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Encyclopedia: The bracket racket

Originally Published: March 14, 2010
By Steve Rushin | ESPN College Basketball Encyclopedia

The English word bracket comes from the French braguette and the Spanish bragueta, both of which mean the same thing: codpiece.

A codpiece, in medieval menswear, was a cloth pouch on the front of the pants that both concealed and called attention to the wearer's private parts. And so, this much can be said with absolute certainty: Men have been filling out brackets since at least the Middle Ages.

In the beginning, there were all manner of brackets. The architectural bracket ...

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