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Title: Which is the most bonkers sport?
Post by: Wowbagger on June 24, 2019, 05:01:18 pm
I have just learned about Fierljeppen.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YP32iWoqjnQ
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Post by: Kim on June 24, 2019, 05:04:18 pm
Football, obviously.

Fierljeppen looks much more fun.
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Post by: caerau on June 24, 2019, 05:06:40 pm
I have always had a soft spot for Kabaddi, reminds me so much of Bulldog or other tig variants at school  :-D
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Post by: spesh on June 24, 2019, 05:25:51 pm
Football, obviously.

There is a theory which states that if ever anyone manages to fully understand the Offside Rule, our universe will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable.
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Post by: Mr Larrington on June 24, 2019, 06:21:12 pm
And there is another theory which states that this has already happened, hence the offside rules of Rugby.
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Post by: spesh on June 24, 2019, 06:27:34 pm
Chess boxing is a tad more explicable - a French-Yugoslav artist/writer dreamt it up for one of his comic books, and then a Dutch performance artist made it an actual thing...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chess_boxing#History

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Post by: Salvatore on June 24, 2019, 06:47:26 pm
Although many nations have their own wife-carrying championships, it comes as no surprise to me, having visited the country several times, that the sport originated in Finland, where the annual world championships (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fq68TcAxMS4) are held. Wacky bunch, the Finns.
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Post by: Wobbly John on June 24, 2019, 07:08:28 pm
Jiskefet - English Sports  (https://youtu.be/E_6d3JBBo4s) :demon:
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Post by: caerau on June 24, 2019, 08:24:12 pm
Another favourite of mine was seen on Eurosport back in the days of the mid 90s when it just showed utter guff because it was clearly not allowed to show 'proper sports' back then - it was as a result sometimes hilarious.


So... football... but with a twist and very appropriate for here..... on bicycles.  :-D   And not just any bicycles, properly specifically designed  ones so that it was mostly done as wheelies (riders sat almost behind the back wheel) so they could dribble the ball with the front wheel.  Awesome stuff it was  :-D
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Post by: caerau on June 24, 2019, 08:47:53 pm
OOh ooh, here it is on youtube... :thumbsup:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vfTM1mMce40
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Post by: Andrij on June 24, 2019, 08:58:59 pm
Cricket.
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Post by: caerau on June 24, 2019, 09:05:30 pm
bConkers?  :-D
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Post by: T42 on June 25, 2019, 08:24:02 am
So... football... but with a twist and very appropriate for here..... on bicycles.  :-D   And not just any bicycles, properly specifically designed  ones so that it was mostly done as wheelies (riders sat almost behind the back wheel) so they could dribble the ball with the front wheel.  Awesome stuff it was  :-D

A friend of mine played at international level.
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Post by: Nuncio on June 25, 2019, 01:15:06 pm
Jiskefet - English Sports  (https://youtu.be/E_6d3JBBo4s) :demon:
I go to the trouble of searching in YouTube for 'Silly English Sport foreign commentary' to find Jiskefet, only to find you got there before me.
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Post by: Cudzoziemiec on June 25, 2019, 01:21:22 pm
So... football... but with a twist and very appropriate for here..... on bicycles.  :-D   And not just any bicycles, properly specifically designed  ones so that it was mostly done as wheelies (riders sat almost behind the back wheel) so they could dribble the ball with the front wheel.  Awesome stuff it was  :-D

A friend of mine played at international level.
It is UCI recognized. Which doesn't stop it being silly, obviously.
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Post by: Cudzoziemiec on June 25, 2019, 01:22:05 pm
I have always had a soft spot for Kabaddi, reminds me so much of Bulldog or other tig variants at school  :-D
They've been doing kabaddi in PE at my son's school.  :thumbsup:
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Post by: Greenbank on June 26, 2019, 11:51:11 am
Calcio Fiorentino

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ksJtH2CCCUY
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Post by: Ben T on June 26, 2019, 01:38:10 pm
Roller derby, a sport which the main reason blokes don't play it seems to be that it would be too dangerous.

Having played it, I reckon badminton's also pretty daft.
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Post by: essexian on June 26, 2019, 01:53:44 pm

Having played it, I reckon badminton's also pretty daft.

