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#1 CHEN Long
#2 Jan O JORGENSEN
#3 K. Srikanth
#4 Kento MOMOTA
#5 LIN Dan
#1 Carolina MARIN
#2 Saina NEHWAL
#3 Ratchanok INTANON
#4 LI Xuerui
#5 TAI Tzu Ying
Street luge is a sport that combines the safety concerns of the luge with the gentleness of pavement. Participants lie on what is essentially an enlarged skateboard designed to hold the human frame. Gravity does the rest of the work.
Even with NBA players still on strike, with fall officially here, there's no shortage of sports starting up, from pee-wee leagues all the way up to the pros.
But there are also other athletic forms of competition that gain little notice every year despite a dedicated following. Here we explore some sports that you've likely never heard of (and should probably never attempt).
We begin with chess and boxing, together at last in a sport whose name is as unlikely as the combination itself: chess boxing. So the name may not be original, but chess boxing is a singular sport that demands brains and brawn like no other athletic competition. Popular in Germany and the United Kingdom, the game is played with alternating rounds of chess and boxing. Competitors can win by winning the chess game, by knocking out an opponent or by judges' decision at the end.
Given the hard hits and frequent fights so common in ice hockey, it's difficult to believe that anyone could imagine a more potentially hazardous version of the sport. But with the added element of a potential drowning, underwater hockey makes frozen-water hockey look like child's play.
The rules of liquid-water hockey are similar to that of it solid-state counterpart. The difference: Players use wooden or plastic sticks about the size of a banana to push around a metal puck around the floor of a pool.
The action is especially exciting for spectators, who can only really see ripples on the surface from the action below.
Dog dancing may be more art than sport. But however you classify what could be one of the surest signs yet of the apocalypse, dog dancing, also known as canine freestyle, combines coaching, discipline and dance.
Although it may seem like an amateur pastime, dog dancing is actually a competitive sport with contests held in the United States, the United Kingdom, Japan and other countries with pet owners who have too much time on their hands.
Looking for the perfect partner? Check out the all-new Dog Breed Selector at Animal Planet!
From the looks of this photo, you might think sepak takraw, a sport native to Southeast Asia, is almost a kind of karate volleyball. And you wouldn't be far off.
Played with a ball made of dried palm leaves, sepak takraw is popular in Asia and even started to make inroads in North America in the late-1980s and 1990s. Sepak takraw even has a lot in common with similar team sports more familiar to Western audiences.
Like soccer, players pass around a ball using anything but their arms. The game is played on a court about the same size as a badminton court. Two teams of three players gather on each side of a net, trying to keep the ball in play. The rules for scoring are similar to that of volleyball.
The pastime of the wizarding world of the "Harry Potter" series, quidditch combines magic, athleticism, and a touch of violence. Given the sheer impossibility of the sport, you'd think there wouldn't be a real-life equivalent -- and you'd be wrong.
There are enthusiastic fans of the series who just wouldn't let reality or the laws of physics stand in their way. And so, these ambitious muggles created their own version of quidditch that might not have all the magic of the dramatic version but certainly isn't lacking for passion.
Founded at Middlebury College in Vermont, the International Quidditch Association has grown in just a few short years to include hundreds of teams with a presence on nearly every continent. The game has the same rules and scoring system as the quidditch from the series, with one big difference: no flying.
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Eukonkanto, a sport of Finnish origin, is a simpler than its name implies. Its English translation -- "wife carrying" -- is right on the money, however.
Male competitors race across an obstacle course while carrying a female teammate, who grabs onto her partners neck and back while hanging upside-down.
Glory isn't the only prize. For those fortunate enough to take home top honors at the Wife Carrying World Championships in Sonkajärvi, Finland, the winning team earns the wife's weight in beer.
Chopping wood may seem like a tireless chore. But at the now retired Great Outdoor Games, there's a lot more to the timber events than that.
From log rolling to tree topping to the hot saw and more, the Great Outdoor Games turned lumberjacks into competitive athletes. Each of the timber events was either a race, as was the case with the team relay or speed climbing, or an endurance event, like logrolling.
