The New York Times has an interesting article on a sport that’s making a comeback: Jousting. You read that right. Jousting.
Evidently, this is the sport you see at renfaires. The basic concept is remains: two armor-clad opponents charge at each other on horses while wielding 11-foot-long wooden lances. The goal is to break your lance on your opponent’s shield or on a metal plate bolted to his chest called a grand guard; unhorsings are an additional way to earn points. There are evidently some 200 competitive jousters around the world, about 30 of whom are in North America. There is also evidently a feud between European and American jousters.
Interesting read. Not a sport I think I would do.