What is your favorite sport? and why?

All throughout history people wanted to be entertained. In ancient Rome people would attend the Colosseum and watch gladiator fights, and fights against wild animals. They would also go to the Circus Maximus and watch chariot races. In ancient Greece people would watch plays and listen to poetry. In the middle ages they would watch tournaments where knights and soldiers would battle each other infighting, archery, and jousting tournaments. Kings and noblemen would have Jesters perform for them.

Now people often turn to entertainment in the form of but not limited to books, T.V. shows, movies, music, YouTube, video games, even sports. One of the biggest of these platforms for people have been sports. Sports have been around for thousands of years

How did you get into sports?

Baseball Little league

I am from New York and we have a very strong sports affiliation in all the four major sports. We also host other sports such as The NYCFC soccer team, the US Open in August, and the PGA at Bethpage and Shinnecock on Long Island. The opportunity to go and physically see a game or watch one on TV is highly accessible.

I got into sports mainly because of my father. The first sport that I was interested in probably like many others was baseball. I remember as a little kid going outside and having a catch and hitting a ball off of a tee. I played baseball from then until the end of high school.

Other sports that I got into playing and watching other sports such as basketball and hockey. I was not influenced by my dad but mostly by friends and watching on television. I got into hockey in the mid eighties. My cousins were Islander fans and the Islanders at that time were winning year after year. However, despite this I  grew up to be a Rangers fan.

I have gotten into soccer over the past few years. This is mainly due to my son playing soccer. It is very easy to get into a sport when you have a personal interest in it. Soccer was never a big sport when I was growing up. It has definitely gained momentum in the more recent years.

What sport is your favorite?

Hockey

When someone asks me what is your favorite sport it is not a simple answer. The reason being there are sports that are my favorite based on different reasons. My favorite sports consist of different reasons such as favorite to watch or play or go to.

My favorite sport to go to is hockey. There is nothing like going to see a hockey game live. Watching it on TV doesn’t do the sport any justice. The energy in the crowd is amazing. With all their chants, singing, and cheering is like non other. The speed at which the players are skating and the speed of the puck gets lost on the television as well. There is nothing like hearing the checking against the boards echoing throughout the arena. Going to a playoff hockey just amplifies the energy.

My favorite sport to watch on TV when I was younger it was baseball however the game has gotten dragged out so much that it is hard to watch at times. Football is now my favorite sport to watch on TV. I have always enjoyed watching football think football has become my favorite because of the emergence of fantasy sports. I find myself watching games that I usually would not care about, and rooting for players on teams that I dislike. It is more than likely that I am not the only one who feels this way.

Are there any sports you don’t like?

There are many people that do not like sports at all and that is perfectly fine. Many people find out from an early age if they like sports or not. Some people start off not liking sports then as they get older they wind up loving them and vice versa. There are many reasons as to why some people do not like a certain sport. These can range from not understanding the game to maybe they had a bad experience playing it.

I really do not have any sports that I hate. There are however, many sports that I do not like to watch. I find it very hard to watch golf and tennis. I have been to live matches and they are just OK to me. When these sports are on TV I find them very hard to watch. I do enjoy going out and play a round of golf. Tennis on the other hand I am not big on playing.

If you could play any sport professionally what would it be?

New York Yankees

There are numerous sports that I wanted to play professionally when I was a child. The one sport I would to have loved to play professionally is baseball. Like I said earlier it was my first sports played and it took me all the way through High school. I would have loved to been able to take it further.

I would have loved to play for the New York Yankees. Having been to many games and feeling the energy inside the stadium as a fan was unbelievable I could only imagine how it is to be a player in that atmosphere. It would have been a dream come true to do something I loved and especially for a team that I loved since I was a kid.

The importance of sports

I think since sports have been eliminated during this pandemic people are feeling the effects. Sports have been proven to have many positive effects on people. They are a way of keeping active, relieving stress, keeping busy, or even as a distraction. Its great for bonding with others I know this was a great way for my dad and I to spend time together. I also have the same with my own children. It is a form of exercise both playing and watching. Sports have also shown that it makes people smarter. When you are watching a sport or playing you are always trying to figure out your opponents next move. This works certain parts of your brain and helps you to comprehend information better and faster. Sports are great at helping kids deal with victory and defeat.

The History of Sports – Neolithic to Modern day

Sports have been around for a thousand of years. There is some neolithic age artwork proving this. In the Lascaux caves in France there were cave paintings found believed to be about 15,000 years old. These drawings are believed to be showing humans wrestling and running. Around 10,000 B.C.E there was paintings showing Egyptians wrestling and an early form of archery. There were also another set of cave paintings in Mongolia showing a wrestling match dating back to around 7,000 B.C.E.

What were some first documented sports?

The Olympics held in ancient Greece were the first documented sports. The first one taking place in 776 B.C.E. In these games there was only one event which was a footrace. These games held early on were only to honor the god Zeus. As time went on more sports were added to the Olympics. Around 700 B.C.E. along with the foot race they had discus, javelin, wrestling, and the long jump. Around 680 B.C.E. boxing and chariot racing were added. In these game sit was only the male citizens of Greece who were permitted to participate married women were not even allowed to spectate.

It is believed that in China during the Han dynasty as far back as around 5,000 B.C.E. there was an early form of football (Soccer) being played. This early form of football was called Tsu-Chu which means “kick ball”. Players were able to use parts of their bodies but not their hands. They also had to score by kicking the ball through a hole in a net. There are other items that show that other sports were played in China around 2,500 B.C.E. such as gymnastics.

