The Seahawks Are Out…Now What’d We Watch?
Now that the Seattle Seahawks have been eliminated from the NFL's postseason - after losing to the rival the San Francisco 49ers 41-23 two weekends back - you might have little interest in watching the league's remaining teams battle it out for a spot in Super Bowl LVII and be left wondering what else you can watch on television.
Well, if you're a sports fan, you're in luck! Since our world is filled with a wide variety of choices for how to invest your competition-themed viewing loyalties.
And so, I present you with seven especially-unusual and highly-entertaining options for what you can swill countless tepid beers, down multiple frozen pizzas, and yawp a barrage of obscenities while watching from the comfort of your own living room!
Now, bear in mind that it might be difficult to find some of these selections for viewing on any channel from your satellite or cable provider, but with a little effort, I'm sure you might at least be able to find a live stream of decent quality.
Well then, let's get to channel surfing, shall we?
This hybrid of volleyball, football, and gymnastics played on a multi-colored, inflatable court (usually at the beach) and set to music first caught on in Brazil but was invented by a Belgian in 2004.
For sports fanatics who also possess a video gamer's edge, this one's a can't miss since it looks like something straight out of Super Mario World 2.
II. TOE WRESTLING
No explanations needed here. Just like arm or thumb wrestling, the gladiators of this sport lock toes until one literally puts one foot in front of the other.
Invented by a quartet of drinking buddies from England in 1974, this is a recommended watch for anyone who's been on their feet all day, or who only works their upper body at the gym.
III. LAWN MOWER RACING
You heard right! Tim "The Toolman" Taylor's longtime fantasy has finally come true!
Actually, grass-eaters and gearheads were souping up John Deere's and Toro's and racing them competitively almost 30 years before Home Improvement hit the airwaves in 1991. And the same riding spirit is still alive and well today!
It ain't NASCAR or the Indy 500, but this sport's a perfect fit for both procrastinating husbands and every Hank Hill with a supercharger kit and a dream.
IV. EXTREME IRONING
Just like mowing the lawn has become a fast-paced and heart-stopping competitive spectacle, so too has this domestic chore which once seemed entirely mundane.
Extreme ironing delivers exactly what it bills - a cadre of thrill-seeking daredevils who are all looking to put some extra starch into their daily routines.
This inclusion in our must-watch-now-that-the-Seahawks-are-out list was born in England in 1997 and is a fabulous choice for housewives and doting husbands who daydream about a more adventurous lifestyle.
V. WIFE CARRYING
Once relegated to only the short distance required to cross the threshold of an average doorway following a marriage ceremony, now grizzled beefcakes all over the world are packing their spouses like a sack of potatoes through an array of obstacles and an assortment of austere terrains all for the glory of winning.
This "sport," which could also be likened to something one would expect to see at a nightclub for Neanderthals with a nine-drink minimum, owes its roots to Finland circa 1992.
Those who are crowned as the kings of the Wife Carrying World Championships receive their schlepped spouse's weight in beer...so not surprisingly, the sport has now taken off in numerous nations, including the United States, United Kingdom, and Australia with the same promise of prizes.
VI. CAMEL JUMPING
It's an ancient tradition in the Middle Eastern nation of Yemen that has both Evel Knievel and Jesse Owens smiling down from heaven.
Camel jumping is, well...just that! A bunch of only the most dexterous and intrepid athletes taking turns at bounding over as many humps as possible in the desert sands.
It's doubtful you'll find this entry unless you can pick up the signal for Fox Sports Arabia, but it's a worthy watch for certain for anyone that's every yearned to be Superman or quit smoking cold turkey.
Literally translated from its native dialect, Buzkashi means "goat dragging," and that's precisely what this Central Asian tradition delivers.
The carcass of a headless and hoofless goat serves as the ball in this sport, which is similar to polo, where teams of horseback riders attempt to score goals at either end of a field.
Buzkashi originated in China and Mongolia over 1,000 years ago and is primarily found today in nations like Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Afghanistan - where it's actually the national sport.
Not sure if I'm up for this one myself, but perhaps it'll be your goat's head soup?
Oh, and if your a fan of Sylvester Stallone, it might interest you to know that Buzkashi was featured in the opening scene of his 1988 film Rambo III.