Movies: Murderball: Not Like Musical Chairs


Lose an arm or your legs, or the use of your spine, and it's awful. But for many quadriplegics, there's still lots left: heart, guts and competitive instinct. The boldest among them engage in a fearsome sport called quad rugby--or murderball. Strapped into supercharged Mad Max wheelchairs, two teams of four players bang metal and fight like hell. The goal, says one: "Kill the man with the ball."

Murderball is no Rocky-esque hymn to the human spirit. It's more like a prison movie; the guys on the quad rugby Team USA have the grizzled machismo of lifers. Or sports studs. Mark...

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