Special Sub-Topic: Sporting Anagrams
|Jimmy smiled as all the pins went down. "What's that?", asked Mac. "That was a WING LOB", shouted Jimmy, knowing Mac was a bit deaf, or maybe he was just showing off to those on the other lanes.|
Bowling. Bowling (ten-pin bowling) has been around for a long time. Evidence of a form of bowling has been found in an Egyptian boy's grave dating from 3200 BC.
The modern game is multi-national and thriving with millions playing in over 90 countries.
|As I nudge the tiller to bring us closer to the wind, I SIGNAL for another turn on the winch. |
Sailing. Winches are used to help take in sheets (the sailing term for a line or rope which controls a sail) and raise halyards (ropes or wire used for raising sails). The tiller is a bar attached to the rudder and used to steer the boat.
|The crooner SANG MYSTIC words as Martina started her floor exercise.|
Gymnastics. In many competitions, the use of vocals with the music accompanying choreographed routines is prohibited/attracts a penalty. The men's floor exercise is performed without music.
|"This course covers the ENTIRE REGION!", he sputtered as he looked over the map for the nearest checkpoint and got his compass out.|
Orienteering. There are also sorts of flavours of orienteering these days including mounted (riding an animal like a horse), canoe (best done on lakes with lots of little islands and a complex shoreline), radio (where radio transmitters are tracked down), and ski orienteering.
|Even the ABLEST BALK when faced with the pressure of a hoop shot from your own back line.|
Basketball. Basketball traces its roots back to Dr James Naismith and 1891. Originally, the game was played using a peach basket with a bottom. This meant that the ball had to be retrieved from the basket each time a point was scored. The metal hoop was introduced in 1906.
|The coach grinned as he heard: "That was a KEY CHOICE you made there when you got Wayne into the team", as yet another puck slammed into the net and the crowd erupted.|
Ice Hockey. The countries with the strongest following tend to be those with reliable outdoor seasonal ice, although the advent of indoor rinks make outdoor ice unnecessary. Canada and the United States top the table for the numbers of registered players with some 30 countries having more than 1000 registered players, according to Wikipedia.
|"And it's GRACES RHINO winning by a head, followed by Fat Chance." Which sport is this?|
Horse Racing. Known as the Sport of Kings, there are three main forms today: flat racing, steeplechasing, and harness racing. In ancient times you might have been watching a chariot race. The gambling associated with horse racing is one of the main reasons for its economic importance.
|"That was a LOVELY BALL", Pam shouted as Abe spiked the ball over the net for another kill.|
Volleyball. Originally called mintonette and created in 1895 in USA, volleyball is an Olympic sport. A spike is a one-armed overhead strike of the ball made in an attempt to make a kill or score a point.
|Step after slow step he was making progress. Looking ahead, he could see that he was approaching the col. Another 10 minutes and he could rest for a while. It would take the MOANING RETINUE behind him quite a lot longer to catch up.|
Mountaineering. Mountaineering encompasses a wide variety of skills and styles. Skiing, rock climbing, and ice climbing skills are frequently found in the all-round mountaineer as well as being sports in their own right. Let's not forget the need for survival skills in what can be a hostile environment.
|"That was a GOAL OF BALLETIC wonder", sighed Fergal as the full forward kicked the ball under the crossbar for three points and a green flag from the umpire.|
Gaelic Football. Played mainly in Ireland, there are 15 players to each side and 8 match officials. There are similarities with Australian Rules football indeed. International rules football is a hybrid of the two codes and is used when matches are played between the two countries.
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