Monday, July 07, 2008

Ah, The Joy of Chess Boxing

Got this link from Nephew Mark today. Can this possibly be a real sport? According to this source, it is:
"Stripped to the waist, wearing towels around their shoulders and headphones playing the lulling sound of a moving train to drown out the baying crowd, the men played for four minutes.
Then off came their reading glasses and on went the gloves and the mouthguards.

For three minutes they beat each other and then, when the bell went, the chess board was back in the ring and they picked up the gentlemanly game where they had left off.

"This is the hard part, you are out of breath but you have to keep your wits about you,'' said David Steppeler, a 33-year-old instructor at the local chess boxing club."
Personally, I want to see this on a new version of Wide World of Sports (rest your soul. Mr.Mckay) along with full-blown competitive eating and of course, World Champion foxy boxing.