Origami Sightings - Sports (Part 2)

Compiled by Janet Hamilton

A game of table football with a triangular folded paper football was spotted on the CBS College Football Today TV show on October 19, 2002.

Geocaching is an adventure sport for GPS (Global Positioning System) users. Participants set up caches all over the world and share the location coordinates of these caches on the internet. Once found, a cache provides the visitor with a wide variety of rewards. All the visitor is asked to do is if they get something they should try to leave something for the cache. There is a One Thousand Cranes geocache, dollar bill geocaches, and more:
http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?guid=15021c4d-4160-4a87-a3ac-baba927daee0 (new York)
http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?guid=c5f71852-c602-4796-bcfb-7d4674b0441d (Massachusetts)
http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?guid=330f416c-0ede-421b-a0e3-9240ebfe29ea (Indiana)
http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?guid=2bf06c13-7f8e-4b1b-bc12-adc0fe3051c8 (California)
http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?guid=6cc574de-322f-486f-ac2b-70381deb2ea9 (California)
http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?guid=096c2121-0158-4d78-ba47-f5bc934fdd08 (Massachusetts)
http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?guid=8c05ca3a-2576-453b-93dc-fa59c83510e2 (Massachusetts)
http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?guid=b95f48b4-50f6-4c57-b06f-4789a6e05ca8 (Illinois)
http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?ID=66484 (New York)
http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?guid=380c3dac-101e-4d83-84b2-5ea304744bc9 (Utah)

A monk from Chengdu, Sichuan province heard that Beijing's bid to host the 2008 Olympic Games had entered a crucial stage with IOC delegates arriving shortly for an inspection tour. The monk donated years of his paper folding art work to the BOBICO. (19/2/2001) (Looks like “Golden Venture” units)

2/2004 On TNN's World Wrestling Entertainment Confidential program, the episode had a report on the WWE's recent Japan tour. They followed the charismatic WWE superstar Chris Jericho around Japan. While out in a park, Jericho holds up an origami book for the camera, "Origami 1-2-3", and states "One of the famous parts of Japanese culture is origami, which in Japanese means, really, cool-looking creatures made out of paper. So I'm gonna actually do some origami right now. I'm going to make a cow. You got the body right there....okay?.....and then step number 2, you fold it in half.....you fold that in half then ; (starts to laugh) and then you fold it in half AGAIN.....then you pull half of it out- like that- ok....is that right?...wha?.....oh, ok, ok, ok, ok, ok, ok, ok! Step four...wtf is going on? (laughs). [caption reads across the screen: AND THEN AFTER MUCH TIME, ENERGY, AND FRUSTRATION.....] There ya go...." Chris presents his origami cow while making moo noises. Of course it looks nothing at all like the cow on the package.

8/13/2004 - Opening ceremonies for the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece - A small boy carrying a Greek flag enters the arena, smoothly gliding across the water on a paper boat 

The Folding Society exists for the owners of ALL folding and separable cycles and related equipment. The Society basically provides a forum for the exchange of information and views between people with similar interests.

The 'Origami Phoenix Ride' is a cycle ride usually held in the English Midlands, normally on the second Saturday of every month. The ride was originally held particularly for the owners of folding (hence the 'Origami' of the ride name) and separable cycles. http://www.halffg.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/foldsoc/origami/ 

The "Origami-Tour" http://www.origamitour.de are folding bicycle tours are organized in Berlin, Germersheim (Spezi), Hanau, Munich, Rüdesheim, Sindelfingen and Zurich.

"Stepping up to the Crease for England", 6/23/2006, in the Derbyshire Evening Telegraph, features an origami version of the soccer jersey with the cross of St. George worn by England's World Cup team. The model is designed by Rick Beech, and the article includes instructions.

10/22/2006 - "Manning shows toughness and it helps fire up Colts" by Bob Kravitz: "Maybe, ultimately, all they needed was a challenge, not to mention a couple of shots to the head. Maybe, after five-and-a-half games' worth of oddly uninspired football, the Indianapolis Colts merely needed a few doses of adversity, and the sight of Manning being used as human origami, to inspire the kind of excellence that used to seem so routine."

