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Discussion in 'Sports' started by SnipTheDog, Jun 13, 2019.
What and why.
College football because there is no real playoff. Too many undefeated teams that have not lost a single game and still cant win the championship. They have to waste a lot of the season playing against teams not even in the same "conference"! Meanwhile often times a team that has lost a game wins the championship. (I despise college football) Too much money (payola) and politics involved.
World Chess Championship. Hasn't been a new champ since 2013, and Magnus Carlsen is the highest ranked player of all time.
One on one. No help. Clock is ticking. Carlsen is cool as can be, watching you.
Good luck. Carlsen is 28yo; there might not be a new champion for decades.
Americans can easily win any "world" championship so long as it is played in America and between American teams. Just ask them. NFL = "world" championship.
NBA = "world championship. MLB = "world championship. NHL = "world championship.
I like college football because of all the different offensive schemes. But too many teams can stockpile talent which makes the teams that can win the title come down to maybe a half dozen or so. So it's anti-competitive at the top.
The NBA is a league where the best players in the world come to the US. "The National Basketball Association (NBA) announced today that 108 international players from a record-tying 42 countries and territories are on opening-night rosters for the 2018-19 season". MLB is the same. NHL too. Can you find better teams outside the US?
F1 drivers title. F1 cars are such a step up from any other race cars. And even within F1 there are tiny differences in car/team performance (a few tenths of a second per lap) that make it almost impossible to win a race if you are not with the best team.
World Cup Rugby.
Because fucking New Zealand!
Pretty sure every fucking country is in the qualifiers for the World Cup Soccer Football. That's a few more than 42. Several magnitudes really.
73 countries are represented in the MLS.
109 countries have been represented in the English Premier League.
31 countries are represented in the French Top 14 (rugby union) and that's only looking at the top tier of the competition. I didn't look at Division 2, 3 or further.
Le Tour (minus doping that is...)
I know it's not a "World" titled event, but arguably the hardest sporting contest in the world.
I say hockey. And it’s a world championship...the best players in the world play in the NHL.
Any Major golf tourney while Tiger Woods is still playing.
Most viewers tune in to see how Tiger is doing. He is the modern day Ali.
Until he retires they still have to beat tiger.
Tell me you've heard of Woodland before.
I’m going with the World Series because so few teams qualify for the post-season. Which means you have to be good...consistently good...over the course of a 162-game regular season schedule in order to even make the playoffs.
I was thinking it would be the USGA US Open. There's a field of about 150 players, and anyone from the top 50 can and has won. It's the most random event that I can think of.
I don't even rate baseball and golf as sports.
I had an arbitrary list of requirements for any activity to cross over the realm into "sports." I think the entire thing was because of competitive eating being broadcast on ESPN some years ago and the commentators calling them "athletes."
My very arbitrary specifications were that a sport required all of the following, or could only lack one:
* A clear scoring system. One that even fans could keep score of with little coaching on the intricacies of the scoring system. None of this ice dancing judging nonsense where the Hungarian judge awards a 9.5 and everyone else reckons its a 6.
* require fitness. You can be a 300lb out of shape human and be one of the best golfers in the world? Golf requires you can walk, what is it, two miles? Three? My mum can walk that. And trust me, shes no athlete. Probably 90% of the worlds population can walk a couple of miles. I'm being ableist. I know.
* requires athleticism. Just to sort the wheat from the chaff. Playing horseshoes is not a sport.
* requires specialised skill. Cooking is a skill. But that doesn't make it a sport.
* you have to compete directly against another athlete/ team, or against the clock/ distance. (This was to exclude the afore mentioned ice dancings, but include track and field, boxing, wrestling, etc) (yeah it's petty, sue me!)
* there was another requirement, but I don't remember it now.
Anyway, I excluded baseball and golf, because you can be completely out of shape and be one of the best athletes in those. I hate baseball. I loathe golf. Sue me.
People got irate at my little diatribe.
"Bodybuilding is a sport, you take that back."
Me "Nah, they're just human show ponies. Now powerlifting is a sport because they're competing in lifting things. Body builders flex. And primp. And clench. Just show ponies. Powerlifters are like the Belgian draught horses, or Clydesdales, they get shit done."
UEFA Champions League. You need to perform well enough one season in order to just qualify, and then you need to win out over all the best teams in Europe (i.e. the best club teams in the world).
If you mean difficult as in physically difficult, I have to say hockey. The playoffs are the most physically demanding of any sport based on length and demand placed on the body. 7 game series, most series go at least 5-6 and many go 7 games. Guys play with broken bones and internal injuries that other sports would sit out from. There are plenty of demanding sports where the players take a beating but none as demanding as hockey.
Didn't the Mayans play a volleyball game with severed heads? I think that'd be near the top...
On their Harley's.
Ernest Hemingway said there are only three sports: boxing, motorsports, and mountain climbing. All the others, all of them, are games.