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User currently offlineGEEZER From United States of America, joined Aug 2010, 1479 posts, RR: 2
Posted (1 year 8 months 1 week 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 3841 times:

So far, I have throughly enjoyed the London Olympics.............until today. I turned the TV on this morning, thinking to see if there was any Olympic "action" taking place; yes there was............syncronized "ribbon twirling" ! Not sure what they called it, but I called it...."nauseating" ! 5 or 6 young girls, bumping into each other, all about as "graceful" as 3-legged cows,..............
all of which leads me to conclude that what I have long suspected is true...............namely, that the International Olympic Committee has "lost it's marbles" !

So what's next ? synchronized tidily-winks ? weightlifting for 9 year old's ?

So what's your "favorite" Olympic event to hate ?

Charley


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User currently offlineKingairTA From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 458 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (1 year 8 months 1 week 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 3838 times:

Anything that has a world stage already like soccer and any sport covered by the X games.

User currently offlineBMI727 From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 15468 posts, RR: 26
Reply 2, posted (1 year 8 months 1 week 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 3831 times:

Quoting GEEZER (Thread starter):
Questionable Olympic Sports  

All of them.

Preseason football with crappy referees is getting more play in the non-NBC sports media. Plus the largest sports scandal of all time, NBA plates shifting, and time beginning to wind down on baseball season all occurring at the same time only further convinces me of the irrelevance of the Olympics. It's a novelty sold on human interest stories more than sporting events. Most of what goes on belongs more on TMZ than Sportscenter.



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User currently offlineMir From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 21090 posts, RR: 56
Reply 3, posted (1 year 8 months 1 week 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 3817 times:

Quoting KingairTA (Reply 1):
Anything that has a world stage already like soccer and any sport covered by the X games.

   No reason we need to have soccer and tennis at the Olympics.

Quoting GEEZER (Thread starter):
yes there was............syncronized "ribbon twirling" ! Not sure what they called it, but I called it...."nauseating" ! 5 or 6 young girls, bumping into each other, all about as "graceful" as 3-legged cows,..............

That's rhythmic gymnastics, which I saw for the first time yesterday, and I was quite impressed. Not that it'll ever be favorite of mine, but the things those people can do are pretty damn impressive, and it's certainly more interesting than watching wrestling or weightlifting.

-Mir



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User currently offlineGEEZER From United States of America, joined Aug 2010, 1479 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (1 year 8 months 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 3781 times:

Quoting Mir (Reply 3):
and it's certainly more interesting than watching wrestling or weightlifting.

Your opinion;



My opinion............

I'd rather watch wrestling and weight lifting ! (any day)

Charley



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User currently offlineDarkSnowyNight From United States of America, joined Jan 2012, 1281 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (1 year 8 months 1 week 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 3747 times:

Quoting Mir (Reply 3):
That's rhythmic gymnastics, which I saw for the first time yesterday, and I was quite impressed. Not that it'll ever be favorite of mine, but the things those people can do are pretty damn impressive, and it's certainly more interesting than watching wrestling or weightlifting.

-Mir

Yeah, I'm glad I'm not the only one who appreciated that. Personally, I found it even more impressive than figure skating, really. The timing some of those girls exhibit with their balls and hoops was amazing...

Quoting KingairTA (Reply 1):


Anything that has a world stage already like soccer and any sport covered by the X games.

Don't even get me started on Olympic Basketball... But yes, very good point.



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User currently offlineGrahamHill From France, joined Mar 2007, 2749 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (1 year 8 months 1 week 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 3748 times:

there is not real discipline I would like to be removed in the Olympics. I like sports. All sports  
Quoting Mir (Reply 3):
No reason we need to have soccer and tennis at the Olympics.

And why that?

[Edited 2012-08-10 23:09:08]


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User currently offlineMir From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 21090 posts, RR: 56
Reply 7, posted (1 year 8 months 1 week 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 3722 times:

Quoting GrahamHill (Reply 6):
Quoting Mir (Reply 3):
No reason we need to have soccer and tennis at the Olympics.

And why that?

Because there's already a big international soccer tournament run every four years, where countries actually send their full squads and not some watered down version. If a sport is going to be in the Olympics, that should be the top level of international competition. For soccer, the Olympics are just simply not bigger than the World Cup. And thus it shouldn't be there.

Same thing for tennis. The Olympics are not bigger than any of the Grand Slam events. So why have it?

