We will review the origin of the most popular sports traditions around the world.
Any sport is defined by its rules, and there is no rule more important than tradition. In many cases learning the customs and traditions behind each sport is more important than the rules themselves, as if it were a play in which the characters have to nail their role.
From the national anthem of the competitors before the match, to the celebration ceremony, traditions form the DNA of sportAs such, they are rigorously respected by all participants and are eagerly awaited by fans.
The sports traditions we love
These customs have undergone several changes throughout their history, but in most cases the idea is usually the same. Next tennis some of these traditions whose origin you may not have known.
In football (and in other sports) both the fans and the players sometimes forget that it is a sport and not war, and that’s why This is one of the most beautiful customs that you have.
By exchanging the shirt with the opponent, the players want to stage that despite everything, they still respect each other and they have no shame or qualms about being seen in the colors of the opposing team. In addition, many players, especially from lower categories, look for the player they admire the most to ask for the shirt, and they keep it as a treasure.
That was the origin of the practice, when in 1931 the French national team managed to win for the first time in an international match England, which at that time were the reference in the world of football.
It was such an important moment for French football that the players did not believe it, and when the game ended they asked the English for the shirts as a souvenir. These did not refuse, and thus the first exchange of shirts in football was registered.
However, that was a very special occasion that It was not repeated until the 1954 World Cup, according to FIFA. Since then it has become a tradition in all world cups and then in international team competitions.
Elchampn in Formula 1
When a race ends, the most precious object for the winner is not the trophy (which are becoming more horrifying), but the bottle of champagne they give on the podium at the end of the award ceremony.
After a bit of wiggling, the white foam bounces off, wetting hostesses, team members, cars, and the other competitors. If it is the first time that one of the pilots reaches the podium, the tradition is that the other two go for him, soaking him from top to bottom like an initiation ceremony.
But what is the origin of this curiously homoertic ceremony? The tradition of delivering a bottle of champagne to the winner of a car race dates back to the 1950 French Grand Prix, held in the Reims region, the world capital of champagne. So it was logical that the winner, Juan Manuel Fangio, received a bottle of champagne as a prize from the hands of Paul Chandon Mot.
Interestingly, the first time anyone thought of using the gift champagne to splash everyone present It was not in Formula 1, but in the 24 of Le Mans in 1967.
Ferrari was the big favorite before the race, while the press had predicted a disaster for Ford, which had opted to manufacture its new GT40 Mark IV on American land (instead of the United Kingdom like the previous ones); In addition, one of the cars was shared by two drivers who maintained a great rivalry, Dan Gurney and A.J. Foyt.
Surprisingly, it was these two drivers who wanted them last, winning the race thanks to a master drive in which they left their rivalry apart. When the awards ceremony was completed and the pilots received the bottle of champagne, Gurney saw the same journalists who had criticized him at his feet.
I took the bottle, moved it and I sprayed everyone present in an act that seemed crazy in the middle of a ceremony that until then was very serious, and that was repeated again in all races in most disciplines.
Cut the net in basketball
When players win a basketball final, in addition to the trophy or medals they also expect two very unusual items: scissors and ladders. Its objective, cut the nets out of the baskets and take them home, like a hunter’s trophy.
This is a tradition that began in the university leagues of the United States, but has ended up reaching Europe and the rest of the world. It all started in the 1920s, in the tournament between institutes of the state of Indiana.
Curiously the first time it was not a teenage player but a responsible adult: Coach Everett Case, who cut the network four times thanks to the dominance of their teams in the 20s and 30s.
Not even World War II managed to calm him, since when he enlisted he was sports director in several flight schools, taking his own tradition wherever he went. When the war ended and he went back to training (and winning), he didn’t have to wait long to cut a net again, in 1945.
The reason behind this gesture is not very deep, simply wanted the network as a sign that they had won the championship, but it soon became popular spontaneously, with players climbing on top of each other with scissors that they had stored.
Although initially it seemed a rebellious and somewhat criminal act, today everything is much more organized and in many competitions is considered as part of the celebrations, with ladders and official scissors at the disposal of the players.
Milk for the winner of the 500 miles of Indianpolis
The 500 Miles of Indianpolis is one of the most famous races on the planet alongside the Mnaco Grand Prix and the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and as such is home to quite a few traditions, such as that the winner has to kiss the bricks of the finish line.
But the oldest is the one that says that the winner has to drink from a milk bottle as soon as he gets out of the car; Yes, while Europeans get drunk on champagne, Americans prefer a slightly healthier drink.
Actually, the tradition of milk is older than that of champagne, and it started in 1933; Although current cars are capable of completing 500 miles in three hours or less, in the first few years the event could exceed six hours, and unlike Le Mans, each car only had one driver.
So when Louis Meyer got out of the car as the winner, he immediately ordered a cold glass of buttermilk (or buttermilk), a popular drink in some countries, to cool off and regain his strength. When he won again in 1936 he did the same, but instead of a glass they gave him the whole bottle.
The photo of Meyer drinking amorro while celebrating the victory was the cover of the local newspapers, but due to the poor quality of the photo the buttermilk was mistaken for milk, and since then it became an iconic image at the end of each race. And if you are lactose intolerant, bad luck, because pilots can only choose between whole, semi-skimmed and skimmed milk.
The green jacket of the Augusta Masters
This green jacket is old-fashioned, too hot, and not practical for golfing, and yet all players dream of owning someday.
This is the jacket you get when you win the Masters, or Augusta Masters, one of the most important golf tournaments on the planet and with one of the most curious traditions.
In 1937 the Augusta Golf Club had a curious idea to promote themselves: all members wore a green jacket, so that competition attendees could recognize them through the crowd and ask them questions.
The truth is that the members themselves were not very enthusiastic about the ideaAs the jacket was too hot to spend long hours playing golf, they eventually switched to a lighter model.
The green jacket became the symbol of the club and its exclusivity, especially when from 1949 it began to be awarded to the champions of the tournament, with a ceremony in which the previous winner helps the new winner put on his jacket.
This ceremony also stages that the previous champion will not be able to continue wearing his green jacket, since only the current champion can wear it anywhere. Former champions have to return the jacket to the club, and can only wear it on special occasions.
The Olympic medals
In the original Olympics of ancient Greece the winner of each category receive as the only prize an olive wreath (after laurel), although when they returned to their land they would be considered local heroes and it was common that they could live well with donations.
However, at the time the poet Ovid was joking about this ridiculous award, and one of his characters in a play goes as far as to say that Zeus is poor, because he cannot give more than one olive branch to the winners of the games he founded himself. If he were rich, he says, he would give them gold.
Perhaps that is why, when the Olympic Games were held again in 1896, the organizers wanted to reward the winners as they deserved. However, they did not have enough money to buy gold, so they ended up awarding silver medals for the winners and bronze medals for the runners-up.
Interestingly, the next edition, the 1900 edition in Paris, abandoned the idea of medals and the winners received cups, trophies or even pieces of art such as paintings. It was not until the 1904 Games in St. Louis first established the gold medal structure for the winner, silver for the second, and bronze for the third.
However, the organizers soon realized that giving away pure gold medals was a very bad idea, and the current gold medals are silver with six grams of gold. So there are so many athletes who bite your medal? Actually, it is the photographers who ask them insistently to do that pose, according to David Wallechinsky, president of the International Society of Olympic Historians.
It is not clear if the medals have meaning, although one theory is that represent the ages of humanity in Greek mythology. The Golden Age is a utopa in which man lived in harmony among the gods, in the Silver Age impiety reigned and youth lasted 100 years, and the Bronze Age is a period of war and violence.