Fancy a game of Throwball?
Posted on December 16, 2008 by pacificyorkshirebird
Recently, I was talking with someone who had that all familiar twinkle is his eye. He had a question for me that, in terms of my list of FAQ’s, is right up there with “Why is it called the World Series if its not teams from around the world?”
This time it was “Why do you call American Football…. Football? Shouldn’t it be called Throwball? Because in real football they use their feet but in American Football you throw the the ball. So why do you call it Football? It should be Throwball.”
My response this time was actually in reference to an earlier post. I remembered to say to him “I was off sick the day they had that meeting.”
His logic was off though. It doesn’t make sense to call one Football and one Throwball if you use the logic that the predominant action in the game is what determines the name. If you do that, then Football should be called Kickball. I’m pretty sure no self respecting British football fan would agree to that. So if you keep the name Football, then it would be more correct to add “(with a little bit of throwing)” to the name and the logical conclusion would be to rename American Football to Handball (with a little bit of kicking).