Have you ever watched curling and thought, man, this is great, but what if the stones were replaced with Soviet-era cars? A Russian insurance agent has! Here is the debut of the resulting sport, from last week:
Slumgoat Millionaire lost his first race at the Dar es Salaam Charity Goat Races. While the “owners” (sponsors, really) were standing in the corral at the center of the small racetrack, one of the MCs asked Slumgoat’s patron if he knew the rules.
You may remember us covering a weird Russian MMA fight last fall, where the undercard was a bunch of wannabe knights battling each other with swords and armor. Our friends over at Kotaku have more information on this new sport, as well as video from its first match.
I would absolutely play trampoline dodgeball, even though I didn't know it existed until about an hour ago.
We're ... not entirely sure what this is, but we watched, rapt, after learning it was happening via Twitter user @grabakahitman. This battle took place on the undercard of a show being held today by M1, a more or less reputable (?) Russian fight promotion, and features dudes in armor battling with swords and shields,…
There is a sporting event held annually in the Piazza Santa Croce in Florence, Italy. It is called Calcio Fiorentino, and it is an ancient form of football that is essentially rugby, but with a whole bunch of dudes just mercilessly beating the crap out of each other.
What you are watching is a clip from a Russian MMA-based show called Hip Show: Arena Combat, which is broadcast in America on AXS TV. It's really weird.
A dozen pale Norwegians seek shelter among the 200 stadium seats, mercifully covered by a roof. A young, bearded American wrings out a wet towel over his bald head. An orange-clad Dutchman creaks by, white hair poking out from beneath a Florida Gators baseball cap. Elderly Japanese men stretch against a chain link…
Yesterday a reader tweeted at me, urging me to tune into Fox Sports Midwest where "unathletic adult men" were "racing tiny bikes around a tiny track." He wasn't lying, and I watched a good half hour without ever figuring out exactly what, or who, or where I was watching.
One one of the most intriguing elements of televised sports is that the medium can be consumed in myriad and diverse ways: some viewers engage with their favorite team's local broadcasts, others watch for outstanding individual performances, and others enjoy observing tactics and strategy courtesy the big picture…
Jeff Van Gundy joked while broadcasting this week about cup-stacking. He said he could have had a future in it. Little did he know, though, what it demanded of its competitors. Stefan Fatsis, on this week's excerpt from Slate's Hang Up and Listen podcast, explains all the terrifying details, with video.
Billiards and high-stakes poker are not exactly riveting spectator sports, but you know what would make them surefire TV entertainment? If at the end of each contest, players beat the crap out of each other.
One would think that a team with four seven-footers in the starting lineup wouldn't need a last-second shot to win. But this is the American Basketball Association, where the official rules more resemble Calvinball than anything. Why didn't someone inform us earlier that, in their finale against the Cape Cod Frenzy…
You know something is an excellent sport when they hold its world championships in a pub.
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.
Our nation's courts have recently been home to some vicious legal battles about the sport of kickball. The WAKA (World Adult Kickball Association) has beef with DCKickball about... well, I have no idea what it's about. The news here is that there are adults out there who play kickball.
First, let me apologize for neglecting all of you cockfighting fans out there for so long. I know, it hasn't been fair. But your voices have been heard, and today, we're going there.
To close out this sleepy Monday, we bring you sport from the other side of the pond; more specifically, the banning of such. The BBC reports that in New Zealand — wait ... that's not really "the other side of the pond," is it?; sorry, we went to grade school in the United States and thusly know nothing about world…
We were pretty sure that the end of civilization was near when we discovered Korfball. After a close examination of Korfball, it became very clear that humans have too much time on their hands, and it would be better for everyone if we just gave everything back to the lower mammals, letting them start the evolution…