They ought to Quidditch while they’re still ahead

tylerWatkinsRoamingOver 70 teams from 3 countries are in North Myrtle Beach this weekend for the International Quidditch Association World Cup VII. Let me put that in a different perspective, nearly 1700 college kids are riding around on brooms, trying their best to find a snitch. The chasers are running around with a quaffle, and the beaters are running around with bludgers. Got all that? Good.

While hanging out at the event, I had some burning questions that just had to be asked. Such as, is this really a sport? The answer may surprise 1you.

I never realized that they actually run around with a broom, between their legs. Not a single athlete said that they wore protection, ya know, down there. I found it odd that one of the players on the team spent most of the game in hiding (he’s the snitch runner).  I thought it was unusual that 200-pound men were allowed to body slam females from the other team. Of course, sometimes they just hit them so hard that the female went flying. At least she had her broom.

Apparently in quidditch, numbers on uniforms aren’t that important. While watching the teams play I noticed a 007, 9 ¾, and the oddest, if not funniest, N/A.

Despite all the craziness, I saw something that I’ve never seen before at any sporting event. In fact, I’d call a once in a lifetime event. Fans were jeering at one of the officials on the field.  During one timeout, the official, wearing his untucked black and white striped shirt, walked to the very center circle of the pitch and had his say with the crowd. The fans and players were essentially told, loudly, that he was the official and they were the fans, and they needed to keep their thoughts to themselves. It was AWESOME!

Players often dress outlandishly, and today was the first time I’ve ever seen someone walk around with a unicorn mask on his head.

About that sport aspect, it does indeed have a winner, and involve time.  It’s fairly physical, and there are jerseys and balls involved. Players get injured, and goals are scored. The men tend to play fairly rough and at times apply some massive hits. It qualifies in many ways, but there’s still that broom.

2While speaking with one of the players, I asked what the most difficult part of the sport was. He replied that getting respect for the sport was the hardest part. He followed that up with a complaint that the boom bristles sometimes scratched the back of his legs.

Sport, I’m not sure. But, activity that is enjoyed by college kids, sure. Based on a game from the Harry Potter movies, this activity certainly has a shelf life. The movie’s impact will fade and eventually the sport will too.

But, until that time comes, these kids are having fun and bringing money to the area. So, I say enjoy the game and quidditch while you still can.

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