I had a badminton partner taken to A&E once when my racket caught them a nasty one on the side of the head.  :facepalm:

The most bonkers sport at the moment. Association Football and the new Handball rule! MADNESS which will lead to riots/refs being attacked.
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Post by: Kim on June 26, 2019, 01:57:30 pm
Badmington's for people who are too uncoordinated to hit tennis balls.
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Post by: Greenbank on June 26, 2019, 02:08:47 pm
Badmington's for people who are too uncoordinated to hit tennis balls.

Tennis is for people who aren't fast/nimble/supple enough to play badminton.

[EDIT] I've split open an eyebrow and cracked a couple of ribs playing badminton. When I helped run the badminton club at University we had a couple of ambulances called for a broken wrist and a broken ankle.
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Post by: Ben T on June 26, 2019, 02:15:27 pm
Real tennis is pretty mental - see if you can understand the rules: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Real_tennis
I can't make out whether it has to bounce off the wall in every shot but in some of the youtube videos of it interestingly they seem to have a fairly 'slicey' action rather than trying to put top spin on it like in lawn tennis.
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Post by: spesh on June 26, 2019, 02:17:13 pm
Football, obviously.

There is a theory which states that if ever anyone manages to fully understand the Offside Rule, our universe will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable.
And there is another theory which states that this has already happened, hence the offside rules of Rugby.

That, or this:

The most bonkers sport at the moment. Association Football and the new Handball rule! MADNESS which will lead to riots/refs being attacked.
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Post by: DuncanM on June 26, 2019, 03:59:55 pm
Pelota is pretty strange. Like squash, but with an enormous court and no racquet.
However, I vote for lacrosse. As far as I can tell, you put a net on the end of a stick, and then just whack anything that moves with it. :)
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Post by: Kim on June 26, 2019, 04:01:52 pm
However, I vote for lacrosse. As far as I can tell, you put a net on the end of a stick, and then just whack anything that moves with it. :)

I think the idea is to give the posh girls something slightly less lethal to bully you with than a hockey stick.  It failed.
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Post by: Cudzoziemiec on June 26, 2019, 04:06:59 pm
Lacrosse is rumoured to have originally been played with a scalped head serving as a ball. Which reminds me, there is a game played in Afghanistan, Tajikistan, etc, in which players on horseback have to grab a dead goat off each other.
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Post by: andrew_s on June 26, 2019, 11:30:03 pm
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buzkashi

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Post by: Pingu on June 27, 2019, 12:51:08 am
Hockey 'played' by teeenaged girls.
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Post by: Wowbagger on June 27, 2019, 09:07:29 am
Pelota is pretty strange. Like squash, but with an enormous court and no racquet.
However, I vote for lacrosse. As far as I can tell, you put a net on the end of a stick, and then just whack anything that moves with it. :)

I recall, many moons ago, a definition of football as "If it moves, kick it. If it doesn't move, kick it until it does." I am sorry that I cannot remember who it was who was responsible for that little gem.
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Post by: Greenbank on June 27, 2019, 10:09:40 am
Google says Phil Woosnam.
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Post by: spesh on June 27, 2019, 11:27:34 am
Pelota is pretty strange. Like squash, but with an enormous court and no racquet.
However, I vote for lacrosse. As far as I can tell, you put a net on the end of a stick, and then just whack anything that moves with it. :)

I recall, many moons ago, a definition of football as "If it moves, kick it. If it doesn't move, kick it until it does." I am sorry that I cannot remember who it was who was responsible for that little gem.

That sounds rather like what the Welsh rugby union captain Watcyn Thomas was alleged to have said before the 1933 match with England:

'If you see a dark object on the ground, kick it, it might be the ball; or tread on it, and if it squeals, say "Sorry, old chap" and carry on.'
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Post by: Torslanda on October 31, 2019, 07:54:55 pm
What about THIS (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ORYNsVca608)?
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Post by: Wowbagger on October 31, 2019, 10:20:16 pm
That's just ridiculous. I mean, how can you tell which team to support when they both wear red?
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Post by: Nuncio on November 01, 2019, 07:38:33 am
Helmet colour, obvs.
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Post by: Cudzoziemiec on November 01, 2019, 07:58:52 am
That's just ridiculous. I mean, how can you tell which team to support when they both wear red?
The Blues!

