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Question For Non-North Americans...

Tue Mar 13, 2001 10:24 pm

Hi,
(for non-North Americans only)
How interested are you guys/gals in American sports, like American-rules football, the NBA, NHL, NFL, NCAA men's basketball tourney...etc...Do you follow it at all??

Just curious,
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RE: Question For Non-North Americans...

Tue Mar 13, 2001 10:38 pm

Almost negligible coverage in the UK.

World Cup-style Football, Rugby, Rowing, Golf, Cricket get most coverage.

There is not much interest/complete ignorance in American sports here in the UK.

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RE: Question For Non-North Americans...

Tue Mar 13, 2001 10:41 pm

Me and my friends are fans of WWF, XFL, NBA and last but not least, NFL.
 
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Tue Mar 13, 2001 10:56 pm

Although my country is in North America, (MEXICO) we follow the NFL, NBA and baseball. We have a very good coverage with ABC, CBS, NBC, ESPN and FOX.

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Tue Mar 13, 2001 11:12 pm

I like the Ice-hockey. Especially Canadian Ice hockey. What annoys me about American sports is that you have American Football. How can it be called football when you have the ball in your hands most of the time???? In the uk we have a lot of wrestling coverage ,Some American "football". The NBA has coverage as well sometimes. That looks class, especially LA Lakers. Apart from that I aint particularly interested in North American sports.
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Tue Mar 13, 2001 11:46 pm

US sports that get the most coverage are Basketball and Ice Hockey. Gridiron is viewed upon almost with contempt by the average Brit.

Soccer, Rugby and Cricket are the main sports here.
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Wed Mar 14, 2001 2:39 am

I'm not really interested in any sports, anyway: It's just some big men running around some leathery round bits and getting all excited about it.... And American sports are not much different from European sports in these qualities (except Americans only seem to like sports where there are scores avery few seconds resulting in totals around 100-101 instead of the European sports generally resulting in 0-1...)

Boring.
 
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Wed Mar 14, 2001 3:05 am

I really like the american sports, especially NASCAR, NHL, NBA and MLB.

NASCAR is the right way of car-racing, not the boring Formula 1...

The Swiss hockey team isn't bad (won against the Russian team a few months ago), but the NHL is moch more interesting.

European basketball is a joke, every NBA-team would win against the teams of the european nations.

And baseball, I really haven't heard of european baseball yet!

Unfortunately the coverage is really bad, I can't get ESPN, can't get ABC... only CNN. Only Eurosport shows NASCAR every sunday.

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Wed Mar 14, 2001 3:26 am

I was born in HK. moved here (Toronto) 7 years ago.
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RE: Question For Non-North Americans...

Wed Mar 14, 2001 6:50 am

We get a pretty good coverage of the NBA, NHL and NFL in Germany, no NCAA though.

How about German/European soccer coverage in the U.S.?

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RE: Question For Non-North Americans...

Wed Mar 14, 2001 6:59 am

We see a lot of the English Premier League soccer (football) here, not anything from Germany.
 
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RE: Question For Non-North Americans...

Wed Mar 14, 2001 7:31 am

Hhhhm,

The only time I have noticed American league sports have been on cable, other than that, we have far too much sports broadcast on television of our own.

However, we do on one TV station, on a Saturday afternoon have about an hour or so of "extreme" sports programming which always has a large US element.

Cheers,

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RE: Question For Non-North Americans...

Wed Mar 14, 2001 7:53 am

On ESPN2 and other smaller sports networks we get overseas sports...once we got Aussie-rules football I remember...the Grey Cup from our friends up north is shown on ESPN2 (CFL is way better than NFL), and sometimes British soccer...we get a lot of Mexican soccer on the Spanish language channels...

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Wed Mar 14, 2001 8:52 am

I live in the USA but i enjoy euro sports alot. Soccer is great, i loved the UEFA championships last yr! MLS is a bunch of BS! NASCAR, AHAHHAHAHAH i drove on the autobahn in Germany faster! For gods sake 175mph isnt all that fast. Plus all those cars go the same speed, what the heck is the point of the race? I like the channel Eurosport, i watch it whenever im on vacation in Poland.
 
