Monday, June 9, 2014
Oddball sports that want to be taken seriously
I’ll start with sports that have some respectability because they’re in the Olympics and work my way down the really goofy ones.
The game involves players sliding heavy granite stones on a sheet of ice toward a circular target area. (See “Why Curling Is Legitimately Awesome” by BuzzFeed.)
The United States Curling Association, aka USA Curling, is the national governing body for the sport in the U.S. Curling’s recent popularity has swelled the USCA to more than 165 curling clubs and 16,500 curlers in the U.S.
It doesn’t hurt the sport that some of the female players are smoking hot. (See photo of Russian curler Anna Sidorova above.)
Related reading and viewing:
Anna Sidorova now wants to turn heads with her curling. (Yahoo News; Feb. 11, 2014)
5 hottest babes of Olympic curling (Rare; Feb. 10, 2014)
Hot Rocks gallery: Curling’s bodacious bodies sex up Sochi (Canada.com; Feb. 14, 2014)
National Badminton League
The racquet sport of badminton has been an Olympic sport since 1992. It received bad press from a scandal at the 2012 Summer Games in London when eight female badminton players were disqualified for trying to lose matches. The players from China, South Korea and Indonesia were accused of playing to lose so they could face easier opponents in future matches, drawing boos from spectators, CNN reported. The eight players concerned had all already qualified for the quarterfinals of the tournament before the final matches of the group stage.
World DanceSport Federation
Dancesport has been recognized as a sport by the International Olympic Committee, but has not been chosen as an official medal sport in the Olympic Games.
The national governing body for dancesport in the U.S. is USA Dance.
U.S. Table Soccer Federation
Founded in 2002, the United States Table Soccer Federation is affiliated with the International Table Soccer Federation.
Professional Darts Corporation
International Flipper Pinball Association
National Horseshoe Pitchers Association
The association made a plea for sponsors and investors in a May 29 post to its Facebook page. “After six successful seasons, we’ve got everything we need to turn this breakout sport into a national craze ... except the money,” the group wrote. “Maybe this is the next ‘NASCAR’ waiting to happen! We believe it is.”
American Cornhole Organization
The American Cornhole Organization was founded in 2004 with the sole purpose of promoting the game of cornhole or corn toss.
Wall Ball International
United States ProMiniGolf Association
In 2000, the World MiniGolf Sports Federation became “a provisional member in the General Association of the International Sports Federation (GAISF) which is a big step towards becoming an Olympic Sport,” the U.S. group says on its website.
Photo by Flickr user Jeffrey.
International Segway Polo Association
The International Segway Polo Association is the governing body for the players and teams of Segway polo around the world.
World Juggling Federation
The World Juggling Federation is the world’s only organization devoted to the promotion and advancement of juggling as a sport. It was founded in 2003.
World Yo-Yo Contest
World Sport Stacking Association
USA Memory Championship
The USA Memory Championship is an annual memory competition that takes place in New York City. It is set up as a sporting event for “mental athletes.” The tournament consists of memory challenging tournament-style competitive events including memorization of: 117 names and faces, a shuffled deck of cards, an unpublished poem, and speed numbers.
That’s just a few of the many fringe sports today. There also are competitions in snail racing, pillow fighting, mechanized pumpkin tossing, unicycle football, tiddlywinks, sheep shearing, walnut head-butting and snuff consumption. There isn’t enough space to list them all.