The Five Most Peculiar Things About Sports
Have you ever had one of those moments where you are sitting there dreaming, and you think about how something in sports came to be?
Maybe a rule, maybe a style, maybe a tradition, anything.
Well I'm here to give you the ten things I find most peculiar about the world of sports. Let's get started.
We all know about this. Almost all professional athletes have superstitions.
They can range from tying their shoes ten times, to getting fully dressed, then undress, then fully dress again. Some other common superstitions are reading, listening to music, pacing, eating a certain food, talking to their equipment, fooling around with their equipment, or just talking to themselves.
But there is not a single more confusing superstition than a superstition I saw this baseball season.
As I was watching a Phillies/Cardinals game, I noticed something odd about one of the Cardinals players: Brendan Ryan. After every pitch, he would fix his gloves, hit his feet, etc. But then he would bend his head and....lick his shoulder? Hmm...He does this a few times. He actually licks his shoulder. Of course it's still through the jersey, but he licks the jersey in the area of his shoulder.
Just think of how tasty that is. My mouth is watering just thinking about it.
4. The Hat Trick
One day, while watching a boxing match, a hockey game broke out. During that game, there was a hat trick. While watching the ice crews clean up the hats, I wondered how someone could come up with such a stupid tradition. So I looked it up.
It turns out that the hat trick was started in Guelph, ON in the 1950's. A farm team of the New York Rangers was sponsored by Biltmore Hats, a big manufacturer of hats in North America at the time. The sponsor decided they would award a home player with a hat if they scored three goals in the same game. Fans decided to follow this lead, and they soon started to throw hats onto the ice to offer the player their hats.
Such an odd tradition, yet I have to admit, I have thrown my hat onto the ice. When everyone else is doing it, it's hard to resist.
3. The Leaping Chest Bump
The leaping chest bump was started in the NBA and has quickly spread to become the symbol for a big play.
The leaping chest bump is mostly known for its use in the NFL and the NBA, but I have also recently seen it in baseball.
Any who, the leaping chest bump first became a hit in the early 2000's. It had been practiced before that, but it really caught fire in 2001. Many college football stars began to make a leaping chest bump with another teammate right after they scored.
The only problem was that sometimes one player would not know what the other meant and one player would jump and the other would not.
That's no longer a problem, as the leaping chest bump has become a true art. Yet, we still see some youngsters who mess up and go in sideways. Oh well, they'll learn. If not, them maybe we'll see the rise of the elbow bump...
2. The 7th Inning Stretch
Only in baseball is there a time where fans are actually given a time to get up, stretch, yawn, relax, and sing.
There is no sure answer to how the stretch started, but here are two myths:
1. In 1882, it is said that the fans at a certain college baseball game began to become restless, so the coach of one of the teams called a time out in the middle of the 7th inning. He instructed the fans to stand up and relax. It worked, so he began to do this every game in the middle of the 7th. It soon spread to the majors, and has become what we know today as the 7th Inning Stretch.
2. President William Howard Taft was attending a Washington Senators game in 1910 when he felt sore. He decided to stand up and stretch, and all the fans in the stadium saw him doing it and followed his lead. This all occurred during the middle of the 7th inning.
Which is true? I don't know. All I know is that when a sport has a designated time to stand up, stretch, and sing, you know that it can be quite boring at times. (Don't get me wrong. I love baseball. But I have to agree it becomes boring at some times.)
1. The Octopus On The Ice
The legend of the octopus at Detroit Red Wings games started in the 1952 playoffs. The Red Wings needed eight wins to win the Stanley Cup. The octopus' eight arms symbolized each of the victories. Fans began throwing them onto the ice, and the tradition has been continued every year since.
But how do people actually get in with the octopus? Well...first they have to boil them and find ways to get rid of their horrible odor. Once they are able to make it smell decent enough to not be detected, the fan has to find a way to smuggle it in. The most common use is wrapping the octopus up in a bad, and wrapping that bag around they stomach. This makes the bad look like a beer belly under a shirt.
Once they do throw the octopus, they should quickly wash their hands because if not, it will be easy to tell who threw it.
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