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Road Bowling hits America!

Cars and bicyclists better watch out–Irish Road Bowling has hit the United States.

An ancient sport that has been traced back to the 1600’s, nobody knows for sure how the sport was originally introduced in its native Ireland.  What they do know is that is collected so much popularity that it couldn’t contain it anymore–they needed to create an actual sport.

The object of the game is to roll a 28-ounce iron ball down a country road, and the team with the least amount of balls near the finish line wins.

There are several different “styles” of throwing, from hurling it underhand or requiring a jump across the startling line.

Road Bowling has attracted several hundreds of thousands of spectators every year, making it one of the most popular sports from Western Europe to reach Eastern America.

Read about it here: http://www.wvirba.org/

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Mix brains and brauns in this fun sport!

Have you ever wanted to see two fighters go toe-to-toe…on a chessboard?

Well, now you can? Chessboxing is mixing the #1 physical sport with the #1 mental sport to create the ultimate test of knowledge and power.

Opponents take turns between chess and boxing. Each chess round lasts four minutes, while each boxing round lasts only three minutes to total 11 rounds–six chess rounds and five boxing rounds.

The website reads: The contest is decided by: checkmate (chess round), exceeding the time limit (chess round), retirement of an opponent (chess or boxing round), KO (boxing round), or referee decision (boxing round). If the chess game ends in a stalement, the opponent with the higher score in boxing wins. If there is an equal score, the opponent with the black pieces wins. 

One rule: No dumb jocks allowed.

Read about it here: http://wcbo.org/content/e470/index_en.html

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No way! A Youtube Channel for Alternative Sports?!

There is a new Youtube channel devoted to alternative sports that came out in February. Ben Hillman and Connor Smith, two students from Emerson College, wanted a way for alternative sports to be seen and they created Alternative Sports Network on Youtube. This is a weekly show that exposes underrepresented sports like ultimate frisbee and quidditch. Ben and Connor want viewers to submit footage of underrepresented sports so they can show it and report on it.

Here is how to submit footage that is taken from their Youtube Chanel:

HOW TO SUBMIT FOOTAGE
1) Upload raw footage to YouTube as “unlisted”
2) Write a description of what your footage is
3) Explain why your sport/footage is important
4) Compile all of this (INCLUDING THE LINK TO YOUR VIDEO) in an email to altsportsfootage@gmail.com

Take a look at their first episode below!

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Are you crazy enough to jump off a cliff?

…If you aren’t here are some GIFs of people doing that and other crazy things that you can watch.

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See more by clicking the link below!

http://www.buzzfeed.com/mrloganrhoades/26-daring-moments-that-will-elevate-your-pulse-and-leave-you

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Capture the Flag? No! It’s Kabaddi!


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In Indian culture, a wrestling game called Kabaddi is one of the most popular.

What is it? Well, to begin you have two teams on each side and it’s up to each team to send one “raider”, this person will make an attempt to run to the other side to tackle an opposite member and give their team points. The object is to not let the raider tackle you! Otherwise you are out! You gain extra points if you get all the members of the other team out before the end of the half.

Kabaddi became in 1979 in Japan, but before that it began to gain its international fame through the 1936 Berlin Olympics and has since then been raising interest all over the world. After this Kabaddi has been playing in many Asian and Eastern European countries, becoming so popular that they even have their own international championships.

So do you need a sport that doesn’t involve a ball and instead involves your brauns? Try out Kabaddi!

Read more here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kabaddi

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Think you can catch the Golden Snitch?

Houses unite! Everyone’s facorite childhood books and the game that it invented has surely come to life!

If anyone was a fan (Like I was) of JK Rowling’s Harry Potter series, then you will know of the magical game of Quidditch.

If you don’t, I’ll give you the lowdown:

Two teams riding flying brooms on a field about the length of an American football field. The game is played by both  males and females, seven people on each team. There are three circular goals (often circular tubes on top of PVC pipes) placed on either end of the field. All players are required to carry a broom between their legs at all times. Volleyballs are used as the quaffle and dodgeballs as the bludgers. The Snitch is simply a tennis ball contained in a sock tucked in the waistband of the snitch runner.

Sounds pretty fun, right? I know it’s not the same as actually flying around trying to catch the golden snitch, or beating the snot out of a bludger at your opponents. But it’s a super close second.

If you can toss a quaffle or bludger through the hoops, you gain a specific amount of points. The game ends at the end of the time limit, or one of the team’s “seekers” catches the golden snitch, earning their team a whopping 150 points!

Yep, Muggles unite, as you can find a team near you and play towards the championships!

Find out about the International Quidditch Leauge HERE: http://iqaquidditch.com/

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You can’t squash these winners!

Every year on Australia Day, the annual Cockroach Race is held!

On a grim day, two men from two neighboring cities argued over which city had the fastest roaches…so a race was held and history was made. 33 years later, this undeniably strange tradition has made its mark at Story Bridge on the National Holiday for all of the Aussies! Not only are these creepy critters racing, but more fun and games are had: crowning a “Miss Cocky”, a Best Stable contest and concerts throughout the day from local entertainment.

So if you have ever wondered how fast cockroaches can go…jet on over to Brisbane, Australia on Australia Day to find out.

Find out more here: http://www.cockroachraces.com.au/

 

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Cat Curling?

Here is something fun for those of us that are missing the Olympics and love anything that involves cats.

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What it looks like from the top of the 2nd tallest building in the world

Vadim Makhorov and Vitaliy Raskalov, two Russian climbers went to the extreme when climbing Shanghai Tower earlier this month. They reached the height of 2133 feet, being able to see clouds under them! What makes this even more daredevil-ish and outright insane is that they did not wear any harnesses or any kind of climbing gear.  Russians have been posting extreme climbing videos on Youtube for some time now and they have all induced minor panic attacks from me, but this one is the creme de la CRAZY. Watch the video below and if you can make it though the whole thing without freaking out, I applaud you.

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Guess what Europeans do with their cellphones (HINT: It’s not recycling!)

Every Summer a large competition is held in Finland. It involved few things: some competitors, a measuring tape and a box full of old Nokias (and Razrs, and whatever else you had back in the 90’s as a mobile phone)

This year the longest throw was 97.73 meters, the best in the men’s category while the longest junior throw was 39.67.

What? Why?

Finland is the birthplace of cell phones, so they have a tendency to buy new phones as soon as they get out. What do they do with their old phones? THROW THEM!  It’s a game for all ages, families of all ages attend and compete. There are two categories of throwing: Traditional (over the shoulder, like shotput) and Freestyle (which means exactly what it means)

It arrived in Savonlinna in 2000, when a translation/interpretation company and their employees arranged this game with a recycling center–the game caught the media’s attention and was soon created as a country-wide event.

Read about the full history and rules at their homepage here: http://www.mobilephonethrowing.fi/home

So the next time you’re upset about those pushy, annoying and plain moronic telemarketers and feel like throwing  your phone at the wall–jet on over to Finland where you could win some sweet prizes if you throw it the farthest.

My vote–cell phone throwing should be in the next Olympics. Thoughts?