Fact: Canadians invented Basketball!
This is a fun one, and it’s a great piece of trivia to stupefy any of your U.S. friends or loved ones. Seriously, if you ever do any cross-border dating, and I highly recommend it, this one will surprise and astound the date you met on Match.com or whatever dating service is trending with the kids these days. Just don’t tell them that, because you’re Canadian, you used a match.com coupon code. Why pay more money than you have to?
Yes, the modern game of basketball came about because an older guy didn’t like climbing ladders. What I don’t understand is that the commercial doesn’t even show the idea of baskets with full holes in the bottom of them. We saw the ‘midway’ point, where they cut a tiny hole that a broom handle could poke the ball out of.
I also don’t understand how exactly the old man was not okay with cutting holes in the bottom of the basket, but he was okay with cutting ‘small holes’ in the basket. I mean, doesn’t dirt still fall out of the smaller holes? I’m guessing the baskets were used for plants of some kind, right?
We also have no idea how the game of basketball was first thought of. This commercial has a drop-in league already up and running. How did the founder even think of the game in the first place? And when did someone else decide to play a game with him (which I guess would be the ‘first game’).
I would also be interested in seeing when the game first started gaining momentum and became a serious sport, with leagues, uniforms, fans, etc.
After some quick searching I found some more detailed resources on the history of basketball:
About the Founder:
About the Game: