Seamas O Dalaigh wrote:
I understand it's the only major sport that was invented in the USA.
What about American football? What about Baseball? What about Volleyball? What about Rodeo?
James, I think what was meant was that basketball is the only major sport that had its origins in America.
The first three you cite are based on sports of European (or, at least, foreign) origin.
And even though rodeo as a sport was, indeed, invented by Buffalo Bill Cody for his Wild West Show, even rodeo was not an original American idea. History of Rodeo
Rodeo is a sport rooted in Spanish and Mexican tradition. Rodeo comes from the Spanish word "rodear," which means to surround. In the 1700s Spanish noblemen and their descendants taught their Mexican workers (vaqueros) the horseback skills needed to herd and drive cattle to market. The necessity of the cattle drive evolved into the modern sport of rodeo.
And I'm not at all sure you'd get universal agreement even in America that rodeo is a major
I will consider your position if stated with firm, well-thought-out, quiet reasoning. Hateful diatribe, ad hominem attacks and shouted rhetoric don't impress.