Mordillo! Is your soccer a football?

And just because we feel like it, here’s a moment with Mordillo…


So what is it with calling football “soccer”? That’s an especially pertinent question given that we call one of our national sports “football” when foots ain’t got much to do with the game (with apologies to the periodic contribution of kickers and punters (punters?! that’s for another time)). Well, back in the 1800s as formal rules were being drawn up for modern football in the UK, groups participating in compliant programs were deemed members of “Association Football.” The pluralized common form for the Associations was abbreviated to “ssocia” and eventually was casually phrased as “socca.” The slight variation stuck as the weird little game made its way across the Atlantic into Canada and the U.S.

American football had its origins in British foot-and-ball based play and the American brand was initially heavily reliant on pedal activity like its cousin rugby. Eventually, the American version mutated from the more fluid game of traditional football into one that used various structures and physical mechanics that makes it unique from its ancestors. What became modern soccer in the U.S. didn’t arrive until after the American football version had become well established, so to differentiate, the name “soccer” stuck.

And there you go. Don’t say you never learned anything at Comics A-Go-Go! We are not just a processed sugar powerhouse. We occasionally throw a bit of whole grain your way to make you feel like you’re consuming healthy doses of education.

Speaking of education, we love the concept of an “honorary doctorate.” If the likes of George Bush, Glenn Beck, and Dolly Parton can get these certified stamps of “go to the head of the class” ridiculousness, then there’s hope for us as well. Now if we can just find some institution of higher education that is willing to sell out for less than they usually do…

Asma Al-Assad
Any regrets there, Rome University?


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