posted on Dec, 7 2005 @ 06:21 AM
I'm suprised and somewhat dismayed that some of our American cousins have heard of Mr D.Beckham. Thats globalisation for you I suppose.
Anyway...a few points -
Soccer, as you call it, employs the legendary 'Magic Sponge'...BEAT THAT!!!
Gridiron is played indoors...ya big fannys.
When rugby players brawl there ain't no padding to cushion the blows...they are real men.
Oh, and Aussie rules doesn't count as the convicts, sorry, Australians, could start a brawl in a monastery...it's just in their blood!
The only thing about all of these sports is the use of communal washing facilities...make of that what you will.
Now, this is a real sport -
"THE COMBATANTS, stripped for the contest, were struggling together in a surging and confused heap, the ball in the midst of them. Someone had it
tightly clutched in his arms and the rest of the players - numbering 100 or so - were knotted around him, pushing and bawling and twisting and
That is not an eyewitness account of a riot but an account of one game of a traditional Workington 'sport,' called Uppies and Downies.
Uppies and Downies does not have any organisers, no rules to speak of, no time limits and no restriction on numbers per side. Uppies were
traditionally born above The Cloffocks and downies below. In the pre-television era, crowds of 30,000 were not unknown, especially for a deciding
Four players are known to have drowned but the number is probably higher because newspaper reports of the games only go back to 1775.
The last to die was 20-year-old Robert William Storey, of Harrington Road, Workington, who drowned in the River Derwent - despite attempts to save him
- as darkness fell during the Tuesday game of April 5, 1983.
Its been a while since anyone died...they've obviously calmed down a bit.
Damage to property is rare and the days when the ball spilled into the town centre - and even into the Ritz Cinema where a film was showing on
one occasion in the late 1960s - are probably over.
LOL...How many other sports spill over into the town centre?