Sports you might not know of

J.P. Wilson, Staff Writer

There are so many insanely cool sports. Believe it or not, but Football, Basketball, and
Soccer aren’t the only sports out there. There are fast sports, extreme sports, and very wacky sports.

Some sports reach speeds of over 100 miles an hour on a regular basis, and I am not talking
about racing. In sports like Jai Alai (pronounced Hī Lī) the best players can consistently throw
the ball at speeds greater than 185 mph using the huge sickle shaped baskets attached to the
player’s arms. Jai Alai isn’t even the fastest sport, badminton is. Professional badminton players
can smash the birdie at speeds greater than 250 mph. Caden Stayley, a senior at Bingham who
is in the badminton club, said, “Badminton is supper fun, but I don’t think I will every be able to
play that fast.” The speeds that the pros play at is next-level. It is like a completely different

Extreme sports are some of the most fun to watch and to participate in. They are the ones
that give you tons of adrenaline and can be very dangerous. The sports that fall in this category
are almost as crazy as the people who created the sports, like volcano surfing and extreme
ironing. According to Forbes, volcano surfers slide down the steep, hot slopes of volcanoes.
Cerro Negro is the most active volcano in Central America, but it also happens to have the
perfect slope that volcano surfers are looking for. It attracts hundreds of daredevils every year.
According to the Extreme Ironing Bureau, extreme ironing is, “the latest danger sport that
combines the thrills of an extreme outdoor activity with the satisfaction of a well-pressed shirt.”
Extreme ironing was created by Tony Hiam in 1980 because he wanted to make fun of his
brother who would iron clothes while camping. People now go to the top of hike, surf, and
mountain climb in order to get the perfect opportunity to get rid of wrinkles.

You might have thought that these last few sports were wacky, but you haven’t seen anything
yet. Joggling, or the art of competitively juggling and running at the same time, is a legitimate
competitive sport. According to Runner’s World, a world championship joggling meet is held every year, and it was started in 1980 by Bill Giduz. The competition is much like a track meet,
with races of 100, 400, 800, 1600, and 4×100 meter races while juggling various numbers of
balls, ranging from three to seven. The next sports is even crazier: cheese racing. In this bizarre
sounding sport challenges hundreds of people to chase a rolling 8-pound wheel of Gloucester
cheese down a steep and often slippery hill in Gloucestershire, England. According to CBS
Sports, Chris Anderson currently holds the most wins of all time in this sport. Anderson has
snatched the cheese 22 times, despite breaking bones and tearing muscles.

Everyone likes the basic sports, but with sports like these existing, and hundreds of other
sports, why not try something new. Who knows, competitive ironing might be your thing.