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post #46 of 159
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Originally Posted by TheRookie
The solution that combines the best aspects of all these sports while eliminating the drawbacks is, obviously, rugby.

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post #47 of 159
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Originally Posted by waldo pepper
That is curious.I am a big Utd fan and love Ruud although he will probably be on his way.But I wouldnt have thought watching him would be very pleasurable,I enjoy his 3 yard tap ins,as a goal is a goal no matter how beautiful but I don't think he is the most graceful player around.

I like his attitude. The manner in which his goals come is a direct result of him not leaving the box early and being predatory. I hate it when the striker takes a shot, it's deflected back into the box, and there isn't anyone but defenders left around it, everyone already having backpedaled into midfield. It all comes down to the killer instinct I guess, and Ruud will lurk in the box until he's sure the ball isn't there anymore. You don't always have to hit spectacular shots to be a spectacular finisher.

I'll miss seeing him and Rooney playing together, since I think that might be the best punch, counterpunch tandem in football.
post #48 of 159
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Originally Posted by mikeber
Then the so called "(American) football": Q: what percentage of this (complicated) game is actually played by or with feet? The ball is mostly held in the arms of an alien ...lol

Actually, the vast majority of your success in American football is determined by your feet. Much of it is more choreographed than soccer, but the top Offensive lineman, quarterbacks and defensive backs almost all have superior footwork.

Maintaining your balance while holding off a 300 pound gentleman as you are also moving backwards isn't really something natural.
post #49 of 159
any1 who claims hockey is boring is wayyy off. the new rules as of this season made hockey more interesting and slightly higher scoring. I have been watching the world cup and find it interesting but when a team scores they seem to just keep all 11 players back and the other team rarily scores, i find it boring. Baseball is too slow for me, and even my friends who are baseballl fans get easily bored during games. The games are fun to go to and when the Oakland A's have $1 wednesday (tickets and all food items are $1) its hard to pass up. American Football is exciting (to me) because of the hard hitting, and how one big play can change the game completely but sometimes they are wipe outs and get really boring. I think when you play a sport you have more respect for the pro's and become more interested in how truly skilled they are, so then you enjoy the games more.
post #50 of 159
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Originally Posted by romafan
You forgot your Anyway, you are incorrect that own goals occur 'not that infrequently'; they are indeed infrequent, and are usually the result of an involuntarliy deflection rather than a misdirected clearance attempt (which I assume is what you meant by 'on the highest professional level you have players scoring goals for the OTHER team'). Likewise, the complaint about diving, while not w/o some basis, is exaggerated: players don't dive and whine "every time someone goes near them". Players do often fall down when someone tackles them or runs in to them. Try running for 45 minutes straight at varying speeds and remain standing when someone charges or slides in to you (usually while you're sprinting). Then let's see you hop right up with a smile on your face after having your ankle, shin etc. mashed by a bulldozing defender (remember - no pads!). I suspect the people complaining about diving and whining have never played the game...

Actually I have; and believe me, I HAVEN"T played "real" football but I'm willing to bet that if I was really "tackled" by say, Ray Lewis, I woudn't be rolling around clutching my ankle/shin in pain, because I'd be too busy being unconscious.

koji
post #51 of 159
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Originally Posted by CaptChaos
Amen, brother!


Yep, you two guys and about another 1,100 fans can't be wrong
post #52 of 159
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Originally Posted by edmorel
Yep, you two guys and about another 1,100 fans can't be wrong

I'm perfectly happy with the NHL fan base. I think there are too many teams, but that's another issue.

Frankly, I don't understand this push for more, more, more. The NHL will never be the NFL, and that shouldn't matter. I know there are a lot of kids who'd love to play for $500,000 a year, even if that's less than they used to get.
post #53 of 159
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Originally Posted by Thracozaag
Actually I have; and believe me, I HAVEN"T played "real" football but I'm willing to bet that if I was really "tackled" by say, Ray Lewis, I woudn't be rolling around clutching my ankle/shin in pain, because I'd be too busy being unconscious.

koji

Knocking someone out would likely result in a yellow card. Ray Lewis - is he that big bloke plays for Tottenham Hotspur?
post #54 of 159
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Originally Posted by Mr. Checks
I know there are a lot of kids who'd love to play for $500,000 a year, even if that's less than they used to get.
My favorite college hockey team is being decimated by "early departures" as at least 6 sophmores and juniors sign pro contracts. The NHL teams are tossing around signing bonuses of nearly $1MM to these kids (which is paid even if they never play a game in the NHL) and signing contracts at the rookie minimum of $450,000. The minimum goes to $475K in 07-08 and $500K in 08-09. Certainly not big league money, but nice for a "niche" sport with a paltry television audience and contract.
post #55 of 159
On the hockey front, I know people willing to pay 6-700 for tickets to tonight's game 5 in Raleigh. Which seems ... insane.
post #56 of 159
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Originally Posted by TheRookie
On the hockey front, I know people willing to pay 6-700 for tickets to tonight's game 5 in Raleigh. Which seems ... insane.

There's hockey being played???? You might want to alert the news media
post #57 of 159
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Originally Posted by romafan
Knocking someone out would likely result in a yellow card. Ray Lewis - is he that big bloke plays for Tottenham Hotspur?

That wouldn't be a penalty in the NFL (unless it was a deliberate spear)--and how much fun would it be to see linebackers in a rugby game--I'd definitely tune in to see that damage.

koji
post #58 of 159
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Originally Posted by Thracozaag
That wouldn't be a penalty in the NFL (unless it was a deliberate spear)--and how much fun would it be to see linebackers in a rugby game--I'd definitely tune in to see that damage.

koji

Quarterbacks' armour would be taken as a sign of weakness
post #59 of 159
Well, soccer is boring. But, so is baseball. So is football. The average "action" (during the play) in football takes about 4 seconds. The rest of the time is spent watching a bunch of beasts haul themselves off the ground and stroll back to the huddle. Then they lumber up to the line. One guy places his hands in parts of another guy that would be suspect in any other setting. Then they have 4 more seconds of "action." Wow! What excitement!
post #60 of 159
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Originally Posted by bachbeet
One guy places his hands in parts of another guy that would be suspect in any other setting. Then they have 4 more seconds of "action."
Four Seconds! Sounds like (ahem) P.E. to me!
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