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(BBC-US)   Mexico revives Aztec ball game Ullamaliztli, banned by Spanish conquistadors, due to its ancient cultural, religious significance. Well, except for that part where losers get sacrificed to the gods   ( bbc.com) divider line
    More: Spiffy, Mexico, Mesoamerica, 3,000-year-old ball game, Americas, Spanish language, ancient times losers, heavy solid rubber, Giant ball courts  
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2017-04-16 11:12:02 AM  
Brock Osweiler looks at that, compares it to life on the Browns, and calls his agent.
 
2017-04-16 11:36:13 AM  
IDK, some Mexican cartels are a bit head-choppy...could end up more authentic than bargained for...
 
2017-04-16 12:07:01 PM  
So much for religious freedom
 
2017-04-16 02:38:46 PM  
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What - no motorcycles?
 
2017-04-16 03:28:07 PM  
Like American football it involves ritual sacrifice of the players...
 
2017-04-16 03:53:17 PM  
Don't forget that sometimes the winning captain was also sacrificed to the gods in his moment of glory.
 
2017-04-16 03:57:55 PM  
I thought they sacrificed the winners...
 
2017-04-16 03:59:52 PM  
I was thinking that it has to be more interesting than soccer until I read this:

Today the game is played by teams of seven players, who knock a heavy solid rubber ball up and down a narrow pitch, using their hips rather than their feet.
 
2017-04-16 04:16:47 PM  

BeesNuts: I thought they sacrificed the winners...


Yeah me too. I thought the winners got killed and joined the gods or something, while the losers were ridiculed for the rest of their lives.
 
2017-04-16 04:17:53 PM  
I have to imagine the actual game was mpre exciting than what they play now. Given some of the historical artwork available, I'd wonder if there was more done while kneeling or diving than merely hip thrusting.
 
2017-04-16 04:21:52 PM  

puffy999: I have to imagine the actual game was mpre exciting than what they play now. Given some of the historical artwork available, I'd wonder if there was more done while kneeling or diving than merely hip thrusting.


For real. The way the game is depicted, as well as the whole religious life or death aspect, I'm sure players broke bones and shattered their bodies trying to win.
 
2017-04-16 04:23:06 PM  
Did they crucifiy players for baiting defenders into fouling?
 
2017-04-16 04:24:38 PM  
Just wait. It's a rough economy.
 
2017-04-16 04:34:27 PM  
I'd love to see this. Arizona has ball court ruins that are 1000 years old in some places. Wonder if the games were related.
 
2017-04-16 04:42:53 PM  

Nadie_AZ: I'd love to see this. Arizona has ball court ruins that are 1000 years old in some places. Wonder if the games were related.


There is currently speculation that it is likely they are related in some fashion. This is difficult to prove conclusively, the main evidence is the probable existence of some type of trade network between Mesoamerican cultures and the cultures of the US southwest.
 
2017-04-16 04:47:26 PM  

Nadie_AZ: I'd love to see this. Arizona has ball court ruins that are 1000 years old in some places. Wonder if the games were related.


Considering the game is thousands of years old and was spread across middle America, I'd say it is if nothing else a derivative of the sport.
 
2017-04-16 04:49:07 PM  
Trump will order all Mexicans, illegal or not, to play, and the losers be deported.
 
2017-04-16 05:00:33 PM  
Meh, some people have known about this for quite some time...
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2017-04-16 06:10:27 PM  
That's a bold strategy, Quetzalcoatl, let's see if it pays off for them.
 
2017-04-16 08:12:10 PM  

Wessoman: BeesNuts: I thought they sacrificed the winners...

Yeah me too. I thought the winners got killed and joined the gods or something, while the losers were ridiculed for the rest of their lives.


Sounds a bit like Scottish football then.
 
2017-04-16 08:56:10 PM  

BeesNuts: I thought they sacrificed the winners...


This was before the draft was invented.  They had to maintain parity somehow.
 
2017-04-16 09:16:51 PM  

Wessoman: puffy999: I have to imagine the actual game was mpre exciting than what they play now. Given some of the historical artwork available, I'd wonder if there was more done while kneeling or diving than merely hip thrusting.

For real. The way the game is depicted, as well as the whole religious life or death aspect, I'm sure players broke bones and shattered their bodies trying to win.


I watched the video.  What a boring game.
 
2017-04-16 09:40:20 PM  
IIRC from a trip to Chichen Itza, even the winners got sacrificed to the gods, subby.

/those Mayans sure loved pushing people into open cenotes
 
2017-04-17 09:15:17 AM  
You know your society has gone badly when even the Conquistadors are horrified by your barbarity.
 
2017-04-17 10:12:10 AM  
I think Quetzalcoatlapacataxacal will take the trophy back this year.
 
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