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« on: March 09, 2009, 12:23:42 PM »

I used to watch a lot of sport back in the day.  However, after the second or third baseball strike I simply stopped watching most sports all together. 

Be that as it may, I can see why people continue to watch sports.  However, when it comes to watching sports/competitions, are there any you simply don't get?  Keep in mind this is a matter of personal opinion and not meant to hurt feelings.  My top five;

1.) Soccer -  Yes I'm American (where not getting soccer is in some places is a requirement)  but regardless, I really don't get it.  It seems like the ball floats around the field for numerous minutes and nothing, or at least nothing I can tell, ever happens much.  Goals are seldom and shots on goal seem to come every 10 minutes. 

2.) Nascar - I'm not even sure why this is considered a sport.  Watching a bunch of cars go in a circle hundreds of times is not my form of entertainment.  Unless, guns and missiles are added that is.

3.) Baseball - Ok calm down, I know it can be entertaining.  I only don't get why it has to be 9 innings.  I'd say knock it down to 6 innings and call it a day.

4.) Golf - Good for falling asleep to, other than that I don't watch. 

5.) Poker - Playing it is one thing.  Waiting in anticipation to see if a guy raises or folds doesn't make sense to me.

Theres more on my mind but I've written enough for now.  Your turn.
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« Reply #1 on: March 09, 2009, 01:03:54 PM »


1.) Soccer -  Yes I'm American (where not getting soccer is in some places is a requirement)  but regardless, I really don't get it.  It seems like the ball floats around the field for numerous minutes and nothing, or at least nothing I can tell, ever happens much.  Goals are seldom and shots on goal seem to come every 10 minutes. 


As a Brit, for whom soccer (or football if you like) is out national sport, I have to say, in response to the above statement, that I don't get it either. You forgot to mention the players' tendencies to kick the ball from player to player on their team in lieu of actually making progress to the other team's goal.

I don't watch much sport to be honest. I watch WWE on occasion, Gladiators, Ninja Warrior and Dodgeball. That's about as close as I come.

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« Reply #2 on: March 09, 2009, 01:06:33 PM »

1) American Football - Yes, I'm British. What's the point ? It's like rugby only with armour because they're a bunch of girls  Wink

2) Cricket - I love listening to cricket on the radio but only because I have no idea what they're saying. No one has ever explained the rules to me.

3) Male Beach Volleyball - Take a wild guess...
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« Reply #3 on: March 09, 2009, 01:14:25 PM »

Cricket, for rich people who don't like to sweat.

Oh and they now consider darts a sport. No wonder kids are getting fatter, if a sportsman is now deemed a 30st alcoholic in a Hawaiian shirt.
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« Reply #4 on: March 09, 2009, 01:18:23 PM »

a 30st alcoholic in a Hawaiian shirt.

That's 40% of people on this site  Wink

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« Reply #5 on: March 09, 2009, 01:21:46 PM »

I hate rugby, but I do love American football I feel it's far superior.
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« Reply #6 on: March 09, 2009, 02:02:05 PM »

I hate rugby, but I do love American football I feel it's far superior.

Why?

I find motorsports to be particularly dull to watch too. The only entertaining part are the crashes and they don't happen nearly as often as one expects.
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« Reply #7 on: March 09, 2009, 02:42:01 PM »

Basketball - I find it completely boring.  I couldn't even tell you the name of my state's team.  Oh!  Timberwolves.  Took me about two minutes to think of that.

Baseball - You're being entertained by a pair of announcers talking.  Other than that it's just guys standing around.  I've got several friends who watch baseball on TV and I just can't understand it. 

Soccer - yup, I'm American and I don't get soccer  TeddyR
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« Reply #8 on: March 09, 2009, 03:09:49 PM »

Basketball - I get that it's supposed to be fast paced and exciting for fans, but watching two teams run back and forth down the court for more than 10 minutes bores me to tears. The only time I'd ever want to watch a game is if I came in at the last 3 minutes and the score was close enough to make it interesting.

Baseball - My girlfriend hates me for this, being a lifelong Yankees fan, but I find baseball to be the opposite of basketball (baseball is much slower paced) yet still just as boring. I always enjoyed physically going to a game, but again, unless it's a close one and the last few innings are really interesting ones, my enjoyment usually craps out quickly.