12/23/06 Edmonton Journal "Bring on online origami" by Dan Barnes. Apparently feeling that CBC Sports is not doing a good job with programming, online origami is cited as an example of what they might be left with: "CBC Sports must be saved. From itself. ... Before they do anything else, before any of their current bright lights have a chance to screw up negotiations over NHL rights next summer, leaving them with underwater basket weaving world championships and online origami, CBC Sports simply has to hire Keith Pelley as the executive director." http://www.canada.com:80/edmontonjournal/news/sports/story.html?id=cae12fe4-df68-49f6-9cf6-33dbbeb775bb&k=680 

July 14, 2007 on the Telegraph.co.uk website, "Bendy of the River" is about Nicholas Roe's 8-foot long origami canoes. "The new craft takes only 20 minutes to fold into a boat shape and it flat-packs down into a 3in-deep box after use. The boats have been tested on rivers, lakes and in the sea and so far only one has sunk, after snagging on a rock. It all began because Simpson fell ill. Languishing in hospital three years ago suffering from pneumonia, the Brighton-based theatrical designer taught himself origami from a book to fend off boredom. ... It took two days and just £130 to make 12 canoes with thin plywood frames and bolts at the end to stop them unfolding. ... even avoided the airline's excess-baggage charges because the boxed boat weighs only a few pounds." The boats will be used in a fundraising effort called Canoe the Thames. Participants who raise the required sponsorship fee will receive a handmade, flat-pack origami canoe for their use in the fundraising outing amd it will be theirs to keep afterwards. http://www.telegraph.co.uk:80/portal/main.jhtml?view=DETAILS&grid=&xml=/portal/2007/07/14/nosplit/ftorigami.xml and http://www.canoethethames.com/ 

July 31, 2007 in the TimesOnline, "Middlesex stumble and manage to lose their way" by Patrick Kidd on a cricket match between Middlesex and Leicestershire: "After that, the Middlesex order folded before the slow bowlers like an origami artist on steroids." http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/cricket/counties/article2170046.ece 

August 28, 2007 in the Maitland Murcury, about Greyhound racing, "Race six sees Origami Lad, a winner of eight races on big tracks, start from the eight box. But he led all the way from the same box last week." http://maitland.yourguide.com.au:80/detail.asp?class=sport&subclass=general&story_id=1041559&category=general 

Sept 22, 2007 "But yikes, Penn State only mustered 13 first downs in its 14-9 loss against a Michigan team whose defense looked as if it was made of origami the first two weeks." http://thequad.blogs.nytimes.com/2007/09/22/saturday-observations/ 

The kids at the Japanese School of Denver spent much of the afternoon Sunday folding more than 1,000 origami cranes for Kazuo Matsui of the Colorado Rockies baseball team - each one a special wish for good luck in the World Series. http://www.rockymountainnews.com/drmn/local/article/0,1299,DRMN_15_5728184,00.html 

David Carr Must Go Deep, by Jaxon, October 31, 20007. Writing about David Carr of the Carolina Panthers football team - "Carr's got all the talent in the world, and maybe more of the intangible stuff than people realize. Despite his funny throwing motion, he's technically smooth. Despite the white gloves and the haircut, he's tougher than folks realize, and won a lot of converts in the locker room by coming back onto the field in New Orleans after Will Smith turned his back into an origami snake." http://www.catscratchreader.com/story/2007/10/31/22528/162 

In The Province - Vancouver,BC,Canada, December 28, 2007 - "It featured four first-period goals -- three from the [Vancouver] Canucks -- a blown two-goal Vancouver lead and a couple of defences which were as sturdy as origami."

