In Support Of Netterball

Netterball is a game inspired by events played at the Olympics that you have never heard of. It won't be an event listed at the London Olympics in 2012.


If you watch too much of the Olympics, and I sure do, you will eventually see a sport that you've never seen, never knew about, don't follow, and don't really know why anybody would consider it a sport, much less get excited about it, much less spend their lives playing it.

(Soundbite of starting horn)

SCOOTER(ph) (Netterball Commentator): Welcome to Krusky's(ph) Jack Jones Pavilion of the basement of the Beijing Workers' Stadium for the exciting finals pitting Estonia against Milwaukee in women's team netterball. Let me introduce our color commentator, Nellie Weiterscramm(ph). Of course, Nellie captained that exciting Namibia women's netterball team to a gold medal over Switzerland in 2001. Glad you could join us, Nellie.

Ms. NELLIE WEITERSCRAMM (Color Commentator): Glad to be here, Scooter. And as you can see, the referees, they're called the "junkos(ph)" in international netterball, are bringing out the floating fisteras(ph) to begin the game.

(Soundbite of crowd cheering)

SCOOTER: Wow! That's quite a lumper(ph) from Sarah Fellibrand(ph), isn't it?

Ms. WEITERSCRAMM: Reminds me so much of the hobbling lumper that Frances Bilboa(ph) took at last year's championships in Jakarta.

SCOOTER: We all remember that. Sternhock(ph) jips the rigmarole over to Teesdale(ph). Logacker(ph) flips the timbale(ph) over to Markowitz(ph).

Ms. WEITERSCRAMM: But, by Jove, she's got the gallsby(ph)!

SCOOTER: Hey, hey!

Ms. WEITERSCRAMM: That's real netterball for you, Scooter.

(Soundbite of crowd cheering)

SIMON: I'm still excited over that game.

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