Silly Sports

ROBERT GROSSMAN

WHOLE-POPULATION HOCKEY Bitter rivals in the past, Upyursk and Sozyurolmansk,the twin cities of the Volga, decided a few years ago to amend the rules of hockey to permit the simultaneous play of 380,000 people—all the inhabitants of both towns. The annual game on the frozen river, played for possession of a chrome-plated samovar, shows the power of sports to sublimate our aggressive urges.