The NBA might be getting a nice boost thanks to the rise of Jeremy Lin and his "Linsanity," but here's one sport that came out of left field that no one was expecting: Ultimate Tazer Ball. It's exactly what it sounds like — a sport played with a ball and tasers.
Invented by Leif Kellenberger, Eric Prumm, Erik Wunsch and, Ultimate Tazer Ball (UTB) is not your typical sport. For starters, two teams of four player run around on a field trying to get a gigantic ball into the opposing team's goal. Secondly, there's a lot of tackling and stunning happening because each player is carrying a taser.
Why tasers in a sport? According to Kellenberger, it's for balancing the game:
"The stun guns make this an exciting sport for everyone," Kellenberger told HuffPost Weird News. "[Using them] equalizes the game so a small, fast player can handle a bigger player."
But aren't tasers like illegal? Only if you live in Hawaii, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York and Rhode Island. Otherwise, it's legal in the other 42 U.S. states and Puerto Rico.
What about the pain and wobbling that'll likely happen when you tase another player? Kellenerger says the stun guns only shock out 3 to 5 milli-amps and feels like a rubber band snap. Sounds good right? Well...if you believe Kyle Hall (no relation to DVICE editor Kevin Hall), a journalist at Thrillist who volunteered to try out the shocking sport, the tasing hurts a bit more than just a rubber band snap.
Having just completed the first UTB tournament in January, Kellenberger, Prumm, and Wunsch are hoping to kick the sport into high gear with sport broadcasts on various TV networks. Although UTB only has four official teams right now, the creators hope it'll grow real soon.
It also goes without saying that you probably shouldn't try to form your own UTB team with the hometown buddies as there's a mix of things like heart complications than can come with getting tased. Let's just leave it to the pros to play this crazy sport, okay?