Ice hockey game on a rink the size of a soccer pitch

This is a skating sport that resembles hockey and must be very good for the cardiovascular.  It is called Bandy.

Bandy, sometimes unofficially named Russian hockey, is a team winter sport played on ice, in which skaters use sticks to direct a ball into the opposing team’s goal.

The rules of the game have many similarities to those of association football: the game is played on a rectangle of ice the same size as a football field. Each team has eleven players, one of whom is a goalkeeper. A standard bandy match consists of two halves of 45 minutes each. The offside rule is also similar to that observed in association football.

The size of a bandy field is in the range 4,050 – 7,150 square metres (45-65 by 90–110 metres), about the same size as a football pitch and considerably larger than an ice hockey rink. Along the sidelines a 15 cm (6 in) high border (vant, sarg, wand, wall) is placed to prevent the ball from leaving the ice.

Centered at each shortline is a 3.5 m wide and 2.1 m high goal cage and in front of the cage is a half-circular penalty area with a 17 m radius. A penalty spot is located 12 metres in front of the goal and there are two free-stroke spots at the penalty area line, each surrounded by a 5 m circle.

That rink is so big, a fight could break-out in a corner, and it would take 15 minutes for the refs to arrive.   m

That is one big goal cage.  2.1 metres or 7.5 feet high.

Major League Baseball Team Payrolls

This is what happens when there is no team salary caps. The teams that are located in markets where they haul in profits hand over fist can buy a championship. The Dodgers payroll is over 3 times that of Tampa Bay.  Both of these teams are facing off in the World Series.

1 New York Yankees 0.550 28 $77,215,694 $9,920,725 $21,482,977 $6,593,300 $109,439,081
2 Los Angeles Dodgers 0.717 28 $77,165,961 $493,889 $16,917,530 $11,339,500 $107,917,397
3 Boston Red Sox 0.400 28 $34,811,788 $17,903,483 $15,053,004 $19,962,928 $83,710,390
4 Houston Astros 0.483 28 $61,049,512 $18,763,334 $250,000 $6,075,200 $82,536,161
5 Philadelphia Phillies 0.467 28 $57,105,401 $13,236,891 $7,762,073 $6,399,500 $78,643,547
6 New York Mets 0.433 28 $46,017,813 $15,399,881 $14,418,790 $4,947,000 $77,603,005
7 Chicago Cubs 0.567 28 $66,116,504 $6,448,626 $1,464,463 $11,069,500 $75,596,171
8 San Francisco Giants 0.483 28 $40,474,622 $1,428,006 $13,996,618 $22,631,250 $73,321,225
9 San Diego Padres 0.617 28 $54,293,958 $3,531,020 $13,971,215 $6,086,600 $72,597,954
10 St. Louis Cardinals 0.517 28 $51,757,860 $12,343,763 $11,000,000 $7,340,100 $72,246,343
11 Washington Nationals 0.433 28 $45,664,863 $20,500,582 $387,096 $2,563,500 $68,317,703
12 Los Angeles Angels 0.433 28 $56,525,010 $509,650 $3,356,290 $6,884,500 $66,040,893
13 Texas Rangers 0.367 28 $30,877,925 $16,905,177 $14,338,320 $4,301,000 $63,214,137
14 Atlanta Braves 0.583 28 $50,458,292 $7,255,497 $500,284 $17,610,000 $63,061,931
15 Colorado Rockies 0.433 28 $23,940,328 $17,205,744 $24,851,852 $4,017,500 $61,808,533
16 Arizona Diamondbacks 0.417 28 $20,283,697 $1,589,593 $34,416,446 $4,524,600 $563,500 $59,998,752
17 Cincinnati Reds 0.517 28 $51,957,121 $658,696 $1,922,138 $6,117,500 $55,638,685
18 Minnesota Twins 0.600 28 $45,057,558 $6,876,058 $7,063,300 $6,669,000 $55,429,689
19 Toronto Blue Jays 0.533 28 $33,467,052 $5,114,444 $14,167,030 $6,643,100 $54,497,060
20 Chicago White Sox 0.583 28 $43,034,329 $1,819,815 $6,562,642 $6,821,500 $52,415,251
21 Seattle Mariners 0.450 28 $24,865,136 $3,268,960 $29,208,712 $5,731,000 $48,933,829
22 Detroit Tigers 0.397 28 $29,636,694 $6,108,631 $6,488,226 $5,099,700 $43,164,880
23 Milwaukee Brewers 0.483 28 $28,464,819 $1,203,704 $2,984,938 $4,963,300 $39,934,086
24 Cleveland Indians 0.583 28 $34,471,070 $209,630 $1,519,241 $4,642,500 $564,800 $37,549,107
25 Oakland Athletics 0.600 28 $35,283,875 $902,038 $113,148 $3,957,000 $36,720,178
26 Kansas City Royals 0.433 28 $25,320,148 $7,093,210 $1,464,114 $6,818,450 $34,812,194
27 Miami Marlins 0.517 28 $14,721,932 $2,897,429 $12,110,262 $10,427,000 $31,330,593
28 Tampa Bay Rays 0.667 28 $23,621,315 $1,958,020 $2,086,951 $4,537,125 $28,290,689
29 Pittsburgh Pirates 0.317 28 $12,738,842 $8,462,127 $2,187,508 $2,817,500 $5,750,000 $25,087,837
30 Baltimore Orioles 0.417 28 $10,252,278 $11,102,531 $1,264,595

