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    Clydes, Watch Sports or Ride Your Bike?

    I watched TV sports as a kid as a youngster. I remember going to Dodger Stadium to watch them play. Stand outsid the gate then the players would sign autographs after the game. Those were the days.

    Later in life, it was pay for an autograph. Then years later it was, "Whaaaahhh, I want more millions"!

    Sports just lots all it's glory and heroes when it comes to the pros, IMO. I really don't have any desire to watch the TDF anymore either! If anything, I'll buy the DVD then watch it when I get around to it.

    I think it's funny when a fellow rider says he won't ride on the weekend cause he's watching football or any other sport. To each his own, but sports on TV can kiss my big brown butt, I'm riding my bike!

    I'm not in a hurry to get back or cutting my ride short to watch a game on TV. Only way I might watch some sports on TV is if Gina slaps a big plate of tasty looking nachos in front of me and says, "I made these for you so that you can watch the game". But when they're gone, I'm outta here!

    I'd rather ride my bike, what about you guys?

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    I rode my bike and watched both of my games on TV yesterday. Chargers were on at 1pm and Bears were playing at 5:15pm Both of my teams won WOOT!!!

    But I completely understand. If I want to watch a game I just make sure to give me enough time to do my ride and or record it.

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    I live in the central time zone, so I got my 50 mile ride in and was home before the games on Saturday. I also employ my DVR to the fullest, and have a TV running all day while I work so I watch sports about 50-60 hours a week and still get plenty of riding and running in. I don't drive my car unless the kids are coming along so I get lots of short rides in throughout the week.

    I got a nice 45 minute speedwork run in during halftime of the Bears game and then got to skip most of the 2nd half commercials!

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    I dunno, I don't watch sports for the same reason I do sports. I took karate lessons for five years but I was never particularly interested in watching competitive martial arts (either of the Spike TV kickboxing variety, which is probably as fake as pro wrestling, or something classier and more sportsmanlike). As a cyclist I like watching some cycling sports but it's no replacement for doing it.

    Most of the sports I watch are ones that I don't participate in. I like baseball, and anything that has horses in it. But you might as well ask whether I'd rather watch TV or ride my bike. It depends on what the weather's like and how I feel.
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    I agree with Mr Beanz and the pro sport mess.

    If I watch any sports its college women's softball or volleyball, due to my daughters playing it. Also, we have been watching the dance and cheerleading teams as well.

    Funny thing, about three or two years age I wrote a nasty letter to ESPN shaming them on showing poker playing "athletes" three or fours times a game, but only showing the final game of the Little League World Series in softball that year!

    Anyways, I would rather ride a short 5 miles to Marion and Rent One park and watch the SI Miners play in the Frontier League games. Only $4 for general admissions and they have bike racks!

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    I've got a friend who combines the two, and turns watching hockey into a sprint-erval training session on his rollers. I forget the rules, but it has to do with who's got possession and the puck position on the ice as to whether you're sprinting or recovering.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CliftonGK1 View Post
    I've got a friend who combines the two, and turns watching hockey into a sprint-erval training session on his rollers. I forget the rules, but it has to do with who's got possession and the puck position on the ice as to whether you're sprinting or recovering.

    The minute I get rollers, Im so doing this. Im a huge hockey fan, and while I love my bike, I couldnt give up going to games. But this seems like an excellent way to watch road games. at least half a road game.

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    I hear you, I would much rather be on the bike than watching a game on TV, however I do enjoy going to the game live..... But what beats them all is watching your friends kids play, little league is great and I can ride to the game!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Indie View Post
    I dunno, I don't watch sports for the same reason I do sports.
    Yeah, same here. I enjoy watching sports for entertainment; I do sports for recreation. It's not an either-or thing for me.

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    I'm a big baseball fan (double entendre ). During the regular season, I can usually get a ride in and watch, too, but if it's one or the other...I'll be on the bike. Come October...well there really is nothing like October baseball. There are games every night, and for the World Series there are ONLY night games, so I won't have a conflict.

    Football...meh...I'll watch, and I follow the Eagles...but football has never stopped me from doing anything else, and it won't stop me from riding. By the way, Superbowl Sunday is a GREAT time to take in a movie.

