Keepaway is an Olympic Sport?

If I’m lyin’, I’m dyin’. A woman called the Gazette’s sports department Tuesday and sportswriter Jeff Dahn answered. He said she was watching Olympics coverage and couldn’t figure out what she was seeing. She said it looked like keepaway.

We flipped around the dial on the sports department TV and came to MSNBC. The sport that was confusing her was team handball. It certainly has essential elements of keepaway. But aren’t football, basketball and hockey forms of keepaway, too? If you have the ball or puck, the other team can’t score. The best defense is a good offense, right?

But just how do you score in keepaway, by the way? It would seem the best you could do is a 0-0 tie, keeping the ball from the person you’re trying to keep it from now until the end of time, or at least until your mom calls you to dinner.

The above YouTube video, which lasts about three minutes too long, is of team handball. If you want a detailed description of the sport, the always-factual Wikipedia provides this:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Team_handball

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