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Old 10-10-2006, 03:27 PM   #16
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ok ..lets start with ICE HOCKEY ( i call field hockey as HOCKEY)
Why the hell are you only allowed to use right-handed sticks and only use one side of it in field hockey?
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..but I wonder how are these sports this popular on this forum
Let's just answer the basic question and move on. It is obvious that this person is just trying to get people's piss.

The ANSWER: Because people like these sports! Much like you might like a sport or dance or band. You/we are entertained by it!

Very simple.

We can probably now ignore the thread or ask a mod to lock it!
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american football...


http://entertainment.howstuffworks.c....htm/printable

and baseball...


http://entertainment.howstuffworks.c....htm/printable
George Carlin's "Baseball vs. Football" bit springs to mind.
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They are relatively simple compared to cricket.

Football, don't get tackled on offense, tackle on defense.

Baseball, get a hit on offense, get an out on defense.

Hockey, kill a man if it means he doesn't get a shot at the goal. (I'm not a big hockey fan because it's legal assault)
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Regular Football (soccer) and Tennis are about the only two sports I'm a die-hard fan of.


I tried fitting in with the "Canadian spirit" ever since I moved here and watch Hockey, but I guess it's not my thing. Especially being a footie fan with all the regulations, legal assault just doesn't feel like a professional sport (no offense intended to the Hockey fans). Don't even get me started on American Football.

I guess the only other sport you mentioned that I may like is baseball, but let's face it in Toronto, there isn't a decent team to support.
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It's easy.

You have two sides, one out in the field and one in. Each man that's in the side that's in goes out, and when he's out he comes in and the next man goes in until he's out. When they are all out, the side that's out comes in and the side that's been in goes out and tries to get those coming in, out. Sometimes you get men still in and not out.

When a man goes out to go in, the men who are out try to get him out, and when he is out he goes in and the next man in goes out and goes in. There are two men called umpires who stay out all the time and they decide when the men who are in are out. When both sides have been in and all the men have been out, and both sides have been out twice after all the men have been in, including those who are not out, that is the end of the game.
That was bewdiful
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Why the hell are you only allowed to use right-handed sticks and only use one side of it in field hockey?
Because it's fun.


Hockey
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I like the complicatedness of cricket, sue me. I like baseball too, but I enjoy cricket more.

I like the fact it takes ages to complete, that a batsman can face six potentially destructive deliveries (Allan Donald and Michael Atherton come to mind) and stay on. I like spin bowling because that requires guile rather than sheer power; it's bloody called 'slow bowling' but it can be devastatingly effective. I like the fact a jammy edge through the slips usually gets you four runs rather than being out. I even like the petit bourgeosie feel about the game - middle names on scorecards, breaks for lunch and tea, 'the pavilion', and the eliteness of it all, that so few nations in the world play it at the highest level.

The only thing I hate are meaningless run chases in limited overs matches or Test matches you know are going to be draws from day three.

Yeah I do like baseball though. Baseball's fun, and there are many of the same elements that I like about cricket - big hits, spectacular catches, good pitching - but it's just not cricket.

Maybe it's a cultural thing.
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It's easy.

You have two sides, one out in the field and one in. Each man that's in the side that's in goes out, and when he's out he comes in and the next man goes in until he's out. When they are all out, the side that's out comes in and the side that's been in goes out and tries to get those coming in, out. Sometimes you get men still in and not out.

When a man goes out to go in, the men who are out try to get him out, and when he is out he goes in and the next man in goes out and goes in. There are two men called umpires who stay out all the time and they decide when the men who are in are out. When both sides have been in and all the men have been out, and both sides have been out twice after all the men have been in, including those who are not out, that is the end of the game.


That was brilliant.

And yes, I think maybe it's a cultural thing. If you grow up with a sport or play it when you're young, you're more likely to feel a bond of sorts with it. I've such fond memories of weekend family gatherings back home...a braai (barbeque) and a friendly game of cricket or rugby afterwards. I absolutely LOATHE baseball and American football, but if I grew up with those sports, I probably wouldn't.

The only North American sport I've grown to enjoy is ice hockey. Everything else is just plain boring (to me.) I understand the rules, I just don't understand what there is for me to personally like about them.
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Let's just answer the basic question and move on. It is obvious that this person is just trying to get people's piss.

not really...its about games u dont understand..

You can say FOOTBALL and CRICKET are sports u dont understand
and how they are so popular..

or something...u wont do anything to a REAL football fan or cricket fan

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ps: I love football and cricket
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I can watch Shane Warne bowl in an empty field with just 3 wickets for hours

u dont need 22 people
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I guess the only other sport you mentioned that I may like is baseball, but let's face it in Toronto, there isn't a decent team to support.
actually, the toronto blue jays won 87 games and finished in second place in their division, and out of the 30 teams in MLB, they had the 10th best record.

soooooo, there is more than a decent team to support. they're pretty good.
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soooooo, there is more than a decent team to support. they're pretty good.
The entire nation of Canada just doubled over in laughter when you called the Toronto Blue Jays "pretty good".

I get the feeling the team's going to be absolutely dismantled this season (apparently this past season was a lot more expensive than the owners were planning on, and it still didn't get them close to the playoffs), Vernon Wells is going to take off, and we'll be left with another 10 years of shitty baseball and low crowds in Toronto before someone wises up and moves the team to Hartford.

Shea Hillenbrand was right.
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the Blues increased payroll from 50 million to 70 million last year, and there is talk it could be increased to 95 million for next year

so a nearly 100% increase in payroll in 2 years time is pretty good
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The entire nation of Canada just doubled over in laughter when you called the Toronto Blue Jays "pretty good".

I get the feeling the team's going to be absolutely dismantled this season (apparently this past season was a lot more expensive than the owners were planning on, and it still didn't get them close to the playoffs), Vernon Wells is going to take off, and we'll be left with another 10 years of shitty baseball and low crowds in Toronto before someone wises up and moves the team to Hartford.

Shea Hillenbrand was right.
i'm sure the folks in tampa, kansas city, pittsburgh, denver & baltimore would gladly switch teams with you.

and i dunno if you were serious or joking, but moving the team to hartford would be a god awful idea, and the mets, yankees and red sox would never allow it.

if they really were to move, i would imagine buffalo would be a more logical option... still close to the fan base, still far away from other teams.
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