Uni-que way to play football

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Michelle DeRoche, Contributing Writer

 

Tired of pedestrian football? Try the latest trend in sports: unicycle football. –Photo courtesy of Bobcat Magazine
Tired of pedestrian football? Try the latest trend in sports: unicycle football.
–Photo courtesy of Bobcat Magazine

If running, kicking or throwing a ball (as in soccer, basketball, baseball, rugby or football) is getting old to you, then perhaps you need to expand your horizons and look into some of the other crazy sports played around the world.

For example, did you know that unicycle football is a real, competitive sport? It is similar to American “flag” football, except the players ride unicycles. That’s right—they play football on one wheel.

Players use an ordinary football as well as the same kick-offs, field goals and six-point goals (plus a field goal or rush). Games are played in parking lots, so bike helmets, shin guards, elbow pads and knee pads are required. The goals are scored either by catching the ball in the end zone or “running” (unicycling) into the end zone. Players jump above their unicycle seats to catch or block the ball, ultimately making balance the key to the game.

Marcus Garland, a senior at Texas State University, created the game in 2007. Now the Unicycle Football League has six teams and plays a 10-game season between August and April. The league is still based in San Marcos, TX. It is located three-and-a-half hours south of Dallas, between Austin and San Antonio.

If you ever have a free weekend and feel the urge to careen about a parking lot on one wheel, head just a little bit south and look for the closest Walmart parking lot.  Who knows? You might just be the next big thing in one-wheeled football!

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