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Sumo Goalie Fail

Hat tip to Brilliant Reader Jason — this pretty convincingly makes the argument that no one is fat enough to block the whole net in hockey.

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13 Responses to Sumo Goalie Fail

  1. Tekz1 says:

    THIS WAS FUN,KIND OFF REFRESHING WITH ALL THE BAD,NEGATIVE STUFF GOING ON IN TODAY S SPORTS,SPECIALLY FOOTBALL.
    I MISS THE ROBERTO CLEMENTE’S THE HANK ARRON’S THE DAN MARINO’S AND ALL OTHER ROLL MODELS FOR KIDS,ARNOLD PALMER NOT TIGER

  2. Dan Shea says:

    I think we need a control group – I’m not sure Patrick Roy in his prime would have stopped very many point-blank shots like that either.

  3. P says:

    The sumo goalies pads are on the wrong legs. That can’t bode well for Sports Science’s credibility. If you’ve played a second of hockey you realize this episode is insulting to hockey. It’d be like getting a 500 pound softball player to face Clayton Kershaw because his power should result in homers. Plus the shots were straight on.. Real hockey is played at 30 mph from side to side. Don’t mean to be a buzzkill but if this is the only press hockey gets on the show.. Yikes.

  4. Will3pin says:

    This reminds me of great children’s book I read as a kid. Or maybe one of my teachers read it aloud to the class. Titled Porko Von Popbutton, it was the story of an overweight kid at a boarding school who discovers that his frame nearly blocks an entire hockey goal.

    A better description of the tale, published first as a story in SI in 1969, then as a book is at the link below. Written by award winning author William Pene DuBois.

    http://greatbutforgotten.blogspot.com/2010/03/beat-queenporko-von-popbutton-book.html

  5. John Leavy says:

    On a semi-related note, Al Davis once said that, decades ago, he looked into the feasibility of signing Japanese sumo wrestlers as offensive linemen for the Oakland Raiders.

    It seemed logical that huge, strong Japanese guys who made their living pushing other huge guys around would make good guards and tackles, right? But Al gave up the idea in a hurry for two reasons:

    1) At the time, good sumo wrestlers made a LOT more money in Japan than NFL teams were shelling out to linemen.

    2) Sumo wrestlers train for very short, very intense matches. They don’t develop the stamina to push their opponents around repeatedly over the course of 3 hours.

  6. Jason Connor says:

    (not so Brilliant) reader Jason here. Credit where credit is due, I saw Daniel’s comment in the original post which mentioned the existence of this video, then sent it to Poz. So the credit goes to Brilliant Reader Daniel.

  7. Tom says:

    My idea was why doesnt an nfl team hire shaq to stand in the end zone and catch touchdown passes?

    No way a 510 cornerback could do anything to defend it…

    • ftghb says:

      he probably wouldn’t get down field fast enough before the protection broke down. We already have basketball players who can actually run and take a hit, in jimmy graham and rob gronkowski

  8. Joseph says:

    I agree with P. That is not at all realistic. They placed an NHL player 10-feet away from a guy who had never even held a hockey stick, gave the shooter all the time he wanted to set up and shoot stationary and straight-on and without any defenders. Granted, it would be hard to find a person that large with hockey experience, but the idea would be to give him at least some training and experience before sticking him into a game. But if he could fill up twice the space that a normal goalie could, I still think it would be worth trying.

  9. wkkortas says:

    You know, if they’d used Patrik Stefan instead of Parros, the results may have been different.

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