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Jesse Owens is not the only athlete to race against animals

November 23rd, 2017 · No Comments · Athletics

Winning gold at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin did not guarantee Jesse Owens financial success. In the years to follow, he regularly raced against horses to generate income. Here’s a video of one of his races in which he beat the horse. He is not the only person ever to race against animals: Michael Phelps raced a shark (sort of!), and others raced a cheetah. See our article on Man versus Animal.

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2017 AFL Grand Final Sprint

October 4th, 2017 · No Comments · AFL

To cap off a sensational year for the Tigers, in addition to the Grand Final, the Brownlow, and the Norm Smith medal, Richmond player Connor Menadue won the 2017 Grand Final half-time sprint. See more about the history of the Grand Final Sprint.

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Stupid Robot Fighting

August 17th, 2017 · No Comments · Unusual

On Topend Sports we have a section on new sports, where we get submissions from those wanting to promote the new sport they have invented. Some are great ideas that could potentially become popular worldwide, while other are wild ideas that maybe should be kept to themselves. The latest submission was stupid robot fighting from New Zealand. Sports that involve robots is not a stupid idea in itself, as there are already competitions of Robot Sports, including robot combat. Have a look and see what you think of this new robot fighting sport variation.

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Tom Brady’s NFL Combine Lowlights

February 13th, 2017 · No Comments · Agility, Football (Gridiron), Speed

Tom Brady, one of the greatest NFL quarterbacks ever, has done some great things in his career, but his performances at the 2000 pre-draft combine is not one of them. His poor effort affected his chances. He was picked 199 overall in the draft, and he was the 7th quarterback to be picked. The NFL won’t let me show the video of his performance, but here is someone else trying to match his scores.

His results at the combine:

40 Yard Dash: 5.28s
20 Yard Dash: 2.94s
10 Yard Dash: 1.70s
Bench Press: –
Vertical Leap: 24.5 inches
Broad Jump: 99 inches
20 Yd Shuttle: 4.38s
Three Cone Drill: 7.20s
60 Yd Shuttle: –
Wonderlic: 33

See the best NFL combine test results

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2015 AFL Grand Final Sprint

October 31st, 2016 · No Comments · AFL

Here is the final for the AFL player sprint race held at half time of the 2015 AFL Grand Final. Included in the field were two cab drivers (the race was sponsored by the company 13 Cabs). Also for sponsorship reasons, all the runners wore bright yellow tights. The winner was Majak Daw, the first winner of the race from the North Melbourne football club. See more about the history of the Grand Final Sprint.

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2016 AFL Grand Final Sprint

October 31st, 2016 · No Comments · AFL

Here is the final for the AFL player sprint race held at half time of the 2016 AFL Grand Final. The winner was the James Shirley, a 28-year-old suburban footballer from the Murrumbeena Football Netball Club, who won through qualifying races to represent local footballers. A little embarrassing for the professional footballers. See more about the history of the Grand Final Sprint.

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Headis: a hybrid of soccer and table tennis

February 24th, 2016 · No Comments · Football (Soccer), Sports, Table Tennis, Unusual

In my research for new sports to add to the complete list of sports, I came across this great one which is a hybrid of soccer and table tennis, which seems to have gained popularity in Germany. Here is a video of some Headis game highlights to show you what it is all about. It looks like fun to try, but maybe it is not as easy as it looks.

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New Sport of Ice Soccer

September 17th, 2015 · No Comments · Football (Soccer), Ice Hockey, Winter

Ice soccer is a hybrid sport of Association Football and ice hockey, here is a game being played in Thailand. It is not an “official Sport”, but maybe it should be! See more about ice soccer and hybrid sports.

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Fitness Testing at FC Bayern Munich

August 11th, 2015 · No Comments · Football (Soccer), Testing

It is great to get an insight into the fitness program of a professional football club. The European football club Bayern Munich posted this video of their players undergoing fitness assessments. Although they don’t publish the list of tests they do, a lot of information can be gleaned from the video.

The tests include:

  • Force plate vertical jump test.
  • Speed Court: Quick feet and Reaction Test.
  • Functional Movement Screen: Trunk Stability Pushup Test, Hurdle Step Test, Shoulder Mobility Test, Deep Squat Test.
  • VO2 Max Test.

See more about soccer fitness testing

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Loop a new cue sport

July 20th, 2015 · No Comments · Unusual

The new sport of Loop (pool spelled backwards!) was created by British mathematician Alex Bellos in 2015. It is a new twist to an old game. Loop is played on an elliptical shaped pool table, with a dot at one focus point, and the pocket at another, requiring some calculated angles as shown here. See the first ever game played in the video below, and read more about LOOP.

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