Remember the old Agony of Defeat clip on the Wide World of Sports – not the ski jumper crashing, but the guy getting sandwiched by men with wooden sticks? That was hurling. The North American finals in hurling and Gaelic football will be held in Canton, Mass., over the Labor Day weekend, and definitely are worth catching if you’re in the area. For a bit of background on the sports, here are a National Geographic News feature on Gaelic games, and a science paper on the physics of hurling.
Meantime, for those who will be in England, not New England, over Labor Day weekend, and whose tastes in contact sports run to belles lettres:
A conference celebrating the life and works of Hilaire Belloc is to be held at Plater College, Oxford, in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of his death. (See Upcoming Events)