Friday, October 16, 2009

Nevada Sig Eps Sponsor Obscure Sports Championships

Stacking cups for charity
By: Anthony Sodenkamp

The lawn in front of the Joe Crowley Student Union erupted with a sea of purple-shirted Greeks cheering for their teams. What could inspire such excitement? Basketball? Volleyball? No, the headlining event was rock-paper-scissors.

Sigma Phi Epsilon held the third annual Obscure Sports Championship at noon in front of The Joe on Saturday.

“… because the world needs more champions,” shirts and banners for the event read.

Teams of five paid $125 to participate in the games. Proceeds, about $2,300, will be given to YouthAIDS, an international nonprofit group that uses media and sports to promote education on AIDS prevention for youth.

Every sorority on campus and two fraternities had teams, Willis Wagner, vice president of SigEp said. Delta Gamma took home the blue trophy. Kappa Alpha Theta won second and Phi Delta Theta took third.

The games started with the joust. Players received one point for striking their opponent in the body with an inflatable jousting stick and five for knocking their opponent off their pedestal. They had one minute to rack up as many points as possible.

The first match was a flurry of quick scoring swings.

“And the blows are relentless,” Kyle Rea, president of SigEp and master of ceremonies for the event, said.

One competitor dominated the second match by using a jabbing motion to score points while keeping her opponent at a safe distance.

The bungee run and cup stacking followed the joust.

Cup stacking seemed to be the most challenging event of the afternoon. Competitors were allowed a practice run before the timed event. They caught on to the technique quickly. The biggest challenge seemed to be setting down only one cup at a time.

“Do not lose to a girl,” someone from the crowd shouted before one of the cup stacking matches.

Despite the encouragement, he lost. He fought hard but his opponent scored the best time for cup-stacking.

Next was the obstacle course relay. Competitors disappeared for the first few seconds as they burrowed through the first tunnel. They then reappeared, struggling through the inflatable obstacles.

After the obstacle course, everyone returned to the stage for the final showdown. Teams of three battled it out with a game of rock-paper-scissors.

The competition was momentarily interrupted by two fighter jets that flew overhead.

“This is my favorite event,” Wagner said.

Anthony Sodenkamp can be reached at news@nevadasagebrush.com.