The most popular sports columnist in America puts his life (and
dignity) on the line in search of the most absurd sporting event on the
What is the stupidest sport in the world? Not content to
pontificate from the sidelines, Rick Reilly set out on a global
journey with stops in Australia, New Zealand, Finland, Denmark, England,
and even a maximum security prison at Angola, Louisiana, to discover the
answer to this enduring question.
From the physically and
mentally taxing sport of chess boxing and the psychological battlefield
that is the rock-paper-scissors championship to the underground world
of illegal jart throwing and several competitions that involve nudity,
Reilly, in his valiant quest, subjected himself to both bodily danger
and abject humiliation (or, in the case of ferret legging, both).
fringe sports offer their participants a chance to earn a few bucks and
achieve the eternal glory that is winning—even when the victory in
question might strike some as pointless, like the ability to sit in an
oven-hot sauna for the longest time. It’s debatable whether these sports
push the body or just human idiocy to the outermost limits, but one
thing is for sure: Sports in Hell is laugh-out-loud hilarious and will deliver plenty of unabashed fun.
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