Obscure Sports: Tackling the Way We Think About Sports

extreme ironingLet’s think about sports, which draw huge numbers of spectators in this country. Chances are, you’re thinking something along the lines of: “Baseball, football, basketball…” and you would be correct. And as entertaining as these sports are to watch, it’s refreshing to know that there actually are sports out there that are also very watchable, or at least fun to talk about. Here’s a list of some not-so-common sports to strike up conversation every time you get into a “typical sports” conversation rhythm and need a change.

1. Extreme ironing
This is a sport, which, according to the Extreme Ironing Bureau is, “the latest danger sport that combines the thrills of an extreme outdoor activity with the satisfaction of a well-pressed shirt”. This extreme and rather bizarre sport was invented in England and has since spread worldwide. It has been performed underwater, on mountainsides and while parachuting.

2. Kaninhop (Bunny Jumping)
This athletic invention is something we can thank the Swedish for. Although it’s similar to equestrian shows with horses, it’s a little different, since the animal participating in the competition is considerably smaller. Nonetheless, they are highly trained. Trained enough anyway, to jump over a few hurdles.

3. Roller Derby
This sport is mostly a women’s sport and has picked up in popularity in the last 10 years. The game involves two teams skating around a single track. The goal of the game is to get your team’s “jammer” to lap the other team so that you can score points. Therefore, it tends to involve some physical contact, so injuries are inevitable.

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