Unicycle football reinventing the wheel
Bobcat Magazine Staff | On 02, Jan 2013
San Marcos will star in an ode to strangeness alongside lobster boat races in Maine and a calf testicle cookoff in Oklahoma.
In mid-December, a Travel Channel production crew was in town to document an All-Star game of the Unicycle Football League, the full-contact, ballet-on-asphalt born five years ago in an empty parking lot next to Tantra Coffeehouse. These days, scores, and sometimes hundreds, of people turn out on Sunday afternoons to watch the rolling improv spectacle. The segment will air next spring on “Edge of America,” a new series about the country’s “unexpected and bizarre world of entertainment.
In 2012, organizers worked to professionalize the six-team league without undermining its underground appeal. The organization now carries liability insurance, for example, which opened the door for an official home in the city’s Activity Center parking lot.
Says league official Lee Wallace, “We want to grow but we want to keep it what it already is — which is ridiculous and dangerous and wonderful, all at the same time.”