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Rain Man
12-09-2004, 01:54 PM
The person who made the football pointy.


Can you imagine if it was round? No cool bounces on fumbles. Shot puts on passes. Fumbles galore. Football wouldn't be football if the football wasn't shaped like a football.

ptlyon
12-09-2004, 01:57 PM
WTF is it?

R&GHomer
12-09-2004, 02:07 PM
Rain Man, have you been staining patio furniture in your garage again with the doors closed?

Jenson71
12-09-2004, 02:10 PM
We salute you, Mr. Guy-Who-Made-Footballs-Footballs man...

Frankie
12-09-2004, 02:12 PM
Can you imagine if it was round? No cool bounces on fumbles. Shot puts on passes. Fumbles galore. Football wouldn't be football if the football wasn't shaped like a football.
No. It would be soccer. Wait a minute...... SOCCER IS FOOTBALL.

Demonpenz
12-09-2004, 02:13 PM
maybe we should thank the makers of the rugby ball first

ck_IN
12-09-2004, 02:14 PM
<i>No. It would be soccer. Wait a minute...... SOCCER IS FOOTBALL.</i>

No it's not. I'm not sure what soccer is (besides this side of gay) but it's not football.

ptlyon
12-09-2004, 02:15 PM
Ever wonder what the game would be like if the ball actually was shaped like a foot?

Dr. Facebook Fever
12-09-2004, 02:17 PM
Forget ppd....how many threads per day do you average Rain Man?







:)

Calcountry
12-09-2004, 02:19 PM
We salute you, Mr. Guy-Who-Made-Footballs-Footballs man...
Real man of GEEENiiusssss.

KC Dan
12-09-2004, 02:27 PM
No. It would be soccer. Wait a minute...... SOCCER IS FOOTBALL.

No it's not. I'm not sure what soccer is (besides this side of gay) but it's not football.
While I enjoy American football much more than European football (soccer), futbol was around well before American football. Maybe American football should have been named oblong-ball. Soccer is football and always has been.

Rain Man
12-09-2004, 02:32 PM
Forget ppd....how many threads per day do you average Rain Man?




Let's just say that I've found my calling.

Frankie
12-10-2004, 01:22 AM
Let's just say that I've found my calling.
I doubt it. You have no idea what some of are calling you behind your back! :p

philfree
12-10-2004, 02:57 AM
I thought the original footballs (in Europe before it was called Soccer) were just a goats liver that a bunch of drunk mofos decided to kick around for entertainment. When they went round or in the case of American Football oblong and pointed..............I probably missed class that day. I don't know why but I remember stupid stuff like that. Things like people started wearing underwear in the 1500s. I wish I could remember something that could actually make me a buck :rolleyes:


PhilFree :arrow:

Mr. Kotter
12-10-2004, 07:21 AM
... Football wouldn't be football if the football wasn't shaped like a football.

:spock:

bricks
12-10-2004, 08:21 AM
Yeah ok. So what's the guys name? I'm not gonna appreciate him till I know his name. Anybody know his name?

Iowanian
12-10-2004, 08:26 AM
Big ups to the guy who invented 2ply toiletpaper.

Bob Dole
12-10-2004, 08:42 AM
The forward pass, introduced in 1906 but used very little at first, resulted in a change in the official measurements of the football in 1912. The circumference along the long axis was increased to 28 to 28 1/2" inches, a tolerance that still exists. The circumference along the short axis was set at 22 1/2 to 23 inches. This was reduced to 22 to 22 1/2" in 1931, and to the present measurement of 21 1/4 to 21 1/2 inches in 1934. The weight of the football set in 1912-14 to 15 ounces-has never been changed.

The pressure to which the ball was to be inflated was set at 13 to 15 pounds in 1928. The only subsequent change was in 1934 when the playing pressure was reduced to 12 1/2 to 13 1/2pounds. In 1931 the length of the long axis was set at 11 to 11 1/4 inches.

In the early days of football, the same ball was used throughout the game and no doubt, in many cases, throughout the entire season. As late as 1919 Rawlings advertised its model 5RX as "guaranteed for one game." The first departure from the one ball to a game practice came in 1927 when the rules committee specified that in the case of a wet field the ball could be changed at the end of the half at the discretion of the referee.

In 1941, the committee recommended that in case of a wet field three balls be used, changing balls after each down. A current regulation of both the National Football League and American Football League requires the home team to have 12 official balls on hand for each game.

The first reference to the color of footballs was made in the 1928 rules, which stated that the ball "should be natural tanned color." In 1931 a rule was added allowing the use of a while ball or other colored ball for night games, if agreed to by both teams. In 1941 it was stipulated that for night games the ball should have two black stripes. (A year later this requirement was made optional.) These balls were available in tan, white or yellow leather. In 1949 Rawlings introduced a tan ball with a double white stripe on each end and for several years footballs of tan, yellow or white, with single or double stripes at each end, were in vogue for night play. In 1953 the color of the ball was covered in more detail in the rules and there have been no changes since.

From Rawlings.com

CosmicPal
12-10-2004, 08:47 AM
Yea, this ranks right up there with the guy who invented beer and the other dude who invented skimpy outfits and pom-poms...football just wouldn't be the same.