This is funny. I might actually tune in if they still had these:
Tug-of-war (1900-1920): Two teams of eight try to pull a rope six feet; if neither team reaches the mark after five minutes, the team that pulls the farthest wins.
Live pigeon shooting (1900): The birds were released and shooters tried to kill as many as possible.
Equestrian high jump (1900): Riders see who can jump the highest on horseback.