The Yippee Ki Yay Action of the Rodeo

Rodeo is a competitive equestrian sport that arose out of the working practices of cattle herding in Spain and Mexico, expanding throughout the Americas and to other nations. It was based on the skills required of the working vaqueros and later, cowboys, in what today is the western United States, western Canada, and northern Mexico. Today, it is a sporting event that involves horses and other livestock, designed to test the skill and speed of the cowboys and cowgirls. American style professional rodeos generally comprise the following events: tie-down roping, team roping, steer wrestling, saddle bronc riding, bareback bronc riding, bull riding and barrel racing. The events are divided into two basic categories: the rough stock events and the timed events. Depending on sanctioning organization and region, other events such as breakaway roping, goat tying, and pole bending may also be a part of some rodeos.

American rodeo, particularly popular today within the Canadian province of Alberta and throughout the western United States, is the official state sport of Wyoming, South Dakota, and Texas. The iconic silhouette image of a “Bucking Horse and Rider” is a federal and state-registered trademark of the State of Wyoming. The Legislative Assembly of Alberta has considered making American rodeo the official sport of that province. However, enabling legislation has yet to be passed.


Caleb Nichols goes airborne after getting bucked by his bronc during the Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo on Friday, July 29, 2011. AAron Ontiveroz, The Denver Post

ABC’s Wide World of Sports

ABC’s Wide World of Sports was an American sports anthology television program that aired on the American Broadcasting Company (ABC) from April 29, 1961 to January 3, 1998, primarily on Saturday afternoons. Hosted by Jim McKay, with a succession of co-hosts beginning in 1987, the title continued to be used for general sports programs on the network until 2006. In 2007, Wide World of Sports was named by Time on its list of the 100 best television programs of all-time.

ABC’s Wide World Of Sports Intro – 1969

Board Shoe Racing – China’s Bizarre Traditional Sport

Board shoe racing is the traditional sport of the Zhuang people of China’s Gunaxi province, a unique discipline that has three people sharing the same “shoes”, which requires perfect coordination and concentration.

Board shoe racing can be traced back to the Ming Dynasty, when legend has it that a famous heroine of the Xhuang people used it as a way to train soldiers against invading Japanese pirates. The legendary Mrs. Wa used long pieces of wood to teach the men to march together in perfect synchronization, which greatly improved their combat qualities and boosted their fighting spirit, helping them repel the invaders. The traditional sport has been passed on from generation to generation since then.


This bizarre sport involves three teammates running on the same pair of shoes, which basically consist of two wooden boards and some leather straps to fasten the feet. The boards are one-meter-long, 9cm-wide and 3cm-thick, and using them as shoes for a three-member team requires expert coordination. If one of the three pushes too hard or falls behind, they can cause the entire trio to topple over each other.

In 2005, the National Civil Affairs Commission approved board shoe racing project as an official event at the annual National Minority Traditional Sports Games. It is practiced by both men and women, particularly from the Zhuang people.

“Board shoe racing is a true team sport, and coordination is the most important requirement,” Liu Jianxin, head coach of the Henan board shoe racing team, told Henan Daily. “In addition to improving physical fitness and speed training, it is more about enhancing the team members’ tacit cooperation to the highest it can be.”


South Korean baseball resumes with preseason game in front of empty stands

Doosan Bears pitcher Lee Young-ha (L) throws a ball in front of empty stands as a referee (R) wearing a face mask looks on during a pre-season baseball game between Seoul-based Doosan Bears and LG Twins at Jamsil stadium in Seoul on April 21, 2020. – Professional sport returned to South Korea on April 21 as coronavirus restrictions ease, with the first pitch thrown in a baseball preseason derby in front of empty stands. (Photo by Jung Yeon-je / AFP)

Professional sport returned to South Korea on Tuesday as coronavirus restrictions ease in the country, with the first pitch thrown in a baseball preseason derby in front of empty stands.

The Seoul-based Doosan Bears and LG Twins are Korea’s biggest rivals in the country’s most popular spectator sport and their shared stadium in the capital’s Jamsil area would usually be packed.

