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7 Sports and Hobbies that are Better than Boxing

Ok, so I did the post about how boxing is better than 11 other sports and hobbies, and I promised to work it the the other way around, too, and several of you rose to the challenge and contributed the material. So I hereby present to you seven (and one honorable mention) sports and hobbies that are better than boxing.

1. Fencing
It’s like boxing, only with deadly weapons. Thanks go to @theofficetroll / Mark Scrudder, who also says masks are for wusses. Mark, you are so on the money here. It’s hard to beat fighting with swords. Unless it’s fighting with sticks!! On ice!! See below.

2. Hockey
I know, I know, this was on the “not as good as boxing” list, but I’m putting it over because I can. Thanks to @sonofalink / David LeBlond) for the nomination, and to @clarkey96 / Patrick Clarke) for reminding me just how frickin cool that Stanley Cup was when our Canes hefted it over the ice recently. I’m also thinking you could get a LOT of beer in that cup. (Does it have little spigots near the bottom? It should.)

3. Fishing
Just kidding.

4. Roller Derby
There should be fishnets in boxing. I say it all the time: if I weren’t a boxer, I’d go out for the Carolina Rollergirls. Those girls kick ass and look mad cool doing it.

5. Music
In the creative angle category, @Renewabelle / Jessica Commins contributed this to the list with a dead-on-target Bob Marley quote: “One good thing about music… when it hits, you feel no pain.” That’s what I’m talkin’ about, Jess.

6. Co-ed Naked Twister
Had to put this in there, because @theofficetroll (see #1, fencing, above) cracked me up when he suggested it. I had no idea there would be so many pictures of this on Flickr. Wow.

For the record, Mark also suggested bicycling (because you actually get somewhere), swimming (because you can’t hear Sly Stallone talking smack if you’re underwater), and board games (which result in far fewer bloody noses), and knitting (easier on the joints). I’m giving him fencing and Twister.

7. Golf
Well, it’s FAR less stinky than boxing, of that there is no doubt.

But Ann Clark got downright poetic on Facebook with her love for the sport: “You get an all body workout especially if you walk the course, swing a lot (lol), play 18 holes, walk the hills, track through the rough/sand traps, and you are out in the fresh air.  You also learn mental discipline, patience, and a calmness/peacefulness being out with nature…It is also good for a few laughs (usually at yourself) which lifts the heart and spirit.”

8. Sidesaddle
Mel Hansen-Holloway, dedicated horse enthusiast, contributed this via on Facebook. She said, “[Riding sidesaddle is] lots of fun…and is kinder to hips, knees and the body in general…” And I would add that even horse poop smells better than boxing gloves.

For the record, Jim Yadon tried to convince me that disc golf belonged on this list; he said he’s lost 50 pounds playing it. Dang, that’s impressive. Jim, I hereby give you an honorable mention. Keep sailing them out there.

Got more? Put ’em in the comments! And thanks for joining in the fun with me.

Image by Sophie’s Club Photos on Flickr

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19 Responses to 7 Sports and Hobbies that are Better than Boxing

  1. Sine Botchen October 21, 2009 at 11:34 pm #

    Ok.. lessee.. hmm..
    1.) Fencing? mebbe, but Kendo is sooo much more “full contact” than fencing.. what? you got a rapier? ha! I gots a Shinai or even better a Katana – which pretty much means if I can’t beat you to death, I can cut you into tiny little pieces..

    2. ) Hockey.. no F’ing way! go ahead knock yourself out.. too much like football on ice.. no thanks, ouch!

    3.) Fishing.. oh hell yeah.. I guess this means you never been on a boat in the ocean for an entire day tryin’ not to HURL your guts out and yet still manage to have fun? (helpful hint: alcohol does *wonders* for sea sickness.. trust me.)

    4.) Roller Derby.. nope. not even gonna go there.. the Austin chicks train at the Veloway and they are HARD CORE.. laugh at them and they will F’ YOU UP without even blinking.. – don’t even go there…

    5.) Music.. WTF?? Oh well, at least musicians “score” a lot.. lol..

    6.) Naked Twister.. Been there, done that.. you really gotta be comfortable with various “parts” dangling, touching and what not (did I just say that?) and hope everyone else’s hygiene is as meticulous as your own. eeww!!

    7.) Golf? Seriously?? Well, we do play “full contact” golf.. this is where you “face off” with an opponent and basically whack golf balls at each other from a distance of about 50 feet. First one to bleed loses.. (true story.)

    8.) Side Saddle.. err.. hmm.. nah.. my 15 year old niece does cross country & dressage and I really can’t imagine anyone riding side saddle, but… “whatever floats your boat..”

