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Air Wrestling

"The Iron Eagle has pinned Sky Tank to the ceiling! The crowd goes wild!"
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Turn one of those indoor skydiving wind tunnels into a wrestling ring. The wrestler's goal would be to pin their opponent to the ceiling.

The wrestling/flight suits would match in their area of cross section to the wind keeping the opponents somewhat evenly matched. A lighter opponent might have the advantage of being more nimble and maneuverable while the heavier one might have the offset advantage of being harder to move.

Team sports in super sized wind tunnels would be really cool but you'd have to figure out how to keep the ball from flying away, not to mention the impracticality of having enough fans to keep a dozen plus athletes flying around. That being said, it would be fun to watch a football game played in 3 dimensions. I would imagine a good player would probably be able to get flying across the "field" at 30 or 40 miles per hour with a little practice.

doctorremulac3, Feb 07 2008

Mother was stuck to the ceiling...... http://www.huntingt...ety.com/archives/14
......and the kids were stuck to the floor [xenzag, Feb 07 2008]

S.S.P. Parachute_20suit_20pursuit
[2 fries shy of a happy meal, Feb 07 2008]

The other kind of air wrestling http://www.japanprobe.com/?p=726
...definately not the kind I'm talking about [doctorremulac3, Feb 07 2008]

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       I thought this would be another MacBook Air-themed idea.
hippo, Feb 07 2008
  

       Pending halfbaker engineering pedantry, if it's possible it will immediately receive my bun.
theleopard, Feb 07 2008
  

       Here here UB, I would definitely NOT want to see the WWF or any other creepy fake sport organization ruin the idea.   

       I'd say it would be ok to use dumb super- hero names though. Gotta have some showmanship.
doctorremulac3, Feb 07 2008
  

       I assume you mean the WWE. Unless, of course, you actually intend to put near extinct animals in to the wind tunnel and watch them flail about helplessly.   

       Meh. [+]
theleopard, Feb 07 2008
  

       Ah, wrestling with pedantry. Feels good.
theleopard, Feb 07 2008
  

       Yup. Although I have to admit I quite like the aerial acrobatics of the feather weight guys, and some of the others like Jeff Hardy, throwing himself off a tall ladder through a table in order to hurt someone. I like it in the same way I like watching stunts being performed in the movies.   

       But the rest is still shit.
theleopard, Feb 07 2008
  

       //if it's possible//   

       If not, just drop 'em out of a plane.
wagster, Feb 07 2008
  

       Reminds of the song for some reason "When Father papered the parlour" by R. P. Weston, 1878-1936.
This is the chorus:
When Father papered the parlour
You couldn't see him for paste
Dabbing it here! dabbing it there!
Paste and paper everywhere
Mother was stuck to the ceiling
The children stuck to the floor
I never knew a blooming family
So 'stuck up' before
  

       Listen with joy to an original rendition on link.
xenzag, Feb 07 2008
  

       Boy, they just don't write songs about gluing the family to the ceiling the way they used to eh?
doctorremulac3, Feb 07 2008
  

       Did you draw that 2 Frys? That's amazingly cool.   

       Maybe you could mix our ideas and have one guy or team trying to get by the other guy or team in a "capture the flag" style game. Then if the ball or flag gets knocked loose, it just flies up to the ceiling where somebody else can grab it. I don't know what you'd call it, "Air War"? "Aero-ball"?   

       If you used a regular football you could even have the guys pass it or "drop it" to their team mate above them. They'd have to learn to throw the ball in upward arcs working with the wind so they'd actually be playing in 4 dimensions.   

       You could either have the play be continuous, soccer style or like football with the air slats opening at the beginning of a play and closing when the play is blown dead. So everybody stands opposite each other, takes off when the quarterback says go, flies around slamming into each other and when the guy with the ball gets pinned to the ceiling the air slats close up and everybody gets in place for the next play.   

       You've got wrestling, you've got racing, you've got strategy, but mainly an excuse to enjoy senseless violence in a 3 dimensional playing field.   

       Aero-Football. I'd pay to see it.
doctorremulac3, Feb 07 2008
  

       I thought this would be air wrestling like air guitar. One guy rolling around alone on the floor and pretending to free himself from a head lock.
jutta, Feb 07 2008
  

       Somebody does that kind as well. (See link)
doctorremulac3, Feb 07 2008
  

       I did. Thank you.
I love the idea of a whole array of flying sports, and I just hope that someone swipes one of these ideas while I'm still fit enough to participate. I have the feeling that prolonged bodysurfing will be one heck of a workout.
  
      
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