One Shining Moment... Of Pooh Sticking

In case you missed it on SportsCenter, today continues the 23rd annual World Pooh-Sticks Championship Race in Oxfordshire, England. The Japanese have returned to defend their title against... a lot of people with nothing better to do.

Pooh Stick racing might sound kind of dirty, but it's not. Pooh Stick racing actually consists of finding a stick, dropping it in to a river, and then seeing how long it takes to get to the finish line. That's it. That's all they do. It's inspired and named after Winnie the Pooh, as he and Christopher Robin used to play the same game. Pooh would routinely win and then get in Christopher Robin's grill and sing "Whoop That Trick."

Actually, as lame as it sounds, it's the sort of thing that, if you're with the right people and have the right sort of beverages, is probably a hell of a lot of fun. I can think of worse things to do today. Listening to Jim Nantz and Billy Packer is just one of them.

Big thanks to tkurjan of The Sports Frog's Swamp for shedding some light.

Sporting Event of the Day [The Swamp]
World Pooh Sticks Championships, Days Lock [pooh-sticks.com]