World’s First Football team – Sheffield Football Club 1890 (est. 1857)
What do you call 20 Vikings’ fans in a basement? A whine cellar. Why do ducks fly over Ford field upside down? There’s nothing worth crapping on.
That’s all I know about football, sorry. But who invented football, that iconoclastic macho game that glues over 100 million Americans to their TV screens each year? When/where did the game of football begin? Several versions of ballgames similar to football evolved with versions appearing as early as 1400 BC by the pre-Columbian people of Ancient Mesoamerica; and in Ancient Greek with painting references as early as 400-375 BC. A Song dynasty painting in 1130-1160 BC depicts Chinese children playing a form of football and Australian football can be traced back to 1858 in Yara Park, Melbourne. But the very first football game with rules goes to the English football club from Sheffield, South Yorkshire, founded in 1857. It is the oldest existing club now playing football in the world and still continuing to compete. However, the first American football match was played on November 6, 1869, between two college teams, Rutgers and Princeton, using rules based on the rules of soccer at the time. A set of rule changes drawn up from 1880 onward by Walter Camp, the “Father of American Football,” established the snap, the line of scrimmage, eleven-player teams, and the concept of downs. Later rule changes legalized the forward pass, created the neutral zone and specified the size and shape of the football. The sport is closely related to Canadian football, which evolved in parallel with and at the same time as the American game (although their rules were developed independently from that of Camp’s). Most of the features that distinguish American football from rugby and soccer are also present in Canadian football. The two sports are considered the primary variants of gridiron football.
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Sideline Sipper – Brandy, sour apple brandy, & Sprite
Black and Gold – Hennessey Black, peach brandy, sour mix, & ginger ale
Touchdown – Brandy, lemonade, unsweetened iced tea
Incomplete Pass – Brandy, pineapple juice (with or without ice)
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