When handball turns hardball…

May 31, 2010

Blog Guy, I know you closely follow all sports, and I have a question about handball.

Sure. But are you talking about regular handball, or Greek handball?

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Huh? What’s the difference?

In regular handball they use a ball. In Greek handball, they hurl chairs. Athletes who are accustomed to regular handball tend to be in for a surprise when they go to Greece to play.

HANDBALL-GREECE/VIOLENCEThere are other differences in Greek handball, as well, as we saw at the country’s  handball championships over the weekend. The fans of one team pelted the building with gas bombs, rocks and flares, which isn’t allowed in most handball games.

Amazing! What else?

Well, 13 people were hospitalized, including three with knife wounds. As you probably know, knives were banned from regular handball in 1998.

That’s true, although sometimes I miss the good old knife days. So anyway, who won the Greek championships?

Nobody. They never actually got around to playing.

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Handball fans throw seats at rival fans inside a stadium in the town of Lamia, north of Athens May 29, 2010. Several people were hospitalized, some with knife wounds, following clashes between rival handball fans of AEK Athens and PAOK Salonika in the central Greek city, police said on Saturday. REUTERS/Eurokinissi

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Posted by Onedoor | Report as abusive

I thought it was just some Montreal Canadien fans on vacation.

Posted by zeitgeist | Report as abusive

With the sharp decline in the Greek economy, soccer hooligans can’t afford the expensive match tickets anymore, and so are forced to create trouble down at the local bingo hall on Saturday nights.
Apparently this most recent episode started when a 79-year grandmother turned her hearing aid up too far, causing feedback that some of the young men mistook for the singing of Justin Bieber.

Posted by Nosmo_King | Report as abusive

That’s an impressively shiny floor though…

Posted by CrowGirl | Report as abusive

I ain’t cleaning that up!

Posted by AllThatJazz | Report as abusive

And I thought only Canadians are bad… 😀

Posted by fwd079 | Report as abusive

Umm… just where are they throwing the bombs and all… if they are INSIDE a “stadium”??

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Did someone ask how many Greeks it takes to kill a spider crawling on the wall?

Well, there is your answer.

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