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The Silliest Sport/Game

Post by ed » Wed Jun 09, 2004 2:18 pm

I recall a few years ago catching this wierd chick activity on TV. They were like rolling this enormous ball between their bodies. I thought it was some kind of porn until it became apparent that it was some absurd event in the Olympics.

From a neutral perpective, I think that Baseball is up there for dumbness and mind numbing boredom though the way I have heard Cricket described by my Brit pals, that has to be up there (though they get glassy eyed when describing it--with interest, not boredom).

I think football is really a sublimation of the typical American Male's homoerotic tendencies. It is sort of a rough sex version of a Broadway musical. Gay guys memorize lyrics and casts, "stright" men memorize stats and line ups. Am I the only one that sees Football (American) that way?

Watching Golf has got to involve a death wish of some sort. I sort of group NASCAR, Professional Wrestling, Roller Derby, and all College Sports together. Pretty much fixed, stupid or incomprehensible or all three. Horse racing is in there somewhere.

Boxing is pretty cool as is Churling (tho' I miss the days when they slid actual Churls down the ice instead of those granite thingies).

What are your thoughts.

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Post by TomStockholm » Thu Jun 10, 2004 11:42 am

the 50 km walk must be one of the more stupid ideas someone has had for a sport.

although people forget what great athletes these guys are, just because they are doing ridiculous things...


The triple jump is pretty silly too... all the other track and field events you can work out how they came into being... but the triple jump, no I don't get that one


Otherwise the 100 metres for people with no sense of direction... ;-)
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Post by Some Friggin Guy » Sun Jun 13, 2004 1:39 am

I have to go with NASCAR. How many times can yhou watch a bunch of guys drive around in a circle?

I always thought the best way to improve it would be to force drivers to change direction every 5 laps, so they have to race into the rest of the cars.
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Post by Abdul Alhazred » Sun Jun 13, 2004 5:00 pm

Some Friggin Guy wrote:I have to go with NASCAR. How many times can yhou watch a bunch of guys drive around in a circle?

I always thought the best way to improve it would be to force drivers to change direction every 5 laps, so they have to race into the rest of the cars.
There is such a thing as figure-eight racing.
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Re: The Silliest Sport/Game

Post by ggcarl » Mon Jun 14, 2004 7:37 pm

ed wrote: Boxing is pretty cool as is Churling (tho' I miss the days when they slid actual Churls down the ice instead of those granite thingies).

What are your thoughts.
Churling :?: Don't you mean curling? It is a very cool sport, in a couple of ways :!: Check out this web site.
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Post by Beleth » Mon Jun 14, 2004 11:57 pm

Sport: I vote Cricket. Any sport that can go on for days is just silly. Plus, look at the names of the positions on the playing field.

Game: Go. Yeah yeah, hate me if you want, but there's just something silly about a game where you have to leave stones "breathing room".

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Post by RedShift » Tue Jun 15, 2004 1:24 am

Cricket is the greatest game ever. Truly, one of the glories of humanity.

The silliest: walking definately. Those rules about lifting your foot seem pretty arbitrary.

Never seen the appeal of motor racing of any stripe. Round and round and round.
Random chance seems to have operated in our favour.

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Post by Abdul Alhazred » Tue Jun 15, 2004 3:03 am

RedShift wrote: Never seen the appeal of motor racing of any stripe. Round and round and round.
I assume you never heard of drag racing or rally racing?

For silly you can't beat tractor pulls.

I have invented a really really really cool sport, but I'm not
enough of an entrepreneur to get rich off it. I offer the idea
to all because I still would love to watch it if anyone is
clever enough to promote it.

Backhoe wrestling.

Two opponents in backhoes of the same class face off.

Smashing one's bucket into the opposing cab is like hitting
below the belt in boxing. It is forbidden and ends the
fight with a loss to the offender.

Digging trenches in the arena is permitted, but the main
action is wrestling with the arms and buckets.

The winner is the one who pushes the opponent's backhoe
onto its side or maneuvers the opponent into foundering
in a ditch.

