Archive for the Sport Fan Timeline Category

Just What is March Madness?

Every March basketball fans everywhere are glued to their TV’s or any other device to watch the annual NCAA basketball tournament. It’s affectionately called March Madness and fans love it.   Some take time off from work to catch the games and some watch or listen at work. (Uh oh.)  The lengthy tournament includes upsets and […]


Dr. Naismith You Look Good

Art Meets Basketball One day while reading facebook posts I ran across a post about Dr. James Naismith the inventor of basketball. One of my high school classmates, Melissa Rau, wrote a post about creating a Naismith sculpture. Dr. Naismith was being inducted into the Kansas Hall of Fame and Melissa was chosen to design […]


College Traditions: What’s up with that Tree?

You know the tree I’m talking about. The quirky tree that dances around at the Stanford football games. I’ve always wondered why they have a tree as a mascot when they are the Stanford “Cardinal.” Right? The “Cardinal,” the color, not the bird has been their official mascot since 1975. Prior to that they were […]


“Tailgate” Officially Makes It

In 1962 the folks at Merriam Webster decided that tailgating was so popular that they needed to add the sports related definition to their dictionary: Tailgate, adjective.  Definition: relating to or being a picnic set up on the tailgate especially of a pick-up.  Merriam Webster 1962 It was official and there was no turning back.  […]


Who coined the term “tailgating?”

It seems the Green Bay Packers fans may have come up with the term “tailgating.”  During Green Bay’s first season in 1919 the fans would back their pick-up trucks around the field and sit on their tailgates to eat before and after the game. I bet they had no idea what they were starting. Thanks […]


The Earliest Sports Fans

Imagine it’s oh, 75 BC or so, and you’ve got nothing to do on a Saturday, so you wander over to  the Coliseum to check out what is going on.  They’re having a chariot race so you and your friends stay and watch.  Then afterward Caesar decides to open up the Coliseum and invite everyone […]