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Monday, October 20, 2014

The Horrible President That Invented a Horrible Sport

     Not many presidents of the United States can claim to have invented a sport. Well actually as far as I know none of them except one can. You would think that someone who can run for and win the highest office in the land would come up with a pretty cool sport that would likely catch on. And I bet the law of averages would have played out that way had it been a popular Prez like Theodore Roosevelt. But no...it had to be a president that more often than not had his name used in derision, Iowa's one and only native born White House occupant, Herbert Hoover. 

     Yes the man who had many a towns named after him all across the United States...shanty towns that is...invented his own sport with the help of his physician to keep him in shape. That sport became known as Hooverball. Perhaps that right there was enough to kill its chances of ever catching on as America's next pastime given the man's popularity by 1932. It did somehow survive and is actually still played today, but it ranks just above sports like watching paint dry, pushing a hoop with a stick, and polishing a turd in popularity. Essentially it is right on par with curling. "So what the heck is Hooverball?" you might ask yourself.

     Well Hooverball is kind of brutal. Think of it as some mutant hybrid of volleyball and tennis that Satan would invent. Basically you don't hit the ball in Hooverball, you catch and throw it. You have to do that because if you hit the ball it would break you in horrible ways. You see Hooverball is played with a medicine ball. That is right, a medicine ball. That 19th century sadistic tool of fitness. Medicine balls, a favorite of leotard clad and mustache sporting strongmen of the age who used them for a game of catch when they were not working out with their weird triangular free weights. Apparently Hoover designed the game to be intense and to not only build muscle but to give him some cardio at the same time.I think in the end the best benefit was that it taught him how to take a hit.

     So if you find yourself near the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library in West Branch Iowa some time, you can learn all about it. They host a Hooverball national championship there yearly from what I have gathered. So if you want to see some medicine ball volleyball that is scored like Wimbledon, you can check that out.
Herbert Hoover- He looks like someone that want to throw 6lb balls at your face while telling you to tough it out when a Great Depression hits.

The Hooverballers of 1933. Back in the era when you wore your Stetson to the game field to look extra dapper

Ballin...Hooverballin

Getting hit in the face with a medicine ball will make you forget about your abysmal poll numbers


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