You sure won't find a chess board -- or anything resembling a board game -- at the annual Summer Redneck Games in East Dublin, Ga. Instead, you'll find the kinds of athletic events that could only come out of Dixie, including toilet seat tossing, seed spitting, and mud belly flops (pictured here).
Competitors at the Summer Redneck Games may not get all the attention or the money or the endorsement deals with Nike. As a matter of fact, many of them probably don't even have shoes. But there's no doubt it takes a special kind of athlete to take home glory at the Summer Redneck Games.
Played on horseback, the traditional Central Asian sport known as buzkashi may appear to be an eastern variant on polo. But there is one critical difference: Instead of playing with wooden mallets and a ball, participants use the carcass of a cow or goat.
Each team consists of 10 players, five of which are in play at any given time. Players score by dragging a carcass across the opposing team's goal line. Given the fact that the game is played with dead animals, it should come as no surprise that the participants can play rough when competing against one another.
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6. Na Li (CHN)
Birthdate February 26, 1982 (29 years old)
Birthplace Wuhan, China
Residence Wuhan, China
Height 5'8'' (172 cm)
Weight 143 lbs (65 kg)
Turned Pro 2000 (12 yrs on tour)
Na Li Tournament History
2011: Sydney, Roland Garros
2008: Gold Coast
7. Petra Kvitova (CZE)
Birthdate March 8, 1990 (21 years old)
Birthplace Bilovec, Czech Republic
Residence Fulnek, Czech Republic
Height 6'0'' (183 cm)
Weight 154 lbs (70 kg)
Turned Pro 2006 (6 yrs on tour)
Petra Kvitova Tournament History
2011: Wimbledon, Brisbane, Paris, Madrid
No career titles
8. Francesca Schiavone (ITA)
Birthdate June 23, 1980 (31 years old)
Birthplace Milan, Italy
Residence London, England
Height 5'5'' (166 cm)
Weight 141 lbs (64 kg)
Turned Pro 1998 (14 yrs on tour)
Francesca Schiavone Tournament History
2010: Barcelona, Roland Garros
2007: Bad Gastein
2006: Dubai, Luxembourg, Moscow
9. Marion Bartoli (FRA)
Birthdate October 2, 1984 (26 years old)
Birthplace Le Puy en Velay, France
Residence Geneva, Switzerland
Height 5'7'' (170 cm)
Weight 139 lbs (63 kg)
Turned Pro 2000 (12 yrs on tour)
Marion Bartoli Bio
The Frenchwoman has three loves: Two-handed strokes (which she uses for forehands and backhands), chocolate and Pierce Brosnan. Despite a fine junior career, Marion Bartoli wasn’t picked for success because she isn’t as quick or agile as other top pros. She proved her doubters wrong in 2007, when she upset Justine Henin and reached the Wimbledon final. It remains Bartoli’s best performance at a major tournament. (as of Nov. 2, 2009)
10. Samantha Stosur (AUS)
Birthdate March 30, 1984 (27 years old)
Birthplace Brisbane, Australia
Residence Gold Coast, Australia
Height 5'8'' (172 cm)
Weight 143 lbs (65 kg)
Turned Pro 2000 (12 yrs on tour)
Samantha Stosur Tournament History
2007: Tokyo, Indian Wells, Miami, Berlin, Eastbourne
2006: Tokyo, Memphis, Indian Wells, Miami, Charleston, Roland Garros, Stuttgart, Linz, Hasselt, WTA Championships
2005: Sydney, Amelia Island, New Haven, US Open, Luxembourg, Moscow, WTA Championships
1. Caroline Wozniacki (DEN)
Birthdate July 11, 1990 (21 years old)
Birthplace Odense, Denmark
Residence Monte Carlo, Monaco
Height 5'10'' (177 cm)
Weight 128 lbs (58 kg)
Turned Pro 2005 (7 yrs on tour)
Caroline Wozniacki Bio
