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2010 April — Obscure Sports Magazine

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Archive for April, 2010

Familiar

As it winds down – another dodgeball Saturday well spent.  Hurling myself across the hardwood, making a battle out of something that wasn’t the least bit treacherous. Our host is packing up the equipment in a purple container, trying to make use of all available space.  His tired muscles flinch while placing ball after ball […]

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Mojo Kickball

After years of defending his athletic ability to the Type-A personalities of competitive adult sports, Eric Heiberg of Austin, Texas decided to play by his own rules. He created a new sport called Mojo Kickball™, combining elements of multiple games and the use of strategy to win. Heiberg describes the game as the result of […]

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Are You Ready for Some Kickball?

Believe it or not, kickball season is right around the corner. You don’t want to be last picked, do you? Whether casual or competitive, a captain or a teammate, here are some tips that will have you all ready to go for the upcoming season.  Remember, no one becomes a champion overnight, it takes time […]

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When friends or colleagues ask, “Are you still playing kickball?” I nod my head with delight and let them know that I’m not ready to retire just yet. Retire from kickball?  Why yes, it happens. When I started playing in 2000, it was a fun and cheap form of weekly entertainment.  Every Friday night of […]

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The 5 Best Forgotten Playground Games

While everyone is aware of the childhood sports that adults have embraced with more than a shred of irony, such as kickball and dodgeball, I thought I’d take a look at five forgotten playground activities. 5. TAG Once a playground staple, this game is probably best left to the kids, as it requires constant running. […]

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Road Warriors: the subculture of bike polo

Some see an underused tennis court or parking lot and don’t think of anything of it. Others wonder why people aren’t riding bikes on it while whacking around a street hockey ball. It takes a special type of person to picture the latter, right? Maybe not so much… “The variety of people amazes me,” says […]

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America’s Next Top Dodgeball Model?

A quick hit for you… Sitting here, watching America’s Next Top Model (my girlfriend is in the room, so I’m excused) on Oxygen, and hey look!  It’s a dodgeball photo shoot!  Well, it was for Isabella, and it didn’t really help her as she was sent home because of that picture above.  The episode’s shoot […]

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Stand Behind Your Man: Is dodgeball sexist, or just strategy?

“I got you, I got you!” Few sentences in the English language are as comforting and full of trust, but somehow on this night, it rang hollow and unnecessary. The exclamation of hope and camaraderie reverberated against the aged hardwood floors, rising to deaf ears before getting lost somewhere near the lone women’s volleyball banner […]

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Warm-Weather Alert!

With spring just around the corner and the first UNSEASONABLY warm day drawing near, fashion disasters will be in full swing. Take this svelte fella for example. Wearing huge sombreros or Turd Ferguson foam-cowboy hats are ok in certain circles, but water-fowl hats are a huge no-no. Pink isn’t his color. Let’s skip right past […]

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We Have Arrived

At some point, you must have asked yourself “why?” Why do I play this obscure/playground/odd sport? And more importantly, why do you love it? You must have posed that question to yourself before donning a team shirt and taking to the field, court or wherever your sport leads you. Every one of us has different […]

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