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(Orlando Sentinel)   "I have an idea. Let's spend more money on trying to get people interested in Jai-Alai"   (orlandosentinel.com) divider line 38
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2013-10-21 09:13:09 AM  
There *is* a way to make it more interesting....

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2013-10-21 09:38:08 AM  
www.web-et-cinema.com

I'm on it
 
2013-10-21 09:57:05 AM  
Prehistoric Tron.
 
2013-10-21 09:57:48 AM  

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I'm on it


Satisfied.
 
2013-10-21 09:57:58 AM  
So thats how its spelled...
 
2013-10-21 09:58:17 AM  
media.giphy.com
 
2013-10-21 10:02:20 AM  
Lacrosse is just Jail-Alai for Caucasians.
 
2013-10-21 10:02:49 AM  
Jai-Alai ?!?! Sounds lak onnuv them there sekrit mooslim tirrir papars. lak Al Jazzy hands.
 
2013-10-21 10:05:42 AM  
I think there are 3 sports in the world I constantly forget about until someone mentions them and I'm like "oh yeah, that's a thing"
 
2013-10-21 10:07:12 AM  
These used to be popular as hell in Florida, they even had a big arena in Daytona... But pretty much no one gives a fark about it now.

I don't even know what it's based on, I assume some Native American sport of some kind.
 
2013-10-21 10:09:01 AM  
Seems like it is just really a Florida thing. Whenever I see or hear about Jai-Alai it is there. I never hear about Colorados big Jai-Alia community. I first heard about it from Miami Vice.
 
2013-10-21 10:09:32 AM  
Is she hot?
 
2013-10-21 10:11:03 AM  

KellyX: These used to be popular as hell in Florida, they even had a big arena in Daytona... But pretty much no one gives a fark about it now.

I don't even know what it's based on, I assume some Native American sport of some kind.


I actually attended my first games earlier in the year in Dania. I really enjoyed it - but damn if the stadium wasn't the most depressing place I've ever been to.
 
2013-10-21 10:13:59 AM  
Oh this again? I remember reading a Sports Illustrated 20 years ago that said that Jai Alai was the sport of the future.
 
2013-10-21 10:14:56 AM  

KellyX: These used to be popular as hell in Florida, they even had a big arena in Daytona... But pretty much no one gives a fark about it now.

I don't even know what it's based on, I assume some Native American sport of some kind.


Although it has some similarities to lacrosse and tlachtli, it's actually Basque in origin.
 
2013-10-21 10:15:26 AM  
urger:

I actually attended my first games earlier in the year in Dania. I really enjoyed it - but damn if the stadium wasn't the most depressing place I've ever been to.

There used to be a few "Frontons" in CT...one of them up 95 from NYC.  The attraction, I believe, was the gambling associated with the sport (and later OTB at the same sites).  The opening of the Indian casinos in the late 80s pretty much sealed their fate.

Anything involving gambling in the northeast eventually becomes a boondoggle.
 
2013-10-21 10:16:01 AM  
I used to enjoy gambling on jai-alai at the MGM Grand in Vegas back in the day.  This was in the 70's, when Vegas was still cool and before that big fire at the MGM.  I could never get over the feeling, however, that human players are not a wise thing to bet on when big money is riding on a particular match.
 
2013-10-21 10:18:56 AM  

KellyX: These used to be popular as hell in Florida, they even had a big arena in Daytona... But pretty much no one gives a fark about it now.

I don't even know what it's based on, I assume some Native American sport of some kind.


Of course it was popular in Florida, you could bet on it, it took place inside when it was too hot for the dog tracks and there were no other professional sports outside of Miami in the 1960s. Now there is competition and casinos.
 
2013-10-21 10:19:53 AM  

KellyX: These used to be popular as hell in Florida, they even had a big arena in Daytona... But pretty much no one gives a fark about it now.

I don't even know what it's based on, I assume some Native American sport of some kind.


It comes from the Basque Country.
It's one of the several modalities of the main sport there: pelota vasca (basque ball).
Still hugely popular in the basque country where every tiny village has a fronton, usually right in the center, next to the church. Jai-alai is more popular in the french basque country, while other modalities like "pala" (played with a narrow wooden paddle) or "pelota mano" (hand ball) is more popular in the spanish basque country...
 
2013-10-21 10:32:17 AM  
I remember passing that giant jai alai place in CT driving from MA to NYC all the time as a kid and being completely fascinated by it.  But I also loved Tron, so there you go.

I've also heard that it was widely used as a front for the mafia and money laundering.
 
2013-10-21 10:37:04 AM  
I first hear about Jai-Alai from some Grateful Dead bootleg tape from some venue called "Jai-Alai Fronton Miami, FL."

