“ ‘No friends,’ shouted the spieler, ‘is they any young man here what wants to risk his life in this here ring?’”
-The Iron Man
1. a long or fast speech or story, typically intended as a means of persuasion or as an excuse, regarded with skepticism or contempt by those listening:
synonyms: speech, patter, sales pitch, blurb, talk, monologue, rigmarole, story, saga
2. reel off; recite:
to speak glibly and/or at length.
late 19th cent.: from German Spiel ‘a game.’