INFLATED PIG BLADDERS
This is Super Bowl Sunday. This is a day for football, BBQ, family, and friends. (Or, others just go shopping.)
The football is called the pigskin. But are these footballs really made of the skins of pigs? Despite the nickname, footballs are made of cowhide leather, not pigskin.
So, why then are footballs referred to as “pigskins” and not something equally unpleasant like “dead cows” or cow skins? A column from AZCentral .com explains that early soccer (or maybe rugby) balls were made from inflated pig bladders. Apparently, the name stuck, and everyone from pee-wee players to blustery broadcasters now call footballs pigskins.
But the pigskins are mostly cowhides… This is probably nothing I will be thinking about watching the game.
“You shall know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” Jesus