In July, Mike Morateck, 46, a self-described "man of science," won the Jefferson (Wis.) County Fair's annual cricket-spitting contest with a hock of 21 feet, 2 inches. His two main "scientific" secrets (he told Milwaukee's Journal Sentinel): "pick a big cricket" and "feet first on its back with the head pointing out because you don't want the legs dragging on the way out." [Journal Sentinel, 7-7-10]
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Darn, you had me going there. Well, anyway, here's a clip for people who've never really understood cricket, the game, or thought it was for old men. It won't teach you much about the rules, but if I tell you that /a/ it has an exact equivalent of a baseball fly out, /b/ the ball is about the same size, weight, and hardness as a baseball, and /c/ the fielders do not wear gloves, you might want to look at it anyway.
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