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December 1, 2008

Blog Guy, you used to write about silly sports around the world, but not lately.

Fair enough. Here are some photos of a rough-and-tumble Buzkashi match in Tajikistan yesterday.

Buzkashi?

Yes. Goat-grabbing. Players try to make goals with a goat carcass. It’s where we get the phrase “getting your goat.”

I’m not sure I believe that. Do they actually pick up the goat from the bare ground?

No, it sits on a special tee, called a….

No!

A goatee.

Groan. And this is a really popular sport in Tajikistan?

Well, not among the goats, that’s for sure.

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Horsemen compete in Buzkashi, or goat grabbing, in Tajikistan, November 30, 2008. Players pick up a goat carcass from the ground at full gallop and try to place it into their opponent’s goal. REUTERS/ Nozim Kalandarov

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Comments

I first heard of this when it was shown on Rambo III.
He played a game of it so the afghan rebels would trust him. Rambo was there to save the Afghan Rebels from the evil soviet empire, now of course we are allied with the warm and fuzzy Russians against the evil Afghan empire (which we trained) :( hmmm how ironic… maybe we should just send Rambo back to sort it all out for us :)

Posted by Jeff | Report as abusive
 

Someone should start a charity to send some soccer balls or something to Tajikistan.

Posted by Jeremy | Report as abusive
 

Jeremy: Are you mad? That would make this delightful game as humdrum as, well, soccer.

 

Well, given they love to ride their horses, the risk is it might end up looking a little like polo with footballs (soccer balls)!!! Gross!!!! Watching an hour of that would rank close to the Barry Manilow torture of a few posts ago!

Posted by M | Report as abusive
 

Let’s be a part of game shortly will be the next exciting horse game in our greatest country united state and soon it will be international . (Ox Game USA)is American Buzkashi .

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