- like it's ball-and-club cousin- challenges the player to navigate the obstacles of a pre-designed course from tee to basket, with progress being marked by the distance of your throw. It's my favorite way to enjoy the outdoors- and most courses are free to play! The sport is easy and fun to get into, yet provides an exhilarating challenge to players of all skill levels. You can play to relax, socialize, or win, depending on your style. What is disc golf
, and where did it come from?
With over 1000 courses in the US alone, you should have no problems finding a course in your area
. Pick out some discs
, grab a few friends, and go get throwing! Here are some tips
for new players. [more inside]
posted by baphomet
on Apr 3, 2008 -
is the name of Chicago Tribune photographer Scott Strazzante's long-term documentary project. Presented in diptych form, he shows the lives of two subjects on the same piece of land separated only by time. From the Cagwin family farm to a sleepy suburban Chicago subdivision, the striking images magically embody the old saying- the more things change, the more they stay the same. [more inside]
posted by TheGoldenOne
on Jan 26, 2008 -
Trinity University won their football game this Saturday on a crazy play
, (somewhat reminiscent of "The Play
" minus the mayhem of the fans and band rushing the field.) This one looks more like a grade school game of keep away. What happened to the defense??
posted by tdstone
on Oct 28, 2007 -
Forgive Some Sinner
. "With age 70 bearing down hard upon him, Dad had by then written for better than 40 years, during which he had become celebrated, later disgraced, and I would like to think ultimately redeemed... Good as some of his old stories are, it always seemed to me that his own was better than any of them; I only wish he had written it himself."
Mark Kram Jr. examines his late father's complicated legacy.
posted by amyms
on Oct 27, 2007 -
Broken Faces [Flash site]
During 2006, photographer Denis Rouvre travelled throughout France to cover a majority of the TOP 14 French (French national championship) rugby matches all the way to the finals. He was given locker room access to take these intimate and striking shots. via SpoFi. [more inside]
posted by psmealey
on Sep 12, 2007 -
The Mesoamerican Ballgame
was central to the culture of pre-Columbian Central America, with Mayan kings using ah pitzlaw
(he the ballplayer) as one of their royal titles. It is played with a rubber ball, which sometimes had human skulls for cores. The object of the game was to get the ball through a vertical hoop. Called many names throughout history, pitz, ulama and juego de pelota, this game has been played for 3000 years. Though usually a form of recreation, sometimes it would be played for ritual purposes, with the players of the losing side being sacrificed. [more inside]
posted by Kattullus
on Jul 19, 2007 -
In the grand tradition of Killer
comes Humans Vs. Zombies
, a campus game that's growing in popularity. From its origins at Goucher
, it's spread to a reported two dozen colleges. An interview with the game's moderator is here
, and you can watch the 45-minute documentary from one of the games on Google Video
posted by Pope Guilty
on Jul 12, 2007 -
"I'm not from here, so when I was told that what these boys do in the fields makes 'em fast, I didn't believe it." Welcome to Muck City
posted by kyleg
on Apr 16, 2007 -
FanNation | The Republic of Sport
It was bound to happen. A fully-featured social networking site for Sport Fans, includes, ability to track community events on a regional basis, hot topic tracking, blogging capability
, player tracking
, and ability to gather articles and stories from favorite news sources
. Overall, a nice set of functionality, even if at launch, it is only focused on US Sports. Our beloved SpoFi
probably doesn't have much to worry about until this site builds a following, but it does seem to have something new to offer sports fanatics.
posted by psmealey
on Mar 3, 2007 -
Paraglider survives 32,000ft fall.
A German paragliding champion named Ewa Wisnierska
was "sucked into a storm that pulled her higher than Mount Everest." She "soared skywards," and was soon "covered in ice" as she "battled hailstones the size of oranges," becoming one with the weather. "I could see the Earth coming," she later said, "wow, like Apollo 13
– I can see the Earth."
posted by BLDGBLOG
on Feb 16, 2007 -
The US Figure Skating championships are this week, but though the ice skaters in Spokane and elsewhere get all the press, another group of skaters toil in near-obscurity
. Roller figure skaters
(also called artistic roller skaters
) skate on quad
(or sometimes inline
) skates, do all the moves that ice skaters do
(and even more -- notice the "heel" and "broken ankle" spins in this program
, spins that are not possible on ice), and compete, as they have for decades
, in local, national
, and international
events. In 1978, skating was at a peak of popularity and Time
magazine wrote "skaters are hoping to be included in the 1988 Olympics"
; nearly 30 years later, roller figure skating still hasn't reached the Olympics, some roller skaters like Tara Lipinski have switched to ice to get famous, and the number of clubs and participants in the US have declined precipitously, but dedicated roller figure skaters still spend many hours practicing school figures
(on circles painted on the floor), dance, and free skating, for the love of their sport
. Want to see more? Skating videos from RollerSportsTV
posted by litlnemo
on Jan 23, 2007 -
He stands a mere 5'1" but can drive a golf ball over 330 yards, and this past weekend he became the youngest player in 50 years
to make the cut and play on a PGA Tour event
. The golf media is ready to embrace Tadd Fujikawa as its Next Big(!) Thing. Of course, it was quickly noted
that the amateur Tadd outplayed, upstaged, and overshadowed another young Hawaii-bred golfer who did not make the cut at the Sony Open: the 17 year-old Michelle Wie
, who turned pro at age 16 and is raking in an estimated $10 million in endorsements from Nike and Sony (but maybe we shouldn't break out the Hater-ade over that...
). Michelle is widely known for drawing huge crowds while unapologetically ruffling feathers as she attempts to play in various men's tournaments. Her critics note
that she hasn't won against the Ladies
yet, let alone the men, and is no longer deserving of the hype. Thus the parade of talented and ambitious youth continues to plunge into the waiting, toothy embrace of marketing execs worldwide, shouldering the dreams of their parents and weathering the barrage of the critics' cynical ink...
posted by krippledkonscious
on Jan 17, 2007 -
The Man Who Shook Up Vegas
is a fascinating and relatively brief Wall St Journal article about Bob Stoll, a college dropout whose statistical wizardry seems to be forcing the $96 Billion U.S. sports wagering industry to jump through hoops. Even if you don't follow sports gambling at all, the article is a very compelling read. note: since the wsj.com is subscriber only, link goes to a reprint of the article.
posted by jonson
on Jan 9, 2007 -