7. Some Sports to Avoid

Sep-07-2012 | Comments Off

Bird’s Eye:  We ran a wingsuit piece last week and then found a much better one, while trying to figure out how they land at over 100 m.p.h. without splattering. The Formula One eye-level view gains a certain power after you look at the crash footage from last week’s race in Belgium. Football is increasingly something to avoid, and while limbo isn’t, I don’t want to think of what my body would do if I tried what this man does. (Your mileage may vary). And as for walking a tightrope between two trucks moving at 100 km/hr towards separate tunnels… ‘nuff said.

* Wingsuit Flying Vimeo

If you want to know more, Wikipedia has an excellent background on wing suit flying, which has an average speed of 180 km/hour.

* First Time Ever Eye-Level Camera Formula 1 The Presurfer 

Join in an installation lap in a Formula 1 car around the Spa-Franchorchamps circuit in Belgium in damp conditions with Lucas di Grassi. This is the first time ever eye-level camera real driver point of view. Lucas said he had to drive with only one eye open as the camera was blocking his other eye.

* F1 crash  The Guardian

* My Personal Struggle With The Future Of Football Travis Waldron ThinkProgress

Saturdays were, for as long as I can remember, reserved for college football; Sundays, for the National Football League. Those are blissful memories, before I knew about chronic traumatic encephalopathy, before thousands of former players sued the NFL over concussions sustained playing the game, before I learned that playing football even at the grade-school level can cause cognitive problems for the rest of a boy’s life.

I realized this weekend, during college football’s opening weekend, that I can’t watch the game the way I used to. Not after a summer filled with reports about the dangers of the game, a suicide perhaps caused by concussion-related depression, and a dispute over player safety. I notice every bone-crushing hit, every whip of the head, every helmet-to-helmet clash in a way I never have before, and I wince not just because my favourite team’s best player might be hurt, but because somewhere, at some level, young men are racking up seemingly routine hits that will affect them for the rest of their lives.

The thing that makes me wince hardest, though, is that I still watch.

…I’ve already made the decision that my hypothetical future son, should I have one, won’t be allowed on a football field. The proven dangers are too risky, the unproven dangers riskier still. I don’t want my child damaged beyond repair by a brutal hit; even more, I don’t want him cognitively mangled by repeated, constant bodily abuse. And yet, for some reason, I spend hours watching other people’s children do exactly that.

* Your Limbo Skills Are Inferior Twisted Sifter

* Volvo Trucks – The Tight Rope Stunt  YouTube

World record-holding high liner Faith Dickey battles in the wind to cross the line between two speeding trucks. Will she make it before the trucks reach the tunnel that lies behind the next bend?



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