Saturday smiles

The first testicular guard was used in cricket in 1874 and the first helmet was used in 1974.

It took men 100 years to realise the brain was important too.

This observation came from this week’s Ag Letter.

It’s a source of valuable information on matters agricultural. I’m a little less confident about the reliability of its jokes. 

5 Responses to Saturday smiles

  1. The helmet was used to combat that Australian innovation, bodyline cricket. When helmets came in, they switched to underarm bowling.


  2. ZenTiger says:

    Only because men don’t actually think with their brain 🙂


  3. Paul Tremewan says:

    And the theme is underpinned by the following, as told by Sir Jack Cohen who was Mayor of Sunderland 1940-50:
    Three Cambridge dons were walking by the River Cam one beautiful hot summer day, and coming to a secluded spot could not resist the temptation to have a dip. Not having costumes with them they went in ‘in the buff’. Unfortunately, just as they came out, a punt full of pretty female undergrads came around the bend, whereupon in some consternation, two of the dons grabbed some clothes to cover their nether regions, whist the third threw something over his head!
    After the girls had gone, the two who had covered their middles turned on the other and said: ‘Why on earth did you do that?”. Whereupon he answered: ‘Where I come from we recognise people by their faces!”
    From Pass The Port (1976)

    ps Will de C: Bodyline had no helmets, these were first used when Kerry Packer set up the rebel World Series in the mid 1970s. Check out Tony Greig in a motorbike type helmet… priceless! Oh, and Bodyline was an English initiative. But underarm? That was surely Oz!


  4. gravedodger says:

    You are onto it P T, bodyline was the English plan to combat the run machine Bradman and his mates in the Aussie team of the thirtys. It involved quite a quick Harold Larwood with backup from Voce bowling short pitched fast deliveries at the leg stump and if the batsmen got a bat on the ball a packed legside field were waiting for the catch. Bodyline aroused considerable anger among all cricket lovers and some of the england players were opposed to its implementation but in those days some players including Larwood were paid “players” and were always under the captaincy of a “gentleman”, in this case Jardine , who was an amateur. So whether Larwood liked it or not it was his JOB that was at stake.


  5. Paul Tremewan says:

    G-Dodge: Your observation is correct, it was Larwood’s job, and he was not as vilified as Jardine. He also bowled in tandem with Maurice Tate. Post the Bodyline series he was even able to spend most of the rest of his life living in Australia without being hounded out of the place. He was only a little bloke but generated a express pace. I have an excellent limited edition book by David Firth entitled ‘The Archie Jackson Story.’ Jackson was a key batsman for the Australian team of the time. He died in 1933 aged 23. He was said to be Bradmanesque in his ability. Harold Larwood wrote the forward to the book.


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