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Do you watch women's sport?

Discussion in 'Entertainment, Culture, and Sports' started by Matt, Mar 24, 2006.

  1. Matt

    Matt Well-Known Member

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    Horribly un PC statement follows: my uncle used to say there has never been a women's sport worth watching that didnt involve bikinis or mud, and as I sit here watching Australia play New Zealand at women's basketball, Im tempted to agree with him.

    Can make an exception for tennis, but then, are we just watching that for the virtual bikinis?

    Do you guys watch women's sports? If so, which?
     
  2. whoopee

    whoopee Well-Known Member

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    I like watching women at the olympics: figure skating, track, gymnastics. On the occasions those events are broadcast outside the olympics, I try to watch. Tennis, of course. And volleyball, both beach and regular - this is one sport where I'd rather watch women, because the men's points are always so short. Women's basketball is atrocious.
     
  3. Matt

    Matt Well-Known Member

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    yeah i like womens beach volleyball too, but involves bikinis and dried mud (ie sand) so didnt mention it since it meets my uncles criteria...

    Gymnastics, skating and regular volleyball i personally wouldnt watch anyway, but that just a matter of preference, so those count.

    Track and field, still rather watch the mens.
     
  4. whoopee

    whoopee Well-Known Member

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    Oh, swimming, diving, and surfing, too. Besides vball the team sports suck.
     
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    I actually prefer indoor to beach volleyball. Beach has very little in the way of strategy in comparison to indoor volleyball, whose complexity is far greater. I really don't like the libero system, however.

    I also watch a lot of women's tennis, although I prefer mens. And while I prefer to watch the attractive ones, I am a very big fan of tennis as a game and will sit through virtually any match if the level of competition is good.

    Are there other women's sports? Does the Olympics count?
     
  6. SGladwell

    SGladwell Well-Known Member

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    Do you guys watch women's sports? If so, which?

    I watch women's tennis regularly. And not necessarily for the Hot Slavic Jailbait Factor, either. Qua sport I prefer watching women's tennis to men's tennis.
     
  7. Saucemaster

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    I actually prefer women's tennis to men's (at least on TV--I have no idea what pro tennis is like in the flesh, where I assume it's a completely different experience. Hockey opened my eyes on that one) because there's a lot less "massive serve, opponent barely manages to return, server hits a winner", or "pseudo-massive serve, even more massive return, server barely manages to get to the ball, returner hits a winner". I like the longer volleys. The tension builds.

    But women's basketball: ugh. I love basketball. It's my favorite sport. But I simply cannot watch women's basketball. Every year I decide to try giving the WNBA another shot, and every year I make it through about ten minutes of a game, then change the channel in annoyance. It feels like watching a community rep production of Shakespeare or Beckett: it just reminds you how good it COULD have been.

    Honestly, I'm straining to find something besides tennis where I actually prefer the sport as played by women. Pool, I suppose, but that still falls under your uncle's theory, m@t.
     
  8. whoopee

    whoopee Well-Known Member

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    Women's tennis do have better rallies. I will give it all up to see Federer maul his latest victim, but besides that, men's tennis is hardly intriguing. In person, the men's game gets more exciting because the power is really impressive and one cannot see the court and rallies the same way as on tv, that make the ladies' game fun to watch.
     
  9. freakseam

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    A sport is a sport, unless it's promoted or broadcasted in a way that diminishes or falsely elevates skills, which, in case, it becomes something else. Go "Lady" Terps!
     
  10. Matt

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    A sport is a sport, unless it's promoted or broadcasted in a way that diminishes or falsely elevates skills, which, in case, it becomes something else. Go "Lady" Terps!
    ok then. so do you watch womens sport?
     
  11. freakseam

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    ok then. so do you watch womens sport?
    Most often, I switch the channel. It's not alluring to me. But, yes, as long as I don't have to deal with 'apologetic' or similarly condescending delivery, I'll watch tennis, soccer, and college basketball (during a tournament and later rounds). Anyone want to make a comparison between the last World Cup's women's and men's teams? It wasn't so much about victory, as it was about the women's far greater ability to play as a team. If it's "sold" as top-notch competition, then it better had be such, and there are rewards to be had. If it will be sold as equal to men's sports, then don't make apologies on-the-fly. Let it stand for the viewer. So, again, most often, I switch the channel, but there are things to see at times, if one wishes to bear the "insult" or how the sport(s) is/are presented.
     
  12. hopkins_student

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    Tennis only. I can't stand to watch women's golf. There is no reason why a woman should not be able to putt or chip as well as a man, but aside from Annika they're all pretty much atrocious at it when compared to professional men.
     
