Surfing, Pro Bull Riding, and the Best Sports to Fill the Gap Between Football and Baseball

5. Surfing

The Australian Open of Surfing is currently underway and set to close on the 19th of February. The event features surf contests sanctioned by the Association of Surfing Professionals, skating competitions, and live musical performances.

The event is taking place in Manly, Australia and is free. If you can’t make it to the Land Down Under, you can still get in on the action by watching it live via web stream at www.austalianopenofsurfing.com.

4. Mixed Martial Arts

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) fights, still highly controversial, are also a great way to pass the time. These full contact combat competitions are sure to get your adrenaline pumping Kimbo Slice-style.

You can watch fights on Spike TV and www.spike.com

3. Monster Trucks

This year the Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam World Finals XIII will be held at Las Vegas’ Sam Boyd Stadium from March 23rd-24th. Spectators can expect to see some of the most monstrous of trucks compete for first place as they crush the competition and anything else that stands in their way. Current trucks set to compete include Grave Digger driven by Dennis Anderson, Maximum Destruction driven by Tom Meents, and Iron Man driven by Lee O'Donnell.

You don’t have to wait for the World Finals, the tour is still underway with stops in almost every major US city. Events are aired on the Speed Channel.

 2. Hockey

Hockey has a penalty box for players who need a time out. Enough Said. The season runs until the Stanley Cup is won in June.

Check your local listings for scheduled games.

1.  Bull Riding

Touted as the “Toughest 8 Seconds in Sports”, the Professional Bull Riders Built Ford Tough Series is sure to make you forget that any other sport exists. Watch as man versus beast in a battle of wills, agility, and pure muscle. The current tour features several events each month across the U.S. culminating in a World Finals in Las Vegas this October.

Events can be watched on CBS, CBS Sports, NBC, NBC Sports and You Tube. Be sure to check local listings or www.PBR.com for schedules.

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Kimberly Pierce

Recently unemployed, I have been using my newly discovered free time to reexamine my professional interests and to pursue my love of making crafts. I am currently looking into the possibility of going back to school in order to get my Master's in Environmental Science and Resource management. I received a B.A. in International Studies from Manhattan College and an A. S. in Biology from SUNY Orange. There is nothing I hate more in politics than partisanship. In the name of full disclosure, though I am politically an Independent, I interned with the William J. Clinton Foundation on their Climate Change Initiative in Harlem. At the end of the day, I lean a little left.

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