-Mir



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User currently offlinefr8mech From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 5098 posts, RR: 12
Reply 8, posted (1 year 8 months 1 week 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 3719 times:

You know, I always felt that the Olympics should feature 'militarily' important sports. Track & field, wrestling, gymnastics, swimming, jumping, etc. Not really sure why that notion is firmly imbedded in my head. Probably something in my youth. The Summer Olympics were a big deal in my family's homes when I was summering in Greece.

As such, a lot of the events I've seen gets the "what's the point" indicator lighting up in my head.



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User currently offlineMadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10725 posts, RR: 38
Reply 9, posted (1 year 8 months 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 3705 times:

There's been a countless number of useless new Olympic sports added in the last few games. Many of them did not exit in Rome in 1960, Tokyo 1964 and following games I can remember.

I want to see a Olympic Formula 1 race!

Just a one F1 event taking place during the Olympic games every 4 years with a Gold, Silver and Bronze medalist, namely the first, second and third places in the race.

        



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User currently offlinePHX787 From Japan, joined Mar 2012, 6942 posts, RR: 18
Reply 10, posted (1 year 8 months 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 3700 times:

I personally wanna see baseball back in the olympics. It'd be interesting to see who would be on the Olympic team from the US (Aroldis Chapman....would he play for Cuba?)


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User currently offlinekiwiandrew From New Zealand, joined Jun 2005, 8492 posts, RR: 14
Reply 11, posted (1 year 8 months 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 3700 times:
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Equestrian definitely needs to go. The olympics are meant to be about human acheivement, aren't they? As daft as synchronised swimming and rhythmic gymnastics are they are still impressive feats of human ability rather than a human sitting on something else which actually does all the work. If we allow equestrian then to be consistent we should allow other joke 'sports' such as motorsports.


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User currently offlinevikkyvik From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 9396 posts, RR: 27
Reply 12, posted (1 year 8 months 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 3691 times:
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Steeple Chase. What the hell?? A distance run with occasional hurdles and one random hurdle over a puddle???

Quoting DarkSnowyNight (Reply 5):
The timing some of those girls exhibit with their balls

 



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User currently offlineBMI727 From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 15468 posts, RR: 26
Reply 13, posted (1 year 8 months 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 3687 times:

Quoting PHX787 (Reply 10):
I personally wanna see baseball back in the olympics

Why? We get 162 games of the best players on earth every year, so what's the point of watching some of the same players and some inferior players for two weeks at odd hours? The World Baseball Classic is already a joke. And, there's not a chance in hell that MLB would hold up their season for a couple weeks like the NHL does not to mention that what sort of executive or owner would potentially want to hand over the keys of a nine figure player to somebody else? Basketball is bad enough in that respect, and as a Bulls fan I abhor the fact that Luol Deng decided to persist in playing for the UK, and if reports are to be believed, that puts me and Bulls management on the same page.

Quoting PHX787 (Reply 10):
(Aroldis Chapman....would he play for Cuba?)

Don't think so. Saying that it would be awkward is putting it lightly. Jumping ship to seek asylum during national team road trips is how he defected.



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User currently offlineGEEZER From United States of America, joined Aug 2010, 1479 posts, RR: 2
Reply 14, posted (1 year 8 months 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 3679 times:

[quote=Mir,reply=7]Because there's already a big international soccer tournament run every four years, where countries actually send their full squads and not some watered down version. If a sport is going to be in the Olympics, that should be the top level of international competition. For soccer, the Olympics are just simply not bigger than the World Cup. And thus it shouldn't be there.

Same thing for tennis. The Olympics are not bigger than any of the Grand Slam events. So why have it?

-Mir


This is almost as unlikely as getting a gold medal.............Mir and Charley agreeing on the same thing !

Charley



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User currently onlinescbriml From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2003, 12033 posts, RR: 47
Reply 15, posted (1 year 8 months 1 week 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 3670 times:
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Quoting kiwiandrew (Reply 11):
Equestrian definitely needs to go. The olympics are meant to be about human acheivement, aren't they? As daft as synchronised swimming and rhythmic gymnastics are they are still impressive feats of human ability rather than a human sitting on something else which actually does all the work.

I don't have a problem with it, it's a widely practiced sport and you can't deny the human skill involved. If you get rid of it, then sailing and possibly pole vault need to go too (on the basis they're not 'man powered'). I presume you don't have an issue with cycling and rowing (all forms) as they're powered by humans?



