Clint Dempsey discusses the Super Bowl

  • James

    They call this thing football? Then why do they use their hands and not their feet?

    They should call it handball. Maybe they did but the name failed to catch on.


    • Brett

      I realize this was a joke, but I actually did a presentation during school on why a game where two players on the team ever use their feet to kick the ball, which is not even really a ball, is called “football”.

      There was football, guys kicking a ball around toward a goal. Then some guy picked up the ball and they turned the endline into an endzone. He went to Rugby School (another mystery solved) so they called it “Rugby football”. At that point, “association football” was termed “soccer”, though the Brits found it easier, or more appropriate perhaps, to change the name of the other game. The new rules were picked up by Ivy League teams in America and they created “gridiron football” or “4-downs football”. Since both of those names are stupid, and no one around really liked the other football at the time, they just stuck with “football”.


      • Satori

        That’s an incredible over-simplification, and not even completely correct. The 4 downs in American Football didn’t exist yet when the ivy league schools picked up a very rugby-like game, for instance. Also, the etymology of “football” is disputed. Some think it referred to games played “on foot” (as opposed to on horseback, like polo), rather than to the use of the foot in the game.

        At any rate, all forms of football currently played have a common origin, and began to separate as rulebooks were created in the late 1800s.


      • Brett

        It was an evolution, yes. But the point was how it retained the name football. I never meant to say it happened overnight, but at the time the gridiron rules were developed there was no need to differentiate between the rules because none were particularly popular outside of loosely organized associations of schools. You’ll excuse the simplicity given that we’re posting on a blog.

        You make a good point about the game being played “on foot”; I hadn’t considered that. However, that also applies for several ball-based sports that are not called “football”. The real reason is in the common origin, as you restated.


  • Dainja

    As a Cowboys fan and a Dempsey fan…I’m crushed. haha. But for real though, impressed with his football knowledge and the 17 years stat on Ray Lewis. That being said…HATE YA BIG BLUE! (old school Oilers diss)


  • squirt-lover

    Droppin knowledge…like the guy announcing has any idea who Joe Montana, Jerry Rice, or Deion Sanders are.


  • Texian1856

    Exactly Deuce, nobody is from Dallas. They all move there and try to be LA – but they can’t afford it. Anyways, Jerry J. sucks. GO TEXANS!


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