The International — the world championship of the video game Dota 2 — is the largest eSports event ever. It kicked off on Monday and has a prize pool of $18 million and counting.
Why play a single sport when you could play two — at the same time? From Chess Boxing to Headis, Only A Game takes a look at four hybrid sports that have gained popularity.
The Disc Golf World Championships aren’t as popular as the NBA Finals or World Series, but the tournament is Red Whittington’s Super Bowl and he’s isn’t going to let heart surgery slow down his quest for a fourth title. Liz Reid of Only A Game affiliate WESA in Pittsburgh spoke with Whittington.
“It’s a little bit of ‘just like baseball’ and ‘nothing like baseball.'” — that’s how the Wall Street Journal’s Brian Costa describes Pesäpallo, a Finnish version of baseball that features very few strikeouts and a whole lot of running. Costa recently traveled to Finland to check out the sport and he joins Bill Littlefield to share what he learned.
Peter Milligan has run with the bulls in Pamplona, Spain, for the last 12 years. In his new book “Bulls Before Breakfast,” Milligan explains why he keeps going back year after year.
Alex Ward helped start a hurling club five years ago in Oregon. Ward tells the story of teaching the ancient Irish sport — which resembles a cross between field hockey, lacrosse and baseball — to a group of inmates at a youth correctional facility.
For ages, children rolled hoops for fun. The game has faded from popular culture, but at Wellesley College in Massachusetts, a hoop rolling competition has survived. And as society has evolved, so has the definition of what it means to win. Wellesley graduate Zoë Sobel has our story.
Lawn bowls was already old when Shakespeare started mentioning it in his plays. At the Commonwealth Games in Scotland, Only A Game’s Doug Tribou got a primer on this ancient game from some of the world’s best bowlers.
‘Bounce: How The Ball Taught The World To Play’ explores the origins of some of our favorite sports. The film’s co-producer, John Fox, and director, Jerome Thelia, speak with Bill Littlefield.
Some of the greatest heroes in the world of sport are figments of a fiction writer’s imagination. That’s the idea behind the Ficticious Athlete Hall of Fame. Kirk Buchner updates Bill Littlefield on the voting for this year’s class.