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User currently offlineus330 From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 3840 posts, RR: 14
Reply 16, posted (1 year 8 months 1 week 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 3588 times:

Racewalking. But not because it doesn't take talent, skills, or athleticism. It's because the sport seems impossible to police when its taking place--there are strict rules regarding foot placement, straightening of the leg, etc, and its simply impossible to ensure that all competitors are abiding by these rules all the time.

User currently offlineZANL188 From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 3433 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (1 year 8 months 1 week 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 3570 times:
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Synchronized diving...

On the bits I've seen of it the divers don't appear to be synchronized....



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User currently offlinefalstaff From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 5961 posts, RR: 27
Reply 18, posted (1 year 8 months 1 week 3 days ago) and read 3557 times:
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Quoting fr8mech (Reply 8):
I always felt that the Olympics should feature 'militarily' important sports.
Quoting kiwiandrew (Reply 11):
Equestrian definitely needs to go. The olympics are meant to be about human acheivement

For many years equestrian events were only open to military officers.

Quoting us330 (Reply 16):
Racewalking

when did that become an Olympic event?



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User currently offlinePlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 11572 posts, RR: 61
Reply 19, posted (1 year 8 months 1 week 3 days ago) and read 3553 times:

Quoting Mir (Reply 7):
Because there's already a big international soccer tournament run every four years, where countries actually send their full squads and not some watered down version. If a sport is going to be in the Olympics, that should be the top level of international competition. For soccer, the Olympics are just simply not bigger than the World Cup. And thus it shouldn't be there.

I disagree, they have rules in place specifically to prevent the Olympics being a repeat of world cup events. A national team with only three players over the age of 23 is a totally different team and therefore game than a world cup match. Equally you could switch the question and ask what the point in having a world cup (inagurated 1930) is when it's been an Olympic sport since 1900.

Quoting kiwiandrew (Reply 11):
Equestrian definitely needs to go. The olympics are meant to be about human acheivement, aren't they? As daft as synchronised swimming and rhythmic gymnastics are they are still impressive feats of human ability rather than a human sitting on something else which actually does all the work. If we allow equestrian then to be consistent we should allow other joke 'sports' such as motorsports.

You have clearly never ridden anything competitively if you think there is no human achievement involved.

Quoting scbriml (Reply 15):
I don't have a problem with it, it's a widely practiced sport and you can't deny the human skill involved. If you get rid of it, then sailing and possibly pole vault need to go too (on the basis they're not 'man powered'). I presume you don't have an issue with cycling and rowing (all forms) as they're powered by humans?

  


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User currently offlineTW From Germany, joined Jul 2011, 60 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (1 year 8 months 1 week 3 days ago) and read 3546 times:

Quoting us330 (Reply 16):

Racewalking. But not because it doesn't take talent, skills, or athleticism. It's because the sport seems impossible to police when its taking place--there are strict rules regarding foot placement, straightening of the leg, etc, and its simply impossible to ensure that all competitors are abiding by these rules all the time.

I don't think that jogging for a few steps a couple times during the race will make a big difference.

Take football for example, I have never seen a sport where there are that many people not respecting the rules. Whenever there's a free kick or a corner, all the players are tugging on someone's shirt, which is against the rules and 99% of the time they are not sanctioned for it. Should football also be banned for that reason?


User currently offlineGrahamHill From France, joined Mar 2007, 2749 posts, RR: 1
Reply 21, posted (1 year 8 months 1 week 3 days ago) and read 3543 times:

Quoting Mir (Reply 7):
Because there's already a big international soccer tournament run every four years, where countries actually send their full squads and not some watered down version. If a sport is going to be in the Olympics, that should be the top level of international competition. For soccer, the Olympics are just simply not bigger than the World Cup. And thus it shouldn't be there.

Same thing for tennis. The Olympics are not bigger than any of the Grand Slam events. So why have it?

I understand your point, but those two sports are among the most famous and most played in the world, and it would be weird not have them in the Olympics.



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User currently offlineMD11Engineer From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 13793 posts, RR: 63
Reply 22, posted (1 year 8 months 1 week 3 days ago) and read 3539 times:

Quoting kiwiandrew (Reply 11):
Equestrian definitely needs to go. The olympics are meant to be about human acheivement, aren't they? As daft as synchronised swimming and rhythmic gymnastics are they are still impressive feats of human ability rather than a human sitting on something else which actually does all the work. If we allow equestrian then to be consistent we should allow other joke 'sports' such as motorsports.
Quoting PlymSpotter (Reply 19):

You have clearly never ridden anything competitively if you think there is no human achievement involved.

