Category Archives: Sports

A nostalgic short with the distinctly 1970s aesthetic from New York animation studio Dress Code in which legendary Arsenal goalie Bob Wilson reflects on his gruelling and often surreal experience as the “only individual in the team game”.

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The extraordinary skills of 17 year old Japanese freestyle skateboarder Isamu Yamamoto, who won his first world Championship at the age of 11. Yamamoto’s own hero, Rodney Mullen – the US ‘Godfather of Street Skateboarding’ – sez of him:

The way he links his tricks together and the speed of them — it’s beautiful to watch. I would dare say that not many could do that, in that way, if they tried.

In fairness

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The annual British Lawn Mower Racing Association 12 hour race.

Ride-on, or die. To wit:

As usual, the teams will line up in a traditional Le Mans grid formation with the drivers running to their machines at the start. The teams of three drivers (male and female) compete throughout the night at speeds approaching 50 mph — and without any form of suspension other than a padded seat…

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No, not stills from a Wes Anderson movie.

Rather, the retro Kegelbahnen of Southern Germany – largely untouched and mostly located in the basements of traditional restaurants – documented by Robert Götzfried who sez of them:

“Kegeln is pretty similar to bowling but with only nine pins, smaller balls, and shorter lanes. It used to be a big thing in Germany in the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s. These days this sport is not ‘en vogue’ anymore and it seems that mostly older people go these ‘Kegelbahnen.’ ” 

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