I saw this on the interwebs yesterday but I didn’t have the time to throw it up on the site. Nevertheless, check out these dudes participating in this EXTREME sport on the fly…or on the rails as it were. Some people call it “Train Surfing”.
It’s sorta like surfing…and skateboarding, which is sorta like surfing on land…and parkour which is sorta like skateboarding without a board, except that is is just on a train. Guys do little acrobatic things and tap signs while the train speeds along merrily down the track.
Mix one part boredom and one part crazy and apparently you get this. It seems to have been around for awhile, but hey, its new to the Deuce and that makes it a new sport ’round these parts.
You love sports, you must if you read this website, but do you love sports enough to help fund someone else’s love of a sport? I don’t, but some people out there do and they have actually used this website called Kickstarter to help fund their sports related business ventures. The kick in kickstarter is that a lot of these never actually get funded.
You see, the website is a way for start-up projects to get instant funding, be they movies, books, bars, breweries, t-shirts, whatever, anything you can think of. If you have an idea and it needs funding then you can possibly get that funding on Kickstarter.
The thing is, if you do not achieve your goal funding level, you get none of the money. Thus, there are a ton of sports related items on there that were left unfunded and we at the Deuce feel that it is our duty to show you, the consumers, just what you missed out on.
We’ve gone through the sports related Kickstarters and hand picked our favorite sports related things that never got funded but should have…at least in our warped minds.
Who wants this product? This guy, that’s who. Sadly, these poor saps only got 2 backers who donated a total of $90 towards their goal of $8,500…and really, who can blame them, these things are atrocious. Just look at this one:
That is downright frightening. It bares a shocking resemblance to a piece of roadkill that has been affixed to a cap with a hot glue gun. Yeeeeuuck. Not getting funded on one website has not deterred this entrepreneur however, you can still pick up your Flyingbirdhat at Flyingbirdhat.com.
On the one hand, I hope that someone makes this a trend. I think I would get a huge kick out of being the website that started the Flyingbirdhat trend across the nation.
On the other hand, some hipster, somewhere, has looked at this post and has already decided that this cap will be sufficiently ironic and it will be on his head in 2-4 weeks, depending on shipping times, and I shiver at the thought of unleashing this upon the denizens of Brooklyn. They have suffered enough in recent years.
Another week, another new sport here at Deuce of Davenport. This one is an interesting one. Its called “Hantis” which sounds like the game is a cross between hand-toss and MANTIS…and I have no idea what on earth would be. In actuality, it is sort of a mix of ping pong and foursquare. Intrigued? Here’s how you play (via a simple and easy to read chart, something Kronum could really use right about now):
Got that? Its easy, you score when the other team misses the ball which you can hit up to two times personally and once off the table…just check the chart again. Still confused by this sport? Well check out this action video which has some WAY TOO INTENSE music going on for this XTREME table sport.
Intense huh? This game, I’m told, is trying to give kids in schools something to do during the downtime that they might have in schools. To this I say, how bout them kids start picking up some books in the downtime in school, I mean, ya are in school to learn a lil somethin amirite? I kid, I kid. Keep the kids in school, yes, get them active so they aren’t so fat and stuff, yes indeedy, that is all fine and good.
If one was to ask me, however, this game might be missing its mark just as a game for school kids in their downtime or in P.E. class. If I were the one promoting this product, and there might be a reason I am not, I’d be taking Hantis to colleges across the nation.
Does this or does this not look like it has the potential to be a killer new drinking game or, at the very least, something to be in every frat house backyard right next to the cornhole box??
I’m sayin’, can you tell me a better way for your average douchey frat boy to take off his shirt and show off his mad “athletic ability” to prospective rape victims sorority hookups while in the backyard of his dirty house than to run around four tables slapping some balls around? I mean, this is done already isn’t it? NOW IT CAN BE DONE ON FOUR TABLES!!
This game has the possibility to blow up at universities. You need four tables and a tennis ball. Simple set up and simple rules one can’t forget while getting inebriated. Its the perfect storm ladies and gentlemen. If RPS, Flip Cup (Beruit), Cornhole and Beer Pong can make it big I think this one can as well.
If you want more information, check out their site at Hantis.net. And seriously, Hantis tournaments are going to start popping up around college campuses soon after this sport gets out there…just remember where you heard it first. I hope they get some official Hantis tables in their online store soon. When that happens, I want four of em immediately…GRATIS!
Imagine a sport that combines elements from soccer, lacrosse, rugby, basketball and God knows what else and you have this new sport they call Kronum. Sounds insane? Well it yes, it is a little insane. But whatever, its a new sport and it looks interesting at least. Certainly cooler than Quidditch but somehow less cool than, say, Combaton. I’ll put it this way, its about as cool as you can get for a sport created in Philadelphia. Yeah.
All kidding aside, check out the video introducing the sport to see how it all really works:
Did you get all that? Jesus, now THAT is one crazy new sport. A little too much going on? Probably, yes. They pretty much lost me at the circular field with 20 people running around on it and like sixteen different zones to run around in. I think if you can remember that scoring in a goal gets you 1 point, but more points the further out you go and shooting a goal through the circles gets you double then everything will be ok.
What I really think they need is to do something to help out that poor goalies. There is no way they are going to be able to stop anything with that gigantic net and tiny ball. How about 3 circles and a smaller, lacrosse styled net maybe? I dunno.
Still, as crazy as this sport is, I wouldnt mind seeing that madness in person just to see how it all works. To do that, however, you’d have to go to the suburbs of Philly where the sport was created. Not something that is high on my list, lemme tell you.
Anyway, if you still aren’t excited about Kronum…well dammit they already have cheerleaders. Bam:
There ain’t anything wrong with that. What else can this sport do to get better? One simple answer. Marching bands. Marching bands are necessary. If there are marching bands, then sign me up for season tickets when D.C. gets a franchise.
Here is the link to Kronum’s site, I buried it down here because it only seemed to work in IE, not Firefox and Chrome, it crashed them both on my machine and its no slouch. Very weird. WAY too flash intensive and a lil wonky. Clicker beware.
How has no one thought of this before? In Japan, of all places, a sport called Yukigassen (Snow Battle) started 20 years ago and is only now starting to spread around the globe. Canada, Alaska and other snowy destinations are all starting to get on board and the game does sound pretty fun. As a matter of fact, the US Yukigassen Championship takes place today. In short, here’s what Yukigassen is all about.
Competitive snowball fighting is essentially dodgeball mixed with capture the flag. Two teams face each other and get a set amount of pre-made snowballs to fight with (somewhere around 90 snowballs). If you get hit with a snowball, you’re out, if your flag gets captured or all of your players get hit by snowballs, you lose. This…is…YUKIGASSEN!!!!!!!!!
There is already a Yukigassen USA league, as well as Yukigassen Canada, and one has to believe this will be all over ESPN 12 or Versus sooner rather than later.
Wanna see how it works? Check out this video from the Swedish Yukigassen Championships in 2010. It might be the most intense snowball fight championships video you’ve seen this week.