    9.) Disc Golf.. those guys are totally gnar! they’re out like drinking beer at 9am on the course, and when you drive by after work they’re still hanging out drinking beer (and somehow still on the same hole?).. lol.. must be a fun game..

    Personally, I think mountain biking is the shitz (not unlike boxing) where you show up to work with bruises, stitches, and broken bones and yet you don’t get fired b/c everyone admires you for it (think: fight club).. yeah.. I got scars… lol.

  2. Jim Yadon October 22, 2009 at 9:40 am #

    Of course Disc Golf is the fo-schizz!!! The player controls the pace whether it be as simple as endless practice putting (usually what the altered conscious crowd gets hooked on) or the hard corps folks who do the Great 8 ( ). You get out what you put in. From the walking excercise to the upper body work out you get from power drives. Yes, Disc Golf can get bloody too. I was present for a fantastic drive made by a friend of mine the ran out roughly 400ft, turned behind some trees and hit a guy square in the mouth (that was the most beautiful drive too Scott!). My guess is he had at least 5 stitches. So if you haven’t tried or even heard of disc golf, check these sites out:
    You may be suprised to find how close you live to a dg course.

  3. Lisa Creech Bledsoe October 22, 2009 at 10:10 am #

    Gotta say, I had no idea disc golf could be so charmingly violent, Jim. I mean, aren’t they just plastic frisbees? Hurled by brawny men, of course, but… I guess I will have to take it much more seriously than I did before, and I thank you for bringing it to my attention.

    SB, full contact golf sounds funny and certainly bruise-worthy. Reminds me of paintball. And I should have remembered the time my oldest son got whacked in the face with a golf club and required one of our first trips to the emergency room for super glue. I think it would have been better if he’d been hit with the ball instead of the club. Hence the FC golf rules of standing 50 feet away from each other, huh?

    I TRIED to find a copy of the ESPN Magazine “Body” issue partly because of the section they did on scars, SB. I hereby request a blog post on one of your favorite scar stories. Has to have a picture, too.

  4. Jim Hemenway October 22, 2009 at 10:23 am #

    Mountain Biking

    Where to begin: Outside, on trails in the woods, cardio while pumping the pedals, core, arms, shoulders and legs all get a great workout, buddies to ride with (very social group) and buddies to drink with after the ride, cool clothes (no mountain bikers do not–I repeat–do not wear sissy roadie tight padded butt pants–at least no one I ride with does), awesome bikes to tinker with in the garage, great mags to read about the sport, vacations with a mountain bike theme, crashes to brag about (want to see my scar would be an awesome bar pickup line if I was single–far better than I bet I could punch you out or let me use my new ankle lock on you!), working on trails with the Earth Riders Club, drinking with Earth Riders Club (do I need a meeting or what!) and finally can ride with my kids and wife (I bet they don’t want to box or fight me–at least I hope not).

  5. Mel October 22, 2009 at 10:49 am #

    Sidesaddle Riding.

    For those of you who might think riding aside is not all that exciting, allow me to inform you of a few things.

    1) Due to the saddles safety, it was and still is used to train horses that are considered difficult or unsafe to ride because of their aerial tendencies (ie bucking, twisting, turning idiots). Back in the day of the US Mounted Calvary in the west, it was quite common for the horse wranglers to bring along a ladies sidesaddle so the horse trainers for the unit could “break” difficult horses as needed. A horse can buck and be and idiot and the rider will not come off unless he/she chooses. (BTW_ I start all of my young horses aside.)

    2) A horse can be ridden in any discipline sidesaddle, from 3-day eventing and endurance to trail riding and dressage. I’ve got friend who does trick riding (including jumping picnic tables and cars) riding aside. Does your sport have that kind of versatility?

    3) For riders w/ disabilities riding sidesaddle can be the only form of riding they can do independently. We have riders, both men and women, who are missing limbs, have hip / joint replaced, back injuries, and an assortment of other “Scars” who ride aside and compete and WIN OPEN competition. How many of the other sports listed can say that. Show me your scars….please. How bout’ where’s your foot?

    4) My personal favorite, riding aside is good for any rider of any age. My daughter learned how to ride aside at age two. Some of the riders in our SS group are in their 80’sand 90’s. Do your sports have that kind of longevity?

    So, yes, riding aside is better than boxing (and a whole lot of other sports, too).


    • Lisa Creech Bledsoe October 22, 2009 at 11:00 am #

      You’ve made a helluva case Mel! I wasn’t so sold on the safety issue, but the jumping cars, no foot, and age range made me wanna holler: Sign me up! Especially the jumping cars part. (Excuse me while I go search YouTube for summa that.)

      You rawk, and I’m giving you a spot in the Kewl Sports That are Not Boxing Hall of Fame and Glory. (I know, I know, that would be a better prize if it came with a sash and a beer, but still…)

      xoxo Thanks for reading and commenting.

