Nov
02
2014
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What is Quidditch?

Quidditch huddle (photo by John Loo - CC-BY)The millions who have read Harry Potter books will recognize the word Quidditch. I haven’t read the books, but now understand that in the books there are witches flying around in some sort of competition. That was, however, only after I saw a group of Ivy League students in a pick-up game of some sort [more...]

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Nov
05
2012
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What’s the point of “Salto del Pastor”?

salto-del-pastorSalto del Pastor, or Shepherd’s Leap, is the sport of doing cool things with a long pole. The pole, known as a lanza or garrote, is about three meters (9 ft) long and ends in a strong sharp metal spike. But Salto del Pastor wasn’t originally a sport. It evolved as a useful way for [more...]

Nov
07
2010
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How Can We Get a Grant for a Women's Sports Program?

US Women's Volleyball TeamThe federal government gives away hundreds of billions of dollars in grant programs every year and discount propecia rx you’d better believe that some of those dollars go toward building athletic programs for kids, adults, men and women. Very little of this federal largess goes to individuals, so the very first thing you need to [more...]

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Feb
23
2010
3

What is the oldest sporting trophy?

Winners of Doggett's Coat and Badge, the oldest rowing race (PD-EXP)Each time the America's Cup match races are held, sponsors claim that the America's Cup is the oldest sporting trophy, and the media often say the same. The official website is more circumspect, stating: “… the America's Cup is often called the oldest trophy in sport.” The first race was in 1851, around the Isle [more...]

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Jan
06
2010
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What is a brief history of the Winter Olympics?

Squaw Valley - courtesy Rick McCharles - CC-BYWhen the modern Olympic Movement began, in 1894, the newly-formed International Olympic Committee (IOC) considered ice skating as a possible sport for the first modern Olympic Games, in 1896.  Needless to say, that didn’t happen but figure skating was on the program for the 1908 Olympic Games in London.  In 1911, it was suggested that [more...]

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Jan
06
2010
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What is a brief history of snowboarding?

Snowboarding flight - courtesy pincusvt - CC-BYHere we will have a fuzzy beginning. It is difficult to say who “invented” the first snowboard. People have always figured out how to slide down a snow covered hill on something, so it would be next to impossible to point out one specific person, who came up with “the first snowboard.” There are still [more...]

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Dec
19
2009
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What is a brief history of basketball?

Basketball about to Score - courtesy j9sk9s - CC-BYIn 1891, Dr. James Naismith, instructor at the International Young Men’s Christian Association Training School in Springfield, Massachusetts, looked for indoor games to keep his students occupied and at good levels of fitness during the long New England winters.  He wrote the basic rules and nailed a peach basket onto a 10-foot elevated track. In [more...]

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Dec
17
2009
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What is a brief history of tennis?

Australian Open - courtesy * etoile - CC-BYThere is some dispute about the origins of Tennis.  One side believes that the ancient Egyptians played a precursor to tennis.  Their theory claims that the name tennis came from the Egyptian town of Tinnis and the word racquet evolved from the Arabic word for palm of the hand, rahat. That is not much evidence, [more...]

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Dec
16
2009
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What is a brief history of golf?

Future Open winners - courtesy endbradley - CC-BYWhile Roman emperors apparently played a game called paganica, using a bent stick to drive a soft, feather-stuffed ball, golf is generally thought to be of Scottish origin, as the game was mentioned in two 15th century laws prohibiting the playing of the game of “gowf.”  In the first golf games, players would hit pebbles [more...]

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Jun
16
2009
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What is the Best City in the US to live in for a basketball fan?

Staples Center (photo by maveric2003 - CC-BY)As of 2009, the best city to live in the United States if you are a big basketball fan is the city of Los Angeles—and not just because the Lakers won the championship at the time of this writing. If you are a basketball fan, it is always nice to have a team or a [more...]

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