11 sports we wish were in the Winter Olympics
Okay, perhaps it’s just me, but there seems to be a certain lack of animals at the Olympics. I like the idea of man and beast training together, forming partnerships and giving it their all…but then again, I (an adult male) still cry when watching Balto. The animated one. For those of you unfamiliar with the painfully obscure sport, skijoring is essentially skiing while being pulled by dog or horse. I dare you to tell me you wouldn’t watch that.
8 reasons you wish you were a New Zealand All Blacks fan
THE NEW ZEALAND All Blacks — if you’re from New Zealand, you probably need no encouragement whatsoever to stand behind them. But as for everyone else, well, you might think about whose side of the fence you’re standing on the next time you find yourself in a discussion of sporting excellence. For over 130 years, this has been the club to measure athletic success against — and here’s some evidence why.
1. They’re arguably the most successful professional sports team in history. They’ve won an astonishing 85% of every match they’ve ever played, and hold a 75% win rate in tested matches (officially sanctioned matches). By comparison, the New York Yankees have a winning percentage of just 53%.
2. They’re one of the oldest professional teams still in existence. The New Zealand national rugby team was founded in 1884. So…make sure you wish them a happy 130th birthday next year. (Oh, they also went undefeated in their first year.)
The Hunger Games ain’t got nothing on these folks.
MatadorU photography student Mark Araujo created a photo essay about this unique part of Japanese culture:
"It literally means ‘The Way of the Bow’ and is considered by many to be the purest of all the martial arts."