Not just competively. I took some horse riding lessons when I was working in Ireland (a supervisor at work cajoled us into it) and I could feel my postrior for weeks until I had the necessary muscles built up. Especially tthe trot is very hard on the male physique, since, if you don´t actively move with the horse, you´ll get your family jewells squashed.
The girls enjoyed to see us guys suffer!

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User currently offlinePlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 11572 posts, RR: 61
Reply 23, posted (1 year 8 months 1 week 3 days ago) and read 3534 times:

Quoting MD11Engineer (Reply 22):
Not just competively. I took some horse riding lessons when I was working in Ireland (a supervisor at work cajoled us into it) and I could feel my postrior for weeks until I had the necessary muscles built up. Especially tthe trot is very hard on the male physique, since, if you don´t actively move with the horse, you´ll get your family jewells squashed.

Been there, done that, got the ice pack  
Quoting MD11Engineer (Reply 22):
The girls enjoyed to see us guys suffer!

   Totally agreed - like, I'm half way through falling off a horse here.... stop laughing and help!


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User currently offlineslider From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 6661 posts, RR: 35
Reply 24, posted (1 year 8 months 1 week 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 3510 times:

The Olympics have devolved into a load of crap.

Racewalking, trampoline, ribbon twirling...these are not sports.

Meanwhile, one of the most universal sports on the planet--golf--remains unrepresented. I guess it's an exhibition status sport in Brazil in 2016, but it's a terrible indictment of the ridiculous nature of some of these Olympic "sports" that they have nonsensical stuff but omit other important sports.


