Caroms, quirks and odd bounces in sports in 2012
A collection of funny news in the sports world, from sheep to sumo.
The Associated Press
Maybe if they were 22 years old — throwing down drinks in a bar and their faces painted in school colors — this would make sense.
But they were two basketball fans, both past the age of Medicare eligibility, and they took their game seriously. They also happened to be patients in a dialysis clinic in Georgetown, Ky.
According to authorities, the confrontation came five days before Kentucky played Louisville in the NCAA semifinals. A 68-year-old Kentucky fan receiving kidney dialysis extended a finger to the Louisville fan, and it was not to signify that the Wildcats were No. 1. The 71-year-old Louisville fan responded by punching him in the face.
Police were summoned to the clinic. The Kentucky fan chose to not press charges.
His pain and blood pressure were perhaps eased by the weekend: Kentucky beat Louisville 69-61 and went on to win the national title.
More odd happenings in 2012:
Two sumo wrestlers — one 6-foot-8 and 625 pounds — were cast in a Canadian opera production of "Semele".
Cowboys Stadium outside Dallas became home to a Victoria's Secret outlet.
At the London Olympics, judo fighter Ricardo Blas entered the 220-pound-and-over division at 480 pounds, nearly double that of most competitors. Blas — the heaviest man at these Olympics — weighed more than the entire Japanese women's gymnastics team.
Looking to get in on the Olympic fun was a New Zealand farm group that wants sheep shearing as an Olympic sport. It was not immediately clear if winners would forgo gold medals for cashmere sweaters.
After Germany's loss in the semifinals of soccer's European Championship, one of its lawmakers rebuked the players for not singing the national anthem with proper gusto, a performance he deemed "shameful."
Haiti, the Palestinian territories, Togo and Eritrea joined the International Ski Federation, a step that did not exactly strike fear into the Swiss and Austrians.
Two amateur golfers in Sydney made consecutive holes-in-one. The odds of two golfers from the same foursome acing the same hole? The National Hole in One Registry website says it's 17 million to 1.
Lots of things weren't working for one team at a girls' high school basketball game in Indiana — Arlington lost to Bloomington South 107-2. Bloomington South coach Larry Winters said he wasn't trying to humiliate an opponent. He told the Indianapolis Star he didn't want his players to stop shooting because that "would have been more embarrassing."