Cleats by Bill Hinds

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  1. electricshadow

    electricshadow GoComics PRO Member said, about 20 hours ago

    Basketball was originally played with peach baskets until they were replaced with metal hoops. But the name’s stuck.

  2. Plods with Beer ( did I mention beer? )

    Plods with Beer ( did I mention beer? ) GoComics PRO Member said, about 16 hours ago

    Nah… the guy that named it was a dyslexic in a dungeon.

  3. Eric Gjovaag

    Eric Gjovaag said, about 15 hours ago

    I’ve heard that “golf” is an acronym for <gentlemen only, ladies forbidden." I have my doubts about that. And there’s already a game called netball. But renaming American football “throw, catch and run ball” would avoid the perpetual confusion with association football (AKA soccer). But NTCRBL doesn’t roll off the tongue quite so easily as NFL, and is harder to fit on a logo.

  4. tonyging

    tonyging said, about 15 hours ago

    When the Scots invented the game, it was strictly for males.
    G entlemen
    O nly
    L adies
    F orbidden!

  5. KaminoNeko

    KaminoNeko said, about 14 hours ago

    Acronymic etymologies for any word coined before the 20th century (the 15th, in this case) are invariably – invariably – complete horsepucky.
    The actual etymology derives from an old word meaning ‘club’.
    (And even if acronymic words ever happened in the 15th century, 15th century Scots would not be derived from 20th century English.)

  6. hausof7mau

    hausof7mau said, about 11 hours ago

    I was right the original spelling was Flog,

  7. Maizing

    Maizing said, about 11 hours ago

    “Golf” is “Flog” spelled backwards.

  8. hippogriff

    hippogriff said, about 10 hours ago

    hausof7mau
    Well, there are certain backward elements to it: low score wins, clubs have minute differences in face angles (requiring a variety of expensive sticks, hardly consistent with Scot-Calvinist frugality), etc.

  9. rwillatpatbar

    rwillatpatbar said, about 8 hours ago

    @tonyging

    @Eric Gjovaag
    http://www.snopes.com/language/acronyms/golf.asp

  10. Saucy1121

    Saucy1121 GoComics PRO Member said, about 7 hours ago

    According to The Hobbit the origin of golf:
    The story has Bullroarer Took riding into battle on an actual horse, since he was 4 foot 5 inches tall, and taking out the goblin’s leader, by the name of Golfimbul with one blow of his club. Golfimbul’s head does fly 100 feet into the air and does land in a rabbit hole, and the story always ends with same duel results, the battle was ended with the death of Golfimbul, and the game of Golf was invented.

  11. Master Diver

    Master Diver GoComics PRO Member said, about 4 hours ago

    Actually, it was because all the other four-letter words had been taken…

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