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  •  Not in the least. (3+ / 0-)
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    pontechango, Dogs are fuzzy, mrkvica

    The handball you're familiar with is American Handball. What the rest of the world plays is just Handball (Americans sometimes call it "Olympic Handball" or "Team Handball").  It isn't even slightly like the game you're thinking of.  I'm not normally much of a sports person, but I've really enjoyed the handball games I've watched.  It's really fast paced, sort of like basketball but with more aggression (a lot more hands-on), very tense, with scoring attempts involving lots of quick misdirection followed by a charge when the team thinks they've opened up a weakness.  Penalties are common and severe (such as loss of a team member for several minutes without replacement)  The sport is very popular in many places (it's one of the most popular sports in the world), but neither America nor the UK are among them.

    •  If it was in the Olympics in England (0+ / 0-)

      then I think I saw this on TV.
      I was a blast to watch. Lots of action. Really dynamic. I could see why it would be popular.

      •  We refer to our teams as (0+ / 0-)

        "Strákarnir okkar" and "stelparnir okkar" ("our boys" and "our girls", respectively).  They're sort of a national pride, including the men's team having taken the silver in the Olympics in 2008 (and came within a hair of medalling in 2012), making Iceland easily the smallest country to medal in a team event in the history of the Olympics.  It's amazing to watch them win against nations that are not only orders of magnitude bigger, but also where handball is just as popular (the other Nordics, eastern Europe, etc).

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