25 MD11Engineer : Many women are into the more artsy stuff, like rhythmic gymnastics, figure skating etc. For myself, I´m intersted in shooting, but I know that it wi
26 BlueElephant : Without incurring the wrath of some of the Americans on this forum... Basketball. What's the point. Every single tournament is pretty much designed fo
27 rfields5421 : There are some sports which I don't understand. But I've been very a happy with the coverage by NBC in the US during the daylight hours - showing doze
28 StarAC17 : I agree that MLB won't stop their season to allow baseball in the Olympics. But if baseball was in it wouldn't be relevant without the best in the wo
29 us330 : The difference, though, is the main point of racewalking is that it isn't jogging--it's a specific kind of stride required, or else there is no point
30 falstaff : I like to watch figure skating; there are some hot women in that sport. Jordan, Ewing and Mullin all won gold in 1984 as amateur players and then Gol
31 StarAC17 : I would like to see it in if MLB could be convinced to stop the season for 17 days to allow the pros to play, heck its a 162 game season so what is t
32 Aesma : I find some sports out of place but reading this thread nobody would agree so I say keep them all and even add a lot more, everybody will be happy tha
33 Post contains images MadameConcorde : I want Formula One! One Olympic F1 race every 4 years being part of the Games.
34 Post contains images tugger : Well if understand the Olympic requirements I think they'd have to be peddle cars, but I think it would be great! And it would be hilarious to watch!
35 Post contains images MadameConcorde : Yes, we can have them with F1 drivers racing them. Would be hilarious for sure!
36 Aesma : The main problem is that they would need to all have the same car. A GP2 race maybe ?
37 Post contains images MadameConcorde : They could still have F1 cars with the same engines (let's say Cosworth) for all the cars. The rest would be like normal F1. It would probably change
38 Silver1SWA : Your "Olympics are irrelevant" argument is getting old. Preseason football started two days ago, at a time where the Olympics already began winding d
39 falstaff : I think it would just fine, considering the NHL can get away with it and they don't have nearly the audience that MLB does. I would think a lot of ML
40 KingairTA : The cost to the host country has gotten out of hand. One way to cut the cost is to eliminate sports that already have an international commercial cham
41 bjorn14 : 1908 for men, 1996 for women. 20K for both men and women. 50K for men only. Rugby Sevens have been added for 2016 at Rio. IOC has already said that t
42 aerdingus : The human achievement is in the training of these wonderful animals. And the person is not just sitting there, you hardly think the horse is running
43 BMI727 : ...but it's still true. ...and people were paying attention to training camp before that. And yet two weeks from now, 99% of the Olympic athletes cou
44 kiwiandrew : Ok, so on that basis I guess we should have sheep dog trials as an olympic 'sport', shouldn't we? A line has to be drawn somewhere.. for me the olymp
45 corocks : From the winter Olympics - curling. How is shuffleboard on ice a 'sport'?
46 PHX787 : I love curling!!! Its very technical!
47 Silver1SWA : What's your point? A full season of America's most popular sport is approaching. Of course they have been paying attention. How does that take away f
48 sprout5199 : OK, didn't read all the posts, that being said, any sport where the top award is not the Olympics then they need to drop it, I.E. soccer, basketball,
49 BMI727 : When even the practice of a popular sport can draw more attention than the top competition of Olympic sports, it means that the Olympic sports are no
50 Aeroflot777 : WOW, I don't even know what to say here dude, nor even where to start. I think your comment is incredibly naive. My grandfather was the president of
51 Pyrex : Three out of the four swimming strokes. They know which one is the fastest, why bother with the rest? Seems like it would be the equivalent to having
52 Aesma : It's interesting that you should say that when the sports you're mentioning (baseball, hockey) are popular in one part of the world only. The Olympic
53 LTBEWR : As to what should or should not be Olympic sports, history, politics, popularity, practiced in several continents, recognized international regulation
54 BMI727 : Ooh, somebody's leotard is in a twist. There's already racewalking, which is every bit as ridiculous as it sounds. Most sports are popular only in a
55 Silver1SWA : Oh I see, you assume the lead up to football has been more popular. Do you have proof to back that up? Add up over the past 16 days NBC's ratings, in
56 Post contains links BMI727 : Here's Deadspin's Bristolmetrics piece that tracks what is talked about on Sportscenter each week. In the first week, the Olympics got 11.2% of the c
57 MD11Engineer : What is popular sport today? Mostly games and competitions, which can be easily televised with nice stretches of tension for the spectators (goals an
58 zippyjet : And there are some hottie rythmic gymnasts! Besides the ribbon they fondle a ball and do it with a bowling pin thing. Golf is returning to the Olympi
59 Aeroflot777 : Huh? It's late over here and maybe I misread your post, but where have you seen men's sync swimming?
60 Post contains images PlymSpotter : Again, that just shows you have no idea of how demanding equestrian events are - the rider isn't sat there doing nothing. In fact the lead-in commitm
61 Post contains images Aleksandar : Speaking of football...I don't like the idea limiting teams to under 23. This destroys Olympic football tournament, just like it was the case with so