A finalist at the 2009 U.S. Open, Caroline Wozniacki had never made it past the fourth round of a major before her run in New York last September. The No. 9 seed in that tournament, Wozniacki upset Svetlana Kuznetsova, the 2004 champion, in the fourth round, en route to the final, where she fell in straight sets to Kim Clijsters. Wozniacki’s rise to the top tier of the women’s game has been rapid: She played her first full season on tour in 2007, cracking the Top 100 for the first time and finishing the year ranked No. 64. In 2008, she won the first three tour titles of her career, made the fourth rounds of the Australian and U.S. Opens, and finished the season with a No. 12 ranking. She added three more titles in 2009, made the fourth round of Wimbledon in addition to the final of the U.S. Open, and on October 26, 2009, reached a career-high No. 4, which is where she was ranked to end the season. Before Wozniacki, no Danish player—male or female—had ever cracked the Top 30. Wozniacki won the Wimbledon junior title in 2006. An ethnic Pole born in Denmark, Wozniacki is coached by her father, Piotr, a Polish former pro soccer player. Wozniacki’s mother, Anna, played volleyball for Poland’s national team. Her brother, Patrik, plays pro soccer in Denmark. (as of November 26, 2009)
2. Vera Zvonareva (RUS)
Birthdate September 7, 1984 (27 years old)
Birthplace Moscow, Russia
Residence Moscow, Russia
Height 5'8'' (172 cm)
Weight 130 lbs (59 kg)
Turned Pro 2000 (12 yrs on tour)
Vera Zvonareva Tournament History
2011: Baku, Doha
2010: Pattaya City
2009: Pattaya City, Indian Wells
2008: Prague, Guangzhou
2006: Birmingham, Cincinnati
2009: Indian Wells
2006: Auckland, US Open
3. Kim Clijsters (BEL)
Birthdate June 8, 1983 (28 years old)
Birthplace Bilzen, Belgium
Residence Bree, Belgium
Height 5'9'' (174 cm)
Weight 150 lbs (68 kg)
Turned Pro 1997 (15 yrs on tour)
Kim Clijsters Bio
Two-time major champion and former world No. 1 Kim Clijsters won the 2009 U.S. Open title in just her third tournament back from retirement. The exceptionally athletic Belgian, reknowned for her speed and flexibility, defeated Venus Williams in the fourth round, Serena Williams in the semifinals and Caroline Wozniacki in the final en route to becoming the first wild card in the history of women’s tennis to win a Grand Slam title, and the first mother to claim a major since Evonne Goolagong won Wimbledon in 1980. The daughter of a former gymnast (her mother) and a former pro soccer player (her father), Clijsters won her first tour title in 1999. She broke into the Top 5 in 2001, during which time she had a high-profile relationship with two-time major singles champion Lleyton Hewitt, to whom she was at one point engaged. Known earlier in her career for a tendency to choke in big moments, Clijsters went 0-4 in her first four Grand Slam finals (losing to Jennifer Capriati at the 2001 French Open and to Justine Henin at the 2003 French Open, 2003 U.S. Open and 2004 Australian Open). In her fifth career major final, at the 2005 U.S. Open, Clijsters defeated Mary Pierce for her first Grand Slam title. But Clijsters struggled with a wrist injury the next season, and in May 2007 she abruptly retired from tennis. In February 2008, Clijsters gave birth to daughter Jada, her first child with husband Brian Lynch, an American and former pro basketball player. Clijsters’ father Leo died of lung cancer in early 2009. In March of that year, Clijsters announced she would be coming out of retirement later that summer. She returned to the tour in early August; a month later, she had won a second U.S. Open title. (as of November 10, 2009)
4. Maria Sharapova (RUS)
Birthdate April 19, 1987 (24 years old)
Birthplace Nyagan, Russia
Residence Bradenton, Florida
Height 6'2'' (188 cm)
Weight 130 lbs (59 kg)
Turned Pro 2001 (11 yrs on tour)
Maria Sharapova Bio
A three-time Grand Slam singles champion and a former world No. 1, Russian glamazon Maria Sharapova is one of the world’s most popular female athletes. Born and Siberia and raised in Sochi, site of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games, Sharapova and her father Yuri moved to Florida when she was 7 so she could train at Nick Bollettieri’s tennis academy. In 2004, at age 17, she upset then two-time defending champion Serena Williams in the Wimbledon final to claim her first major. In 2005, a season during which she reached the French Open quarterfinals and the semis of the other three Slams, Sharapova