NBA journey man Marcin Gortat has a little suggestion for a rule change for the new NBA commissioner Adam Silver. Gortat claims that the NBA should consider implementing NHL style fighting rules. Players who fight in todays NBA are usually suspended for multiple games and fined a large amount. Gortat argues that fans going to hockey games looking forward to a fight more than any single other part of the game. He thinks that type of excitement could be good for the NBA. If there were more fights in the NBA, it would undeniably make the game more interesting to a certain audience but what we need to think about is if it would be worth not only fans you are losing but the example that sets to youth and outsiders looking in at the sport. Youth sports already have a bad reputation for parents or kids taking things too seriously and losing their tempers. Parents would have to question whether they wanted to allow their young child to watch a basketball game for the fear of the outbreak of violence. Gortat threw out this comment in a somewhat joking manor but it is still fun to look at the influence sports have on one another.
Without a doubt this is one of the World’s craziest culinary and athletic competitions discovered in England thus far, welcome to the World Gravy Wrestling competition!
Contestants must wrestle in the Gravy for 2 minutes whilst being scored for audience applause, while exectuing different wrestling moves and feats of strength. The compeitions is now in its fifth year and competes annually at the Rose n Bowl, in Stacksteads.
Instead of a column on a cool new sport that we found, it was decided that we would throw in some alternative hobbies of some well-known athletes!
Tim Duncan, a well-known NBA all-star, was one of the first nerd players to be discovered. His top nerd obsession. DUNGEONS AND DRAGONS. Yes, you heard us right.
The 6’11″ basketball professional was named “Geek of the Week” around two years ago as he admitted to his undying love for the tabletop roleplaying game as well as fantasty video games. In fact, when he first started playing in the NBA, he wanted his teammates to refer to him as “Merlin”, but they wouldn’t go for it.
Worm Charming is a local favorite in local Willaston, where competitors in are given a 3×3 meter plot and a small pitchfork. Using the vibratiosn of the pitchfork, they have an alloted time to ‘charm’ as many worms as possible out of the dirt.
Started in 1961, Mr. John Bailey was the first worm charmer in Willaston county. The traition started as a means of providing bait for fisherman. Now it is a family fun game that people of all ages can participate in.
The record is held by 10-year-old Sophie Smith who raised 567 worms during the World Championship.
I totally understand hot dog contests, and pie eating contests. But why would someone one volunteer to eat a weed that can sting, burn and bubble your skin?
The tradition started in 1986 when two farmers were arguing on who had the tallest stinging nettle stalks in their feilds. Turning it into a gamble, one farmer, Alex Williams, promised to eat whichever stalk that was longer than his own. Thus starting the this weird competition.
Well, in the village of Marshwood, this event is held annualy, attracting competetitors from as far as Belgium and Australia! Participants have one hour to eat as many stalks of stinging nettle as they can, no mouth-numbing is allowed–though a sip of beer in between mouthfuls is permitted. Used as a way to raise money for charity during their beer festical, the Bottle Inn has been home to this wacky contest for years.
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Zorbing is a fun, semi-new, alternative sport that is extremely popular in New Zealand, where it was created. Zorbing was created in 1995 and opened its first site in 1996. What exactly is Zorbing you ask? Zorbing is when a person, or a group of people, get into what looks like a giant hamster ball and roll down a hill. There are different kinds of zorbing too! There is Zorbit Ride, which on Zorb’s website is explained as an “astronaut-in-training ride” and “is a head over heels adrenaline rush that will have you coming back for more. Strapped into the ZORB® globe in a specially designed safety harness, you are sent on your trip down the hill rolling head over heels, heels over head as the ground and sky go whizzing past in a beautiful mosaic of blue and green while your body is subjected to the soft and relaxing feeling of weightlessness and g-force.” Then there is the Zydro Ride which is a free-for-all in a Zorb globe. Zorb’s website states, “We throw you, up to two friends, and water (warm water in winter, and cold in summer) inside our ZORB®globe and send you on your way down the hill. Free inside the ZORB® globe, you the ZORBONAUT™, slip, slide, and spin inside the globe in an action packed, wet ride down the hill while the crowd below watches you laugh and scream your way down the hill. Described by some as a cross between a water slide and a roller coaster, the ZYDRO™ ride is like nothing you’ve experienced before.”
This is the perfect alternative sport for anyone who is looking for an adrenaline rush.
Here are some pictures of adrenaline junkies zorbing:
Doesn’t this look fun? Or maybe too crazy for your taste?