Archive for the 'Miscellaneous Sports Urban Legends' Category

Are the Flank Straps Used in Bull Riding Attached to the Bulls’ Testicles?

Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends about bull riding and whether they are true or false. BULL RIDING URBAN LEGEND: Bull riders get bulls to buck by pulling on straps attached to the bull’s testicles. I’m not here to convince you that riding bulls is not an uncomfortable experience […]

Was a Two-Time America’s Cup Winner Really Killed by Pirates?

Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends about yachting and whether they are true or false. YACHTING URBAN LEGEND: Two-time America’s Cup winner Peter Blake was killed by pirates The America’s Cup is a challenge that first began when the New York Yachting Club entered a yacht that defeated fourteen […]

Did a Woman Disguise Herself as a Man for Decades to Play Professional Polo?

Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends about polo and whether they are true or false. POLO URBAN LEGEND: A female polo player pretended to be a man for twenty years so as to play professional polo. Polo originated in Persia/Iran, some time between 600 BC and 1 AD, and […]