But with fans barred, the stands were empty as the Twins’ Cha Woo-chan threw the first pitch.

Even the cheerleaders — an essential element of firing up the atmosphere at what would normally be a feverish encounter — were also absent.

The stadium was silent except for the continuous clicking of camera shutters from around 50 members of the media, and occasional shouts from the dugouts.

Reporters were not allowed to approach the players.

“Although it is being held behind closed doors, I think it’s good that we can hold these games for the fans who are watching from their homes,” said LG Twins media officer Kim Kwang-hwan.

“We hope that the coronavirus outbreak will be contained soon so many fans can come and enjoy our game just like previous years.”

The Jamsil derby was among the first of 20 preseason games, and the Korea Baseball Organization said Tuesday the regular season would start behind closed doors on May 5.

Strict health guidelines were being enforced.

Players must have their temperature checked twice before the games, with facemasks strongly recommended in all parts of the stadium, except for the field and the dugout during the game, the KBO said.

Players have been asked not to shake hands or exchange high-fives, while spitting is prohibited.

The Doosan Bears were last year’s KBO champions but the LG Twins ran out 5-2 winners in a one-sided encounter.

Even so, more than 700,000 fans tuned in to watch a livestream of the match on Naver, the country’s largest online portal.

Strange Sports Venues

Coeur d’Alene Resort Golf Course, USA



The Coeur d’Alene Resort is a luxury resort hotel in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Located on the north shore of Lake Coeur d’Alene, the Coeur d Alene Resort features a marina, convention facilities, spa, as well as a notable 18-hole golf course. The hotel has 338 rooms and suites, and its main tower has 18 floors.



Coeur d’Alene Resort Golf Course in Idaho is best known for its par-3 14th hole, which features the only movable island green in the world. Built on a barge on submerged tracks, the green is moved daily by computer and distance can range from 95 to 200 yards (87-183m).

Water taxis transport golfers to the hole, which can moved to change the difficulty of the shot (you have to swing from the mainland).



Tennis Court at Burj Al Arab, United Arab Emirates



The world’s highest tennis court stands atop the fourth highest hotel in the world – Burj al-Arab at Dubai. The tennis court is circular in shape and when no session is at play, it doubles as a helipad. 



The exact height of the tennis court is not known, but the hotel is 321 m (1,053 feet) tall and the court is located very near the top.



In 2005, when Roger Federer and Andre Agassi were at Dubai for a tournament, they were invited to play a few rounds at the Burj’s helipad-converted-tennis court.

Burj Al Arab stands on an artificial island 280 m (920 ft) from Jumeirah beach and is connected to the mainland by a private curving bridge.




Ski Dubai, United Arab Emirates



An indoor ski resort in the middle of the desert? Yes, that’s weird. Ski Dubai is an indoor ski resort with 22,500 square meters (27,000 sq yds) of indoor ski area. It is a part of the Mall of the Emirates, one of the largest shopping malls in the world, located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It was developed by Majid Al Futtaim Properties, which also operates the Mall of the Emirates.



Opened in November 2005, the indoor resort features an 85-meter-high (280ft) indoor mountain with 5 slopes of varying steepness and difficulty, including a 400-metre-long (1,300ft) run, the world’s first indoor black run, and various features (boxes, rails, kickers) that are changed on a regular basis. A quad lift and a tow lift carry skiers and snowboarders up the mountain. 



Adjoining the slopes is a 3,000-square-metre (3,590 sq yds) Snow Park play area comprising sled and toboggan runs, an icy body slide, climbing towers, giant snowballs and an ice cave.

Ski Dubai is also home to a number of penguins who come out to play several times a day. Penguin encounters can be booked, allowing the public to interact directly with the penguins. Winter clothing, ski and snowboard equipment are included in the price of admission.



An extremely efficient insulation system helps the facility maintain a temperature of −1 °C during the day and −6 °C at night when the snow is produced.


Rooftop Mini Football Pitch, Japan



There’s no beating the location of this singularly picturesque football (soccer) pitch: it sits atop the Tokyu Tokyo department store, right next to Shibuya Station.



Adidas Futsal Park opened in 2001, in the run-up to the FIFA World Cup that Japan and South Korea co-hosted the following year, and it’s been doing a strong trade ever since.



Winnipeg Blue Bombers and Jets

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League (CFL) finally won the Grey Cup. The Grey Cup is the CFLs Super Bowl.  The Blue Bombers hadn’t won the cup in 29 years. In a league with only 9 teams that is quite a drought. The Bombers beat Hamilton 33-12 ten days ago.

Three Bombers, Chris Streveler, Nick Demsky and Grey Cup most valuable player Andrew Harris were at the Jets NHL game last night.

Harris above

The Jets beat the Dallas Stars 5-1