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RE: Question For Non-North Americans...

Wed Mar 14, 2001 1:14 pm

You know what just occurred to me? The NHL probably gets better coverage overseas than it does here in North America. I am a dedicated hockey fan, and I will tell you that in the U.S., hockey is viewed almost as a secondary sport compared to football (ok), baseball(boring!) and basketball(worst of the three).
 
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RE: Question For Non-North Americans...

Thu Mar 15, 2001 4:20 am

WorldTraveller, on which chanel do you get NHL coverage?

And, LOT767-300ER, do you think Formula 1 is better than NASCAR? Only the start is interesting, the rest of the race they drive around the course with ten or twenty seconds between them... BORING!!!

A NASCAR race has more than 10 different leaders and 100 passes. They drive around the turns side-by-side and in two rows.

Do you really drive 180 mph at German autobahns? And about the speed: 180 mph is more than 280 kph, Formula 1 cars reach 330. This isn't a big difference, I think.

AND, the NASCAR drivers must DRIVE their cars, Formula 1 cars are the one half car and the other half computer...

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RE: Question For Non-North Americans...

Thu Mar 15, 2001 4:53 am

NHL all the way. Avalanche will get the cup (I hope!)
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RE: Question For Non-North Americans...

Thu Mar 15, 2001 5:15 am

I love NHL, NBA, NFL and Cart. The finnish ones + F1 suck a big time !!!

An-225, don't even think about it!!!! Red Wings will get the cup! Big grin

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Thu Mar 15, 2001 5:17 am

Avalanche aren't bad, but they won't beat the RED WINGS!
Avalanche's second goaltender is good, David Aebischer, Swiss player!

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RE: Question For Non-North Americans...

Thu Mar 15, 2001 5:21 am

Yes, Joona, you're right, Red Wings will go for the cup!
(haven't seen your post before, wrote my own...)

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Fri Mar 16, 2001 12:32 pm

No way, Red Wings won't get the cup. It's OUR TURN!

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RE: Question For Non-North Americans...

Fri Mar 16, 2001 1:28 pm

I don't know about Detroit or Colorado. I'd say the dark horses are Ottawa, San Jose, and Toronto. Don't forget New Jersey and St. Louis. I, personally, think the Devils might repeat as cup champions, but Colorado will not win the cup
 
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Fri Mar 16, 2001 7:16 pm

In Australia American Basketball NBA would get the most weekly coverage. NFL, some usually the results, baseball same, results in paper, the finals results might make the TV. ice hockey non existant, the only time when you might see Ice Hockey in Australia is when someone creamed another player and it usually part of a weekly highlights section. Nascar racing non existant.
Part of the problem in Australia for American sports is that we are already starting the week Monday when it is still Sunday.
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RE: Question For Non-North Americans...

Fri Mar 16, 2001 7:31 pm

I'm Swiss but went to school in the U.S., where I picked up a liking for American Football. That is something I miss - There is absolutely no coverage of that here. I never managed to get interested in baseball, though.

Europeans' objections to American Football tend to be 1. It's always stopping - 5 seconds of action followed by a minute of bumbling around. And 2. the rules are extremely complicated. It's one of those sports that you simply cannot understand unless you grow up with it. Soccer is easy - Get the ball into the other goal, and you cannot use your hands. Simple.

Of course American Football is derived from Rugby, which is played by many countries, who see no need to replace it with the American version. I think American Football should get rid of all that padding. They do the same tackles in Rugby and they don't use pads.

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RE: Question For Non-North Americans...

Fri Mar 16, 2001 10:38 pm

I can watch Baseball for hrs. and i still don´t have a clue what is going on. I definately need someone to explane that to me sometimes.

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RE: Question For Non-North Americans...

Sat Mar 17, 2001 3:19 am

I don't think baseball is so hard to understand...
I first saw it when I visited the USA, and after two or three games on TV, I knew the rules.