    • Sine Botchen October 22, 2009 at 3:39 pm #

      Very interesting.. how do you “stay on”? Is there a strap or seat belt type of thingy, or is it just balance and gravity?
      .-= Sine Botchen´s last blog ..Rainy Day Flats (or This is Gonna Suck) =-.

  6. Jim Hemenway October 22, 2009 at 3:00 pm #

    Another reason mountain biking is the coolest sport on earth.

  7. Mel October 22, 2009 at 8:53 pm #

    staying on a sidesaddle is pretty easy. there are two horns that you wrap your legs around. the upright horn (pommel) is placed in the crook of your right knee. The leaping horn rests above your left thigh. When you need to hang on (like when the horse is jumping, bucking or being and idiot, you just squeeze your two legs together. It is actually easier to teach a person who has never ridden a horse at all how to ride aside as they don’t have to deal w/ muscle memory telling their legs to do something different. However, regardless of ability, most people figure out the basics of staying on aside with the first lesson. the more advanced stuff, like cueing the horse to go faster or slower, or giving to leg/seat pressure takes time to learn. Assuming the saddle fits the horse and rider, once a rider tries aside, they love it.

    Here’s a couple of links to pictures of the saddles both with and w/out riders so you can see the horns.

    BTW- a great source of information about riding aside is the American Side Saddle Association website at


    • Sine Botchen October 23, 2009 at 9:17 pm #

      >>or being an idiot.. apparently this is verrry true.. my brother and his daughter complained about it taking a while for Explicit (Madison’s NZTB) to calm down after being trailered for a couple of hours, or just basically “acting like a jerk”, etc.

      People ask me why I don’t like horses, cows, mooses (or is it meese?) and my response is that I don’t like any animal that is: a.) larger than me and; b.) has a mind of it’s own.

      Indeed, that is some really fascinating info on riding aside.. not quite the “Ante Bellum Socialite” image I had originally conjured up.. BTW, I’ll still feed the horses, but I never go in the “pen” without my niece. she’s only 15 but she uses her body, words, and attitude to move those beasts around in a way that totally amazes me..

      • Mel October 23, 2009 at 10:16 pm #

        “ante bellum socialite” I ain’t. My tag line on my personal emails is “be a rebel, ride aside”… Being willing to thumb your nose at the establishment is not a requirement for riding aside, but is sure does help. 🙂

        Oh, and working w/ horses is all about physiology and body language. You just have to convince them that you are in charge and crazier than they are. The rest comes easy. 😉 (same thing works w/ men, btw)

      • Lisa Creech Bledsoe October 24, 2009 at 10:22 am #

        SB, I think it IS “meese.” Where is Jonny Blues when you need him? He’s an expert on moosers, possibly because he lives in Maine. I’ll go page him on FB, because these things are important. I also need to know if one eats mooses.

        Sorry for interrupting. Carry on.

  8. Jonny B October 24, 2009 at 3:15 pm #

    Plural of “moose” is “moose”.

    For example: “I nearly hit a moose on the way home from school today.” (which, I damn near did); also: “I saw a herd of moose the the broccoli field this morning.” (which I didn’t.)

    Yes, one can eat moose; in fact, it is the favored among game meat in Maine. It’s quite difficult to even get a moose permit, since it’s based on a lottery. If your name gets drawn, you get a permit. Finding one while hunting is pretty tricky, since you normally aren’t driving 65mph and texting.

    Moose is a lot like cow, but in my opinion, much better. It’s not as “gamey” as venison, but lacks the crap that’s in commercially-available cow meat (antibiotics, growth hormones, etc.), and it’s very, very lean. If I could figure out a way to get some steaks to you guys, I would.

    Anything else? 😀

    • Lisa Creech Bledsoe October 24, 2009 at 4:18 pm #

      Yeah. Does broccolli grow in fields in Maine where they have moose? Do moose eat broccollis? Broccolli?

      Damn. Answer one question, raise a whole crop of others.

      I would love to try moose. It’s now on my bucket list.

  9. Jonny B October 24, 2009 at 4:25 pm #



    Yes. Broccoli.

    Crop. Heh.

    Come on up. Bring all your boys. We’ll have some beers, eat some moose and relish in the primalilty (?) of it all.

  10. Jonny B October 24, 2009 at 4:31 pm #

    Me too. Especially pepper relish.

  11. Mel October 24, 2009 at 11:54 pm #

    I prefer hot pepper jelly. Tastes great on venison, pork, chicken, and most any meat. Not tried it on Moose, yet. Hmmm.. Have to work on that.


  12. samuel HABIMANA January 20, 2010 at 9:33 am #

    I am not finding which is better between sports and hobbies.

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