New Sport Archives
Well, I guess you will save a lot of cash by taking up this version of the already extreme sport of rock climbing. Nude rock climbing is supposedly the latest craze here in the states, but I’ll be damned if I’ve heard about it before reading this article (might be NSFW since there are some arty nude shots) from the Daily Mail.
People who do this sort of climbing swear that it is the “true essence of the climbing spirit,” whatever that means. One climber, Dean Feldman, was so inspired that he took this photo and a whole bunch of others and made a calendar called “Stone Nudes” (also might be NSFW for some arty nude shots) which you can pick up on his site there, showing that this new extreme sport is already primed for capitalism to exploit it to its fullest. I mean, who doesn’t love naked women on rocks right? I know I just bought two, one for the wall and the other for…personal use. Yea, that’s right.
Sure you can save a lot of cash on climbing equipment but has got to be offset in a big way with the medical bills. I mean no ropes or hooks or knee pads or anything to prevent the bumps and bruises and um…FALLING DOWN to the ground to your death? Yea, sounds like an awesome way to spend the afternoon.
From Daily Mail UK
Now that roller derby and kickball and bocce ball (yes bocce ball, that might have to be another post) have turned into this generation’s new urban hipster type games, some more hip than others…*cough**ahem*kickball sucks*cough*, is it time to revive some more old hotness? I say yes, and thus, let us usher in the new age of Pushball! What is it? Check it out below.
Pushball is a game played by two sides on a field usually 140 yd (128 m) long and 50 yd (45.7 m) wide, with a ball 6 ft (1.83 m) in diameter and 50 lb (22.7 kg) in weight. The sides usually number eleven each, there being five forwards, two left-wings, two right-wings and two goal-keepers. The goals consist of two upright posts 18 ft (5.5 m) high and 20 ft (6.1 m) apart with a crossbar 7 ft. from the ground. The game lasts for two periods with an intermission. Pushing the ball under the bar counts 5 points; lifting or throwing it over the bar counts 8. A touchdown behind goal for safety counts 2 to the attacking side.
How bout that? I want me some of this action, lord knows this would be infinently cooler than kickball and bocce ball combined, but I think I might need some live action video just to get an idea what Modern Pushball is like. Oh…well look what we have here:
Yea this sport rocks. Someone needs to set up a Pushball League here in DC for me and in NYC for Mustafa. My pushball skillz need to be showcased!
Image from Shorpy
The World Championships of Four Square just occurred up in Maine a couple weeks ago in yet another childhood sport that has gone “adult”. There actually is an organization that helps people set up their own community leagues and hosts the World Championships called Squarefour.org. If you happen to live in the Boston area, you can sign up for their own league right online.
I used to rock at four square on the asphalt playgrounds of my youth, but it looks like their rules have taken away the many different ways we
cheated hit the ball. No atom bombs or super spin in this league. The dork level seems about on par with the kickball leagues that have sprung up all over, which isn’t a bad thing if you’re a dork and you’re trying to get laid. Still intrigued? Watch the highlights of the 2008 World Championships below.
In the ever evolving world of sport, I have never seen anything like this. This sport is called Combaton, derived from the use of combat and a baton, and it is pretty uniquely weird. From the website:
“The object of the game is for the offense to move the baton down field and score on their opponent’s goal pole. The defense must stop the offense and end the attack by kicking the baton carrier.”
So if you’re scoring at home, its kinda like cricket, lacrosse, football and martial arts exhibitions all wrapped up into one. Yea, that’s about right. Speaking of scoring, the points system is this: 3 points for any standing kick, 4 points for any jumping kick up to 180 degrees and 5 points for any 360 degree spinning kick. The only way to stop the guy with a baton, and thus the advance to the goal, is to kick him off his feet or just so hard an official stops the action for a reset.
As if that wasn’t nutty enough, if opposing teams possess the baton at the same time, they have a freaking “Fight Off” which means the two guys get taken to a circle to battle it out over who gets the right to hold the baton. Two men enter, 1 baton leaves!!!!
So yea, potentially brutal and awesome sport but from the looks of this video, kind of a sport for really intense martial arts type peoples that like to run around quite a bit while getting their kicks off. I want to see some brutality in these videos! Watch the promo for yourself