When handball turns hardball…
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?
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.
There 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.
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