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Re: All about sports

Postby Koatanga » Wed Feb 13, 2013 12:56 pm

I think the Olympics should be about personal achievement, so i would toss out all team sports.

And yes, I say that as a rabid rugby fan who is delighted that Rugby Sevens will be in the next Olympics. If it's going to have team sports anyway, might as well have entertaining ones.

But yeah, kick out all team sports and get back to individual competition.
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Re: All about sports

Postby Flex » Wed Feb 13, 2013 1:04 pm

Koatanga wrote:I think the Olympics should be about personal achievement, so i would toss out all team sports.

And yes, I say that as a rabid rugby fan who is delighted that Rugby Sevens will be in the next Olympics. If it's going to have team sports anyway, might as well have entertaining ones.

But yeah, kick out all team sports and get back to individual competition.


So no track and swimming relay events? No team pursuit?!
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Re: All about sports

Postby Cogglamp » Wed Feb 13, 2013 1:21 pm

What about relays in track and field or swimming? That's a "team" sport. Seems silly to go the whole individual route.

How the voting IOC subcommittee considers trampoline, modern pentathlon (which really isn't modern by the way), rhythmic gymnastics, and horse jumping more fitting than wrestling to reflect the Olympic idea is beyond me.

Rulon Gardner beating Karelin, Karelin's 6-year streak without giving up a point, the Schultz brothers winning gold in LA, and Blatnick beating lymphoma, an Olympic lockout and then finally winning gold in '84.

Sorry, when you have moments like that, your sport should be grandfathered in for eternity at the Olympics.
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Re: All about sports

Postby Flex » Wed Feb 13, 2013 1:29 pm

Trampoline and Rhythmic Gymnastics are disciplines of the larger Gymnastics sport, horse jumping is part of Equestrian. The way it works is the Sport gets the spot, then they have various disciplines of the sport and then events for each discipline. So cutting those two disciplines doesn't free up the larger sport spot.

Modern Pentathlon on the other hand is its own sport that could have been cut instead.
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Re: All about sports

Postby Cogglamp » Wed Feb 13, 2013 1:36 pm

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Shoju wrote:The Olympics should be about achieving the pinnacle of your sport. To that end, I don't understand why they want to include Tennis, Golf, Baseball, Softball, Basketball, or Soccer.



But even then, the four latter sports don't even send in their best players to the Olympics more often than not.


3 out of 4 ain't bad.

Basketball - Colangelo and Dr. K put together their team that they thought would mesh together and win with Spain and Argentina sending their best players.

Soccer - Tell that to any Mexico fan and you'll get punched in the face. Just because Messi, Rooney, and other top tier names weren't there doesn't mean countries are sending below-grade teams. Matching talent with teamwork is a difficult balance to master.

Also, do you really think Brazil didn't care about losing the gold medal match?

Softball - This really was their pinnacle until it was taken away with the always US sending their best as well as Australia and Japan.

Baseball - I'll grant you this one. Though Cuba would probably win regardless if every country sent their best.
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Re: All about sports

Postby Flex » Wed Feb 13, 2013 1:45 pm

Pretty sure Baseball, and softball for women, wont be an Olympic sport for a while. Less international than Basketball but just as top heavy.

The exclusion of Baseball and Softball hit Softball the hardest since Japan and Hispanic nations have fairly well developed leagues for baseball, but lots of funding was cut to the startup softball programs so even if Baseball comes back Softball might stay on the sidelines.
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Re: All about sports

Postby Jabari » Wed Feb 13, 2013 1:57 pm

Cogglamp wrote:Soccer - Tell that to any Mexico fan and you'll get punched in the face. Just because Messi, Rooney, and other top tier names weren't there doesn't mean countries are sending below-grade teams. Matching talent with teamwork is a difficult balance to master.


Remember that Olympic Soccer has some very bizarre restrictions. I believe that it's "no more than 3 players over age 24" for each team. Something like that, anyway.

As far as totally cutting team sports - no way. Olympic hockey is the best hockey!

(And anyway, I'd never, ever be able to see Water Polo or Team (European) Handball if they took that away...)
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Re: All about sports

Postby Koatanga » Wed Feb 13, 2013 8:16 pm

Flex wrote:
Koatanga wrote:I think the Olympics should be about personal achievement, so i would toss out all team sports.

And yes, I say that as a rabid rugby fan who is delighted that Rugby Sevens will be in the next Olympics. If it's going to have team sports anyway, might as well have entertaining ones.

But yeah, kick out all team sports and get back to individual competition.


So no track and swimming relay events? No team pursuit?!

No relay events, no synchronised swimming or diving, no group gymnastics medals, no rowing, no basketball, hockey, bobsledding, volleyball, handball, field hockey, soccer, rugby, curling, cycling... Just individuals.

But it's not going to happen, so Kiwis will enjoy seeing Rugby Sevens, and continue to pick up our usual "sitting down" medals in rowing, cycling, sailing, and dressage.

