Where did the sports term chalk come from?
March 16, 2007 7:51 AM Subscribe
What is the origin of the term "chalk", as it refers to the higher seeded team in basketball, or the betting favorite? Is this related to Rock, Chalk, Jayhawk, KU
posted by stovenator to Writing & Language (6 answers total)
I've read the history of the "Rock, Chalk, Jayhawk" chant, as well as Urban Dictionary's info on "chalk". The first makes no correlation between the chant, and the term used in this manner. The latter does not explain how the term came into being, or why it's become (to my ear at least) much more prominent in the past couple years. Did Dickie V spread this into popular use?