During Super Bowl week in the U.S., you may wonder what sporting events can whip other countries into a similar fervor and bloodlust. Look no further than Kazakhstan.

The home of Borat has its own national pastime of violence, skill and strategy that doesn't have anything to do with teams or balls and happens to be a 6,000-year-old tradition. We speak, of course, of the ever-competitive Sayat -- the country's national sport -- which is the hunting of rabbits with trained golden eagles.

The yearly Sayat championship gathers golden eagle hunters -- called berkutchi -- from all around the country in the town of Karkaralinsk. Each trained bird is evaluated on its hunting skills, speed and technique. The real question, however, is how much will commercials cost during the event?

Golden Eagle Hunting in Kazakhstan

    A hunter and his tame golden eagle sit in a bus before traditional hunting contest near the town of Karkaralinsk in central Kazakhstan January 23, 2009. Kazakhstan's national sport of Sayat - or hunting with golden eagles - is popular in the Central Asian state. Berkutchi, or golden eagle hunters, from all over the country arrived for the annual competition. Picture taken January 23, 2009. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov (KAZAKHSTAN)

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    Hunter Tastanbek Bergenbai holds his tame golden eagle before a traditional hunting contest near the town of Karkaralinsk in central Kazakhstan January 22, 2009. Kazakhstan's national sport of Sayat - or hunting with golden eagles - is popular in the Central Asian state. Berkutchi, or golden eagle hunters, from all over the country arrived for the annual competition. Picture taken January 22, 2009. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov (KAZAKHSTAN)

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    A hunter with his tame golden eagle waits for the announcement of results in front of a yurt, a traditional Kazakh felt tent, after a hunting contest near the town of Karkaralinsk in central Kazakhstan January 23, 2009. Kazakhstan's national sport of Sayat - or hunting with golden eagles - is popular in the Central Asian state. Berkutchi, or golden eagle hunters, from all over the country arrived for the annual competition. Picture taken January 23, 2009. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov (KAZAKHSTAN)

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    Hunters with tame golden eagles pose for photos before a traditional hunting contest near the town of Karkaralinsk in central Kazakhstan January 23, 2009. Kazakhstan's national sport of Sayat - or hunting with golden eagles - is popular in the Central Asian state. Berkutchi, or golden eagle hunters, from all over the country arrived for the annual competition. Picture taken January 23, 2009. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov (KAZAKHSTAN)

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    REFILE - ADDING DROPPED WORLD A hunter and his tame golden eagle sit in a bus before traditional hunting contest near the town of Karkaralinsk in central Kazakhstan January 23, 2009. Kazakhstan's national sport of Sayat - or hunting with golden eagles - is popular in the Central Asian state. Berkutchi, or golden eagle hunters, from all over the country arrived for the annual competition. Picture taken January 23, 2009. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov (KAZAKHSTAN)

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    A hunter and his tame golden eagle sit in a bus before traditional hunting contest near the town of Karkaralinsk in central Kazakhstan January 23, 2009. Kazakhstan's national sport of Sayat - or hunting with golden eagles - is popular in the Central Asian state. Berkutchi, or golden eagle hunters, from all over the country arrived for the annual competition. Picture taken January 23, 2009. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov (KAZAKHSTAN)

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    A ten-year-old hunter Ermek Imanzaip poses with his tame golden eagle after a traditional hunting contest near the town of Karkaralinsk in central Kazakhstan January 23, 2009. Kazakhstan's national sport of Sayat - or hunting with golden eagles - is popular in the Central Asian state. Berkutchi, or golden eagle hunters, from all over the country arrived for the annual competition. Ermek became a winner of this year contest. Picture taken January 23, 2009. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov (KAZAKHSTAN)

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    Winners of traditional hunting contest pose with their tame golden eagles during awarding ceremony near the town of Karkaralinsk in central Kazakhstan January 23, 2009. Kazakhstan's national sport of Sayat - or hunting with golden eagles - is popular in the Central Asian state. Berkutchi, or golden eagle hunters, from all over the country arrived for the annual competition. Picture taken January 23, 2009. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov (KAZAKHSTAN)

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    A competition assistant holds a fox during a traditional hunting contest near the town of Karkaralinsk in central Kazakhstan January 23, 2009. Kazakhstan's national sport of Sayat - or hunting with golden eagles - is popular in the Central Asian state. Berkutchi, or golden eagle hunters, from all over the country arrived for the annual competition. Picture taken January 23, 2009. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov (KAZAKHSTAN)

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    A tame golden eagle perches on the arm of a hunter during a traditional hunting contest near the town of Karkaralinsk in central Kazakhstan January 23, 2009. Kazakhstan's national sport of Sayat - or hunting with golden eagles - is popular in the Central Asian state. Berkutchi, or golden eagle hunters, from all over the country arrived for the annual competition. Picture taken January 23, 2009. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov (KAZAKHSTAN)

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