Canada’s National Animal and National Sport Come Together

The beaver was given official status as an emblem of Canada when “An Act to provide for the recognition of the Beaver (Castor canadensis) as a symbol of the sovereignty of Canada” received royal assent on March 24, 1975.

Actually lacrosse and hockey are the official sports of Canada. But the sport of curling is so widespread and can be played by people of any age, Markozen is declaring it a national sport.

People Suffering from Pandemic Cabin Fever Head Outside in Winnipeg

The skating rink at The Forks in downtown Winnipeg opened over the weekend. Droves of people took advantage of the semi-mild temperatures (-1 Celsius) to go down the river walk and put on the skates and get some fresh air on the rink. The skating river trail will be extended down the Assiniboine and Red Rivers during the next couple weeks.

 

 

 

 

Some young kids sliding down a hill on their crazy carpets.

 

 

 

The little known and misunderstood sport of Hurling

14 September 2013; Brendan Brosnan, Kerry, in action against Jonathon Byrne, Kildare. Bord Gáis Energy GAA Hurling Under 21 All-Ireland 'B' Championship Final, Kerry v Kildare, Semple Stadium, Thurles, Co. Tipperary. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE *** NO REPRODUCTION FEE ***

 

Hurling is an outdoor team game of ancient Gaelic and Irish origin, administered by the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA). The game has prehistoric origins, has been played for over 3,000 years. One of Ireland’s native Gaelic games, it shares a number of features with Gaelic football, such as the field and goals, the number of players, and much terminology.

The objective of the game is for players to use a wooden stick called a hurley to hit a small ball called a sliotar between the opponents’ goalposts either over the crossbar for one point, or under the crossbar into a net guarded by a goalkeeper for one goal, which is equivalent to three points. The sliotar can be caught in the hand and carried for not more than four steps, struck in the air, or struck on the ground with the hurley. It can be kicked or slapped with an open hand (the hand pass) for short-range passing. A player who wants to carry the ball for more than four steps has to bounce or balance the sliotar on the end of the stick and the ball can only be handled twice while in his possession.

 

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No protective padding is worn by players. A plastic protective helmet with a faceguard is mandatory for all age groups, including senior level, as of 2010. The game has been described as “a bastion of humility”, with player names absent from jerseys and a player’s number decided by his position on the field.

Hurling is played throughout the world, and is popular among members of the Irish diaspora in North America, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Argentina, and South Korea. In many parts of Ireland, however, hurling is a fixture of life.

 

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Every so often the Hurley gets misdirected.

 

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Heads collide. Every player decides on the colour of the helmet they wear. No matter if it matches the uniform or not.

 

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Hurley to helmet. Makes a Canadian hockey fan excited.

 

John Conlon of Clare in action against Stephan White of Cork during the All-Ireland senior hurling final replay at Croke park. Photograph by John Kelly.

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.”