olympic sports

Wheelchair rugby: The only Olympic/Paralympic sport with “murder” in the name

Wheelchair rugby is a good spectator sport for several reasons. One is that the confusing classification system, which leads to 11 gold medals being awarded in an event like the men’s 50-meter freestyle, is less of a factor. Coaches have to add up numbers to have fair teams, but viewers only see “USA vs. Great Britain.”

And if you like your sports a little wilder than the typical foot race, this is the sport for you. There’s a reason they call it Murderball, and there’s a reason Friday Night Lights sought it out as a new competitive outlet for paralyzed quarterback Jason Street. (Awfully convenient that so many U.S. national team players lived so close to Dillon, Texas, wasn’t it?)

The U.S. men are off to a good start, though they might want to work on the interview cliches:

And they are the defending champs, thanks to a late surge against Australia in the final in Beijing:

Unfortunately, even the Paralympic.org “smart player” is light on wheelchair rugby. The link for yesterday’s USA-Britain game goes instead to Brazil-Britain sitting volleyball. On the Paralympic YouTube channel, the link for yesterday’s USA-Britain game goes to Iran-Russia 7-a-side soccer.

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3 replies »

  1. Despicable coverage from Channel 4 with no set schedules means that even after three attempts I have still not seen wheelchair rugby. England versus France tonight at seven o’clock but no mention of it whatsoever on Channel 4!

    Whoever gave Channel 4 the rights to show what is the second largest event in the world should be strung up by the short and curlies!

    Despicable, truly despicable!

  2. Would be nice if the scoring highlights showed more of the plays developing – as it is they seem like the equivalent of just showing the receiver catching the ball in the end zone or just the scoring shot in soccer.

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