62 Post contains images cmf : Agree. I think allowing pro's is when it fell apart. Not that it wasn't abused by the factories before. The Olympic Truce was a key part of the origi
63 Silver1SWA : You're comparing SportsCenter to NBC? Really? Of course SportsCenter is going to focus on football and baseball right now. NBC and the other networks
64 Aleksandar : Exactly. Speaking of artistic gymnastics, can you explain why Russia is not as good as it used to be?
65 scbriml : That would rule out just about every sport. And who gets to decide? Despite all his grand slam wins, Roger Federer was desperate to win the Olympic g
66 cmf : Don't know why you use 1950's. The rule change I refer to was in 1986. Sure there were many problems with how nations abused the amateur rule but a b
67 LTBEWR : You won't see participants like them much more in the Olympics due to safety, pressures from the top competitive countries in respective events to ke
68 Aleksandar : This is pure utopia. For example, once upon a time, top basketball and volleyball players from Belgrade used to be very successful students. Sport wa
69 corocks : Not even taking into account that ESPN is owned by ABC - a competitor of NBC. Of course they are going to talk about football (which they air games)
70 bjorn14 : I fundamentally agree but it would have never happened if the OL hadn't gotten so big that NOCs were having a hard time funding two big teams in the
71 Post contains images cmf : Success is often the biggest enemy
72 Post contains links scbriml : You're entitled to your opinion, but I suspect you are in a small minority. It's not, it's still there if you look closely enough. Maybe the American
73 Post contains images cmf : Thank you If you look close enough, i.e. it takes a lot of effort to find. The games have changed. Not all of it to the better. Think about it. I'm s
74 BMI727 : Because the Olympics need to be a lower quality product? A history that practically nobody pays any attention to. Just like people would stop going t
75 cmf : Because the spirit of the Olympics took a big hit.
76 BMI727 : People don't tune in for spirit. Why would anyone watch a sport they are otherwise largely uninterested in if it isn't the best out there?
77 CPH-R : Whoever suggested equestrianism needs to go watch the showjumping portion of the Modern pentathlon competition. There the competitors only know which
78 scbriml : Given the number of event, yes, you're going to have to look hard to find them. The event I highlighted was shown live in the UK, so wasn't that hard
79 StarAC17 : When tickets for track and field to see athletes like Usain Bolt are going for 2,500 pounds its far from relevant. Baseball and Hockey may be most po
80 ScarletHarlot : I knew someone was going to say this. Have you ever tried it? It's much more than "shuffleboard on ice". It is more physical than it looks too. Whene
81 Post contains images cmf : Since when? The spirit may defined as watching the best, as it seems to be for you. Spirit may also be because of the sport, or it may be because the
82 BMI727 : There's relatively expensive tickets for a lot of other things too, but the real money is in TV. Part of the reason for the price is that it is only
83 RussianJet : Why is there no darts if there is archery?
84 BMI727 : If spirit matters so much, why do fans pack MLB stadiums rather than Little League? Just not enough to watch these sports on any other stage. Soccer
85 StarAC17 : The point I was getting at is that many people want to see track and field at the olympics over other events which have their followings as well. I t
86 par13del : We had a discussion about this last week, like the Winter Olympics there are some sports in the summer games that are just not practical for some nat
87 Silver1SWA : So what should the Olympics be then? The Olympics first and foremost are for and about the athletes. Look at it from their perspective. The rest of u
88 cmf : I have no idea if it was shown on US TV. I have not watched anything on US TV. It is a great example but it is one that is becoming more and more rar
89 Post contains links Silver1SWA : By the way, you might take a look at the gymnastics events from the 1924 and 1928 Olympics. Much closer to rhythmic gymnastics (what you called sunch
90 rfields5421 : Because you can't drink beer while competing in the Olympics - and what would darts be without beer!!!!
91 Post contains links CPH-R : Uhm, the same it has been for quite a lot of years now? (by popular consensus due to this sketch: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=clv0S--z4p0 )
92 GEEZER : Aeroflot; You didn't misread my post ! I still think "synchronized" anything is ridiculous, and when you start calling it "rhythmic" it sounds even M
93 Post contains images scbriml : Where did I say it was horrible? I've been on vacation the last two weeks and have watched countless hours of sport. I've loved every minute of it. I
94 KiwiRob : If you add a non sporting passtime like golf other non sporting passtimes like pool, darts and ballroom dancing should also be included. What a daft
95 BMI727 : Nothing. If you want basketball, watch the NBA. If you want track and field, turn that on. If you want gymnastics, watch that. There's several hundre
96 cmf : How can politics and drugs be anything but horrible in sports? I appreciate a big prestige event for upcoming athletes. For athletes who actually do
97 Silver1SWA : Again, I care to watch those sports because of the Olympic stage. I'm not interested in a random track meet. I'm interested in watching the highest o
98 BMI727 : So you're purely buying into the hype. That's fine, but then don't pretend that these are great events when the only thing that matters is the stage.
