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What Sport Requires The Most Talent  
User currently offlineKYIPpilot From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 1383 posts, RR: 6
Posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 4741 times:

Which sport and postion do you think requires the most talent, in terms of physical strength and ability and mental awareness? Please keep this to well known, professional sports.

My vote would have to go to football quarterbacks

What do you guys think?


"It starts when you're always afraid; You step out of line, the man come and take you away" -Buffalo Springfield
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User currently offlineKROC From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 4726 times:

The hardest thing to do in professional sports is hit a baseball. 'Nuff said.

User currently offlineStartvalve From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 4709 times:

Definantly baseball... Look at the halfwits that play football and basketball.. anyone can do that.. typically baseball players can at least spell their own names

Maybe a close second would be Rally drivers.. going through the woods at 100mph in a car that is a coke can on wheels takes a high degree of confidence and skill.

Sport that takes the least skill: Nascar, driving a 30 year old design in a left hand circle for hours at a time with your foot glued to the floor.


User currently offlineConcordeBoy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 4707 times:

Forget Baseball...

..try Equestrian.


It takes the talent of two athletes in perfect unison to compete. Years of training, often for the purpose of 90second-or-less performances.







User currently offlineJcs17 From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 8065 posts, RR: 39
Reply 4, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 4711 times:

You guys are freaking kidding yourselves. Its ice hockey, by far and away. For the simple reason of skating. I mean, I can walk up to the plate with a bat and at least take a swing at a baseball. You can't exactly just skate up to the puck if you've never been on ice skates before. Not only that, but there is so much body coordination involved. Its the most phyisically demanding major sport in the world, as well. You must be in at least decent condition to play ice hockey. Another thing is that you cannot just rock up with 'roids and expect to do well, like some other sports. You need muscle control. There are no John Kruk's, Mark Maguire's, or Cece Sabathia's in the NHL. I'd like to see some of you actually take a pass in full stride and then try to shoot it on goal. If thats not difficult I don't know what is.

And if anyone says "soccer" on this thread, I will personally head over to your residence and administer some punishment.  Big grin



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User currently offlineTbar220 From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7013 posts, RR: 26
Reply 5, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 4701 times:

Perhaps I'm a little biased  Innocent, but I'm goign to say that playing hockey goaltender, especially at the NHL level is the hardest thing to do.

Martin Biron:



Matheiu Garon:



Manny Legace:



And none other than myself in a crummy little photo:






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User currently offlineBanco From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 14752 posts, RR: 53
Reply 6, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 4691 times:

To get to the top in any sport requires extraordinary skill, and it can't be compared one to the other.

I'm intrigued about the baseball comment though. I mean, if you compare it to cricket the basic principle is the same, but in cricket the speed is about the same, the ball bounces (and hence seams) as well as swings, the bowler can - and does - aim at your head and body (it bloody hurts by the way), you have stumps to defend, and there are many more ways of being out. Now, I don't know much about baseball, and wouldn't really say that one is more difficult than the other for the simple reason that I'm not in a position to say so, but I would welcome a baseball fan telling me why it is more difficult? Genuinely, I mean, I'm curious.



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User currently offlineSeb146 From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 11516 posts, RR: 15
Reply 7, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 4680 times:

Except the pitcher, batter, and catcher, no one does much of anything in baseball or cricket. Football/soccer with all the running up and down the field is exausting for any position. Skating up and down the ice in hockey wearing all those pads is exausting as well. There is a lot of running in basketball too, but that is mainly off court LOL

I think goalies in hockey and football/soccer are talented as they must defend the net and know what is going on anywhere on the playing surface at any given time.

GO CANUCKS!!



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User currently offlineStretch 8 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 2568 posts, RR: 17
Reply 8, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 4677 times:

I agree with KROC's comment about hitting a baseball. And a strong case can be made for ice hockey, also.

But consider golf. I know it looks boring on T.V. But golf requires a mental stamina and level of concentration, in addition to athletic talent, that is not matched by other, obvious team sports.




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User currently offlineMas a330 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 4684 times:

Gymnastics.

No doubt about it.


User currently offlineAA61hvy From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 13977 posts, RR: 57
Reply 10, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 4680 times:

Golf- to be the best you have to be amazing.
Gymnastics too, that is one tough ass sport.



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User currently offlineTbar220 From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7013 posts, RR: 26
Reply 11, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 4655 times:

I've actually started to appreciate baseball more and more as I continue to understand the game. While I'll admit its a slower sport, its a high precision sport, and you have to have very good mental focus to play. For example, pitching is an extremely tough position to play. The precision it takes to pitch certain pitches with different paths and speeds (curveball, screwball, breaking ball, etc.) requires amazing skill.


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User currently offlineMd11lover From Switzerland, joined Oct 2003, 444 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 4664 times:



I agree with Mas A330. Gymnastics!! No doubt about it.

Closely followed i would say by Martial Arts (Shaolin) and Muay Thai aka Thai Boxing.

Md11lover


User currently offlineJaysit From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 4645 times:

Please.

