Bike Polo, Anyone?

first_imgBikes and wooden mallets may sound like odd bedfellows, but the sport of bike polo is gaining popularity across the U.S. and beyond. There’s even an international federation for bike polo (Pakistan is a member) that’s pushing to get the hybrid sport into the 2012 Olympics—surprising, since most Americans have never even heard of the sport.Imagine the bourgeois game of polo—horses, mallets, striped jerseys, and white pants. Now substitute bikes for horses and chamois for riding pants, and you get bike polo. In spite of its unfamiliarity to most Americans, bike polo has been played in some form or another for more than 100 years. The British army used to play the Indian Maharajas in the early 1900s. The first international bike polo competition was held in 1901 (Ireland beat England 10 to 5). And yet, as a sport, it has managed to stay on the fringe, particularly here in the U.S.“Bike polo is not very organized,” says Bill Matheson, a world champion bike polo player from Aiken, S.C. and the vice president of the Bicycle Polo Association of America. “Equestrian polo players sign up with the polo association and play by the official association rules. With bike polo, it’s different. Everyone who starts a bike polo club makes up their own rules.”Fledgling bike polo leagues are popping up all over the Southeast. Richmond, Va. has a bike polo scene. So do Slatyfork, W.Va., and Asheville, N.C. Bike polo matches have even been known to break out on the lawn of the D.C. Mall.“More people are gravitating towards bikes,” says Minya James, founder of a new bike polo league in Chattanooga, Tenn. “This is another way to reinforce that choice. You’re riding your bike and playing a game. Everyone loves games.”DO IT YOURSELFFive things you need to know to start your own bike polo club:Any bike will work for bike polo, but most players ride singlespeed or fixed gear bikes.Bike polo is a non-contact sport. Right-of-way rules are established to keep the collisions to a minimum.The game is traditionally played on grass, but hardcourt (tennis and basketball courts) is the fastest growing version of the sport.Bike polo is played with four people on a team, moving the ball up and down the field. Each player is allowed three taps of the ball before he/she has to pass or shoot.You score by knocking the ball through the opposing team’s goal posts. There are no goalies, so games are high scoring.Learn more at bikepolo.comlast_img read more

NYT Apologizes for “Anti-Semitic” Cartoon

first_imgThe New York Times is apologizing for an anti-Semitic cartoon that appeared last week in the newspaper’s international edition.The graphic shows Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as a dachshund wearing a Star of David collar while leading a blind and skullcap-wearing President Trump.The Times admits the image “included anti-Semitic tropes.” The cartoon appeared in the print edition last Thursday.The cartoon doesn’t even have anything to do with the article below it. It’s as if the editors went, “interesting article, but we need more anti Semitism”— Harry Khachatrian (@Harry1T6) April 27, 2019 The Times added that the cartoon was provided by The New York Times News Service and Syndicate, which has deleted it. A tweet from the newspaper’s Opinion account over the weekend said the image “was offensive, and it was an error in judgment to publish it.”We apologize for the anti-Semitic cartoon we published. Here’s our statement.— New York Times Opinion (@nytopinion) April 28, 2019last_img read more

Inter Close Gap On Leaders Napoli With Hellas Verona Victory

first_imgInter Milan have narrowed the gap on Italian Serie A leaders Napoli to two points after they secured a hard fought 2-1 win at struggling Hellas Verona.Going into the game, Inter Milan knew that only a win would put their title challenge firmly back on track and that resolve led to a first half strike from Spanish midfielder Borja Valero but the home side fought back fourteen minutes after the break through substitute Giampaolo Pazzini’s penalty.It didn’t however take long for the visitors to edge ahead once again as Croatian international Ivan Perisic scored eight minutes after Pazzini’s penalty to give Inter a 2-1 lead. Luciano Spaletti’s team thereafter held on to take the three maximum points at stake.The win was enough to take Inter Milan (29 points) to second spot and within two points of leaders Napoli (31 points) while their hosts stay in the relegation zone with 6 points.RelatedSerie A Review: Napoli Cut Gap On Leaders Juventus To Two PointsMarch 19, 2018In “Europe”Italian Serie A Review: Napoli And Juventus Open Healthy Lead On The Chasing Pack After Latest VictoriesJanuary 7, 2018In “Europe”Italian Serie A Review: The Big Teams Show SuperiorityOctober 26, 2017In “Europe”last_img read more