On Thu, 20 Dec 2012 19:46:34 +0000, Tim Streater wrote:
Since the dawn of mankind we have been in competition. First there was
the who can bring home the biggest dead animal contest between cavemen.
This was a contest that involved skill, physical endurance, endless
practice and a bit of luck on the day.
Televised sport has brought this battle for dominance into a much wider
array of forms. Cycling (or competetive chemistry if you wish) is a wide
array of differing disciples. But is not strictly a strongest man wins
thing. Tactics play a part in the outcome as much as the sheer bloody
minded refusal to give up on ridiculously long climbs and the balls of
steel on the high speed descents.
You as the viewer can have the pleasure of sitting in your comfy armchair
saying "You fool you broke to early!"
Superbikes is similar. A high powered vicious machine both wrestled and
finessed at the same time to operate it. Travelling at speeds in excess
of brown trousers where tactics, planning, engineering and huge nuts all
come together in a blaze of speed and noise on a TV for our vicarious
pleasure. The TV does not convey the speed well.
If you cannot find any single thing to appreciate among the years old
battles of men for dominance at sport, be it mammoth hunting or biking
then I strongly suggest you take up knitting...
Oh! Hang on that uses wool removed (probably competetively) from a sheep.
Did I say I dislike all sport? No, I didn't. I dislike sports which are
"races". See above where I state that clearly.
Stuff like tennis, cricket, footy, and rugby are *much* better because
they are much better *spectator* sports. Geddit?
"That excessive bail ought not to be required, nor excessive fines imposed,
I like rugby, because it has genuine courage, skill, physical fortitude
and strategy in it.
I dislike football because it seems to lack them, although it shouldn't.
I like cricket because beyond the simple act of bashing the ball and
getting runs there is an immense subtlety to the strategy.
I like formula one, not because the sight of cars going one behind each
other is exciting, but because the reason why they are in the positions
they are - a mix of technical and human reasons, is far more fascinating
than the actual race.
I like watching golf, because its pleasant and green, and soothing.
Occasionally something happens that is of interest. But mostly its just
wallpaper. Ditto snooker and bowls..
I dislike darts because there is no green in it.
I like watching downhill ski racing because you are guaranteed to see
some spectacular pile ups. Apart from that its dead boring really.
All gymnastics and athletics are boring. They all do the same thing and
one person does it marginally better than the rest and gets a massive
sponsorship deal. Its a very inefficient way of establishing financial
I quite like sailing..there's a bit of low cunning and intellectual
skill in that. You don't need to be simply an aerobic beefcake.
I like watching sheepdog trials. Lots of green in it, and its so niche
that the commentators do it for the love of it, and so do the competitors.
(in-ep-toc’-ra-cy) – a system of government where the least capable to
Not only visual: when at a ground you get to hear the crowd sledging the
players. Especially amusing when a bunch of Welsh pissheads are annoying a
portly Shane Warne during a 50 over match between Glamorgan & Hampshire.
TMS or TV rarely transmit such banter.
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