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September 20, 2010 6:52 AM   Subscribe

I believe it's big in East Manitoba as well.
posted by jquinby at 6:53 AM on September 20, 2010 [31 favorites]

'94 was the golden age of Kabbadi
posted by Plutor at 7:01 AM on September 20, 2010 [5 favorites]

I really miss when, back in the day, Channel 4 used to show Kabbadi along with other minority sports like Sumo and er American Football. Probably because it's essentially British Bulldog beloved of British school children of ages past.
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 7:03 AM on September 20, 2010

What's the step between regionals and internationals, then?
posted by Madamina at 7:12 AM on September 20, 2010

The NYT seems to be using the word "New" in an unfamiliar way.

Cool game, though.
posted by Decani at 7:25 AM on September 20, 2010

What's up with the segregated seating at the tournament?
posted by thewittyname at 7:28 AM on September 20, 2010

I'm with fearfulsymetry (not literally, that would be creepy). Channel Four used to show all sorts of weird and wonderful sports. Kabbaddi was weirdly entertaining in a "I don't know what's going on but I can't change channel yet" kind of way. Like when you're watching a film you vaguely remember that's been dubbed into a language you don't know.

Sumo on TV was just fantastically cool for a fat kid who used to get grief in the playground. Thanks to C4 I spent a whole year being simultaneously bullied and respected for being a fat bastard.
posted by sodium lights the horizon at 7:51 AM on September 20, 2010

Channel 4, Sunday Morning, 6am. Aaah.
posted by fire&wings at 8:16 AM on September 20, 2010


Ah, memories of Sunday mornings...

*deep breath*


*crunching tackle*
posted by Happy Dave at 9:07 AM on September 20, 2010 [1 favorite]

posted by Space Coyote at 9:12 AM on September 20, 2010

I saw this article and immediately wanted to play. Take out the wrestling part of it, and you'd have a great children's game (tag somebody and run to your side before you're tagged back).
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 9:20 AM on September 20, 2010

Space Coyote: damn those alternate spellings, ruining my search capabilities. Thanks for finding that.

adamvasco: sorry to have disappointed you. That being said, given the well known presence of EMRJKC, i felt that it could stand alone.
posted by jindc at 9:39 AM on September 20, 2010

jindc, how do you feel about the works of Harper Lee? That might make a good post as well.
posted by boo_radley at 9:58 AM on September 20, 2010

I can't believe the NYT article misses the rule that makes Kabbadi unique(*)--that while in the opponents' half of the court, a raider muse continually chant 'Kabbadikabbadikabbadi'. In other words they're holding their breath. It's what the word 'Kabbadi' means.

It is a brilliant rule. There should be a lot more games where you're not allowed to breathe during your turn.

(*) Okay, not unique: Octopush has the same rule, though for different reasons.
posted by Hogshead at 10:08 AM on September 20, 2010 [4 favorites]

Oh yeah, I could have done a much better job of this post. Of course, I didn't. But I could have, don't you dare doubt that.

Because that's just the way I assure you I am capable of rolling.
posted by Naberius at 10:11 AM on September 20, 2010

Go Canada West! We have more Punjabis in any of Vancouver, Calgary or Edmonton than you would ever hope to see in NYC.
posted by ethnomethodologist at 10:26 AM on September 20, 2010

Yeah, how did they write an entire article about this sport and not mention the not breathing part? Pretty essential to the game, and certainly a large part of why it looks so absurd to the outside eye. Kind of like describing a game of basketball but omitting the fact that there is a ball.
posted by ChrisHartley at 10:34 AM on September 20, 2010

Oh man this looks fun as Hell and I want to play.

But I used to relish playing tackle football on an iced over playground, so, yeah.
posted by louche mustachio at 12:09 PM on September 20, 2010

Sounds links of like Steal the Bacon or Red Rover, if I'm understanding it right. Only with wrestling and breath-holding.
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis at 12:10 PM on September 20, 2010

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