Being forbidden from committing manslaughter or carrying the ball in a motorized vehicle would generally be considered obvious enough to be an unwritten rule in most sports.
But Shrovetide Football is not most sports, and its tiny rulebook, hilariously comprised of scarcely more than the broad regulations mentioned above, would alone be enough to qualify it as a contender for the title of craziest game in the world.
Yet that only tells part of the story of this extraordinary ancient competition from rural England, which claims to be the "mother" of all modern football codes such as soccer, football and rugby, and is finding a surprising new American following thanks to the release of a documentary film.
"Wild In The Streets" details the annual game between two halves of the town of Ashbourne, near the city of Derby in the English Midlands, which stretches over two days, beginning each Shrove Tuesday – or Mardi Gras in the United States.
"When we say the game is between two parts of theRead More »from Shrovetide – an ancient, brutal and bloody game