Here are some other sports that you might want to check out if you’re missing your traditional sports fix

Are you missing sports? Are the highlights of old games not cutting it for you anymore? Then it is time to broaden your horizons and take in new sports with fresh eyes and new excitement.


Rugby: “All or Nothing: New Zealand All Blacks” on Amazon Prime

Rugby is a sport many Americans miss out on. It’s like football mixed with soccer in an all-out battle across the pitch. There are a total of 11 players on each side as teams drive down the field by either pitching the ball backward or kicking it forward. If you like fast physical action, rugby is one of those grind it out sports that you just cannot look away from.

I suggest watching the New Zealand All Blacks take on the Irish in 2018. It is one of the most physical games I have ever seen and it will make you jump out of your seat when the game is finished.

If you’re interested in finding out about the world’s best rugby player, look up Beauden Barrett. The maestro in black is a fly-half from New Zealand who was named rugby player of the year in 2016 and 2017.


Aussie rules football: “Dusty Martin Highlights

Australian Football (AFL) is a sport of its own. It is played on a circular field twice as big as an American football field. Imagine aerial soccer where you can hit people as hard as you want. The goal is to march down the field by any means necessary. 

A player can advance the ball by running with it downfield, but every 14 meters, he has to dribble the egg-shaped ball once to be able to keep running with it. If he decides to pass, he can either kick it or handball it forward by having the ball in one hand, then punching it with the other to a teammate. To score in this game, the players must kick the ball in the air through the goalposts like a football field goal.

This game is organized chaos. When the ball is in the air, every player in the vicinity is going for it by any means necessary, including jumping off the opposing teams back to get the ball.

Dusty Martin is the best player in the game right now. He won two Norm Smith medals and is one of the fastest guys out there. He is also extremely accurate with his foot as he can score from any angle.


Cricket: “The Test” on Amazon Prime

Cricket is one of the more confusing sports to follow, but it offers some of the biggest moments. Cricket is similar to baseball, but there are no foul balls. The whole field is in play, and players bat until they get out. Some players have hit for so long they score 100 points, also known as a century. Outs are similar to baseball: a ball caught in the air, a strikeout or a ball fielded that gets thrown at the post to get the runner out.

The team to watch is India’s national team. India is the capital of cricket since they fill up 60,000 seat stadiums on a regular basis. Their crowd is one of the most electric crowds in sports as they go absolutely insane for their players every game.

The best player in cricket is Indian Batsman and captain Virat Kohli. Kohli is known as the best batsman in the world with ice in his veins. No matter how big the situation is, he always performs for his team, and more than 1 billion people in India worship him.


eSports: Dota 2 tournaments on YouTube

eSports can only be stopped by a power outage. Competitive video gaming is becoming the world’s number one sport with players training their whole lives for it. The biggest game in esports is Dota 2, which have earned teams and players more than $100 million during tournaments.

One of the best gamers in the world is Lee Sang-Hyeok, known as “Faker.” He is a South Korean League of Legends player. “Faker” has montage after montage on YouTube, showing why he is considered the best player in the world.


Bowling: Peter Weber goes off on YouTube

Peter Webber made professional bowling viral in 2012 after he won the U.S. Open by hitting a last-minute strike to seal the game. His reaction is what made the video go viral as he screamed from the top of his lungs, “Who do you think you are … I am!” The reaction showed the passion and intensity many have for the sport of bowling. Weber single-handedly changed the sport from a child’s birthday party game to a legitimate sport.