Putting "black-out" in quotation marks doesn't make drowning sound any better.
March 1, 2011 11:29 PM   Subscribe


 
Finally, the void from the canceled sauna endurance contest had been filled!
posted by Burhanistan at 11:38 PM on March 1, 2011 [1 favorite]


Maybe they can get MGM and James Bond to sponsor any underwater fights.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 11:54 PM on March 1, 2011


Oh, finally! My games of tiger polo and lava tennis have gotten rather boring of late, and I needed a new way to test my immortality.
posted by sysinfo at 11:55 PM on March 1, 2011 [2 favorites]


In lava tennis, there's a no-bounce rule and a surprisingly high turnover rate for ball boys.
posted by sysinfo at 11:57 PM on March 1, 2011 [1 favorite]


This version of hockey is hard on the players, but it's even harder on the zamboni driver.
posted by twoleftfeet at 12:03 AM on March 2, 2011 [4 favorites]


We're getting closer and closer to drownball becoming socially acceptable.
posted by Grimgrin at 12:04 AM on March 2, 2011


Why stop at that? We should have Underwater Olympics!
posted by vidur at 12:23 AM on March 2, 2011 [1 favorite]


I have spent a lot of time underwater with and without an air supply. I have been in some really nasty conditions, zero vis, really cold water, sharks, deep, deep freedives (90+ft), tangled up in ghost fishing gear, lost, almost swept out to sea, ect. None of these things really scare me, they happen and I can work through them and do just fine in the end.

This scares me, trapped under ice with no air...a scuba lifeguard is really only good if he sees you in the first 45 seconds of your having trouble. I can navigate blind up is easy, up with an overhead environmental not so easy. When I dive I seek redundancy, soft bottom depths, hard bottoms, octos, extra tanks, buddies, ect. This whole thing has choke points. Your escape requires you know where your escape is, not easy while freediving upside down. Your scuba rescue has to pay attention. You have to know shallow water blackout, your own limits, ect. All choke points.

That being said, I am all for messing around underwater, I have my second place underwater pumpkin carving award to prove it.
posted by Felex at 12:57 AM on March 2, 2011 [3 favorites]


That's just crazy Australian slang for a game we've been playing in Canada for decades - Slow Motion Anti Gravity Curling.
posted by mannequito at 12:59 AM on March 2, 2011 [1 favorite]


This won't be a serious world class sport until Jamaica fields a team.
posted by chavenet at 1:10 AM on March 2, 2011 [1 favorite]


Remove the ice and the cold and you have Octopush, a fifty-year-old sport played all over the world. Octopush is one of only two competitive sports I have ever enjoyed playing.
posted by Hogshead at 3:18 AM on March 2, 2011


Wow. As if there were not enough ways to die horribly on a budget, people have to find more expensive ways to do so.
posted by Samizdata at 3:18 AM on March 2, 2011


I like that they felt the need to specify that this is "EXTREME" underwater ice hockey.
posted by louche mustachio at 3:54 AM on March 2, 2011


EXTREMEly slow and boring. I mean, wow, you're under cold water... and?
posted by dougrayrankin at 4:13 AM on March 2, 2011


I read the link as extreme UNDERWEAR hockey. Not sure whether to be disappointed or relieved...
posted by londonmark at 4:31 AM on March 2, 2011 [1 favorite]


We're getting closer and closer to drownball becoming socially acceptable.


Climbing for Dollars!
posted by monkeymadness at 4:39 AM on March 2, 2011


More evidence of the old adage BOYZ R DUM.
posted by Mooseli at 5:25 AM on March 2, 2011


Pet peeve.... the tanks are filled with air not oxygen!

(while O2 is used for accelerated deco I doubt that's what the safety divers are using)
posted by coust at 5:46 AM on March 2, 2011


Don Cherry is seething with rage, look at all those floaty euros.
posted by ghharr at 6:00 AM on March 2, 2011 [3 favorites]


Remove the ice and the cold and you have Octopush, a fifty-year-old sport played all over the world. Octopush is one of only two competitive sports I have ever enjoyed playing.

Not really. Normal underwater hockey ("octopush") isn't played upside down. And having the option of surfacing easily in a pool is quite different from ... this.
posted by spaceman_spiff at 6:24 AM on March 2, 2011


The 'new' sport I saw on TV 8 years ago.
posted by ddaavviidd at 6:28 AM on March 2, 2011


I had to stop the clip because I was hyperventilating on their behalf.

It's like playing Sonic in the underwater Labyrinth level--where are the air bubbles? Oh no, the countdown is getting faster! GET AIR! GET AIR!

*blurp blurp blurp*
posted by misha at 7:03 AM on March 2, 2011 [1 favorite]


I think they should wear tanks to enable longer stays underwater and use a bigger sheet of ice. Also, no checking? Pfft.

(This surprises me coming from Austria: it's the kind of thing I expect from Finns.)
posted by wenestvedt at 7:13 AM on March 2, 2011


Oh good, another sport for Chicago to be bad at.
posted by shakespeherian at 7:16 AM on March 2, 2011


I'll stick with Underwater Ironing thank you.
posted by bricksNmortar at 8:24 AM on March 2, 2011


The fights are cool
posted by zzazazz at 8:48 AM on March 2, 2011


Especially during the playoffs. Tempers run high.
posted by Splunge at 9:13 AM on March 2, 2011


If they played using the same tactics as regular ice hockey and had lines of players go under water in shifts changing on-the-fly that would alleviate the staying under water too long problem.
posted by Rarebit Fiend at 7:13 PM on March 2, 2011


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