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    Track and field, still rather watch the mens.

    The women's pole vault final at the Athens Olympics was one of the most amazing displays of sporting prowess I've ever seen. Truly amazing.

    I also agree that women's tennis is more entertaining to watch. Power serves have made men's much more boring.

    Women's basketball is just no fun to watch, at least from home. I've never been to a WNBA game. I don't know why it is, but the women players seem to have zero grace.
     
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    Count me in as a fan of women's tennis, particularly of the Belgians (Clijsters and Henin-Hardenne) and Hingis.

    For all other women's sports, I have an interest level somewhere between celebrity golf and strong-man competitions.
     
  15. rdawson808

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    I once made the mistake of telling an advisee that I thought women's football was utterly boring. How was I to know she was on the soccer team? Boring boring boring boring boring boring.

    But I do like tennis, vball, and those Olympic-type sports. But not footy.

    bob
     
  16. edmorel

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    Enter cheap and easy muff diving joke here (.............)

    On a more serious (and very chauvinistic male pic) note, I think that most women's sports are atrocious. Women athletes in most but not all sports are not as athletic, strong or cordinated as men. Women's basketball, softball, field hockey, golf, tennis etc etc just do not attain the level of athleticism and skill that the men's version do. In short, I am saying that men are better athletes than women. Not saying that the men's sports are always more exciting as I agree that women's tennis is better played than men's but there is not one sport where the average male player could not wipe the floor with the top female player.
     
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    Women's basketball is just no fun to watch, at least from home. I've never been to a WNBA game. I don't know why it is, but the women players seem to have zero grace.

    I've been to a WNBA game. Actually, I went to a WNBA championship game and saw the Sparks win in the finals a few years ago. And despite it being a championship game in Staples center, and seeing the whole thing live... it was kind of like seeing two mid-tier college teams. You have a good point about the "grace" factor, too. There's no one in women's ball who can move like AI, who has as pretty a shot as Kobe, who can defend like Ben Wallace, who has the sheer explosive grace that Stoudemire did last year (and I hope does again this year--last night was promising). And certainly no one that is nearly as amazing to watch as Wade. I never get those "Holy crap, did I just see what I think I saw?" moments with the WNBA.
     
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    I never get those "Holy crap, did I just see what I think I saw?" moments with the WNBA.
    ...unless a testicle pops out the side of "her" shorts.
     
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    Women athletes in most but not all sports are not as athletic, strong or cordinated as men. Women's basketball, softball, field hockey, golf, tennis etc etc just do not attain the level of athleticism and skill that the men's version do.


    I can only really speak about football because I watch so much of it and even tried to watch the Women's World Cup the last two times. I disagree that the level of skill is not there. I think they are very skilled--however, I do agree with the basic point that women in football are not as strong or fast, etc. as men. And that makes the skills one a moot point in my eyes. My advisee (as many others have done) said that there is more strategy, finesse, etc involved and I think it's a load of nonsense. Without the athletic ability it is no fun to watch. And so I avoid women's football.

    However, something is very different in vball and tennis and the many Olympics events, particularly swimming (the only women's teams sports I have watched). There there seems to be this definite divide where it is hard to compare men vs women. I don't know why that is in my head. Sure the men must be able to jump higher than the women in vball, but it doesn't seem to matter. Do men swim faster? I suppose so, but again, it doesn't seem to matter. My only problem with women's tennis is their horrible grunting.

    bob
     
  20. edmorel

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    I can only really speak about football because I watch so much of it and even tried to watch the Women's World Cup the last two times. I disagree that the level of skill is not there. I think they are very skilled--however, I do agree with the basic point that women in football are not as strong or fast, etc. as men. And that makes the skills one a moot point in my eyes. My advisee (as many others have done) said that there is more strategy, finesse, etc involved and I think it's a load of nonsense. Without the athletic ability it is no fun to watch. And so I avoid women's football.

    However, something is very different in vball and tennis and the many Olympics events, particularly swimming (the only women's teams sports I have watched). There there seems to be this definite divide where it is hard to compare men vs women. I don't know why that is in my head. Sure the men must be able to jump higher than the women in vball, but it doesn't seem to matter. Do men swim faster? I suppose so, but again, it doesn't seem to matter. My only problem with women's tennis is their horrible grunting.

    bob


    My point is that women lack the physical and mental attributes to develop the same skill level as men. Yes, there is skill in their game but at a very rudimentary level vis a vis the men. Women lack the "killer instinct" that we have been carrying around with us since the days we hunted for survival. Of course, this is a broad (no pun intended) generalization that some would disagree with.
     

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