As the Colorado Avalanche become National Hockey League (NHL) ice champions, the Los Angeles Rams are eager to defend their Super Bowl victory in the upcoming National League season. football (NFL). Major League Baseball’s (MLB) top teams are heading to the playoffs and New York City Football Club is the defending Major League Soccer (MLS) Cup champion. Sport has captured our hearts and minds. In 2020, the NFL made $13 billion in revenue and MLB was not far behind with $10 billion. The NBA made $7.4 billion and the NHL made $4.43 billion. About 154 million people watched live sports at least once a month in the United States, according to play today. This number will increase, according to expert forecasts, to approximately 160 million in two years. But what about the sports that people watched 3000 years ago? There was dwile flonking, pato and a Mesoamerican ball game, as well as a few sports that we still play today. These games may seem strange, but there are a few sports that you may recognize.
The lacrosse game
What began as stickball, a Native American contest that tribal warriors trained for recreational and religious reasons, is what we now know as the international sport of lacrosse. The Iroquois tribes played the first game in the St. Lawrence Valley region around the year 1100, making it America’s game. oldest team sport. The sport spread to other tribes in the eastern half of North America and around the Great Lakes.
Games could last several days and were the equivalent of the Super Bowl. The field itself was hundreds of meters, or several kilometers in length and width. Players ranged from 100 on the pitch to as many as 100,000 players. Players used wooden sticks in the early games, sometimes with net baskets or pouches attached, and used small balls wrapped in deerskin. Deer tendons formed the nets. Native American oral traditions say that birds and mammals played the first game of lacrosse. And some believe the sport was a gift from the Creator to be used as medicine.
The history of sumo wrestling
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Prehistoric cave paintings show the ancient sumo wrestling as a dance or ritual to pray for a good harvest. The first written record of sumo is found in the Kojiki, a book from the year 712 and the first match was held in 23 BC. violent affair, often unto death. From the earliest religious practices, sumo became a sport for royalty. The matches were played in the courts of the emperors. From the imperial courts to the masses, sumo grew in popularity. Those who possessed the Japanese islands 2,500 years ago, competed in a sumo wrestling.
According to legend, during a match between Takemikazuchi and Takeminakata, (Takemikazuchi was known as the god of thunder and conquest and Takeminakata was known as the god of water, wind and hunting) Takemikazuchi took the Takeminakata’s arm and crushed him, beating him firmly and claiming the Japanese islands for himself.
It is the official sport of Japan and today’s sumo wrestlers are superstars. Although the rules are simple, the training and discipline to become a sumo star is tough. If any part of your body other than your feet touches the ground or if you come out of the straw ring, the match is over and your opponent is the winner. Some winners in the past got all of Japan.
The national sport: Pato
Argentina’s national sport, juego del pato (pato), is a game played on horseback that combines elements of polo and basketball. The basic rules are that two teams of four ride horses to pass the pato (leather ball with six handles) through mesh hoops at each end of a grass field. The match is played over six periods of eight minutes. However, back when the game originated around 400 years ago, players used a duck in a leather bag. And since pato means duck, the name of the game was invented. They put an unfortunate fowl in a leather bag and threw it away. The live duck would invariably die during the competition. The competition was fierce and often violent and bloody. According Traditional sportsduring the beatification ceremony of San Ignacio de Loyola in Buenos Aires in 1610, “They sew the leather where a live duck sticking out its head has been placed. This leather is composed of two or more handles to which the two strongest men of each team stand halfway between the destinations They enthusiastically pull hard until the stronger team grabs the duck and takes it with them, knocking their rival to the ground if they don’t let go of the duck. Winning team starts running, and the opponents run after them, surround them until they hit them by one of the handles, they pull hard again, and the team that manages to carry the duck to the indicated destination wins. do no more harm to the ducks and the country follows with rage the game today.
A drunken game: Dwile Flonking
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Dwile Flonking’s origins have been unclear ever since the drunks of the Middle Ages may have created it. Some claim that a painting by Pieter Brueghel the Elder, titled Games for children shows a variant. Pub sport involves two teams. Each team has twelve players. Each team takes turns dancing around the other. They dance, avoiding at all costs the non-dancer team throwing a beer-soaked rag. The team with the most points wins. If there are players who are still sober, they lose points.
More specifically, according to tradespeoplethere are specific terms for parts of the game. The teams go through a “flonker” and a “jobanowl”. A team will shout, “Here, y’go t’gither!” And when a team does not get any points, they must drink the contents of a gazunder filled with beer while others chant “Pot! Pot! Pot!” While that might sound confusing, maybe it all makes more sense after a pint.
A national sport: buzkashi
The Afghan national sport is buzkashi. The basic rules are that players drop an animal carcass at one end of a field and riders jostle around the carcass as players fight to catch it. Whoever escapes with the carcass must carry it around the marker across the field. Opposing players can hit them. The game is extremely rough, violent and dangerous. If they succeed, the the carcass is released to the end of the field.
The sport took root in the 10th century, when nomadic asian tribes extend it to the east. During the first reign of the Taliban government in Afghanistan, they banned the sport as they considered the game to be immoral. After the Taliban were ousted, play resumed. When the Taliban returned to power in 2021, they allowed the sport to continue. There is now leagues and competitions become champion.
Unknown Ancient Rules: Mesoamerican Ball Game
Because the Mesoamerican ball game is ancient, we don’t know the rules. Losers, may have lost their minds. Judging by the descendants of the sport, ulama (a ball game played in Mexico still played to this day), the rules were probably like racquetball, where the goal is to keep the ball in play. There was a common theory that players hit a ball with their hips , their forearms, their rackets, their bats or their hands. The size and weight of the ball differed greatly over the years, but was solid rubber. Sport is linked to religious practices. Competitions often ended in human sacrifice. Sometimes they used a “ball” of a human head or skull. Ball courts have been found throughout Mesoamerica, as far south as present-day Nicaragua and as far north as what is now Arizona.