Nov 10th 2009 By Jeremy Taylor
Let's face it -- not everyone is cut out to play football, baseball, basketball, hockey, soccer or volleyball. Luckily, these days, a college student who wants to participate in a team sport, but whose aptitudes and interests don't gel with the usual suspects, has an alternative: Quidditch.
Yes, that's the Quidditch you first read about in Harry Potter. But the sport of fiction and fantasy is popping up increasingly on college quads
, with over 105 universities now belonging to the Intercollegiate Quidditch Association, which just held its third annual "World Cup
" a couple of weeks ago
The rules of the game are too complicated to explain in this space; in fact, a good chunk of the Intercollegiate Quidditch Association's over-4,000-strong Facebook
page seems to be dedicated to figuring the regulations out. (You can learn more about them here
.) Suffice to say, the players do wear capes, ride around on brooms, and the coed sport can get quite rough.
While that's all fine and good, we're still waiting for the college kids to get really pretentious and start playing Eschaton
, the ridiculously complicated tennis-based competition that the late David Foster Wallace dreamed up for his opus, "Infinite Jest."
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