Jcs17 From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 8065 posts, RR: 38
Reply 4, posted (11 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 5092 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.
Banco From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 14752 posts, RR: 53
Reply 6, posted (11 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 5072 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.
She's as nervous as a very small nun at a penguin shoot.
Seb146 From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 12130 posts, RR: 14
Reply 7, posted (11 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 5061 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.
Tbar220 From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7013 posts, RR: 25
Reply 11, posted (11 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 5036 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.
Jaysit From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (11 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 5026 times:
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?
Bhill From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 1053 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (11 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 4991 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...
NormalSpeed From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (11 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 4993 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.
Ski Jumping (I guess I'm just feeling nordic today): It takes years of practice.
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.
KROC From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (11 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 4989 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?
: 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
: I think skateboarding, by far is the hardest sport I do. Skateboarding takes immense mental preperation.
: "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
: 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
: 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*
: 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
: Band? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA Signed, Everyone Seriously though. Marching is tough. Mix in playing an intrament, and its harder, but Marching Band is not a
: 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
: 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
: 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
: "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
: 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
: I agree with Ralgha,... Unlimited Air Racing..... Takes an EXTREME amount of talent. I would also add the extreme sport of aerobatics! Saaaaawweeeet!!
: 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
: 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
: Definatly baseball, It is written that the hardest thing to do out of all the sports is hitting a baseball.
: 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,
: Band: Requires great skill? Yes. Is a sport? NO! -Normal
: 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
: 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
: 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
: 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