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#1 Rock

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Posted 29 January 2010 - 09:34 AM

http://www.nytimes.c...&pagewanted=all

On a recent 10-degree night in this Twin Cities suburb, two menís teams skated and stick-handled and zeroed in on goal.

But they were not playing hockey. The rink was 110 yards long and 60 yards wide, about the size of a soccer field. Each side had 11 players, and they passed and shot a small orange ball, not a puck, toward the 7-foot-high, 11-foot-wide net.

The game was bandy, a forerunner of hockey that dates back 200 years, and the United States national team was playing its last scrimmage before heading to Moscow for the annual world championship, which ends Sunday. Enthusiasts of bandy, which has similarities to field hockey and soccer, are fighting for it to become an Olympic sport.

Some N.H.L. players have credited their success to skating skills learned in bandy. Goalies use gloves and canít use sticks.
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Posted 29 January 2010 - 11:09 AM

Never heard of it.
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Posted 29 January 2010 - 11:21 AM

Never heard of it either, but since I am also a soccer fan, I'd probably love watching this.
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Posted 29 January 2010 - 11:43 AM

I first heard of it last year when I was visiting Sweden. Never seen it played live though
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Posted 29 January 2010 - 12:55 PM

[url="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KUaxDB0ea3M"]http://www.youtube.c...h?v=KUaxDB0ea3M[/url]
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Posted 29 January 2010 - 01:09 PM

Wow. Based on that video this seems like the dumbest sport ever. The nets are way too big. The goalie probably NEVER makes a save.
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Posted 29 January 2010 - 01:12 PM

[url="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KUaxDB0ea3M"]http://www.youtube.c...h?v=KUaxDB0ea3M[/url]


Awesome! Now if somehow people played baseball on ice too I'd watch that.
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Posted 29 January 2010 - 01:28 PM

Wow. Based on that video this seems like the dumbest sport ever. The nets are way too big. The goalie probably NEVER makes a save.


Yeah seriously... these games all end up like 78-65 like basketball scores or something? Net is gigantic... the goalie should get a big ole tennis racket to block with lol...
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Posted 29 January 2010 - 01:33 PM

wild! I never knew this existed. It's kind of cool, I guess.
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Posted 29 January 2010 - 03:10 PM

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/29/sports/olympics/29bandy.html?ref=hockey&pagewanted=all

On a recent 10-degree night in this Twin Cities suburb, two menís teams skated and stick-handled and zeroed in on goal.

But they were not playing hockey. The rink was 110 yards long and 60 yards wide, about the size of a soccer field. Each side had 11 players, and they passed and shot a small orange ball, not a puck, toward the 7-foot-high, 11-foot-wide net.

The game was bandy, a forerunner of hockey that dates back 200 years, and the United States national team was playing its last scrimmage before heading to Moscow for the annual world championship, which ends Sunday. Enthusiasts of bandy, which has similarities to field hockey and soccer, are fighting for it to become an Olympic sport.

Some N.H.L. players have credited their success to skating skills learned in bandy. Goalies use gloves and canít use sticks.

What about lacrosse on ice. :icon23:
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Posted 29 January 2010 - 03:20 PM

This is the first time I heard about this sport. Thanks for posting it. But I'm seeming to like it more and more while learning about it - http://farm3.static...._2239d62b63.jpg
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Posted 29 January 2010 - 06:36 PM

Should be a Winter Olympics sport
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Posted 29 January 2010 - 06:41 PM

Yeah seriously... these games all end up like 78-65 like basketball scores or something? Net is gigantic... the goalie should get a big ole tennis racket to block with lol...


The rink is the size of a soccer pitch, so no. Around 5-15 goals are scored per game, depending on obvious things.
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