Our letter for today comes from Cindi. In an email, Cindi wrote:
How was basketball invented?
Thanks for your email, Cindi!
Basketball was first invented by bigfoot.
Find it hard to believe? Well, don’t! Let me explain; you’ll be surprised how logical it is!
The lone creature that he is, bigfoot has always suffered from social anxiety. Though he doesn’t feel comfortable interacting with others, bigfoot is aware, of course, that he would be happier with relationships.
In an attempt to make some bigfoot buddies, bigfoot tried taking up sports. First, seeing as he was in Canada, he tried to take up hockey, but he couldn’t find any ice skates that would fit his big feet (he ain’t called bigfoot for nothing!). Next, he tried football, but he found that he was too powerful to compete with the other guys and not make them mad. Hey, he can’t play, he’s not even human! they’d cry. After a few other attempts, bigfoot gave up on any existing sports and decided that he should create one of his own.
Bigfoot realized that games that are played with balls (such as soccer or football) are really popular, so he created a ball that would be big enough for him to play with. Then he had to create something to do with ball. He decided that a net like soccer would be too much of a hassle to lug around, so he put a peach basket, that he found at a nearby campground, up on a tree and tried to toss the ball into the basket. It was doable, but tough (aka FUN!).
Bigfoot then came up with a few rules for the game, and was ready to go, the game was complete.
Bigfoot invited some people to play with him. After they got over their fear and apprehension, they gave in and followed bigfoot. Bigfoot explained the rules, and pretty soon the first game was underway. A few minutes into the game, the guys realized they were having a great time.
After returning from the woods, the guys couldn’t believe what they’d done; they had played the greatest game of all time!
When they made it home, they told all of their friends about the new game. Initially they called it Bigfoot-Ball, but were forced to change the name to basketball by a shady government agency. With the new name, the game spread quickly, first through the United States, and then through the rest of the world, thanks to the world wars.
Now Basketball is one of the most popular sports in existence, and it all started with one bigfoot and one dream of forging closer social relationships.
Until next time, keep it factual out there!