Clearly, figure skating. As Tonya Harding reminded us.

Can you imagine a football player doing a triple salchow jump wearing very very tight sequined clothing and landing on his feet to some song by Yanni even as that little chipmunk Scott Hamilton chirps on and on about how he's gonna lose a point?

That and baseball.


User currently offlineCanyonBlue From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 4649 times:

Either gymnastics or golf. Both have some of the toughest mental strain known to man and you have to be deadly accurate on a consistent basis.

User currently offlineKolobokman From Russia, joined Oct 2000, 1180 posts, RR: 6
Reply 15, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 4645 times:

What Sport Requires The Most Talent?


Chess...



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User currently offlineStartvalve From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 4635 times:

Computers have been playing chess quite effectively for some time.. Is it a talent or just something that someone or something can be programmed to do?

Lets see deep blue steal second base.


User currently offlineStretch 8 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 2568 posts, RR: 17
Reply 17, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 4630 times:

"There are only three sports: bullfighting, mountain climbing, and motor racing. Everything else is just a game."

-Ernest Hemingway



Maggs swings, it's a drive deep to left! The Tigers are going to the World Series!!!
User currently offlineRalgha From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 1614 posts, RR: 6
Reply 18, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 4628 times:

Unlimited class air racing.

That is all.



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User currently offlineKROC From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 4613 times:

Except the pitcher, batter, and catcher, no one does much of anything in baseball or cricket. Football/soccer with all the running up and down the field is exausting for any position.

Sorry, but 'running up and down the field' does not require much skill. It requires one be in good shape yes...not skill.

I'm willing to bet that the Kenyon who won the NYC marathon can't hit a curve ball.


User currently offlineHomer71 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 2241 posts, RR: 15
Reply 20, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 4622 times:

Being a hall of fame football player AND a double-murderer...

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User currently offlineKROC From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 4614 times:

Homer71 makes a great point. The skill O.J. had in loping off Ron and Nicole's domes was high due to the precision of the cuts.

User currently offlineBhill From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 948 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 4610 times:

Baseball..hands down "Anybody can walk up to a plate, and hit a baseball"???!!

!!!RIIIIIIIGHT!!!! Try taking a swing at a little white ball moving almost 100mph at you, and it might be traveling in a straight path. First, you are not seeing where the ball is..but where is was, and instinct tells you to get the f**ck outta the way!! That little hummer could easily kill you or make you very stupid for the rest of you life if it beaned you in the head...

Cheers,

Bob



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User currently offlineNormalSpeed From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 4612 times:

There are some very demanding sports out there, but I would like to nominate Biathalon. There are incredible cross-country skiers, and there are incredible marksmen. In Biathalon, you have to be both.

Other nominations:
Ski Jumping (I guess I'm just feeling nordic today): It takes years of practice.
Golf
Hockey
Decathalon
Gymnastics
and the list goes on...

I love baseball, but I will refrain from nominating it. Sure, hitting a baseball is difficult, but in the game, it's acceptable to have a .200 or .300 average. And the remainder of the skills in the game are relatively easy to master. There are many other sports that require much greater skill and stamina.

-Normal


User currently offlineKROC From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 4608 times:

I love baseball, but I will refrain from nominating it. Sure, hitting a baseball is difficult, but in the game, it's acceptable to have a .200 or .300 average. And the remainder of the skills in the game are relatively easy to master.

The remaining skills are easy to master? Come on now. As a baseball fan how can you say that?