Soccer - add me to the "What's the deal with that?!" column. Wink

I'm also amongst the naysayers of NASCAR or any other auto racing (pity for me, growing up in a racing family no less), but I put forth the following: to those who don't consider auto racing a sport, do you feel the same way about horse racing, or is there a "class bias" when it comes to the ponies? Far as I'm concerned they're one and the same: both require conditioned drivers, both require well maintained mounts, both result in going around in circles for periods of time. Though horse racing could be considering more entertaining (few laps = less time to get bored), I don't think either should be considered a "sport" to be honest.
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« Reply #9 on: March 09, 2009, 03:22:07 PM »

Most sports I can take or leave, , most of them leave. I used to watch baseball some, but not any more. American football completely sucks, but rugby still sucks a little worse (rugby players don't need pads or helmets, the game is about as rough as patty-cakes). Although I'm a gearhead, I HATE Nascar, It's not even racing, it's a contest to see who can comply with a bunch of lop-sided rules. No wonder cheating happens so often. I do watch Drag Racing, to me it's more interesting that any other sport. If you take the fastest two dragsters and the fastest two funny cars at the Sunday drags, they together produce more horsepower than the entire field in Nascar. Formula1/IRL comes in a close second. Back to football though: I've turned on Drag Racing, only to see a football game running into overtime, with 9 and a half minutes left. . .So, an hour later they're finishing up this stupid game, what with all the time-outs and running out of bounds. It just sucked. Hockey is cool, but I don't watch it much, and I really don't know the rules. I also like Sumo wrestling, between it and Drag Racing, I think their appeal to me is because they satisfy my A.D.D. since they last just seconds.

BUT, my favorite sport: MMA (mixed martial arts). I used to watch boxing, back when they really boxed, not this jab, clinch, hug, ref breaks it up, rinse, repeat for what seems like forever. In MMA  there are occasional boring fights, but if they are, it's only 15 minutes, unless it's a championship fight, and then it's only 25 minutes (In UFC, other organizations differ). I like it particularly because there are many ways to win, and I've seen some vary one-sided fights do a 180 real quick. Where in most combat sports fighters are very similar with only relatively small style differences, MMA fighters run the gamut from wrestlers/GnP fighters, strikers including boxing, kickboxing, Mauy Thai, Judo, Jui Jitsu, but any successful fighter is a combination of several or all of those. These guys are generally much smarter that the average boxer also, many of them having college degrees, and not basket-weaving 101. One of the biggest turn-offs in boxing is just how stupid some of them are. There are SO many retired boxers that have nothing because they let some idiot con them out of money. I saw interviews with Holyfield he seemed like he had an IQ of about 70. Also, when he was champ and making millions, he had several kids by different mothers that he refused to pay child support for. Talk about classless.
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« Reply #10 on: March 09, 2009, 04:03:29 PM »

Anything where you need an animal or an engine between your legs is not a sport.  TongueOut
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« Reply #11 on: March 09, 2009, 04:12:29 PM »

* SOCCER (aka "football" or "futebol" outside the U.S.) - Any game that frequently ends in scores like "Nil - Nil" or "One - Nil" should be avoided.  Also, any game where the chance of someone being killed by a fanatical fan is greater than the chance of someone scoring a goal should be avoided.

* PROFESSIONAL BULL RIDING - I took my nephews last year.  They should shorten the name to "Professional Bull$*#t."

* MONSTER TRUCKS - Similar to Professional Bull Riding (see above).

* WWE WRESTLING - I have taken my nephews a couple times because they like it.  The only part worth watching is when the women come out and drop-kick each other.  But you can often see this for free on a Saturday night at your local tavern.  Damn you, Ray Mysterio!

* Any competition that involves the largest or best-looking LIVESTOCK, FISH or VEGETABLES.

* Any competition where the participants wear flourescent orange hats, hip-waders, or flannel shirts.

* POLO - Unless someone gets trampled by a polo pony.

* "Who can eat the most?" competitions (such as hot dogs or pie).  I just need to look in the mirror to see someone eating like a pig.

* ARM WRESTLING - Unless someone's wrist snaps under the strain.

* CROSS COUNTRY SKIING - Zzzzzzzzzzzzz

On the other hand, I love American Football and Baseball.  Hockey and Basketball are okay, but I can take them or leave them.

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« Reply #12 on: March 09, 2009, 04:36:56 PM »

Anything where you need an animal or an engine between your legs is not a sport.  TongueOut

–noun
1.    an athletic activity requiring skill or physical prowess and often of a competitive nature, as racing, baseball, tennis, golf, bowling, wrestling, boxing, hunting, fishing, etc.

Many if not most forms of racing require more athleticism that those listed, and all require skill, also more than some of those listed. If golf is a sport, then most forms of racing surely is.
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« Reply #13 on: March 09, 2009, 04:41:02 PM »

Anything where you need an animal or an engine between your legs is not a sport.  TongueOut

–noun
1.    an athletic activity requiring skill or physical prowess and often of a competitive nature, as racing, baseball, tennis, golf, bowling, wrestling, boxing, hunting, fishing, etc.

Many if not most forms of racing require more athleticism that those listed, and all require skill, also more than some of those listed. If golf is a sport, then most forms of racing surely is.

That's okay then, as I don't consider golf a sport. It's like darts or pool.
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« Reply #14 on: March 09, 2009, 04:52:35 PM »

That's okay then, as I don't consider golf a sport. It's like darts or pool.

I agree . . . golf is more of a "game" than a "sport."  If they let the guys wear pads and helmets and hit each other with their clubs, THEN it would be a sport.
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