February 11, 2008

“World Championship”

Filed under: analog,awesome,life,lunacy — mhoye @ 10:51 pm

One of the things used to like about Reseau Des Sports, the French TSN (or the French-Canadian ESPN, to my American readers. “Le Ocho”, you might say) was that unlike TSN, you would occasionally see sports that weren’t hockey, baseball, basketball or football. You might not be aware of this, but it turns out that there are literally dozens of other sports in the world, and they occasionally feature competition. And stranger still, those competitions are often recorded via modern video-capturing apparatus, to be viewed later by interested parties. A wild idea, I know! But true!

So, while using the googles to find something on the youtubes, a phrase originally drafted as “filling my tubes with the yous” and immediately rejected for reasons I think are obvious, I discovered that the internets have been doing That Thing They Do, and that there a surprising number of things in the world that I was not aware you could aspire to be a world champion of.

For instance:

Turns out the world is a pretty big place.


  1. The world yoyoing championship is serious business. I once aspired to be in that competition, but alas, I was too poor to go to Florida, where it’s held every year. One of these days I will regale them with my tricks, but until then, they will continue to school me long-distance.

    For more on yoyoing, check out
    Yes, I have too much free time. No, I do not do birthdays.

    Comment by Guillaume — February 16, 2008 @ 7:48 pm

  2. I give you sports stacking:

    No, really. I couldn’t make this many links up. :)

    Believe it or not, this was showing on Sportsnet late in the afternoon on a Friday when I was at Maclaren’s on Elgin St. for a goodbye event for a work colleague.

    It caused much astonishment.

    Comment by Anatole — February 26, 2008 @ 12:42 am

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