In the spirit of the ongoing Olympics...
At the top of my list would be ping pong. Though it's hardly underrated in the world *outside of America*. It's a game of reflex, strategy, and psychological warfare - as far as I am concerned. I love smashing weak volleys so they bounce up and sting my opponent in the face.
Next up would be another racquet sport - badminton. Watch this video below.
And now for one last racquet sport - squash. Though I've never really gotten to play it, it seems to be a more refined game than racquet ball. There's more strategy; less brawn. ESPN used to broadcast these types of sports but it seems they don't anymore. It's now all poker and X-Games.
The last game I will list today is ultimate frisbee. For sure, many of you 'old coots' aren't even familiar with it. I would say that generally speaking, it plays like football - though with a disc. There are two end zones and rules for advancement. Read up on it here on Wikipedia.
Watch the highlights of the University of Michigan's 2006 team below:
It was a bit of a surprise to learn way back that there is more than one way (traditional backhand) to throw a disc. There's the forehand, the overhead, and, for good players, all these throws with the off-hand as well.
Here's one other item on "ultimate", as it's called. I believe there are no referees. Players must sort out infractions amongst themselves. My parents wouldn't know whom to yell at!
Is lacrosse worthy of this blog post?
I don't think so - too many meatheads and not enough grace.