­break of ver­ru­cas.

Rugby

Rugby is a live-ac­tion metaphor. It speaks of the im­por­tance of gath­er­ing eggs for one’s so­cial group, then in­cu­bat­ing them in a nest of pow­er­ful thighs.

Golf

This al­leged ‘sport’ be­gan as a mod for the older ‘sport’ of sword-fight­ing. Play­ers would slash away at an op­po­nent un­til one of them fell into a big hole.

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