During the middle ages there was an emergence of some new types of sports. Most of the sports of this time were rough, dangerous, and violent. Unlike the religious meaning behind the original Olympics games the games during the middle ages were more of a way to increase fighting skills among the knights and soldiers. Most of their sporting events were set around festivals. People from all over would come and watch these events. Some more popular events were archery and the joust.

Some other sports played during this time period was Horseshoes which was very similar to today’s version, Hammer throw, Shinty similar to today’s field hockey, Colf an ancestor to today’s golf, and Skittles an early form of our 10 pin bowling.

When did modern day sports come about?

 

The first modern Olympics were held in 1896 in Athens, Greece. They had around 280 participants from 13 nations still all males. There were now 43 events some included were track and field, gymnastics, tennis, weightlifting, shooting, and fencing among many others.

Most of our modern day team sports have been traced back mainly to Britain. Many of these sports came about because of the Gambling Act of 1664. The main sports that were backed by gambling were Cricket, Boxing, and Horse racing.

Cricket was a sport that was originated in the south-eastern region of England in the later part of the 16th century. In the early half of the 1700’s cricket was established as London’s leading sport. By the 18th century it was introduced in other parts of the world.

The modern game of baseball was created in 1845. The New York Knickerbocker baseball club created the first rules and regulations that became the accepted standard for the modern game of baseball. The Knickerbockers played their first game against a cricket team in 1846. In 1887 softball was invented as a from of indoor baseball.

American football was derived from the sports rugby and soccer. In 1869 players from Princeton and Rutgers held the first intercollegiate football contest in New Jersey. It was considered a soccer-rugby style game. Walter Camp, is known as the “Father of American Football.” He was most responsible for the transition from this rugby-like game to the sport of football we know today. In November 1892, a Pittsburgh Athletic Club, AAA player name William (Pudge) Heffelfinger was paid $500 to participate in the game, making him the first-ever professional football player.

Women and sports in ancient times?

Women competing in sporting events was always looked down upon. There is evidence from drawings and other art work that women in ancient civilizations competed in some forms of sports. There existed women athletes in Greek, Egyptian, and Minoan civilizations. Carvings on tombs, art, and paintings in Egypt provide proof that women were involved in swimming and also ballgames which seemed to resemble a form of soccer.

In Greece, the city of Sparta which was a militarist state was known to have girls and women engage in racing, discus, wrestling, and javelin. They had the women engage in these activities because they felt in order for the women to have strong children they needed to be strong themselves. They were also expected to be able to defend themselves as well as their homeland.

Women in Modern Day Sports?

Women's Soccer

Between the 16th century to 19th century sports such as golf, croquet, and archery were accepted as appropriate sports for women in the upper class. This was mainly because it did not involve physical contact or large amounts of physical exertion. Women also became active in cricket. There are documented case of women playing in Sussex. They were also starting to play trapball, an early version of baseball in the 18th century.

During the late 19th century and early 20th century there was a huge change for women in sports. In this period professional sports became what most people associate with today. During this time women were starting to compete in tennis, bowling, and rowing, and cycling.

In 1924, the Games were held in Paris. With about 3,000 athletes there were more than 100 women among them from 44 nations. Unfortunately, the international press rarely covered women’s sports and non-white athletes were pretty much ignored. At the 2016 Rio Olympics there were women competing from every continent. There was an increase in girls’ and women’s participation in sports influenced by the women’s rights and feminist movements of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Now women athletes and women’s sports spectating is at an all time high.

Conclusion

Sports over the course of history have undergone many transformations. There have been various improvements in technology which make the game more exciting, safer, and able to be seen around the world. The increase of women athletes has dramatically changed the culture of both fans and athletes. Sports will continue to change when the need calls for it. Hopefully we don’t lose any of the fun and excitement.

About Greg

Hello everyone, welcome to My Favorite Athlete Apparel website. Sports has been a passion of mine my entire life. I love to play, go to sporting events, wear my teams attire and even more so the attire of My Favorite Athlete.

I am from New York and sports are a big deal and we have numerous high profile sports teams. It is unique here in that we have two teams for each sport with each one having their own huge and unique fan base. It creates a really good fun rivalry between the fans. Even though there are these high profile sports teams not everyone here is a New York fan myself included.

How I got into sports

I got into sports at a young age mainly because of my dad as I’m sure that is the case with most individuals. My dad was and still is big into sports, most of all the New York Yankees. I started out like most boys my age playing T-ball then moving up the ranks through high school.

Baseball was not the only sport that I played. I also played organized basketball and Dek and roller hockey. These sports were more influenced by my cousins and friends. I wanted to play football but due to my smaller size at a young age my parents were not big on the idea. At the time I was not happy but looking back it was probably for the best.

WHY I WANT TO HELP PEOPLE

I created this site to bring sports fans together. I want fans to be able to express themselves in a fun atmosphere. They should have fun going back and forth with each other with friendly banter. Sports have shown to provide people with a sense of belonging and for many they see their team as a “family”. It is a good way for people to meet others who share the same interest and passion while not necessarily agreeing on teams and players.

THE GOAL OF MY SITE

The purpose of my site is to be able to have sports fans find the best quality apparel to show off their favorite teams and players. There are too many sites out there that promise the best quality and ridiculously low prices. Knowing what we know today it’s very hard to get both. I am trying to supply shoppers with a happy medium.

I have purchased many sports apparel over the years. Some have been long lasting and others were ruined after only a few times being worn. I understand that everyone’s budget is different and that why I want to connect individuals with items that they can afford and will not be a waste of their hard-earned money.

If you ever need a hand or have any questions, feel free to leave them below and I will be more than happy to help you out.

All the best,

Greg

Founder of MyFavoriteAthleteapparel.com