achieved the No. 1 ranking for the first time and held it for a total of seven weeks. In 2006 she made her second career major final, defeating Justine Henin to take the U.S. Open trophy. In January 2007, Sharapova was trounced, 6-1, 6-2, by Serena Williams in the Australian Open final, but the Russian held the No. 1 ranking for a total of 10 weeks that season. In 2008, she defeated Ana Ivanovic in the Australian Open final to avenge her lopsided loss to Serena at that event the previous year and earn her third career major title. She reclaimed the No. 1 spot for three weeks in 2008. An injury to her right (serving) shoulder cut her 2008 season short, and Sharapova underwent arthroscopic surgery in October of that year. She returned to Grand Slam competition at the 2009 French Open and made the quarterfinals. The statuesque Sharapova, who has graced the cover of several women’s fashion magazines, was named the world’s highest-paid female athlete by Forbes in 2008. (as of October 22, 2009)
5. Victoria Azarenka (BLR)
Birthdate July 31, 1989 (22 years old)
Birthplace Minsk, Belarus
Residence Scottsdale, Arizona
Height 5'11'' (180 cm)
Weight 132 lbs (60 kg)
Turned Pro 2003 (9 yrs on tour)
Victoria Azarenka Bio
The No. 1 junior in 2005, Victoria Azarenka had a breakout year on tour in 2009, winning her first three singles titles, including Miami, and reaching the Top 10. She also reached the quarterfinals at both Roland Garros and Wimbledon. Nicknamed “Vika,” she’s known for her fiery temper on court. She won the 2007 U.S. Open mixed doubles title with countryman Max Mirnyi and the 2008 Roland Garros mixed title with Bob Bryan. She lives and trains in Scottsdale, Ariz. (as of Nov. 2, 2009)
Follow this get-lean routine and, after two weeks, it'll be time for that slow, sexy sashay out of the water.
Fitness coaches Katrina Hodgson (left) and Karena Dawn have helped millions of women sculpt a dream body via their website, ToneItUp.com. Now these "new faces of fitness"—Jane Fonda's words!—are sharing their bikini-body plan exclusively with SELF.
What you'll need A pair of 5- to 8-pound dumbbells and a mat or a towel
The plan Do two sets of 12 reps of each move every other day. To see results fast, don't forget to add our quick cardio intervals to your routine!
Stand with feet hip-width apart, a dumbbell in both hands at chest. Squat, bringing weight across torso to left side. Stand, lifting right knee to hip height, as you twist torso to raise weight to head height on right side (as shown). Do 12 reps. Switch sides; repeat.
Lie faceup with knees bent, arms down. Push arms against ground and straighten legs directly over hips, toes pointed, to start. (Wobbly? Brace lower back with both hands throughout.) Extend right leg behind head, keeping left leg straight up (as shown). Return to start. Repeat on opposite side for 1 rep. Do 12 reps.
Start in plank position with wrists directly under shoulders, abs engaged. Bring left knee to left elbow, then extend left leg behind you above hip height, foot flexed (as shown). Do 12 reps. Switch sides; repeat.
Stand with a dumbbell in each hand. Keeping knees soft and back flat, bend forward, pushing hips back as you lower weights along legs as far as you can (as shown). Return to standing, raising right knee to hip height as you flip wrists to curl weights to chest; return to start. Repeat on opposite side for 1 rep. Do 12 reps.
Start in tabletop position, facing up, with feet and palms flat on ground, knees bent, hips lifted and elbows locked. Contract abs as you bend elbows until butt hovers above ground, and extend right leg at a 45-degree angle, foot flexed (as shown). Return to start. Repeat on opposite side for 1 rep. Do 12 reps.
Sit holding a dumbbell in each hand at chest, palms facing out. Lift feet off ground, knees bent, and lean back at a 45-degree angle, to start. Keeping abs engaged, straighten arms and legs (as shown). Return to start; repeat. Do 12 reps.
