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Lacoste, Ren� -- The 1920s French tennis star was nicknamed the Crocodile because of his love for fancy crocodile luggage. Yes, that thing on the Izod shirt is a crocodile, not an alligator.
Lacrosse -- The first Native American games had goals that were miles apart, lasted three days and had a thousand players on each side, causing untold psychological trauma to the Native American who was picked last for his team.
Losers -- New York Giants manager Leo Durocher did not say, "Nice guys finish last." He really said, "The nice guys over there are in seventh place." These days, seventh place is still good enough to make the NBA playoffs.
Marathon -- The modern marathon is 26 miles and 385 yards long because the British Olympic Committee in 1908 wanted it to go from Windsor Castle to the Royal Box in London Stadium. Runners huffing through those final 385 yards can take comfort in the fact that the king's butt was comfortably in the shade that day.
Melee -- The predecessor to soccer. This 11th-century British game was first played with the head of an enemy Danish soldier.
Moat -- Speaking of rowdy soccer games, Latin American stadiums in the 1950s had moats to prevent fans from storming the field.
The Opposition -- The Opposition is the official team name of the guys who play the Harlem Globetrotters. The most pathetic job in the encyclopedia, not counting that of French soldier.
Paige, Satchel -- The great African-American pitcher would do almost anything to play a game. He once put on a fake red beard and played for the bearded House of David team. The House of David, by the way, was a baseball-loving apocalyptic cult that mandated facial hair. Probably one of the top five baseball-loving apocalyptic cults with mandatory facial hair.
Violence -- Bearbaiting was a popular sport in 17th-century England: A bear was tied to a stake, and trained dogs were set upon it. Other variations included a bull tied to a stake and a pony with an ape tied to his back. Sounds like Fox might have itself a new sports franchise!
Volleyball -- It was originally called mintonette. And if that's not bad enough, it was designed for businessmen who found the new game of basketball too vigorous.