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Unique Sports To Try in 2017 5

Posted on December 12, 2016 by John Harris

2016 has been a relatively good year for sports, right? From the Chicago Cubs actually going all the way to win the World Series of Baseball (their first in over 100 years!) to the Denver Broncos slugging out the Carolina Panthers in the 2016 Super Bowl – it’s been a pretty good one!

That being said, what about you, personally? Have you been sticking to the general stuff like soccer or softball to boost your fitness and have fun? If so, that’s amazing! What you should look to do in the coming year though, is try something new.

Now, by new, we don’t mean something that has been recently developed but a sport that may have been overlooked for the mainstream sports this year.

skateboard

We’ll get started with skateboarding. Now, skateboarding isn’t really looked at as a typical sport, but it’s great fun if you learn a few tricks and there’s an amazing community behind it. It’s also good for fitness levels, and it’s cheaper than say, football, to get started in. You don’t have to buy expensive helmets or cleats just to get involved, just a board and a general helmet to protect your skull! Skateboarding is a fantastic way to start off 2017 with something new, but it’s far from the most extreme options we’ve found…

So extreme? Wrestling is pretty unique. It’s less about combat and more about the theatrics and strength involved to perform amazing feats. There are two types of wrestling, the professional style which involves the theatrics, and the amateur style which is all about real grappling and combat. The choice is yours, and the equipment is cheap, after all, you probably only need a basic shirt, a bottom, and some wrestling shoes and you’re good to go with the grappling. There are many schools that can get you started off, and if you’re any good at all, you might be able to earn a bit of money with the touring wrestling shows. The WWE awaits! Read the rest of this entry →

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      After waiting for 45 years after his retirement, the Sports Then and Now Vintage Athlete of the Month is finally taking his rightful place as a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame.

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      Discovered on the baseball fields of Cuba by a Minnesota Twin scout, Oliva came to the United States in 1961 and within three years the American League Rookie of the Year. There have been many great MLB players from Cuba, including a new generation of stars today, but it is hard to argue that there has been a better player from the island in MLB than Oliva.

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