In my extended family, every reunion includes two things: lots and lots of food, followed by a rousing sports match that usually ends in accidental injury. My nephew sported stitches after standing too close to his sister's golf swing; my sister-in-law fractured a wrist after an unfortunate flag football takedown; my daughter flew off her horse during an impromptu polo match and we collectively discovered that tennis racquets can't stand up to hedge-apple volleys. Badminton, however, is another story. Give us a hastily strung net and a feather-tipped birdie and you'll see soaring, yet pain-free competition. Fantasy football, however, may be another matter entirely.
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- Associated Press. "Chinese Badminton Player Blogs 'Farewell' to Sport." Aug. 2, 2012. Sports Illustrated. http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2012/olympics/badminton/wires/08/01/2090.ap.oly.bad.playing.to.lose/index.html?sct=obinsite
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