Lie faceup with knees bent, a weight in each hand. Lift hips as you extend left leg up and straighten arms above chest, palms facing each other, to start (as shown). Lower hips and leg to ground and dumbbells out to sides (hovering just above ground). Return to start. Do 12 reps. Repeat on opposite side.
Reach and Squeeze
Lie on right side, propped up on right forearm, legs stacked with bottom leg bent, a weight in left hand, left arm extended overhead. Lift hips off ground into a side plank to start (as shown). Bend elbow and bring weight to shoulder as you lift top leg as high as you can. Return to start. Do 12 reps. Repeat on opposite side.
Quickie Cardio Blasts
The very best way to shed flab fast: cardio intervals that toggle between bursts of work and periods of recovery, Dawn and Hodgson say. They'll rev your metabolism to help you zap more calories after you sweat. Your goal: four sessions a week.
Got 18 minutes?Walk at a quick clip for 2 minutes, then sprint as fast as you can for 1 minute. Now do it five more times.
Got 24 minutes?Warm up on a Spin or road bike for 6 minutes. Stand and pedal all-out for 30 seconds, then sit and cruise at a moderate pace for 30 seconds. Go easy for 2 minutes. Repeat five more times.
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We've heavily researched, highly scientific accounting of the bleacher creatures, bottle-throwers, couch-torchers, sexual harassers, projectile vomiters, and serially indifferent bandwagon-hoppers marring our national landscape. Residents of the City of Brotherly Love: You might want to start planning your victory parade right now
BY ADAM WINER
2 and 1. Philadelphia Eagles and Philadelphia Phillies
The Meanest Fans in America
Over the years, Philadelphia fans have booed Santa Claus as well as their own star players. They've even booed a guy who just helped the city win a friggin' World Series title—while he was getting his ring. Boooo! Admittedly, there are some things fans have cheered. Like Michael Irvin's career-ending neck injury and a fan being tased on the outfield grass. Things reached their nadir last season, when Citizens Bank Park played host to arguably the most heinous incident in the history of sports: A drunken fan intentionally vomited on an 11-year-old girl. The truth is this: All told, Philadelphia stadiums house the most monstrous collection of humanity outside of the federal penal system. "Some of these people would boo the crack in the Liberty Bell," baseball legend Pete Rose once said. More likely, these savages would have thrown the battery that cracked it.
3. West Virginia University Mountaineers
Yeah, sure, they've been condemned by the local mayor for shouting obscenities on national television broadcasts. And yes, given their history, it wasn't really surprising last season when Pitt's assistant basketball coach got pegged in the face with a metallic object (specifically, a quarter). But what really defines the West Virginia University faithful is their devotion to celebratory arson. The school led the nation in intentionally set street fires from 1997 to 2003, lighting up an unmatchable 1,120 blazes. That includes 120 in a single night to celebrate a football win over Virginia Tech in 2003 and sixty infernos set to celebrate advancing to the second round of the NCAA basketball tournament in 2005. When school is in session these days, the local fire department reports that it extinguishes as many as twelve Dumpster fires in a week. It's all in keeping with the school's (real) unofficial fan motto: Win or lose, we still booze!
4. Oakland Raiders
Ever since John Madden collected the NFL's most vicious trouble cases into a Super Bowl–winning wrecking crew, the Silver and Black have attracted an unholy fan base of hell-raisers, gangbangers, and inveterate knife-lickers, all of whom firmly believe that skipping town for an away game is well worth the parole violation. (The Raiders' 1999 visit to San Diego resulted in so many midgame stadium fights that even the players on the field turned to watch.) Still, while Raider Nation has a sterling record of glorifying criminality, it must be noted that their long-standing tradition of attending home games dressed in ridiculously elaborate handcrafted costumes is fierce only insofar as that term is used on Project Runway.
5. University of Maryland Basketball
The Five Worst Terrapin Riots
5) February 12, 2005: An estimated 3,000 fans take to the streets after a regular-season win over Duke. Objects are thrown off roofs. Couches are burned in the streets. Police arrest at least fourteen.
4) March 3, 2010: A regular-season upset of Duke results in twenty-seven arrests. Video of the confrontations shows police severely beating an unarmed reveler. Probably the only guy who didn't deserve it.