    That being said, I agree that most of today's pro-athletes are greedy cry babies that are making absolutely astronomical sums to play games that I played for free into my thirties.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CliftonGK1 View Post
    I've got a friend who combines the two, and turns watching hockey into a sprint-erval training session on his rollers. I forget the rules, but it has to do with who's got possession and the puck position on the ice as to whether you're sprinting or recovering.
    Interesting, when it gets colder, I'll have to try this. For now, it's too warm outside to subject myself to indoor torture.
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    I never watch sports on tv. So boring. I'd rather go ride my bike. If I do watch a game it's a local little league game, or watching the cricket players on Sunday at the park, or a school soccer game.

    I should say that I never played organized sports as a kid. There weren't that many girls' teams when I was a kid and I hated hockey.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerry in So IL View Post
    I agree with Mr Beanz and the pro sport mess.

    Funny thing, about three or two years age I wrote a nasty letter to ESPN shaming them on showing poker playing "athletes" three or fours times a game, but only showing the final game of the Little League World Series in softball that year!

    Jerry
    I hear ya! I am sick of Poker being on the ESPN channels. I prefer the show Australian Rules Football and International Rugby matches like the ESPN of old.

    I usually only watch sports if I am done what I had planned for the day. Professional sports are boring to watch unles my beloved Iggles, Phillies, Sixers or Flyers are on. I won't go out of my way to watch them though. I am a huge College Football Fan. Every week they play their arses off in hopes of getting a championship. I like to watch most other college sports except Basketball, which I will only watch during March Madness.

    If I have a ride planned I will ride.

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    winter == rollers + sports.

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    Much rather ride my bike... It's hard enough finding time for that...
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    Yesterday, I rode 20 milees to the sports bar, cleaned up in the sink, and put on the Bengals jersey. I watched my team get crushed with my Dad and some friends. Then, I put on the (bike) jersey, and rode home. I wouldn't want to miss the ride or the game, so why choose?

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    I agree with Indie, I'd rather do sports than watch them. Life's too short to sit in front of the TV for more than 30 minutes IMHO. Give me a reason to pedal, and I'm in the saddle... Heck, I don't even need a reason.

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    Post-season baseball is all at night. Work's gonna get in the way of that. And hockey's usually at night. But I don't think I'm gonna ride my bike from work to Staples Center when I go see the Caps.
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    I may or may not watch the super bowl. If I do, it is often the only football game I'll watch all year. I played as a youngster for a couple of years and loved it. I agree with to o.p. that pro sports, pretty much all of them, are lame. So many of those "athletes" are just common street criminals with good paying jobs. There seems to be way too many stories of this one got arrested in a bar fight and that one got a dui, etc.... I will go two miles down the road to the local high school a couple times in the fall to see a football game there. The kids are much more fun to watch. It's cheap, and my kids (7 and 10) could care less that it's not an NFL game. The have lots of fun. So the answer is, I would rather ride!

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    I just recalled Aussie Rules Football. Loved the shorts the players wore.

    Really, that's about it.


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    After about 50 years of watching TV sports I am MUCH more selective about watching these days. I share the concerns about the crass materialism and player character that others have expressed and am also put off by the rampant jock worship that seems so predominant in the media here in Nebraska. That said, I still enjoy an evening baseball game and a few college football games here and there. I just can't pretend that it means very much anymore. In sum: there are few sports events that would prevent me from riding when I'm feeling good and the weather is decent.

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    Tivo!! Ride when I want and watch what I want when I want.
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    I try not to watch TV much at all anymore. That is what my old habits were, and since my "life style" change, I have been much better without it. I still like to watch college basketball, and will watch football if I am at a family gathering and it is on, but I would rather be active doing something else.
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    Quote Originally Posted by flip18436572 View Post
    I try not to watch TV much at all anymore. That is what my old habits were, and since my "life style" change, I have been much better without it. I still like to watch college basketball, and will watch football if I am at a family gathering and it is on, but I would rather be active doing something else.
    Same here. Also, I'm as non-competitive as you can get, so I don't consider my bike riding a 'sport' under any circumstances.

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    The only sports that ever gets my attention are the Tennessee Women's Basketball during the playoffs, and that is only because my wife make me (she played for UT back in the old days...shhh I didn't say that

    I have had a motivation problem this season, so given the choice of Beanz nachos in combination with "The Family Guy" or going out biking, I would need a napkin

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