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Punch up in German MotoGP

Racing stewards were called in to separate a fight between two MotoGP riders. Dutch riders

Bryan Schuten and Scott Derroue duke it out in turn 1 of German MotoGP. Photo: www.theguardian.com

Bryan Schuten and Scott Derroue duke it out in turn 1 of German MotoGP. Photo: www.theguardian.com

Bryan Schuten and Scott Derroue were tussling for 23rd place in the early laps of the German Grand Prix when they collided and skidded into the Turn 1 Sand traps. Both riders were incensed, blaming each other and rose to their feet ready to brawl. Schouten believed Deroue had no business even attempting the manoeuvre where he did. Taking such a reckless chance cost him and his team valuable championship points.

Regardless of still being fully helmeted and protected by racing leathers both men began punching and pushing each other. The marshals managed to intervene and separate them. But as the colorful language flew and fists were being shaken, Schouten made one last effort to tackle Deroue to the ground.

Schouten later regretted this, but still laid the blame firmly on Deroue: “(I) Got hit in 2nd lap,” he Tweeted at 12:30am today, “after a not smart action from a other rider. Some things happened before wich made me gone crazy. Never will happen.”

For his brain-snap Schouten received a two point penalty against his racing license.

 

Almost forgotten was Australian Jack Miller who won the race – his fourth win of the season.

Gallen Hopes to Fight Kimbo Slice Later this Year.

Kimbo Slice was asked to fill the card of the Daniel Geal – Anthony Mundine fight, but found himself without an opponent. He raised eyebrows by sending an open invitation to Australian boxers – anyone game (or stupid) enough may apply.

Blues skipper Paul Gallen has signalled his gameness (or stupidity). He has put in motion processes to accept the challenge. Should the fight receive the stamp of approval it will likely be

Photo www.smh.com.au

Photo www.smh.com.au

only one of three fights Gallen is hoping for in the rugby league off-season.

Paul Gallen made his boxing debut prior to the 2014 football season. He clung on for an unconvincing victory against Herman Ene-Purcell after being knocked to the ground in the early rounds.

Lawyers for Gallen still battle to clear the footballer’s name as the ASADA investigation into drugs in sport drags ever on. Gallen is fighting to have his name removed from the drug inquiries Register of Interest which determines which players are worthy of closer scrutiny.

Waylan Law Two Fights Away from National Title Shot

Despite his hit-and-miss record of 8 wins, 6 losses light-weight boxer Waylon Law has his eyes set on a national title.

To get his shot he must overcome two highly regarded opponents:

Waylan Law. Photo: www.caboolturenews.com.au

Waylan Law. Photo: www.caboolturenews.com.au

On July 26 he fights the Tom Ford in Caboolture on the Queensland Sunshine Coast. Ford boasts a 7 wins, 2 losses, 2 draws record and will be a stern challenge for the young hopeful.

On August 29 Law has a rematch with Nathaniel May in Perth, Western Australia.

Their first meeting produced a brutal, high-tempo six round brawl that thrilled spectators. Law hung on for a gritty win and in doing so delivered May his first boxing defeat.

May is, no doubt, looking to even the score. But with a potential shot at the National Title Law must walk through him.

Attention for the rematch is high. Both have a lot to gain should they win. Their August 29 return to the ring is a fight between two well-matched, determined opponents.

Lead up to Calcio Fiorentino Final

Calcio Fiorentino. Photo www.thetweetpig.com

Calcio Fiorentino. Photo www.thetweetpig.com

As the bruises fade from this year’s Calcio Fiorentino and the match between the Santa Maria Novella/Rossi (the Reds) and Santo Spirito/Bianchi (the Whites) is talked about and dissected, we at Outrageous Sports lament the sad state of football in Australia.

What am I talking about?

Calcio Fiorentino (also known as ‘historic football’ or the ‘Florentine kick game’) has just been decided in the Pizzza Santa Croce in Florence. The game is played over three matches between teams from each quarter of the city. The teams are Santa Croce/Azzurri (the Blues), Santa Maria Novella/Rossi (the Reds), Santo Spirito/Bianchi (the Whites) and San Giovanni/Verdi (the Greens). The three matches take place in the Piazza Santa Croce in Florence in the third week of June, with the final having just been fought out on the 24th of June.

Reds vs Blues in Calcio Fiorentino. Photo: www.thetweetpig.com

Reds vs Blues in Calcio Fiorentino. Photo: www.thetweetpig.com

And when I say ‘fought out’ I mean it.

Matches take place within a 50 minute time period on a field twice as long as it is wide. The field is divided into two identical squares with a goal net along each end.

Each team is comprised of 27 hardy souls with no substitutions are allowed. A Pallaio throws the ball towards the centre line, a canon is fired, and the contest begins. Players on either side try ‘by any means necessary’ to shoot the ball into their opponent’s goal. Tactics like head-butting, punching, elbowing and choking are all part of the game. Sucker punches and having more than one opponent attacking another are frowned upon and now attract immediate expulsion. With each goal the teams swap sides, the Pallaio throws the ball along the centre line and the brutality begins again.

The 27 players are divided into 4 goalkeepers, 3 fullbacks, 5 halfbacks, and 15 forwards. Each team’s Captain and Standard Bearer sit in a tent, in the centre of their goal net, and do not take part in the carnage. However they may organise strategies and step in to separate players should the fighting get out of hand.

Calcio Fiorentino. Photo" www.thetweetpig.com

Calcio Fiorentino. Photo” www.thetweetpig.com

The game is controlled by a referee, six linesmen, a Judge Commissioner, and Master of the Field. Players are not permitted pads, mitts, mouth pieces or any type modern body protection equipment.

This is the Great Grandpappy of football. It is football for men. The players of Calcio Fiorentino are amongst the fittest, most highly trained fighters on earth. There is nothing else even remotely like it. All other codes of football are but prissy, weak, pale reflections.

U.S. vs Canada Ice Hockey Tour of Australia

Perth, Sydney, Melbourne and, next Saturday, Brisbane will play host to five match international ice hockey (two matches are to be held in Perth). The Canadian and U.S teams will be on display to give Australian audiences a taste of what they are missing.

With the Winter Olympic hockey final between the two great rivals being described as, ‘State of Origin on steroids’ Outrageous Sports decided to illustrate a comparison between the two sports.

Rule changes to rugby league are making the game more like South American soccer. Taking dives, milking penalties, and faking injuries for a free substitution are now an accepted part of the game. The no-punch rule has put player aggression on the same level as school girls pulling each other’s hair.

Contrast this with ice hockey:

Zenon Konopka. Photo: www.senstown.com

Zenon Konopka. Photo: www.senstown.com

Enforcer and Captain of the U.S. side Zenon Konopka (or as we at Outrageous Sports like to call him: Mr Konopka) has had his nose broken 14 times, endured more than 600 stitches being put in his face, has shattered both hands and broken a shoulder from on-ice fights. During his 346 games Mr Konopka has attracted 1082 minutes in the sin bin. But he admits he wouldn’t change a thing.

Violence has a place in ice hockey. And while it is discouraged with penalties it is not rooted out entirely (as it is in rugby league). Hockey players know the consequences for their actions; if they choose to perform those actions anyway then they must face those consequences.

This allows a factor of physical intimidation (something rugby league used to have) and on-ice rivalries to emerge; something absolutely enthralling for fans of the game.

Whether the U.S. and Canadian teams will bring back the biff, something sorely lacking and lamented from Australian sports, remains to be seen. But audiences can be assured of high energy, dizzyingly fast, skilful action as some of the best hockey players in the world strut their stuff.