weird sports

weak in review

Dreaming In Context With USA Basketball: David Roth's Weak In Review

The U.S. has done a great deal of winning since it started sending dream teams of NBA stars to the Olympics. The fun of the team in Rio isn't the winning, it's the work.
David Roth
8.19.16
Rio 2016

Strange Summer Olympic Sports: Are They Good? An Investigation

An evidence-based look into whether the weirder sports on offer at the Summer Olympics—your horse-dancing and skeet shooting and so on—are actually good to watch.
Corbin Smith
8.5.16
weird sports

Indoor Skydiving Is Real, Painful, And Definitely Sports

Indoor Skydiving, or "Body Flight" to aficionados, is intense, difficult, humbling, expensive, and weird. But is it sports? Spoiler: hell yeah it's sports.
John Wilmes
4.8.16
literally stabbed with a spear

It Is Time to Appropriate Pasola, Indonesian Sport of Kings

Pasola is half ultraviolent rock-and-spear polo and half religious ritual. It's the perfect sport for America.
Malt Schlitzmann
1.28.16
weird sports

Meet WhirlyBall, The Goofy Lacrosse-In-Golf-Carts Sport That Wants To Take Over The World

WhirlyBall is a silly sport that sticks players in goofy little vehicles and whose rules combine polo, lacrosse, and basketball. It is fun, but also ambitious.
B. David Zarley
12.29.15
weird sports

Drones Over Dallas: My Day at the Drone Wars

Drones have earned a pretty bad reputation, but drone enthusiasts want to show the other side of their unmanned aerial hobby. Also some of them want you to stop calling them drones.
Jonny Auping
12.21.15
popeye forearms

The Man Who Won And Lost "American Ninja Warrior"

On "American Ninja Warrior," Geoff Britten did something no one's ever done. Then another ninja did it faster, and won a million dollars. What comes next? Life, mostly.
Kelly O'Mara
11.6.15
weird baseball

Carter Capps Might Be Too Weird For Major League Baseball

No one in baseball pitches the way Carter Capps does, and few relievers have pitched as well. But his bizarre leaping motion might be too weird to be legal.
Matthew Kory
7.15.15
azerbaijan on two wheels

Azerbaijan On Two Wheels: The Distance Between Here And There

The Tour of Azerbaijan is a long way from the Tour de France, and Airgas-Safeway's riders know it. But it means a lot to know it's possible to get from here to there.
Patrick Redford
7.10.15
azerbaijan on two wheels

Azerbaijan On Two Wheels: Making A Break

Every team at the Tour of Azerbaijan is there to win. But winning a stage isn't just about riding faster. It's about teamwork, luck, and opportunity, and it's hard.
Patrick Redford
7.8.15
culturally jewish soccer

Los Angeles' Forgotten Jewish Soccer Dynasty

Maccabi Los Angeles was a team comprised of soap stars, ringers, and random Jewish dudes. By one measure, it remains the most successful team in U.S. soccer history.
Jonathan Zeller
6.29.15
antiheroes

We Made Alex Rodriguez Who He Is

Alex Rodriguez has been the future personified and a ghost of the past, a hero and a villain. Now he is just a baseball player again, and it's on us to deal with it.
Andrew Forbes
5.5.15
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