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Feb. 15 2010 - 2:50 pm | 15,291 views | 2 recommendations | 7 comments

Screw the Winter Olympics, let’s play dodgeball!

Look, Canadians may have finally won a gold medal in last night’s moguls for the 2010 Winter Olympics, but let’s not miss the big picture. Even if 13 million Canadians tuned in to watch the Canadian Indian fancy dancing and listen to Sarah McLachlan warble Friday night in the Opening Ceremony at Vancouver, a more impressive feat happened earlier in February when 1,200 students, faculty, staff, etc. at the University of Alberta in Edmonton played at once in a world record dodgeball game!

I especially love the guy who is the ‘Phys. Ed. student.’ How much did the traditional jocks vs. nerds dyad play out at this level?

From this video, produced by the U. of Alberta’s PR department, you can see that the yellow or gold team won, so I guess at some point it stopped being so chaotic and turned into an actual game:

Still, in pure chaos theory terms, it’s kind of interesting to see how rather than being a complete melee, there was this very organized looking surge at the mass level, the lyrical waves of green and gold switching back and forth between who was in control and and who was not. All with no evident strategy or leadership or observable rules – when one team was throwing, the other team was catching and dodging, and vice versa. The ants really do come marching in one by one.

[HT: The Daily What.]


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    I think your article is negative and irresponsable. There is no finer international sporting event. To compare The Olympics to 1,200 balling in Calgary is childish to say the least!
    Thank you.

  2. collapse expand

    Mark’s right. Roston misfires again! How dare you.

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