Sports require rules or customs and typically are competitive. Generally the winner is determined by the physical capabilities of the competitor. In some cases the winner uses mind skills like card and board games. In the case of motor racing the mental sharpness is paramount. Sports are organized and fair play is encouraged. Games that are based on organization and profit do not qualify. Records are kept and posted for the public in sports news.
Sports date back to pre-historic times in the form of archery contests. The Persians developed polo while the Chinese developed a form of football over 2,000 years ago. The Romans had their own form of rugby and the Hawaiians were surfing as early as 1778. Native Americans had their own form of lacrosse as well as foot racing. The Mayans and Aztecs had their own ballgames.
Many modern sports have roots in the rural working class' games. These games were violent and had fewer rules than their modern counterparts. Boxing also has roots in the 17th century. The 1st rules were established in 1744 for boxing.
Some games like Calcio Fiorentino were for the aristocrats. Great Britain's aristocrats loved horse racing.
The Puritans banned theatres in 1642 but didn't prohibit cricket other than on the Sabbath. In 1660 the theatres were re-opened by the monarchy. Likewise any sanctions on cricket were lifted. With the lifting of restrictions gambling flourished and financed many sports including cricket, horse racing, and boxing.
British codified rules spread throughout the world in the late 19th century and early 20th century. Some major teams still show the British influence in their names like AC Milan.
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Astros Traditions & Facts
The Astros have a number of traditions including Los Caballitos, The Little Pumas, The O's Bros, The Killer Bs, and Byrdak's Nest. Los Caballitos pays homage to El Caballo ('the horse"), Carlos Lee and carry wood stick horses. The little Pumas support The Big Puma, Lance Berkman, and cheer "Conoco Home Run Porch". The O's Bros cheer on Roy Oswalt and do a strikeout dance. The original Killer Bs were Craig Biggio, Derek Bell, Jeff Bagwell, and Sean Berry. Additions to the Killer Bs are Lance Berkman, Carlos Beltrán, Chris Burke, Brandon Backe, Eric Bruntlett, Michael Bourn, and Geoff Blum. Byrdak's Nest support Tim Byrdak wearing the signature sunglasses and performing bird noises after every strike.
The Astros started out in 1962 and their uniforms are black, brick red & sand. The Astros are owned by Drayton McLane, Jr. and managed by Ed Wade (General Manager) and Cecil Cooper (Manager). The Astros made the Playoffs nine times - 1980, 1981, 1986, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2004, and 2005. In 2005 the Astros made their World Series appearance.