Flip Side: New Zealand basketball team Haka

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.

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Red Bull puts the spotlight on Rampur’s Parkour movement

What is Parkour?

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’.

 

 

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There’s something about Kabaddi

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

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!

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Fanmode: An app that lets you cheer for your team from home

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?

Enter, Fanmode.

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How to form an official football fans club

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.

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5 reasons why #Glasgow2014 failed as a digital experience

There was no better way to follow the 2012 London Olympics, than on the Internet. Not only could you watch any of the disciplines live on Youtube at anytime (if you were in one of 64 countries anyway), finding virtually any piece of information you needed was easy and intuitive.

You never expect a backward step in the digital word, but in comparison to the London Games, the experience of trying to follow the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow online, is turning out to be a rather disappointing experience.

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What is fanbot?

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.

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How the British Open has broken from tradition and gone digital

A case study on engaging with fans at the venue

 

At the 2014 British Open, won by Rory McIlroy, fans at the venue had access to something they take granted in their day to day lives, but have been mostly denied at one of golf’s traditional show pieces so far — Wifi.

From a fan engagement perspective though, it is their switch to digital scoreboards (or leaderboards — the apt reference for golf) that is changing the way people stay informed about what’s happening.

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Sports TED Talk review : Are athletes really getting faster, better, stronger?


 

About David Epstein

David Epstein is an investigative reporter at ProPublica and the author of the New York Times bestselling book “The Sports Gene: Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance”. He previously was a senior writer at Sports Illustrated.

Twitter: @DavidEpstein
Website: http://thesportsgene.com

What is it about?

While we have gotten faster and stronger as a race over the last century or so, have we really gotten better? Or is performance improvement in sports a result of, a combination of factors that explain the time differences between Jesse Owens and Usain Bolt?

In fifteen minutes David Epstein helps you spot trends and patterns that explain the remarkable improvements in sports performance through a series or examples, stories and startling facts that leave you entertained and humbled.

 

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A comparison of 4 goal-line technologies in football

There has been a lot of technological advancements in the world of sports, be it in the method used to make a football, to how a player’s stats are measured & studied, to how a referee can now tell if a ball has completely crossed a line thanks to something buzzing on his wrist.

Here is a quick look at four goal-line technologies, all trying to help the referee call a goal, with completely different methods to arrive at the same conclusion.


GoalControl-4D

GoalControl-4D was successfully tested at the Confederations Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup in 2013. After which the German company gained approval and certification ahead of Hawk-Eye to be used at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

It uses 14 high-speed cameras mounted on the stadium roof or catwalk (7 per goal mouth) to capture the positioning of the ball in the air and on the pitch. When the ball passes the goal line, the referees receive a notification on their watches.

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