Tobacco-chewing players, hitting balls with sticks -- hurling and catching them too -- and running a little bit: baseball. Lines of players facing one another, grunting, hitting, sometimes running, throwing and catching: football. Two players wearing singlets (glorified swimsuits), sweating all over each other and pressing for the pin: wrestling.
Some might think mainstream sports are weird. And, yet, when compared to "athletics" like cheese rolling and chessboxing, conventional sports like baseball (aka America's favo