99 Silver1SWA : I'm only saying that people care and the Olympics matter. In sports, athletes have goals. The ultimate goal for most athletes in most sports is to co
100 Silver1SWA : Also, the fact that we as the audience can see these sports more regularly hasn't changed the way athletes compete. They still compete in tournaments
101 BMI727 : That's a ridiculous reason because it's artificial rarity. There's nothing other than pure hype with a dose of nationalism that makes the Olympics go
102 Silver1SWA : It's more significant at the Olympics. In fact most other world class tournaments are where athletes build experience and get ready for the Olympics.
103 Post contains images ZKSUJ : I get what you mean with sports having to be done with humans only without aid of animals/wind. But I also know that horse riding/equestian is a very
104 BMI727 : In modern athletics, they can race the best in the world at multiple events. It's not like the Olympics are the only chance to get the world's best a
105 GEEZER : Hey...........as long as everyone else is touting their "wish list" of events to be added to the Olympics, I have a fabulous idea ! How about adding p
106 Aeroflot777 : I'm confused yet again, GEEZER. The IOC doesn't govern the sports, the respective association of the sports do (in this case, the FIG). Also, artisti
107 Silver1SWA : The Super Bowl gets all the publicity and is such a big production because is it such a big deal to people in this country. It works the same way wit
108 KiwiRob : Glen Mills yeah right he's been coaching Jamacians since the early 80's, I can't find any association with him and BALCO I'd say 9 of the past 12 IRB
109 BMI727 : No, look up Angel Heredia, who changed his name to Angel Hernandez after helping to put Marion Jones away. The notable lack of interest in any non-Ol
110 Silver1SWA : The athletes WANT to compete in the Olympics! It is the highest honor! The interest in the Olympics generates the publicity. The world pours so much
111 Pyrex : Nope, it gets all the publicity because the football season is so short (12 minutes times 16 games, so just 3-4 hours), as it isn't really a sport bu
112 ZKSUJ : I agree. Just saying that on a given day it could go either way, more unpredictable than the 15 aside game which is great for a world wide spectacle
113 WildcatYXU : None. Couldn't care less. However, I have to admit that I absolutely don't understand people capable of wasting time by watching sports. Any sport. P
114 slider : I wonder how they'd fold it into the schedule. PGA Championship falls around same time, so they'd have to have some concurrence on scheduling and whe
115 aerdingus : Well personally I think what the horse does in the Olympics is a bit more impressive than sheep dog trials (as cool as those dogs are). As for the Ol
116 rfields5421 : The only bad thing about the Olympics is now my wife won't be watching it for so many hours a day - and will now be thinking up things for me to do ar
117 bhill : "Handball"....wtf? is it soccer, basketball, lacross without sticks??...3 steps till travelling?.... get it back to what the Greeks did thousands of y
118 KiwiRob : Besides football handball would be the second largest sport in Europe.
119 sbworcs : I think it slightly unfair on the athletes for some to deride the Olympics as irrelevent. Some of my favourite sights from this year - Jessica Ennis g
120 TheRedBaron : they should glue their arms to the body..an then we will see if they jog.... Agree..... maybe the Horse should get the medal.
121 Post contains images StarAC17 : I love this photo. Two class acts on the track . I am very proud of the Canadian women's soccer team!!! Is Handball more popular globally than baseba
122 na : Questinable Olympic Sports? Well, I think also niche sports should have their right to exist, but: - Taekwondo looks stupid. Awkward looking armour, a
123 scbriml : Given just three medals per event, it's clear that the majority cannot win. I don't know how it works for all of them, but the major federations set
124 zckls04 : Well said. Also well said. Any activity which features artificial breaks for the networks to go to commercials is not a proper sport. It's just a lon
125 rfields5421 : Isn't that the essential definition of a sport - a competition to determine who is the best? Some items from the announcer BS from the US NBC coverag
126 KiwiRob : I would say yes, baseball doesn't exist in Europe, whereas handball is huge in Europe and a very big sport in baseballs other markets Korea and Japan
127 Post contains images N1120A : Sure there is. Its not about the sport being unique to the Olympics, its about having great competition. Tennis was added specifically because of tha
128 BMI727 : It will give back the money on the contract, but it can't give back wins or lost revenue from playoff games, etc. Teams put too much time, money, and
129 Post contains images eicvd : Well said.
130 flyingturtle : I'm waiting for the reintroduction of tug-of-war into the Olympics. And by the way, for the introduction of chess. And for the introduction of womens'
131 StarAC17 : To clarify I think women's hockey is more threatened than men's because that is more one sided with usually Canada and the US in the final. Agreed!!
132 KiwiRob : Do you think anyone outside of North America could give a crap about who won the world series? It's also a misnomer calling it the world series since
133 BMI727 : Basketball is growing internationally with the NBA. There are billboards of Derrick Rose in China and the NBA players who went to China during the lo
134 Post contains images AirframeAS : Hell, no! And I mean than in the nicest way possible. They are. And that is the point, without the use of mechanical advantage. I had no idea that BM
