TIL The term “Anchorman” or “Anchor” used to refer to a News Presenter is derived from its use in relay racing, specifically the ‘anchor leg’, the position given to the most experienced runner. It was first used in 1948 for the show “Who Said That?” to refer to permanent cast member John Swayze.

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  1. Also pointing out that “Anchorman” has been a drinking game for at least as long as television.

    The most brutal and direct version was a pitcher of beer and two four-man teams, each trying to bounce a quarter into the pitcher. Drop a shot and the other side has to finish the pitcher among the four, each chugging as much as possible. The Anchorman had to finish the pitcher in one go or the four would have to divide another.

    Another drinking game was commonly called “boat races” outside of the Ivy League, “Tang” inside it and at [Wash. U](https://www.studlife.com/cadenza/w-i-l-d/2010/10/08/how-to-play-tang/), where a long table would have two equal teams on each side, each with two glasses of beer. Each player would have to drink a glass and hold it upside down over the head before the next player could start. At the end of the table was the “Anchorman,” who had to finish both glasses at once before the contest went back the other way.

    Most of my dumb friends could barely tell the difference and called both games, “Anchorman.” I’m sure you can’t even mention the name without having to explain that Ron Burgundy has nothing to do with it.

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