For many years I thought that the funniest sporting origin story I had ever heard was the “Fractured Fairy Tales” version of the origin of golf. According to Edward Everett Horton, the Fractured Fairy Tales narrator, golf was invented by a very clever King who came up with the idea of belting a little ball into a hole. The sport he created was so difficult that he, initially, named the game “goof” because every time he swung at the ball, he made a mistake and, therefore, goofed. Inventing a difficult sport presented serious difficulties for the King who was so bad at his own sport that he, at one stage, broke the window of a butcher shop with his ball and had to raise taxes in the kingdom to make the repairs.
Much as I love Fractured Fairy Tales and the inventive king, I have discovered an even funnier… much funnier… golfing original story. Click on the link below and hear how Robin Williams explains the emergence of golf. This could well be the funniest sporting origin story ever told.
Click the link below – and laugh your head off!