London 2012 Olympics: 20 Sports We Wish Were Part of the Olympic Games
The Olympics are great, don't get me wrong, but they would be so, so much better if these sports were included as events.
While there are some obvious sports that we'd love to see, there are also many sports that you've never heard of before that you'll soon love to watch.
First, let's define a sport. A sport is an activity that requires physical or mental skill that can be measured against competitors. That's the baseline for a sport on this list.
While most sports will require strength, endurance, skill or any combination of the three, as long as it meets the above requirement it can be called a sport.
With that, let's count down the 20 sports we wish were part of the Summer Olympics.
Let's start off with an easy one.
Hopefully you've heard of American football before. If you've ever watched the NFL before you know how exciting the sport is, and we'd love to see players like Eli Manning, Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady and the rest of the NFL competing on an international stage.
It would also make up for the Pro Bowl being an utter disappointment year after year.
If you've ever seen Vince Vaughn and Benn Stiller in Dodgeball, you'll know exactly why this makes the list.
Dodgeball is a great sport that you might remember from your high school gym classes. It involves throwing big red balls at opponents that could cause serious injury if thrown hard enough.
Tell me you wouldn't want to see competitive dodgeball on an international stage.
Another childhood favorite, kickball is essentially the same thing as baseball, but with a bigger ball that's made out of rubber.
Oh yeah, and you have to kick the ball instead of hit it with a bat, if you couldn't tell by the name.
I remember some of my kickball games in my youth getting seriously competitive, and if you don't know what I'm talking about, you've probably been playing it wrong. This sport is tough.
I'm actually surprised that this isn't already a sport in the Olympics.
Darts is a game that most people can enjoy, but when it is played competitively, you can't deny that it's an actual sport.
People have made a living playing darts, and you can become a professional darts player. So why isn't it in the Olympics?
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Chariot racing is long gone, but there's no way you could honestly tell me that you wouldn't want to dress up like a Spartan and race a chariot that's pulled by horses.
While this sport requires less skill than some others, it would still be exciting enough to draw huge crowds, and everyone would want this to become a sport just so we could try it.
We need some type of obstacle course in the Olympics.
Watching clever, creative athletes overcome obstacles is nothing short of exhilarating, and if you don't believe me you should check out American Ninja Warrior some time.
Obstacle courses have been part of our lives since we were kids. Parkour and free running have become huge trends across the globe, and it's time to turn that into an Olympic event.
Water motorsports were once part of the Summer Olympics. Once.
The only time they were an event was in the 1908 Games, but it's time for a comeback. While racing horses and cars around a circle can be boring for some fans, racing boats on a winding water track is simply awesome.
Hopefully we will see this once again in Rio in 2016 after a 108-year hiatus.
OK, billiards, aka pool, might not be the most exciting sport when you're playing with amateurs who can barely shoot straight, let alone use spin and angles. However, professionals make it much more exciting.
These games are much faster and much more efficient when pros play, and having a sport that almost everyone understands and can relate to would be great for the Olympics.
Lacrosse is another sport that was once part of the Olympics, and it's time for a return to the Games.
In 1904 and 1908, lacrosse was one of the events, but it was soon eliminated and has not been played in an Olympic Games for 104 years. However, the game has become much more exciting and has been played on national television in the recent past, and the popularity is back.
I smell a comeback.
If you can watch Brodie Smith's highlight reel and still tell me that ultimate frisbee isn't a sport then you might need to watch again.
Ultimate frisbee (or just ultimate for short) is not as easy as it may seem. While the frisbee does hang in the air for a longer time, that makes it easier for both defenders are well as those on offense.
Throwing a frisbee as professionals do when playing ultimate is incredibly difficult, and if you think you can simply pick up a frisbee and throw it accurately, go ahead and try.
America's pastime was a part of the Olympics up until this year. From 1992 until 2008 it was played in the Games, but it was taken out this year.
While the Olympics clash with the MLB season, any variation of the game (perhaps just minor league players) is better than none at all.
If you've ever seen surfers in a place like Hawaii then you know how intense it can be. Riding 50-foot waves on a board that is no more than three feet wide seems insane to some, but it makes for a great sport.
While this event might have to take place away from the others to give contestants the best waves possible, that would only benefit the Olympics because there would be a broader fanbase to appeal to in multiple areas.
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Cheerleading can lead to some fierce competitions, and even if you don't know much about it, you know that you love to watch it.
This could draw the highest ratings of any event in the Games.
If you've never seen competitive wiffleball (I'd be surprised if you have) then you'd probably expect this to be played by 50-year-olds who used to play some form of softball.
However, if you have seen competitive wiffleball or you watched the highlight reel, you can see that this game is actually pretty cool. I could watch highlights like this for days, and I think most people would agree with me.
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Whether it's competitive bowling for score or for trick shots, bowling is much more exciting than you might think.
There's a reason that bowling is televised on ESPN on Sundays more often than you'd expect, and that's because it is actually very enjoyable to watch.
Believe it or not, fishing is the deadliest sport in the world, according to the show MANswers.
It's also an exciting sport to watch if there are enough fishers to the point where all that is televised is the battle to catch a fish that's already on the line, which could make it a good event in the Olympics.
Boxing chess combines, as its name implies, boxing and chess.
The brawn of boxing combined with the mental acuity demanded by chess combine to form an intriguing sport that should be featured on an international stage.
For the full rules of the sport, click here.
If you've never heard of underwater hockey before, listen up.
The sport is played seven feet under water, and players are not allowed to use any sort of breathing apparatus. Incredible lung capacity is required; it can get intense underwater.
Other than that, all you have to know is that it's awesome and should be part of the Games.
The sport that was brought to us from the magical world of Harry Potter and J.K. Rowling's imagination should be part of the Olympics.
While it may not be widely known for being as proper as some of the other sports in the Games, it's pretty fun to watch, and I would assume that it is fun to play as well.
While it may be a bit of a struggle to play with the best athletes in the world because the snitch wouldn't have much of an advantage, we could find a way to get it done.
Extreme Hacky Sack
I'm gonna be honest: I don't know anything about this besides its name...but it's friggin' awesome.
Extreme hacky sack appears to combine both hacky sack and volleyball into one incredible sport. Just from watching this highlight reel I can tell you that this is worth adding to the Games, and I'm sure that this would warrant more viewers' attention than fencing.
For rules and tricks, click here.