I’m not sure how I acquired this document, but I’m glad I did. Back when organizations still handed out press kits (at least in log rolling) the International Log Rolling Association was on top of things. Of course back then log rolling was on regular network television and was treated as a regular sport instead of the novelty status it seems to have in this day in age.
One part of the kit that may jump out at some log rollers is the rules regarding time limits and log sizes. Back then matches started on the 17″ diameter 13′ long #1 log before progressing to the 15″ #2 log, the 14″ #3 log, and finally the 13″ #4 log (all of which were 13′ long). My question is, what happened to the 16″ log? Why skip it? Why didn’t they just downgrade the 17″ to a 16″?
Time limits, according to the press kit, “vary from 3-5 minutes.” The criteria for determining the variance in times remains a mystery to me. If anyone knows, by all means let me know. I found the variance in the time and the generally nonchalant attitude toward it to be rather amusing. I have witnessed modern day competitors go into an emotional tirade in front of the judges because the time was called a few seconds too early/late. Its amazing how inflexible we have become.
One of my favorite aspects of the press kit is the touting of the $5,000 in prizes and trophies. The sport of log rolling apparently hasn’t heard of inflation because the amount of prize money handed out at the world championships isn’t a whole lot more than it was back then. If the sport had simply kept up with inflation the total prize money for log rolling at the world championship would be over $20,000. But I suppose in this day and age we should be happy to even have well-run contests, let alone prize money. But enough of my nonsensical babbling. Go check out the file and prepare to be amazed (or amused, depending on your outlook).