Martin

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Sat Mar 17, 2001 3:45 am

An-225

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Red Wings all the way!  Laugh out loud

btw. did you hear about Shanahan??? Scored 4+1 against Calgary (??) last night.  Laugh out loud

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RE: Question For Non-North Americans...

Sat Mar 17, 2001 5:14 am

in Croatia there is only interest for NBA,
but I am not interested in it at all
I like soccer more than american football
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RE: Question For Non-North Americans...

Sat Mar 17, 2001 6:43 am

No no no no i never said formula 1 is better, infact i dont like it either and yes i have reached a speed of 173mph (never said 180!) in a custom made BMW740 and i wasent driving, i was in the front passanger seat.
 
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RE: Question For Non-North Americans...

Sat Mar 17, 2001 7:01 am

You reached 173? I can't believe that. Didn't you just look at the speedometer (tachometer?) and saw the pointer at 175? If it was a german-bought BMW then the tacho is usually in kilometers per hour.
BTW I don't know if a BMW can reach this speed. Usually German cars (like Porsches) are blocked at 240 kph or so (150 mph).

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RE: Question For Non-North Americans...

Sat Mar 17, 2001 7:03 am

Well, I followed NHL a few years ago very close but I'm getting tired of all these injured players. I think that Swedish Hockey League is much better.
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Well, all the world says football besides North America. So, I like football much better than American Football.  Smile

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RE: Question For Non-North Americans...

Sat Mar 17, 2001 7:20 am

A few years ago, I bought a new BMW 328i Coupe, and I clocked it at 265 km/h (165mph), which was rather surprising - I expected to top out at around 245-250 because of a speed limiter, but aparently there was none, and I guess I had a tailwind. But I am quite sure of the speed, because I clocked it over 4 kilometers with a stopwatch (I agree, speedometers tend to be optimistic).

I was stupid to sell that car - best one I ever owned.

I just spent a week in the U.S., and it's always tough adapting to the slower speeds (as well as a total lack of lane discipline) there.

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RE: Question For Non-North Americans...

Sat Mar 17, 2001 7:31 am

Germany is the only country which allows driving so fast, as much I know. There you can drive as fast as you want on the autobahn. In Switzerland there's a speed limit at 120 kph on the "autobahns", you know this CFalk. This is about 75 mph, the speed limit in a few States of the USA.
Don't know exactly where the speed-limiter of a BMW is...

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RE: Question For Non-North Americans...

Sat Mar 17, 2001 7:36 am

I'll go to sleep now, continue the discuss tomorrow.
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RE: Question For Non-North Americans...

Sat Mar 17, 2001 8:16 am

Heh, heh, I know about the speed limits, but they are mostly dependant on photo-radar here, rather than patrols, and if you know where they are, no problem.

Anyway, I hit that speed on the Route du Soleil, the highway from Lyon to Marseille, at about 2 or 3 in the morning. France uses more mobile units than in Switzerland, and in hindsight I'm lucky I didn't land myself in jail.

That's also the same road I once took a Kawasaki ZZR 1100 to 250 or thereabouts (I wasn't about to let go of those handlebars to use a stopwatch!)  Nuts

Generally, although the speed limit is 120, most drive at 130-140, and maybe 10% of people drive at 160 (100mph) or higher. Those speeds and the variances are OK in Europe because there is a high level of lane discipline. In the U.S., There are so many people who feel that the left lane is what you use if you are going a long way and don't want to get involved with incoming or offgoing traffic. If a cop in Switzerland ever saw a car pass another on the right on the highway, both cars will be ticketed - one for passing on the right, and the other for obstructing traffic (not letting faster traffic go by moving right).

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RE: Question For Non-North Americans...

Sat Mar 17, 2001 9:07 am

it probably was in Miles per hour, he did say a custom 7 series BMW, and most BMW are limited to 155mph/250kph, but if the chip is removed another 20mph is easily possible.
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