August 19, 1900

On August 19, 1900, the only cricket match of the Summer Olympics began. I say began, because it took two days to complete. There were only two teams competing, England and France, as no other countries had athletes dull enough to participate. Onlookers asked themselves if there was an even duller and more flaccid sport to observe. The nearby Frenchmen said yes there was. In fact, croquet was also being played as an Olympic sport this year, and the onlookers could walk over to where the one ball, two ball and two-man team events were being held.

About Joel Byers

Born in North Georgia and educated at some very fine public institutions. Real education started after graduating from college and then getting married and raising two boys. Has the ability to see the funny and absurd in most things and will always remark on it, even if it means getting the stink-eye from his victims.
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