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Fighting in ice hockey is an established tradition of the sport in North America, with a long history that involves many levels of amateur and professional play and includes some notable individual fights. Fighting is usually performed by enforcers, or “goons”—players whose role is to fight and intimidate—on a given team, and is governed by a complex system of unwritten rules that players, coaches, officials, and the media refer to as “the code”. Some fights are spontaneous, while others are premeditated by the participants. While officials tolerate fighting during hockey games, they impose a variety of penalties on players who engage in fights.

Unique among North American professional team sports, the National Hockey League (NHL) and most minor professional leagues in North America do not eject players outright for fighting (although they may do so for more flagrant violations as part of a fight) but major European and collegiate hockey leagues do, and multi-game suspensions may be added on top of the ejection. Therefore, the vast majority of fights occur in the NHL and other North American professional leagues. –Wikipedia

Fiction Writing Prompt: Use the first line of the week as the starting point or inspiration for a scene, story, poem, or haiku.

Journaling Prompt: How do you feel about fights in professional sports?

Art Prompt: Hockey

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the history of fighting in hockey.

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The Sydney Riot of 1879 was a civil disorder that occurred at an early international cricket match. It took place in Sydney, Australia, at the Association Ground, Moore Park, now known as the Sydney Cricket Ground, during a match between a touring English team captained by Lord Harris and New South Wales, led by Dave Gregory, who was also the captain of Australia.

The riot was sparked by a controversial umpiring decision, when star Australian batsman Billy Murdoch was given out by George Coulthard, a Victorian employed by the Englishmen. The dismissal caused an uproar among the parochial spectators, many of whom surged onto the pitch and assaulted Coulthard and some English players. It was alleged that illegal gamblers in the New South Wales pavilion, who had bet heavily on the home side, encouraged the riot because the tourists were in a dominant position and looked set to win. Another theory given to explain the anger was that of intercolonial rivalry, that the New South Wales crowd objected to what they perceived to be a slight from a Victorian umpire. –Wikipedia

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write the story of a riot at a sporting event and the fallout from it.

Journaling Prompt: How do you react to bad calls in a close sports match?

Art Prompt: Cricket

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the history of riots at sporting events and talk about the psychology of this phenomenon.

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Players who received the highest number of penalties — those in the top 10 percent of penalties — had an average of 1.5 arrests per player, including violent and nonviolent arrests. Each player with one arrest averaged 11 penalties and 95 penalty yards. The numbers were higher for those with two or more arrests: Those players averaged 16 penalties and 133 penalty yards each.

“Since our findings revealed a link between workplace behavior and off-duty behavior, it is important for organizations, especially those with a high profile like the NFL, to take seriously their personal conduct policies and to properly screen those they hire for employment, as the actions of any one individual has consequences, both negative and positive, not only for the individual involved but also to the image of the organization,” Nicole Piquero said.

The study found no link between penalties and violent arrests, which, contrary to popular belief, represent a small number of overall arrests among NFL players. In addition, researchers found that players had very few penalties during postseason games, which they believe could be due to the high stakes involved in those games or the fact that referees tend to call fewer penalties during that time. –Science Daily

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write the story of a pro athlete whose behavior on and off the field is questionable.

Journaling Prompt: How do you feel about professional athletes who are violent off the field?

Art Prompt: NFL

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the correlation between on and off the field behavior in pro football players.

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In the 18th century during the brisk winter months, Parisians flocked to the glistening frozen fields of La Glaciére, or the Glacier. The grassy terrain, flooded with water and frozen over, was an icy playground for upper-class citizens. And none were more showy than the male ice skaters dressed in bicep-revealing red jackets, tight pants, and graduation caps.

These fraternities of gentlemen showed off with challenging jumps and graceful arm movements—charms that could “seduce weak mortals,” according to the 19th-century French ice skater Jean Garcin. “There are no good skaters anywhere but in Paris,” he boasted. –Wikipedia

Fiction Writing Prompt: Create a story centered around a fad.

Journaling Prompt: What is the craziest fad you’ve ever participated in?

Art Prompt: Ice skating men of Paris

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the history of male ice skating.


I’ve heard it said that everything you need to know about life can be learned from watching baseball. –Still Writing by Dani Shapiro

Fiction Writing Prompt: Use the first line of the week as the starting point or inspiration for a scene, story, poem, or haiku.

Journaling Prompt: What have you learned from watching baseball?

Art Prompt: Baseball

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about a life lesson  you learned from watching baseball.

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Lucha Libre masks

Mexican wrestling is characterized by colorful masks, rapid sequences of holds and maneuvers, as well as “high-flying” maneuvers, some of which have been adopted in the United States. The wearing of masks has developed special significance, and matches are sometimes contested in which the loser must permanently remove his mask, which is a wager with a high degree of weight attached. Tag team wrestling is especially prevalent in lucha libre, particularly matches with three-member teams, called trios.

Lucha libre wrestlers are known as luchadores (singular luchador) (“wrestler(s)”). They usually come from extended wrestling families who form their own stables. One such line integrated to the United States professional wrestling scene is Los Guerreros.

Lucha libre has also transcended the language barrier to some extent as evidenced by works such as Los Luchadores, ¡Mucha Lucha!, and Nacho Libre. It also appears in other pop culture such as mainstream advertising: In Canada Telus’ Koodo MobilePost Paid cell service uses a cartoon lucha libre wrestler as its spokesperson/mascot. –Wikipedia

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write the story of a luchador on vacation.

Journaling Prompt: What is your impression of pro wrestling and the people who watch it?

Art Prompt: Lucha Libre

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about how Lucha Libre has entered pop culture of countries beyond Mexico.

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Babe Ruth in a Red Sox uniform

The Curse of the Bambino was a superstition evolving from the failure of the Boston Red Sox baseball team to win the World Series in the 86-year period from 1918 to 2004. While some fans took the curse seriously, most used the expression in a tongue-in-cheek manner. This misfortune began after the Red Sox sold star player Babe Ruth, sometimes called The Bambino, to the New York Yankees in the off-season of 1919–1920. Before that point, the Red Sox had been one of the most successful professional baseball franchises, winning the first World Series and amassing five World Series titles. After the sale they went without a title for decades, even while the Red Sox won four American League championships from 1946 to 1986, as the previously lackluster Yankees became one of the most successful franchises in North American professional sports. The curse became a focal point of the Yankees–Red Sox rivalry over the years. –Wikipedia

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story about a sports rivalry.

Journaling Prompt: Write about a superstition that you have that may be holding you back.

Art Prompt: Cursed

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience the story of The Curse of the Bambino.

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Air Force Academy Football

Geez, it’s amazing how guys always use sports analogies when it comes to anything remotely sexual. –Chill Run by Russell Brooks

Fiction Writing Prompt: Do your male characters use sports analogies? Write a scene where they do.

Journaling Prompt: What sports analogy do you find most appropriate? Most offensive?

Art Prompt: Sports and sex

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a humorous theory about why men use sports analogies to talk about sex.

Photo Credit: US Air Force on Flickr