Some New Zealand sports teams are known for the way in which they start every match; they perform the Haka. The Haka is a traditional war cry, a war dance that Maori’s perform before a battle to challenge the opponent. Their rugby team, the All Blacks, made it famous for two reasons. One, massive rugby players performing the Haka genuinely intimidate opponents. And two, they follow that up with dominance on the rugby pitch. They are one of the best teams in the world of rugby.
The video below is the Haka performed by the rugby team. It contains subtitles for you get an idea of what exactly they shout out when they perform the ancestral dance.
Parkour, aka ‘free running’, is the discipline that uses movement of one’s body to get from A to B in the most efficient way possible. It has been developed from military obstacle course training into what we see today. David Belle is said to be the pioneer of parkour and the best showcase of parkour and his abilities and skills can be seen in the video below. It is a chase scene from the french movie ‘District 13’.
Back in 2010, my co-founder Madhukar Jha aka Maddy had posted this on his Facebook page. He had just finished watching an India vs Iran women’s Kabaddi match on DD Sports, an edge-of-the-seat thriller with brawls, taunts, jeers, skill, and tension, topped off with a nail biting finish that saw India pip Iran in the tie-breaker.
Prophetic words on Kabaddi
“Full paisa vasool,” he’d said. From the 1 ‘like’ that the post got, we can assume not many shared that opinion back then.
But that was four years ago. Four years before Pro Kabaddi. Four years before this ancient Indian sport packaged in 21st century bling would grab the country by its unmentionables in a way previously reserved only for Bollywood blockbusters or slam-bang cricket formats. And, after a first-hand experience of a live Kabaddi match yesterday, I totally get Why!
The LA Clippers have a new owner, and he’s very enthusiastic!
Steve Ballmer was the CEO at Microsoft for 14 years, and then was on the board of directors until this year. If you know who he is, you will probably know about his on stage antics.
Looks like he has brought the same enthusiasm to the LA Clippers, an NBA Basketball team he bought for $2 billion.
Check out what he did when he was unveiled as the new LA Clippers owner. Once he came on, observe how embarrassed, confused and uncomfortable some of the other people on stage seem to be with Ballmer’s energy and yelling.
It is an incredible feeling when you cheer for a goal scored by your team along with 30ooo+ fans in a football stadium. That being said, one is not always at a stadium watching a goal being scored by their team along with 30000+ fans. But what if someone has made it possible to cheer along with thousands of people right from your favourite spot on your couch in front of your television at home?
Manchester United Supporters Club Bangalore (MUSCB) is only the second Indian fan club to be recognised as “official” by MUFC, the first being in Mumbai.
Given the sheer number of Manchester United fans that we see all over India, just two “official” fan clubs in the country, seems to be a really low number. One of the barriers may be awareness about how to transform a bunch of informal club junkies into an official fan club.
To understand how it is done, we sat down with Mohan Kumar, a senior committee member of the newly formed MUSCB and asked him a few questions.
So if you want to know how you could set up an official supporters club in your city, here are some how-tos from someone closely involved in setting up the fan club. And you don’t have to be a Manchester United supporter to find this useful; there’s valuable inputs here for fans of all clubs.
“We’re not setting a goal, but we know the power of the game. Can we anticipate how many people will watch it on Day 1, or 29 or season 4? No. But does the sport have the potential? Yes.” – Charu Sharma, when asked about the kind of viewership he was was expecting.
One of the USPs of Japan’s ultimately failed bid for the 2022 FIFA World Cup was it’s promise to enable hologram broadcast of live matches, which would let fans sit inside stadia across the world and watch the game beamed live to a football ground closest to their postal code.
If that giant leap in innovation, whenever it comes, will enable fans far off from the real action to be a part of the stadium experience, here is one concept that seeks to let fans add to the stadium atmosphere even when they are sitting at home.
It gives me live scores without the news & it does it the scores brilliantly. It doesn’t just provide me with push notifications for every goal (which is common), it also provides me with a video link to watch the goal that I missed. That little bonus of watching a video soon after the goal is scored is what makes me come back to SofaScore every time.
But when there is no live match being played, you need to know who your club will sign in the transfer window.