3) April 1, 2002: To celebrate the team's national-championship win, students pick up metal barriers and use them as battering rams against police. Six patrol cars are damaged. A state trooper loses two teeth after being hit in the face with a wooden board.
2) March 31, 2001: Mourning a Final Four loss, despondent fans loot local homes in order to burn the stolen furniture. They melt a cable line that leaves 30,000 residents without TV service. Total damages? $500,000.
1) April 4, 2006: Students light street fires, throw bottles, and try to tip over a bus—after a win by their women's basketball team.
6. Boston Red Sox
Winning the 2004 World Series was the worst thing to ever happen to Red Sox fans. Having been beaten into a state of lovable-loserdom by generations of championship futility, they now seem intent on living out some sort of horsehided cycle of domestic violence, inflicting upon us everything that for eighty-six years was inflicted upon them. It is a display of epic hypocrisy. All their whining about the Yankees' salary-driven Evil Empire? They now gloat while drubbing opponents with what is routinely the second-highest-paid roster in baseball. All that self-satisfaction about being a bunch of scruffy underdogs? They blindly maintained it while winning the 2007 World Series with a payroll almost $90 million higher than Colorado's. All these continuing claims to be an elite group of die-hard supporters? They have the biggest legion of bandwagon fans in the country, pushing past the Pinstripes as baseball's top-drawing road team in 2005, 2007, and 2008. These days, Red Sox fans are indistinguishable from Yankees fans—just with more grating accents.
7. Penn State University Football
Behold: a group of fans so vile that the university had to adopt a resolution denouncing "negative cheering" all the way back in 2000. Loophole: They didn't tell the kids not to throw stuff! Thus students from the Princeton Review's 2010 top party school have pelted visiting players and band members with snowballs, mud balls, and bottles of urine. Lacking projectiles during the 2008 riots that followed a win over Ohio State, Penn fans uprooted small trees to hurl at police. And let's not forget the notorious 2007 incident in which a crowd of onlookers cheered as a student chased down two OSU fans and threw a full can of beer at their heads. Video of that assault was proudly posted on YouTube, tagged as "comedy."
8. Duke University Basketball
Duke fans who complain that everyone hates them because they're too good are like cheerleaders who complain that everyone hates them because they're too pretty. Sorry, princess! Soaked with arrogance (and Dick Vitale tongue baths), the Dukies have hit NC State with the chant "If you can't go to college, go to State!" while UNC has gotten the blunter "We're smart! You're dumb!" This from the crowd who interminably claim to be the classiest in all of basketball. Here's what the most reviled fans in college sports don't understand: When everyone already resents you for being a perennial national champion, brainstorming new ways to make fun of people doesn't make you clever. It makes you a dick.
9. New York Yankees
Satan's Chosen Team
Remember everything you hate about New York? If not, Yankees fans will be happy to remind you.
10. Louisiana State University Football
Opposing players and fans who visit Death Valley are considered, as LSU supporters will kindly remind them via drunken shouts to the face, "Tiger bait!" That's the kind of southern hospitality that arises from LSU's signature night games, which allow for a full day of tailgate-based drinking. The administration had to apologize in 2005 after the Tiger faithful so ferociously pelted Tennessee's team bus with beer bottles that they cracked windows. For a story on how hostile LSU tailgaters were to opposing fans, female staffers from the university's student newspaper roamed their school's notorious daylong drinkathon disguised in Alabama gear. "We were groped and squeezed by just about every guy we interviewed," they reported. "The women called us 'bitches' and the men called us 'cunts.' " Anything else? "The amount of times we were spit on also struck a nerve."
11. Montreal Canadiens
Forget the riots that erupted last May after the Canadiens made it to the Eastern Conference final; they were nothing compared with the hordes of looters who set fire to five police cars during the 2008 playoffs simply because Montreal advanced past the first round. Meanwhile, inside the Bell Centre, the only things people boo more frequently than the U.S. national anthem are their own players. In 2003, team veteran Patrice "Breeze-by" Brisebois was heckled almost every time he touched the puck; the jeering was so intense it likely induced a stress-related irregular heartbeat. How did then GM Bob Gainey feel about his bloodthirsty fan base? "I think they're a bunch of gutless bastards, to be honest," he said.