There will be several classes of backhoes:

Stock backhoe wrestling (analogy with NASCAR):
Garden, Road, Heavy Road, Strip mining

Purpose built for the sport (analogy with Formula One):
Rhinocerous, Megatherium, Brontosaurus, Prepostersaurus

The Prepostersaurus will have a 100 meter arm, fully extended.
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Post by RedShift » Tue Jun 15, 2004 3:16 am

I assume you never heard of drag racing or rally racing?
I have. Same story. Boring. I'm not saying it shouldn't exist and pepople can't derive great joy from it, just not me.
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Post by The Central Scrutinizer » Tue Jun 15, 2004 3:50 am

I would say "Extreme Sports", which are neither.

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Post by wollery » Tue Jun 15, 2004 12:46 pm

What you have to understand about cricket is that isn't really a sport, more a religion. Although I agree, any sport which involves a field position called "silly square leg" has to rank as slightly on the odd side. (As an aside we just thrashed the crap out of New Zealand :) )

For me the silliest sport is golf. I think it was Mark Twain who described it as "a good walk spoiled", and since I'm not all that keen on walking you can probably see where I'm coming from. As for watching golf on TV..... shot of a man standing by a very small ball (so small that it barely shows up on the screen), he swings his club and the ball disappears. Ten seconds of camera pointing at the treeline, then four or five seconds pointing at the grass, and the commentator tells you what a good shot that was. Really? He saw something?

Although...... has anyone here seen extreme ironing? Okay, so it was intended to be silly, but it succeeded!
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Post by lothian » Tue Jun 15, 2004 1:03 pm

Beleth wrote:Sport: I vote Cricket. Any sport that can go on for days is just silly. Plus, look at the names of the positions on the playing field.
In that case the Tour de France is also silly.

I have had a look at the names and see nothing wrong. You are just making a silly point. This isn't the first slip you have made. I suggest to cover your shame you take advice from a third man, who will also tell you that your point is wrong about the game being too long. Off the subject, can you spot the 6 fielding positions in this paragraph ?

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Post by wollery » Tue Jun 15, 2004 1:33 pm

lothian wrote:In that case the Tour de France is also silly.

I have had a look at the names and see nothing wrong. You are just making a silly point. This isn't the first slip you have made. I suggest to cover your shame you take advice from a third man, who will also tell you that your point is wrong about the game being too long. Off the subject, can you spot the 6 fielding positions in this paragraph ?
Well, gully, yes I did. And I must say that you make a very deep (if slightly backward) point! Are you trying to confuse him? I'd offer to help string him along only to disappoint him. I'd only do that to someone I knew well though!

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Post by RedShift » Tue Jun 15, 2004 9:33 pm

(As an aside we just thrashed the crap out of New Zealand :) )
Roll on 2005! What chance you reclaiming the Ashes ... ?
Random chance seems to have operated in our favour.

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Post by CHARLEY_BIGTIME » Tue Jun 15, 2004 11:32 pm

RedShift wrote:
(As an aside we just thrashed the crap out of New Zealand :) )
Roll on 2005! What chance you reclaiming the Ashes ... ?
None.


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Post by RedShift » Tue Jun 15, 2004 11:44 pm

CHARLEY_BIGTIME wrote:
RedShift wrote:
(As an aside we just thrashed the crap out of New Zealand :) )
Roll on 2005! What chance you reclaiming the Ashes ... ?
None.
Come on, talk it up a bit at least. We want a bit of competition this time round.
Random chance seems to have operated in our favour.

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Post by CHARLEY_BIGTIME » Wed Jun 16, 2004 12:03 am

RedShift wrote: Come on, talk it up a bit at least. We want a bit of competition this time round.
Ok - England will win 3 - 1 with one drawn.

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Post by Beleth » Wed Jun 16, 2004 12:30 am

I have to admit that I thought I'd get more flak from my Go comment than from my cricket comment!

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Post by RedShift » Wed Jun 16, 2004 12:50 am

Beleth wrote:I have to admit that I thought I'd get more flak from my Go comment than from my cricket comment!
No flak from me. Cricket Ignorants, like those deluded in regards to evolution, a hollow earth, alien abductions and ear candling, should be treated with respect and gently lead to the truth by presentation with the overwhelming weight of facts.
Random chance seems to have operated in our favour.

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Post by wollery » Wed Jun 16, 2004 12:50 pm

(As an aside we just thrashed the crap out of New Zealand :) )
Roll on 2005! What chance you reclaiming the Ashes ... ?
None.
Come on, talk it up a bit at least. We want a bit of competition this time round.
Then why the hell are you playing us?
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