135 bhill : This is what I always though "handball" was: "a sport in which players use their hands to hit a small rubber ball against a wall so that it bounces of
136 StarAC17 : Which is why every 4 years you get to see the best in the world represent their respective countries, what makes it interesting is that the world esp
137 KiwiRob : Most of the people who go to those games are Americans living in London, very few are locals. Rather like the semi-annual AFL game played in London,
138 AirframeAS : David Stern is an idiot and shouldn't be commissioner anymore for a lot of reasons. I cannot wait until he no longer the commissioner. He disses on p
139 BMI727 : No you don't. You think that Lithuanian team that has as many guys named Jonas as they do NBA players is the best in the world? How about those great
140 flyingturtle : Just because of ONE occurrence of fixing the matches? And by the way, as a passionate badminton player has told me, it is the only one sport in the w
141 AirframeAS : I saw on the news highlights that NBC showed that a Korean(?) girl purposely missed a shot and then also shot the birdie into the net on purpose. Aft
142 flyingturtle : You can play as BAD as you want, in any game, but that isn't the case in badminton. There, putting a honest effort into the game is a duty. But playi
143 Post contains images GrahamHill : I terms of what? Licence-holders? Leagues? TV coverage? I agree it is a famous sport, especially in countries like France, Sweden, Iceland, Croatia,
144 AirframeAS : I'm with you on that. If American Football did with LESS media breaks, the game would be more fun. I wished there were 4 quarters having 20 or so min
145 Post contains images kiwiandrew : I think that if it was for naked male competitors only it may have an impact on viewing figures (not to mention making TV coverage impractical in man
146 zckls04 : The three Olympic sports I definitely think we need to reinstate are: 1) Poetry 2) Powerboat Racing 3) Live pigeon shooting If you can find a more ent
147 AirframeAS : Uhh, wanna explain this one? Poetry was an Olympic sport, or are you just kidding here?? Only if the engine is removed and the drivers have to pull t
148 zckls04 : Not kidding. Was an Olympic event between 1912 and 1952, along with painting and sculpture, among other things.
149 Post contains links and images flyingturtle : Poetry? Hilarious! Gliding *was* an official sport at the 1940 Olympics... but due to the war, there wasn't a competition. That would have been great
150 Post contains images scbriml : Now I would pay money to watch that! Nothing that reduces the World population of flying rats is a moot point!
151 AviRaider : Yea apparently the carnage was so great that it caused some spectators to faint and women to weep. And there were wounded birds limping around and fe
152 flipdewaf : In what way is it gay? Or the US or GB or many others. This is one of the best thing sabout the olympics. Any real evidence to show it was more popul
153 Post contains images N1120A : Ask the Japanese that. Especially after they walked off on Korea Individual player revenue from a team's prospective is a bit overrated. Also, footba
154 Post contains images flyingturtle : And how about human-powered flight? That was the state in 1987. Today, we surely have more efficient human-powered aircraft. ...and if we allow motori
155 AirframeAS : No mechanical advantage. It must be human endurance. That's the point to the Olympics.
156 BMI727 : I bet they're too busy watching Japanese MLB players or their own relatively successful baseball league. Not if losing a player for a significant per
157 travelin man : Haven't read all 156 replies, but I find the idea of "trampoline" as a medal "sport" absolutely ridiculous.
158 flyingturtle : No mechanical advantage? How about: - pole vault? - canoe and kayaking? - sailing? - running shoes? - skiing? - cycling, triathlon? - rifle and pisto
159 Post contains images AirframeAS : NO ENGINES.... like I said before. Madame Concorde wants the F1 so badly, I say no unless they take the engines out and the drives have to push their
160 flyingturtle : You said "mechanical advantage". This term does not only relate to engines. David
161 AirframeAS : I guess you did not read any of my posts on this thread.... Not my problem.
162 par13del : No longer, world games / meets were bought in because based on technology and training techniques, it is almost impossible to get an athlete to peak
163 flyingturtle : Why should I? The words "mechanical advantage" are sharp as a cutlass. I don't know how these two words can be misunderstood. If I was given a bicycl
164 KiwiRob : Rugby is in for 2016, not 15 a side, they would be too hard on the players but it's 7's, should be great, who the hell apart from a few bumpkins in t
165 rfields5421 : There is no different mechanical advantage in the human powered aircraft than in the bicycles used in the Olympics. Mechanical advantage is allowed a
166 Post contains images canoecarrier : To be honest, the suggestion that F1 racing should be in the Olympics is beyond stupid. I'm sure if we had suggested NASCAR style racing there would
167 Post contains links BMI727 : No it isn't. And the best players in those sports from around the world will migrate to the best leagues. And that's why the complaints about the Wor
168 Post contains images corocks : The Patriots vs. the London Silly Nannies (from Family Guy) comes to mind
169 GEEZER : I really don't know why, but when I saw Mo Farrah come out and warm up prior to the 10,000 M, I was thinking.........no one is going to beat that guy
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