I was rather disappointed/surprised to discover the bath was just water. Had expected the losing player to dissolve in a vat of acid.
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Post by: Vince on November 01, 2019, 08:48:23 am
Bog snorkelling
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Post by: Torslanda on November 01, 2019, 09:50:37 am
Wife carrying (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CVV9pd5BYKg)? Mind you, it's dark 6 months of the year so you need to make allowances
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Post by: bludger on November 01, 2019, 10:06:37 am
Once a year Battle of the Nations comes on and I tune in. It's a hoot.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2A4-TIvKCNw
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Post by: Cudzoziemiec on November 01, 2019, 02:56:13 pm
Once a year Battle of the Nations comes on and I tune in. It's a hoot.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2A4-TIvKCNw
Larp, I'm told.
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Post by: andrew_s on November 01, 2019, 08:17:47 pm
The bank holiday cheese chasing race (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dtvG9XDtjv4)
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Post by: Kim on November 01, 2019, 08:20:28 pm
Hang on, why has nobody mentioned cyclocross?
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Post by: Steph on November 02, 2019, 05:20:32 pm
Speaking as a former extreme-grade rock-climber, and having known participants in this event, I can certify that they are clinically insane.

My worst nightmare.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Zgxf3W0aQo
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Post by: rr on November 02, 2019, 05:31:20 pm
Speaking as a former extreme-grade rock-climber, and having known participants in this event, I can certify that they are clinically insane.

My worst nightmare.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Zgxf3W0aQo
Speaking as someone who did new extremes on North Devon culm, I agree - utterly bonkers.

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Post by: Steph on November 02, 2019, 06:08:16 pm
 ;D
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Post by: Efrogwr on November 03, 2019, 10:56:45 am
Speaking as a former extreme-grade rock-climber, and having known participants in this event, I can certify that they are clinically insane.

My worst nightmare.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Zgxf3W0aQo
Speaking as someone who did new extremes on North Devon culm, I agree - utterly bonkers.

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Ithought of that, too. It makes BASE jumping look sensible.
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Post by: Steph on November 03, 2019, 11:02:47 am
There's always Mick Fowler, chalk, mud and ice tools...
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Post by: Efrogwr on November 03, 2019, 11:26:49 am
There's always Mick Fowler, chalk, mud and ice tools...

Christ, I'd forgotten him!

In the eighties he And Victor Saunders were threatened with arrest when a copper saw them climbing a GBFO icicle that extended from the roof of St Pancras station to the street.

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Post by: Efrogwr on November 03, 2019, 11:29:07 am
Cave diving is still utterly bonkers, thobut.
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Post by: Mr Larrington on November 03, 2019, 01:13:54 pm
And yet the utterly unbonkers TV's Nice C Boardman is into cave diving.

(Scratches head)
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Post by: rr on November 03, 2019, 01:45:42 pm
There's always Mick Fowler, chalk, mud and ice tools...
Tenous claim to fame: the then not yet Mrs R and I shared a table in the Hayfield cafe with Mr Fowler and family.
And don't forget the joys to Henna cliff, the culm serac field, that he developed XS 5b.

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Post by: Steph on November 03, 2019, 03:55:13 pm
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NywlLx491MA
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Post by: Wowbagger on November 23, 2019, 06:34:25 pm
And yet the utterly unbonkers TV's Nice C Boardman is into cave diving.

(Scratches head)

Does he wear a helmet?
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Post by: Mr Larrington on November 24, 2019, 12:27:27 pm
I expect he does since they are useful for attaching torches to, and for protecting the noggin from the kind of low-speed knocks you tend to get when umop-ap!sdn in a narrow pitch-dark hole full of ice-cold water.
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Post by: Salvatore on December 05, 2019, 09:36:12 pm
Competitive high-speed telegraphy. (https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/w3csym79) No spectators allowed.

The BBC says it died out with the end of the cold war, but according to this wikipedia article (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High-speed_telegraphy#IARU_world_records) it's still going strong. Belarus were the 2016 world champions.