12. Dallas Cowboys
The swaggering diaspora of Dallas fans insufferably mouth off about the invincibility of "America's Team," as if they're rooting for our entire country and not a franchise that has won two playoff games in the past fifteen years. To set the record straight: The nickname came from a 1978 Cowboys highlight reel, not some edict from Uncle Sam. And they've sworn their allegiance to a front-running team that isn't even good enough to run up front anymore.
13. University of Wisconsin Football
Drunken Badgers have amassed such a glorious history of harassing visiting fans—there was that time they threw glass beer bottles at a 7-year-old—that UW became the nation's first school to install Breathalyzers at the gate. With their "Show and Blow" program (again: their name, not ours), the university requires breath checks of any student previously booted from a game for an alcohol violation. And fans aren't the only ones blowing. The entire 300-member marching band was suspended for one game in 2008 due to repeated incidents of alcohol abuse and—wait for it—sexualized hazing.
14. University of Oregon Basketball
Hecklers from Hell
With a firm dedication to taking taunts too far, the Oregon Duck faithful have a storied history of degeneracy that can be traced all the way back to the days when someone beaned legendary coach John Wooden with a half-eaten apple. But the crowning violation of the school's "Code of ConDUCKt" (their unforgivable pun, not ours) occurred in 2008, when former Oregon high school standout Kevin Love dared return home playing for rival UCLA. Ducks fans distributed Love's cell-phone number before the game and left him some 400 voice mails, featuring such witty messages as "If you guys win, we'll come to your house and kill your family." Once in the stadium, students proceeded to (a) hold up signs enumerating the ways Love was a homosexual, (b) throw food at his family in the stands, and (c) call his grandmother a whore until she cried. Way to get in the old lady's head, Oregon!
15. Los Angeles Lakers
Congratulations, Angelenos! You are the fairest of America's fair-weather fans! The Lakers unfaithful abandoned their team en masse when Magic retired in 1991, then reconfirmed their fickleness by sending local TV ratings plummeting 30 percent after Shaq departed in 2004. Meanwhile, in these championship days, the Staples Center is more bar scene than sports complex, where fans can't be bothered to clap—their hands are too busy texting. "The focus is sometimes not on the court," coach Phil Jackson has said. "It's on the people in the crowd." Which explains why eight box suites were recently combined into an offshoot of an abominable nightclub, the Hyde Lounge. After VIPs pass a clipboard gauntlet--at a sports stadium—they can eat $21 nachos at a crocodile-skin bar while waiting for the space to transform into a postbuzzer dance club. When it's time to leave, a valet will even bring around their bandwagon.
Reality TV starlet Aubrey O'Day has no hesitation in showing off her T and A. The Boston-native and die-hard Celtics fan recently took off her clothes and doused her curvy body with green body paint for SLAM magazine, leaking a few outtakes from the shoot on her Twitter account. Meanwhile, she tells Rap-Up.com, “I’m a die-hard Celtics fan. I’d say equally enough with how much I’m obsessed with my dogs. I bleed green, so the photo shoot was all about that. I love to get artistic with it, so I wanted to be the girl that actually bleeds green. How many chicks can actually say that?” O'Day dripping wet in green paint after the jump.
The U.S Open starts this weekend in Pebble Beach, California and we’re lucky enough to have fitness pro, Natalie Gulbis, on hand to give everyone a few warm-up tips. But she’s not the only gorgeous girl who knows a few things about golf. Then again we don’t want to mention gorgeous girls because that would get Tiger all hot and bothered before he wins the whole thing. And while he’s winning another U.S Open and everyone’s slowly forgetting he’s a huge douche, we’ll be partying the day away with at the Playboy Mansion golf tournament.
Well, folks, it’s true things are bigger and better in the state of Texas. The people in this state are crazy about their fooball and it shows. So not only do they take pride in the product they put on the field, they take pride in the babes that represent them! Hey- if you are going to have cheerleaders you might as well have the hottest ones around.
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