Evolution

ESPN's Skip Bayless: "Soccer permanently contaminated football."

As much as I think Bayless is an atrocious attention-seeker, it's an interesting perspective when put in the context of the historical evolution of folk football. Basically, at one point a bunch of people decided the game would be played predominantly with the hands, while others decided it would be played predominantly with the feet. From then on, the various strands of the game developed: association football (soccer), gridiron football, Aussie rules football, rugby, Gaelic football, etc. I'll borrow from biology the term cladogenesis to describe this evolutionary break-point.

The idea that one strand of the newly mutated game could return, post-cladogenesis, and infect or "contaminate" another seems to strengthen the link between biological and communications processes.

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