"What is wrong with the Corner Brook Royals?" by Chris Noseworthy in The Western Star, talks about the poor record for the aforementioned hockey team. "People always talk about the team the Royals have 'on paper' as though little origami forwards were going to start streaking down the wing, but it's like this: the 2002 Canadian Olympic men's hockey team would be in tough against the Neddy's Nose Cove Atom E All-Stars if they couldn't make the transition from paper to ice." http://www.thewesternstar.com:80/index.cfm?sid=100188&sc=48 

March 21, 2008 in the New Ross Standard - "THE LADIES of the Clonard Badminton Club fifth division team justified the black belt in origami as they folded spectacularly in their final game in Piercestown against a well-prepared St. Martin's team." http://www.newrossstandard.ie:80/sport/other-sports/clonard-ladies-are-beaten-1322856.html 

April 6, 2008, "Drake Relays: Shot putter looking great on paper" by Andrew Logue in th Des Moines Register - "Origami. Knitting. And the shot put. In Ryan Whiting's world, these interests blend together, making the national champion from Arizona State one of the more eclectic athletes in track and field." http://www.desmoinesregister.com:80/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080406/SPORTS0204/804060350/1091/SPORTS02 

May 2008 - "In Pursuit of Perfection", an origami animation telling the story of the Asics sportswear company. Sipho Mabona designed 18 models,  several origami trophies trophies, and helped animate the tiger and house which where shot in stop motion. http://www.nform. tv/ , select the animation link, then click on "Asics origami" (grey square at bottom left hand side of page). http://www.flickr.com/photos/sipmab/sets/72157603961869756/ 

August 8, 2008 in the Guardian (UK), "Harmison roars back for England to give Pietersen a dream start" by Mike Selvey. "A lost toss and the concession of an opening stand of 56 proved no barrier for England as South Africa folded after lunch, as if at an origami convention, against Harmison's pace and the controlled swing, in and out, of Jimmy Anderson to be all out in the final session for 194." http://www.guardian.co.uk:80/sport/2008/aug/08/englandvsouthafrica2008.englandcricketteam?gusrc=rss&feed=sport 

August 2008 - The Cardboard Boat Regatta hosted by the Costa de Oro Squadron will take place in September on Lake Lopez in Casa Grande near Pismo Beach. The boats must be made from cardboard, glue, and paint - no wood or metal. Arrowhead Power Squadron is working with a new strategy for the cardboard. Instead of using several pieces as they had in last year's boat, they are using one piece of cardboard and folding it like origami.

Los Angeles Times, 9/4/2008, "NFL teams made some risky decisions this off-season" by Sam Farmer. The article discusses off-season decisions by Jim Zorn of the Washinton Redskins, "When it comes to decision-making strength, is the backbone iron or origami?" http://www.latimes.com:80/sports/la-sp-farmer4-2008sep04,0,3211100.story 

November 4, 2008 - From Australia, owner Leon Corstens and jockey James Winks scored a win in the Ritzenhoff Handicap with Origami Miss at Flemington racetrack on Melbourne Cup Day. http://www.virtualformguide.com:80/cgi-bin/tvf/displaynewsitem.pl?20081104origamimiss2.txt 

March 2009 - Bauer, the hockey equipment maker, sponsors promotional cardboard hockey helmets, which you fold together like a piece of origami. 

November 20, 2009, "Week 11 NFL Matchups" by Mike Tanier in the New York Times, comparing Quarterbacks Aaron Rodgers and Alex Smith: "Rodgers ... like Roy Batty in “Blade Runner,” he rejected his programming. Rodgers is now the dangerous loose cannon, and Smith (drafted first in the 2005 while Rodgers sweated for the cameras and tumbled to No. 24) is trying to outgun him while chafing against a system that doesn’t maximize his limited talents. Smith found an origami swan in his locker after practice this week. It cannot be a good sign." The origami swan is a reference to the origami creations by the character Gaff in the Bladerunner movie.

December 12, 2009 in the Edmonton Journal, "Just a stone's throw from perfection -  Sorry, hockey hounds, but humble curling is the most Canadian of sports" by Paula Simons. "Call it learned helplessness. I just don't understand curling -- in the same way I don't understand quantum mechanics or origami." 

January 2010 - A design by Unplug Design for perforated designs on relief aid boxes that enable the packages to be broken down into strips and woven into soccer balls. The packages are thus recycled into a ball allowing children some recreation in the refugee camps.  http://lovelypackage.com:80/dream-ball/ http://www.unplugdesign.com/ 

Copyright © Janet Hamilton 2009

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