I think it was the LA Olympics where every Kiwi medal (9 if I recall) was earned sitting down - including our archer who shot from a wheelchair.
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Re: All about sports

Postby Flex » Thu Feb 14, 2013 1:32 pm

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Re: All about sports

Postby Paxen » Thu Feb 14, 2013 1:42 pm

Yeesh, getting caught for rape is embarrasing, a black eye for the club, and then a coach laments that you can't get away with anything these days?

Looks like the Phillies need to fire their coaches and their PR department
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Re: All about sports

Postby Klaudandus » Thu Feb 14, 2013 4:36 pm

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Re: All about sports

Postby Shoju » Fri Feb 15, 2013 8:03 am

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Re: All about sports

Postby Paxen » Fri Feb 15, 2013 9:44 am

I'm surprised as well, but as I didn't know anything about Pistorius' personality before this it's hard to say that I would never have imagined something like this. Angry men do violence all the time, and if he did kill her (everything points to it so far, but it's not much information) he'll hopefully go to jail for a long time, like he deserves.

Now, the more juicy part of this: Was he on drugs, and did they make him more aggressive?
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Re: All about sports

Postby Flex » Fri Feb 15, 2013 10:30 am



And another potential sports role model/hero down.

How do you as a parent address something like this? Do you emphasis the positives while trying to keep the negatives out of it?
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Re: All about sports

Postby Fridmarr » Fri Feb 15, 2013 11:19 am

It's not easy, they know the negatives or will know when they go to school, so you can't really approach it from an information hiding perspective.
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Re: All about sports

Postby halabar » Fri Feb 15, 2013 11:45 am



Well, if you followed any news of the guy since the Olympics, it seems he was kind of a prima-donna prick. The media made him out to be some kind of hero just because he qualified for the Olympics, but the stories from the ParaOlympics showed some of his true stripes. So, something like this? No more of a surprise than an NFL guy beating up his girlfriend or worse..
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Re: All about sports

Postby Klaudandus » Fri Feb 15, 2013 1:07 pm

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Re: All about sports

Postby Shoju » Fri Feb 15, 2013 1:50 pm

Flex wrote:


And another potential sports role model/hero down.

How do you as a parent address something like this? Do you emphasis the positives while trying to keep the negatives out of it?


I'm honest with my kids. Maybe too honest. My 10 year old is pretty bummed about it. He's more interested in "non baseball sports" than my oldest, and my daughter couldn't give a flying field pie about sports.

I told my 10 year old that being famous doesn't change the fact that you're still human, and still have to abide by laws. If he really did kill her, he'll have to face the court the same way as someone else.
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Re: All about sports

Postby halabar » Fri Feb 15, 2013 1:55 pm

Klaudandus wrote:http://sports.yahoo.com/news/jose-reyes ... 33587.html
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I'm sure Selig would like to be rid of him, but a new owner would probably move the team, and Miami would probably sue. Best to wait for him to mess it up further, and find a local buyer.
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Re: All about sports

Postby Klaudandus » Fri Feb 15, 2013 2:03 pm

This is all Selig's fault in the first place -- Everyone knew he was a terrible owner from his days as the owner of the Montreal Expos. They allow him to sell the Expos to the MLB, so the Expos become a team owned by the other 29 teams, then he buys the Marlins... and screws them just as bad?
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Re: All about sports

Postby halabar » Fri Feb 15, 2013 2:19 pm

Klaudandus wrote:This is all Selig's fault in the first place -- Everyone knew he was a terrible owner from his days as the owner of the Montreal Expos. They allow him to sell the Expos to the MLB, so the Expos become a team owned by the other 29 teams, then he buys the Marlins... and screws them just as bad?


Yeah, that is a mess. I wonder how and why he rated so highly above the other potential buyers for the Marlins?
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Re: All about sports

Postby Klaudandus » Mon Feb 18, 2013 7:02 am

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Re: All about sports

Postby halabar » Mon Feb 18, 2013 10:34 am

Klaudandus wrote:http://nflspinzone.com/2013/02/16/texas-governor-rick-perry-hopes-san-diego-chargers-consider-san-antonio/

So crazy it might potato.


Anyplace but LA. Anyplace but LA..
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Re: All about sports

Postby Klaudandus » Mon Feb 18, 2013 11:05 am

halabar wrote:
Klaudandus wrote:http://nflspinzone.com/2013/02/16/texas-governor-rick-perry-hopes-san-diego-chargers-consider-san-antonio/

So crazy it might potato.


Anyplace but LA. Anyplace but LA..


Well, LA has its own drama right now
http://www.latimes.com/sports/lakersnow ... 4446.story
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Re: All about sports

Postby halabar » Mon Feb 18, 2013 11:18 am

Klaudandus wrote:
halabar wrote:
Klaudandus wrote:http://nflspinzone.com/2013/02/16/texas-governor-rick-perry-hopes-san-diego-chargers-consider-san-antonio/

So crazy it might potato.


Anyplace but LA. Anyplace but LA..


Well, LA has its own drama right now
http://www.latimes.com/sports/lakersnow ... 4446.story


No drama there, other than the infighting between the son and daughter.
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