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Old 8 August 2017, 11:18
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Favorite non-traditional sport to watch

So, I was sitting at home watching Darts on ESPN 8 "the ocho" (yes, it's a real channel now), and I never understood how crazy the game of darts can be. So I started thinking: what's my favorite non-traditional sport to watch? For me, it's indoor track cycling. Single-speed bikes, intense competition...love it. How about you guys?
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Old 8 August 2017, 11:21
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Old 8 August 2017, 11:28
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Old 8 August 2017, 11:30
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Haven't seen it in years, but I used to enjoy watching the lumberjack competitions. Those gentlemen could do some serious damage with an axe and chainsaw in a very short amount of time.
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Old 8 August 2017, 11:47
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Swimming and archery. I also really like the Strongman events, lumberjack competition, and whatever competition had the dock dogs, log running, etc. I think it was called the Outdoor Games or something? It had shooting, archery, a bunch of dog agility events, and log rolling/running.
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Old 8 August 2017, 11:57
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Old 8 August 2017, 12:08
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The sheer spectacle of the World's Strongest Man competition---I thoroughly enjoy watching giant dudes shuck beer kegs over walls, pull a coachline bus 30m, stacking 300lb atlas stones, etc. Although a Briton won it in 2017, Brian Shaw from the US has won it four out of the last six years... It cracks me up when they stick a microphone in front of these man-bears right after squatting 900lbs of bricks, and they're usually shy and soft spoken or have the demeanor of an over-excited 13 year old boy.

ETA- their names are badass too; Magnus ver Magnussen, Jouko Ahola, Zydrunas Savickas, Derek Poundstone...
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Old 8 August 2017, 12:20
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I've attended the Scottish Highland games at Loon Mtn. New Hampshire several times. It's a great weekend. Good food, music and the competitors really take these events serious.
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152nd Scottish games in Pleasanton, CA. A heap of fun. Usually in conjunction with whiskey tasting by some very nice makers.

http://www.thescottishgames.com/index.php

Super-G, Luge, Bobsled.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Super-G


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Old 8 August 2017, 13:06
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Motocross, Men's Downhill, Isle of Man Race, anything with speed and/or semi-controlled chaos. Pylon racing. Aerobatics.


Also supreme endurance events like the Marathons and Ironman competitions.

Also in love with Jessie Graff on American Ninja...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=arxgcrtEZ0w

Judo, martial arts, MMA.

Indoor track cycling sounds worth looking into.

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Old 8 August 2017, 13:28
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Also supreme endurance events like the Marathons and Ironman competitions.
Come November, go volunteer on the bike course at Ironman AZ. It is amazing to see the pros come through on the bikes. They're machines--even the women. I tried to hang behind one of the pro women a couple years back on my first bike lap on my "home" course, and even while I was pushing 35mph downhill with a tail wind she pulled away from me faster than I'd like to admit. The pro men...forget about it.
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Old 8 August 2017, 13:37
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Come November, go volunteer on the bike course at Ironman AZ. It is amazing to see the pros come through on the bikes. They're machines--even the women. I tried to hang behind one of the pro women a couple years back on my first bike lap on my "home" course, and even while I was pushing 35mph downhill with a tail wind she pulled away from me faster than I'd like to admit. The pro men...forget about it.
That sounds like a BLAST!

Also, this indoor track cycling does look awesome!
https://youtu.be/9UafA2541c4

I gotta get some air back in the bike tires, and get the hell OUT when it cools down (below 100) again! I've got a pretty decent set of trails and paths nearby along the Aqua Fria riverbed and Rio Vista park. Very Beginner to lightly moderate stuff..nothing too crazy. I guess there's some really good stuff around Sedona. Almost like Moab. Gotta get OUT! That Goruck stuff looks awesome too, but I just may have to admit it may be too much for THIS 55yr old! Couple years ago, I used to do 25mi/day total to work and back 5 days/week, and it always amazed me how those folks on the skinny-tires would still blow by me! LOL!

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Old 8 August 2017, 13:38
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Oh yea. And anything that this guy does. Danny MacAskill is just unreal. This is a great vid.

https://youtu.be/xQ_IQS3VKjA
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Favorite non-traditional sport to watch

Does mud-wrestling count as a sport?
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Does mud-wrestling count as a sport?
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Oh yea. And anything that this guy does. Danny MacAskill is just unreal. This is a great vid.

https://youtu.be/xQ_IQS3VKjA
What a paradise to have to himself. Thank you for that, much needed some inspiration this morning.

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Edited to add: realize poker is not a sport but it is competitive though.
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Strongman, highland games, lumberjack competitions, firefighter competitions, pool, and...lately, my wife has been bribing me with beer and sex to watch the CF games/"Road to the Games" stuff.
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Old 8 August 2017, 14:27
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The Scottish Games won't truly be complete until Shirling is added to the competition.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6gu3mbl8SAk

As for other, more sedate non-traditional sports, just about anything in the Olympics. They only come around once every couple of years, and in those two weeks I can get enough of a fix on such gems as Curling, Synchronized Swimming, Rowing, etc to last until the next go round.

Although the Olympics haven't been the same since they dropped Tug-Of-War from the competition in 1920.
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