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February 15, 2012 8:04 AM   Subscribe

Golden Goal is a Norwegian sports talkshow, and in one of their segments, they play football in unusual ways. With three teams. On a hill. On the beach. Blindfolded. Not difficult enough for you? How about three-legged soccer? On hoppy balls? With binoculars? Inside plastic bubbles? Electroshock style?
posted by specialagentwebb (17 comments total) 20 users marked this as a favorite

 
hoppy balls is a delight, LFMAO
posted by Reasonably Everything Happens at 8:24 AM on February 15, 2012


My favorite whacky soccer is the 11 professionals vs 100 children match.
posted by Rock Steady at 8:25 AM on February 15, 2012 [1 favorite]


The electric shock one was funnier than it should have been.
posted by Petrot at 8:30 AM on February 15, 2012 [1 favorite]


You know, when jackass did the dog collar zappy thing, I thought it was stupid (well, the entire jackass show was stupid), but the soccer game was just doggone funny.
posted by k5.user at 8:39 AM on February 15, 2012


The fact that this is directly under the "Your day job sucks, making [it] fun again" is hilarious to me for some reason.

Not to be a downer in a thread of this much joy, but this can't help but remind me that American sports coverage somehow manages to take it self too seriously and not be intelligent enough all at the same time.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 8:39 AM on February 15, 2012 [2 favorites]


American sports coverage somehow manages to take it self too seriously and not be intelligent enough all at the same time.

ESPN occasionally manages to capture some of this spirit with Kenny Mayne's coverage, but not reliably.
posted by Rock Steady at 8:56 AM on February 15, 2012


The plastic bubbles one is outstanding. The way that the dudes go flying after any incidental contact is awesome.
posted by Homeboy Trouble at 8:59 AM on February 15, 2012


When I coached, we'd play three-team scrimmages all the time. It's a blast. The fact that you have two targets of attack opens the game up quite a bit.
posted by mrgrimm at 9:07 AM on February 15, 2012


American sports coverage somehow manages to take it self too seriously and not be intelligent enough all at the same time.

True, that. Everything is THE MOST SERIOUS ITS EVER BEEN AT ALL TIMES (Cue: Explosions, Robot Spikes A Ball That Explodes, and some guy in a Hollywood Squares box gets a big X over him) but they never actually seem to say anything.

I'm not a huge sports guys and this sort of thing is what keeps me from becoming one. Give me two or three people talking with obvious love and knowledge on the sport and you'll win me over fast.

Current outlet: The Men In Blazers pod on Grantland.
posted by robocop is bleeding at 9:07 AM on February 15, 2012


European sports coverage isn't that much better
posted by notseamus at 9:09 AM on February 15, 2012


Wow, a Tope Gear for soccer. Lacking such a thing is a symptom of a moribund society that I never knew existed.

I've actually played all but the last three in practices, but it's interesting watching the electroshock one and seeing how they modified their game to account for the collars. Lots more one-touch plays so the guys don't have time to shock them while they're handling the ball.

Now, I wonder what lessons I can learn from bubble soccer.
posted by cmoj at 9:35 AM on February 15, 2012


> With three teams

In elementary school we played a version of Chaturaji, chess with four players. Players on opposite sides of the board were paired, making two teams of two players. We won one game with a King sacrifice, which blew my little ming.
posted by benito.strauss at 9:35 AM on February 15, 2012 [1 favorite]


I love to see you score goals, and I love to see you get shocked.

This is both brilliant and horrible.

Now I want a televised FPP psoting, where the moderators get to shock commenters....
posted by GenjiandProust at 9:37 AM on February 15, 2012


Moderately related: Ultimate Tazer Ball (The future of sports!!)
posted by Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug at 10:02 AM on February 15, 2012 [1 favorite]


A couple times in my freshman PE class in high school, we'd spend the whole period playing 3-ball soccer. The entire class (30-40 guys) would be divided in two, each team would have two goalies, and there would be 3 balls live at the same time. One of the balls, with red spots instead of black, was worth two points. It was the most fun I've ever had playing anything.
posted by LionIndex at 10:20 AM on February 15, 2012


I haven't played soccer for almost 20 years, but if anybody wants to organize a meetup playing soccer as LionIndex describes, I am so there. As in, given 6 months notice, I'd try to go anywhere in the continental U.S. and more than that, elsewhere.

I'm not actually that good at soccer.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 10:43 AM on February 15, 2012


Inside Plastic Bubbles?

Finally - a way for soccer to catch on in the USA!
posted by spinifex23 at 12:29 PM on February 15, 2012


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