Because we won't be seeing any of these events during this summer's Olympics, let me take the opportunity to introduce them to the handful of readers who might not be familiar these sports.
We'll begin with unicycle hockey, which actually has its roots in Germany - where they drink A LOT of beer. Though no one knows for sure how the sport got started, everyone agrees that beer was a crucial element. The rules of the game, and what constitutes a "foul," are pretty much the same as regular hockey - except that, in this version, plunging your hockey stick into the spokes of your opponent's unicycle is considered "a foul."
Scoring is also very similar to regular hockey; players move the puck in an effort to get it passed the bartender. Needless to say, Budweiser has signed on to be a premier sponsor should this event ever make it into the Olympics. If you're sporting interest is geared toward individual events, it doesn't get any more exciting than gale-force kayaking, which is exactly what it sounds like: someone in a kayak during a hurricane. To do this requires a special kayak, something that was first developed by lifeguards in Australia as a tool for rescuing people caught in the surf. Naturally, the next step in this evolutionary process was for people to begin using these kayaks as a tool for getting caught in the surf during hurricanes and, therefore, need rescuing.
Last year alone, a total of 12 gale-force kayakers died - a number that the health department says is entirely too high. Especially when you consider nine of those deaths occurred out of the water, while driving to the beach during hurricanes.
This brings us to my personal favorite, elephant polo. To compete, you must have a mallet ($73), a polo ball ($22), and an elephant (priceless). The game takes place over two 10-minute periods called "chukkers," which is exactly what you'll feel like