Posted by Baceseras on July 19, 2011 at 14:34
In Reply to: It's all over red rover posted by Greg on July 19, 2011 at 07:28:
: Wwhat is the origin of "it's all over red rover"?
: In the sport of Croquet the last hoop (of 12) is called rover hoop. Why?
: When your opponent puts their second ball through rover hoop they have only to peg out and hence "it's all over red rover".
: The current form of croquet developed in latter half of 1800s - so did the saying predate croquet?
[“Red Rover,” and the rhyming of “rover” and “over,” come from the children's game of Red Rover, traditional since the nineteenth century. Two teams, of at least five players each, line up, linking hands, and “the game starts when the first team . . . calls out, ‘Red Rover, Red Rover, let [name of player of opposing team] come over.’” The called player must try to break the opponents’ line, and if he fails must join that team. The game continues until one team has all the players. Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_Rover. - Baceseras.]