As we are adapting to the ‘new normal’, the world of sports has shifted and has left sports fans awaiting their favorite teams to be back in action. Fans develop a sense of emotional belonging to the people, place, and atmosphere of the game. When it’s gone, we can’t help but reminisce. Have you ever dreamt about how much better a hot dog tastes at a baseball game than a regular hot dog? You’re not alone!
With restrictions starting to loosen and the country beginning to gradually reopen, sports are beginning to come back to life. In the meantime, “unconventional” sports have begun to become of more interest. With the lack of regular season sports that usually fill the void, ESPN has been choosing dates where they rebrand their flagship channel as ESPN8: The Ocho. During this time, they televise unusual sports content that can range anywhere from lawn mower racing, putt putt championships, cherry-pit spitting, or even the annual stone skipping championship. In case you were wondering, the world record for the longest distance to spit a cherry pit is a distance of 28.51 meters – who’s ready to take on this challenge?
This sports series highlights underappreciated athletic skills while providing some good laughs and engaging social media commentary. Some may even consider these unconventional sports to be filling the football, baseball, and golf-sized holes in our hearts.
Football “tackling” COVID-19
The National Football League has had more time and less urgency compared to other organizations to resume play, but the Houston Texans and Kansas City Chiefs are set to kick off on September 10, 2020. In the meantime, Japanese monster wrestling is bound to resemble tackles and fumbles but with a twist. If there was an award for most creative sport costume, it would hands down be awarded to this monster wrestling inspired by Japanese movies!
The Major League Baseball Players Association is setting the stage for a significantly shortened schedule. With MLB in the dark, baseball in Taiwan is drawing the attention from international fans, with 60% being from the United States. The league in Taiwan is one of the very few currently playing a sport. Having the games set in the evenings in Taiwan, with a 12-hour difference from the east coast of the United States, international fans have coined the term “breakfast baseball”. Whipping up your favorite breakfast food andwatching a live baseball game happening on the other side of the globe? Yes, please!
Putting our way out of quarantine
Golf and its PGA tournaments have already progressed and made their return in mid-June with the Charles Schwab Challenge. But don’t pass up the opportunity for a viewing of the Golden Tee world championship where “e-golfers” show off their computerized golf skills and put them up to the test. With big gatherings being canceled, e-sports still allows for competitors to compete while staying safely distanced.
The opportunities are endless when it comes to these unconventional sports. Lawn mower racing provides the thrill of a NASCAR race (perhaps a more interesting terrain/course as well) and dodge juggle combines the intensity of professional dodge-ballers alongside the jugglers that need to be defended. While rooting for fan favorite players may not be the case, there’s no reason not to start rooting for something all together again. Unconventional sports recaps coming soon to Zoom calls near you!
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