25 Post contains images KRIC777 : Sure, hitting a baseball is difficult, but in the game, it's acceptable to have a .200 or .300 average. And the remainder of the skills in the game ar
26 Soku39 : I think skateboarding, by far is the hardest sport I do. Skateboarding takes immense mental preperation.
27 NormalSpeed : "The remaining skills are easy to master? Come on now. As a baseball fan how can you say that?" I don't say that as a baseball fan. I say that as a ba
28 Post contains images KROC : I played baseball too, and its not 'easy' to fplay the field, or run the bases etc. I think skateboarding, by far is the hardest sport I do. Skateboar
29 Post contains links Redngold : What sport? Marching Band. What position? Right end of any company front (straight line), or leading end of a follow-the-leader maneouvre. What the h*
30 KYIPpilot : redngold while I do appreciate the knowledge needed to be in marching band, I don't think that counts as a sport. There isn't much physical aspect of
31 KROC : Band? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA Signed, Everyone Seriously though. Marching is tough. Mix in playing an intrament, and its harder, but Marching Band is not a
32 Post contains images Redngold : Ummm.... It is professional, if you're in a drum & bugle corps. It is EXTREMELY physical... Just ask someone in marching band about how much stretchin
33 High_flyr69 : Australian Rules football. you need to have 3 things -Extreme Fitness.. most players run 15-20kms plus in a 120 minute game -Excellent hand eye coordi
34 ElectraBob : I can't believe nobody has mentioned CURLING. It's bad enough being the person who has to slide that thing with the handle on it (I think it's called
35 NormalSpeed : "I played baseball too, and its not 'easy' to fplay the field, or run the bases etc." Meh. I stand by my opinion. Don't get me wrong, some of those mo
36 Post contains images Redngold : Now now... come on... everyone's seen the full-contact marching band clip where the football player crashes into the band on the sidelines... OK, I kn
37 Post contains images GulfstreamGuy : I agree with Ralgha,... Unlimited Air Racing..... Takes an EXTREME amount of talent. I would also add the extreme sport of aerobatics! Saaaaawweeeet!!
38 Startvalve : And this one time, at band camp, redngold had this post that sucked I was going to ask where band is at the Olympics. Its not there but neither is aut
39 NormalSpeed : Hey GulfstreamGuy, If I'm not mistaken, that top picture is a modified P-51 Mustang entitled Dago Red. It used to be based at the airport that I got m
40 Usairwys757 : Definatly baseball, It is written that the hardest thing to do out of all the sports is hitting a baseball.
41 MITaero : get off redngold's back, it's ok.. although drum corps (pro marching band, kind of) isn't considered a sport by most people, it's still frickin hard,
42 NormalSpeed : Band: Requires great skill? Yes. Is a sport? NO! -Normal
43 Srbmod : When you look at it, ice hockey (and roller hockey to a point) is a very tough sport to learn. You can't just lace up a pair of skates and expect to b
44 High_flyr69 : you dont have to predict what way and height the ball will bounce when you are batting in baseball either. I played baseball for my state in Australia
45 Redngold : I do have a thing about football... I used to watch it all the time (obviously) It's great to watch a bunch of guys running around wearing 30 lbs. of
46 Vafi88 : Startvavle - and many others - I would like to see you MARCH 15 yards in 12 steps with 65 pound drums on while playing 32nd notes at 160 Beats per min
47 Startvalve : Why would i want to?
48 Soku39 : Seriously though consider how hard skateboarding is. The balance, if its not had naturaly, must be developed over many years, and while you get this s
49 Post contains images Alpha 1 : Sex. Oh? We're not discussing THAT sport. My bad.....[Edited 2003-11-14 05:00:23]
50 Startvalve : Yeah so hard the "athletes" that participate in that sport spend most of their free time buzzed on monkey weed.. Sorry I never knew a frequent pot use
51 Post contains images Alpha 1 : Sorry I never knew a frequent pot user that had motor skills worth a damn. Damn, we agree on something!
52 Banco : I'm not entirely sure you can reasonably compare batting in cricket and baseball. The England cricketer Ed Smith is also a big baseball fan, and he wr
53 Post contains images Soku39 : "Sorry I never knew a frequent pot user that had motor skills worth a damn." Thanks for the stereotype asshole, considering most of the weed smoking a
54 Post contains images Qb001 : C'mon now; every sport requires its own set of skills that you have to master if you want to play at a very high level. The guy who thinks that soccer
55 Srbmod : And don't forget several NFL players and Track and Field athletes have been members of the US Bobsleigh Team. Basically for pushing and added weight,
56 NWA : No doubt its boxing. To be any good at boxing, it takes nerves of steel, extreme concentration, strength, speed, heart, etc.
57 Startvalve : Thank you for confirming my point soku39
58 Srbmod : No doubt its boxing. To be any good at boxing, it takes nerves of steel, extreme concentration, strength, speed, heart, etc. And not much upstairs, ei
59 Soku39 : Please point out at which point, I made your case by taking offense at a blanketing statement?
60 Startvalve : You confirmed my point that there are few if any frequent pot users with motor skills worth a damn when you stated that most of your schools football
61 Soku39 : Ok lets see here Your argument: In the original post you insulted all skateboarders, in a stereotypical statement, about drug usage. Reality: Not even
62 Post contains images Bobrayner : Triathlon. All I have to say...
63 Post contains images Ryanb741 : Actually, of the sports I have participated in (soccer, rugby union, cricket and martial arts) I would say martial arts is by far the most demanding b
64 SSTjumbo : Marching band isn't a sport, but you have to practically be a machine to survive the toughest drum & bugle corps. Living on the line of blackout playi
65 Startvalve : The High school part is due to the fact that unless they were smoking their life away in grade school they have not yet killed enough brain cells to s
66 CanadianNorth : Snowmobiling dont take much... all you really gotta know is use this to go this to stop and mind you dont ram into other machines eh..... CanadianNort
67 ScarletHarlot : ElectraBob - don't make fun of curling until you've tried it! I curl three times a week and often instruct. Many times we have people come in who don'
68 Post contains images Lehpron : Sports don't require talent, they are games until it becomes your job, by then it is not a sport. It is entertainment.
69 Soku39 : I almost forgot about this thread hehe. Ok so football players are idiots, yes, thats obvious. The thing is your comment was directed at skateboarders
70 J_hallgren : Not based on strength, but based on mental awareness, I would have to say both air racing and any type of car racing that exceeds 100mph, as both woul
71 Post contains images Springbokheavy : All sports require great skill but some which are the hardest to master are: Golf Gymnastics Cricket Rowing (Go Rowing ) Baseball Archery ect.........
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