May 14

Playing Cards Is One Of The Oldest Games

Golf as we know it first started in Scotland, where it was called “gouf.” From its earliest days, it had loyal adherents. Shepherds in the Scottish countryside would try to hit a pebble into a rabbit hole with their staffs. After a while, the shepherds would all compete, which raised the question of who was watching the sheep. The Scots were the first ones to develop a ball and stick game with a hole. By the 16th century, golf was popular with kings and commoners alike. Mary, Queen of Scots was criticized for playing, but she didn’t care. Golfers took the game seriously even then, and wrote how-to guides on improving your stroke. By then, balls were made of feathers wrapped in horsehide. Clubs were called cleeks, and were made of various woods. Golf also had a version of a handicap system. In the 18th century, golf clubs looked almost modern. Shafts were made of hazel or ash, and heads were made of beechwood or iron. The ball was still feathers and horsehair, but better made. Golf also had written rules, instituted in 1744 at Leith Links, web site, such as “the ball must be played where it lies.” No cheating, now!

May 10

The History Of Gymnastic Competition In the US

For fans of gymnastics, learning more about the history of the sport, past competitors and the competitions and events that have made it what it is today can be an important undertaking. Limiting you knowledge and understanding to just contemporary events could find you missing out on the chance to discover some of the greatest moments in gymnastic history. From learning about the most famous athletes to viewing footage of past competitions and the performances and moments that have left the most impact, fans have many (more…)

May 07

What Sports Were Played At The First Olympics?

The Olympic games were a creation of the ancient Greeks. The festival meant to honor the God Zeus brought together the best athletes from the collection of Greek city-states. The first documented games were contested in 776 BC in Olympia and continued to be held until stopped by the Romans in 394 AD.
The ancient Olympics traditionally consisted of four races. The oldest was the Stadion, a sprint that covered a stade, or the length of the stadium (roughly between 590 and 790 feet). The diaulos was a two-stade race, or a lap around the stadium. Distance races included the dolichos, generally considered (more…)

May 04

What Equipment Did Football Players Wear In The Beginning?

Football is now the most popular sport in the United States, and even high school and college football garner significant attention. One of the biggest changes to occur in football over the years has been the change in equipment, and players of the past would be shocked to see how much equipment has changed. Here are some facts about football equipment in the early days of the sport.

Initially, football was similar to rugby. The forward (more…)

May 01

How Was Golf Played At Its Beginning?

Golf as we know it first started in Scotland, where it was called “gouf.” From its earliest days, it had loyal adherents.

Shepherds in the Scottish countryside would try to hit a pebble into a rabbit hole with their staffs. After a while, the shepherds would all compete, which raised the question of who was watching the sheep. The Scots were the first ones to develop a ball and stick game with a hole.

By the 16th century, golf was popular with kings and commoners alike. (more…)