Among the weirdnesses of the world is chess-boxing, a hybrid sport I just learned about. The "athletes" alternate three minutes of boxing with four minutes of "blitz" (speed chess also known as "skittles") until someone either is knocked out or gets a checkmate. The current World Champion is a Russian math student, Nikolai Sazhin. He says that succeeding at this sport attracts girls.
I am completely bemused by this. For one thing: which girls? In my admittedly long-ago college days (Nikolai is 19), the girls who were attracted by chess players were not the same girls attracted by violent sports. For another bemusement, how could this phenomenon even come about? Who would think of putting together boxing and chess? At the Rochester Chess Center, where I intermittently play, chess is mostly the passion of skinny eleven-year-old boys, teenage nerds with very high IQs, and elderly Russian emigres. None of them would look great in boxing trunks, although some wield a mean Queen's Gambit Declined.
I can, however, see a lot of other, possibly SF-nal competitive pairings. Ski-Cooking. Volleyball-Scrabble. Polo-Gardening. In the latter, the horses could aid plant fertilization. Let the New Weird stories roll!