- 11/07/2010, 11:34PM ET
Confucius. Trout said 11/07, 11:34 PM
Rank the top 5 pro sports.
Pretty obvious to me, and to most Americans too.
I've got it ranked ahead of baseball because it has a quicker tempo, more jaw dropping feats of athleticism, and they aren't constantly spitting or messing around with their junk.
Fun to watch if you understand the nuances of the game. One of the few sports where small ball and defense can be more exciting than pure offense.
Not a huge soccer fan, and don't claim to know the ins and outs of the game, but I enjoy watching a game every once in a while, when I can find one. It has more action than people give it credit for.
This is by default really. I war considering putting NASCAR or MMA in this slot until I realize that they both suck worse than Hockey. I'd rather watch a bunch of toothless canadians prance around on Ice than watch a bunch of toothless southerners drive around in circles for 72 hours or a bunch of toothless morons roll around on the floor in spandex.
There it is, I'm sure I'll lose 50 to nothing because I insulted the south and Hockey.
OM: 2010 Champs said 11/07, 11:43 PM
Baseball goes to #2 as it is America's past time. Football is the only sport where the little things matter more. Something as simple as laying down a sacrifice bunt can be the difference between winning and losing a game. Or framing a pitch on the oustide corner to get a strike 3 call.
Hockey is #3 as it is the most difficult of the 5 mentioned sports to play. In the words of Brendan Shanahan:
"We need to have the strength and power of a football player, the stamina of a marathon runner, and the concentration of a brain surgeon. But we need to put all this together while moving at high speeds on a cold and slippery surface while 5 other guys use clubs to try and kill us, oh yeah did I mention that this whole time we're standing on blades 1/8 of an inch thick?"
Basketball is #4. It's exciting and some of the best athletes in the world play it, but I can't move it up any higher on the list with much speculation of games being scripted. Officiating in the NBA is crookeder than a dog's hind leg.
Soccer is #5. I personally love it, but it just hasn't caught on in America.
Confucius. Trout said 11/07, 11:55 PM
Hockey is not the most difficult, and even if it were that's not a good reason to have ranked #3. If that was the reason you'd use why not put Golf #1, Golf is the most difficult game to master, by far.
And who cares if officiating in the NBA is bad, it doesn't change the fact it is highly entertaining, and isn't that all that should matter?
And the NBA isn't the only basketball league in the world, I recommend you watch some of the foreign leagues, the NBA network has them on from time to time.
And International Basketball tournaments, the world championships were some of the most entertaining games I've seen all year.
Basketball is most certainly better than Hockey.
To me it's a toss up between Baseball and Basketball.
Yeah baseball is America's past time, but with an emphasis on PAST. And since you played the Officiating card for Basketball, may I remind you that Baseball has been PROVEN to be the dirtiest of the big 3 sports in America.
Just a few of the major superstars who have really damaged the sport. i don't want to be watching a game and wondering if the guy is juicing, do you?
OM: 2010 Champs said 11/08, 12:03 AM
You're telling me rigged officiating doesn't impact your opinion of a sport? I don't want to watch a sport where officiating plays a major role in who wins on a nightly basis.
Baseball just went through the roughest patch in it's storied history. But I believe we are passed that. This most recent season was dubbed "the year of the pitcher". And as we saw in the World Series, it certainly wasn't big homerun hitters like Bonds, McGwire, etc who determined the outcome. You'd be hardpressed to say that Tim Lincecum is juicing.
And of the 5 sports mentioned, you'd have to be crazy to say hockey isn't the hardest. Brendan Shanahan articulates it perfectly. They have to have everything other athlete's have, the only difference is, they can be hit at almost any moment, sometimes they have to fight, and they are moving around on ****ing blades!
Going back to basketball, I'm sorry, but I just can't get excited about international basketball leagues knowing I'm not watching the best of the best. I believe that's a major reason why soccer isn't thriving in America. The MLS is the D-League of futbol.
Confucius. Trout said 11/08, 12:17 AM
"You're telling me rigged officiating doesn't impact your opinion of a sport?"
It might if it COULD BE PROVEN. And unless you can provide any evidence, that isn't a book by **** official with an axe to grind, than I might consider changing my mind.
"Brendan Shanahan articulates it perfectly."
No he doesn't. Hockey players do not have the strength of football players, let's see them put pads on and try to run through Ray Lewis or get off a block by Marcus McNeil, ain't happening. Taylor Mays would KILL Wayne Gretzky.
They do not have the stamina of a marathon runner, you said it your self they're on **** blades, which makes it easier for them to move around.
And the concentration of a brain surgeon?! Are you **** kidding me? That doesn't deserve a response.
"This most recent season was dubbed 'the year of the pitcher'."
Yeah, and a nobody came out and hit 50 HR, and guess what the first thing to come out of peoples mouths was. "He's Juicing! He's Juicing!"; It's clear it's not over, especially with the Clemens & possibly Bonds trial.
Sorry, Baseball may never get passed the steroid era, I don't like saying it but steroids will never go away.
OM: 2010 Champs said 11/08, 12:44 AM
You try getting out their and skating, and changing directions on a dime. Seriously, try that, and tell me being on blades is easier than running.
And imagine this. Your skating around at about 15 mph. Meanwhile, you have to focus on the puck. However, it doesn't stop there, because if you keep your eyes on the puck for more than a split second, you could find yourself looking up at the rafters. In addition to that, you need to know all the ridiculous rules of the sport. Gotta stay onside, can't ice the puck, can't get your stick up to high or tangle it between a guy's skates. That's what Shanahan means by the concentration of a brain surgeon
Your proving your ignorance with all your statements about hockey, so I'm just gonna leave it at that.
Unless your one of those negative nancy's, your past the steroid era. Sure it's still in the back of everybody's mind, but guys like Buster Posey and Jason Heyward are a breath of fresh air for this sport. Young, talented guys who just want to play the game to win. I think time is the best solution for this issue as once the majority of the players from the "juicers era" are gone, the sport will completely move on.
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