Gooooooo Giants!

Headlines: NY Giants beat New England Patriots 21-17 to win Super Bowl XLVI

And with that being said, I don’t really watch football. But I DO support my New York teams when they make it to the finals ^^ I turned to the tv. in the last seconds of the Super Bowl (no I didn’t tune in for the commercials lol) and I saw the Giants win. It was a great feeling, that and seeing people wear Giants gear around Second Life.

I had heard that RDG sold jerseys and the like, so I went down to the shop to see what they had. I looked and looked, and couldn’t find the NY Giants jersey. It wasn’t until 2 people came out of nowhere and turned the vendor to what I wanted (they were dressed up in Giants gear already) that I was able to get my stuff. I figured they saw me dress like this (minus the hat because I got that at the store) and wanted to help a fellow fan out ^^

I have to say, I’m disappointed with this hat. You can tell it was made for a guy, and for the life of me I could not re-size it to what I wanted it to look like. The shorts, war paint and the shirt are from Erotique Designs – Jania was so excited that she made shirts for the 2 teams so that we could look sexy and root for our favorite teams at the same time.

Now, every time the Super Bowl comes up, I always hear people outside of the USA say, “American football is not football.” So I wanted to know where exactly did we get football and soccer (what most people call football) from. This was taken from Slate.com:

“It’s an abbreviation of association football. Both soccer and American football come from the same set of precursor sports, which became popular in upper-class English schools in the early 19th century and spread across the Atlantic. All these games involved advancing a ball through an opponent’s territory and scoring at the far end, but the rules varied from place to place. Ultimately, the version adopted as standard in the United Kingdom came to be known as association football, while another set of rules won out in the United States. Thus the Americans took to calling their gridiron variety football, and referred to the British sport by the slang term soccer, derived from the soc in association.”

This excerpt is taken from the word “football” in wikipedia:

“The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) records that the first written use of the word football used to describe a game was in 1424 in an Act forbidding it. The first written use of the word football to describe the ball was 1486, and that the first use as a verb (hence footballing) was in 1599. Although the OED just indicates it is a compound of foot and ball, the 1486 definition indicates that a ball was of the essence of the game.

Although it is widely assumed that the word football, or “foot ball”, originated in reference to the action of a foot kicking a ball, this may be a false etymology. An alternative explanation has it that the word originally referred to a variety of games in medieval Europe, which were played on foot.  These sports were usually played by peasants, as opposed to the horse-riding sports more often enjoyed by aristocrats. This explanation is supported by the fact that the word football has always implied a wide variety of games played on foot, not just those that revolved around kicking a ball.In some cases, the word has been applied to games which involved carrying a ball and specifically banned kicking.”

So after reading these 2 articles, what’s the problem in Americans using the word football to describe…football? Or using the word soccer for something that the British (the worse offenders in making fun of Americans) made up themselves? Just leave us alone so we can party and have a good time!


Styling Credits

Outfit:   EDS– Giants Shirt, Booty Shorts,  Super Bowl Paint
Tights:    Mstyle Ears Tights – Black
Makeup:   [mock]Darkened Mood Garnets Makeover {eyes/lips}
Hair:    “LoQ Hair” Vanilla Tart – Chocolate Copper
Nails:    Candy Nail #P015 Jwelry Snow Blue
Earring:    [ glow ] studio – Huge feathers earring gradient violet
Hat:    [RDG] New York Giants Sideline Cap – Team Color

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