Now I LIVE in South Florida... but still never hear anything about Jai-Alai unless I'm driving past a highway exit sign that mentions it.
 
2013-10-21 10:38:21 AM  

whatsupchuck: I used to enjoy gambling on jai-alai at the MGM Grand in Vegas back in the day.  This was in the 70's, when Vegas was still cool and before that big fire at the MGM.  I could never get over the feeling, however, that human players are not a wise thing to bet on when big money is riding on a particular match.


This. I used to go to see it in Daytona and always heard that every match was fixed. It was still an awesome spectacle.
 
2013-10-21 10:50:22 AM  

urger: KellyX: These used to be popular as hell in Florida, they even had a big arena in Daytona... But pretty much no one gives a fark about it now.

I don't even know what it's based on, I assume some Native American sport of some kind.

I actually attended my first games earlier in the year in Dania. I really enjoyed it - but damn if the stadium wasn't the most depressing place I've ever been to.


I used to go to the Jai-Alai Melbourne (now a dog track/poker venue).
That was often a fun place in the 80's. Yeah, it looked a bit depressing as the facilities were something out of a 1960's / Eastern Europe / Iron Curtain nightmare. Also, it smelled like burnt tortillas and Pine-Sol cleaner.
 
2013-10-21 11:02:44 AM  

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2013-10-21 11:23:09 AM  
Everything I know about Jai Alai was learned from the intro to Miami Vice.
 
2013-10-21 11:45:31 AM  
I think we've found a new thing for hipsters to champion and irritate us with.
 
2013-10-21 12:08:05 PM  
Free hookers and blow would do it for me.
 
2013-10-21 12:08:37 PM  

enik: Oh this again? I remember reading a Sports Illustrated 20 years ago that said that Jai Alai was the sport of the future.


Are you sure it was only 20 years ago? I remember it being big in the 80s when coke was enormous in Miami.
 
2013-10-21 12:11:15 PM  
I loved going to the Miami Jai-Alai fronton as a youngster. It is called "the fastest sport in the world." Even if the games are rigged (a distinct possibility, as another commenter mentioned) it is exciting to watch. Jai-Alai is the extreme form of racquetball- it was cool to be a frontonista back in the day.
 
2013-10-21 12:14:31 PM  
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2013-10-21 12:19:53 PM  

kaseyfarksdaladies: I think we've found a new thing for hipsters to champion and irritate us with.


You called it, right here, right now on the internet. Big mustaches, bowler caps, PBR and Jai Alai. They will be even more insufferable
 
2013-10-21 12:58:48 PM  
guygadbois:It comes from the Basque Country.
It's one of the several modalities of the main sport there: pelota vasca (basque ball).
Still hugely popular in the basque country where every tiny village has a fronton, usually right in the center, next to the church. Jai-alai is more popular in the french basque country, while other modalities like "pala" (played with a narrow wooden paddle) or "pelota mano" (hand ball) is more popular in the spanish basque country...


Basque Ball sounds a lot like how someone who speaks spanish might pronounce Basketball.
 
2013-10-21 01:09:13 PM  
Yum.

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2013-10-21 01:33:27 PM  

BalugaJoe: Lacrosse is just Jail-Alai for Caucasians.


Yeah of course Lacrosse was invented by Native Americans but yeah whatever

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lacrosse
 
2013-10-21 01:33:40 PM  
Came for the Tron references, leaving very satisfied.  I grew up in the '80s in South Florida, so yeah, I remember seeing the billboards and TV commercials for "the fastest sport on Earth".
 
2013-10-21 01:37:13 PM  

Headso: enik: Oh this again? I remember reading a Sports Illustrated 20 years ago that said that Jai Alai was the sport of the future.

Are you sure it was only 20 years ago? I remember it being big in the 80s when coke was enormous in Miami.


Oh yeah, it was in the opening and closing credits of Miami Vice...
 
2013-10-21 03:43:04 PM  
Sorry, but any sport that only exists because people bet on the outcome isn't at all a sport.  Sure, there's plenty of betting on football, but people will still watch it even if they don't have a financial stake in it.  I've never heard of anyone saying "Hey, let's go to the horse track and watch the races, but let's not bet any money.", because that has never once happened in the history of the universe.
 
2013-10-21 05:11:49 PM  

KellyX: These used to be popular as hell in Florida, they even had a big arena in Daytona... But pretty much no one gives a fark about it now.

I don't even know what it's based on, I assume some Native American sport of some kind.


Yeah, if it hadn't been featured in an episode of Miami Vice back in the day, I never would have heard of it.
 
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