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Old 08-02-12, 09:28 PM   #1
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Who finds it hilarious that there is an Olympic Badminton scandal?
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who finds it hilarious that badminton is an olympic event.?
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Who finds it hilarious that skeet shooting is an Olympic event?
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No I had a good laugh about it with my mother today. It's like a parody movie.
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Those people who do nerdy sports are really serious, especially the ping pong peeps. I used to get teased so badly in high school because I was horrible at every single sport, except when the badminton unit came along, I kicked everyone's booty. I get teased now because I am so good at cycling. I just can't win. (Except there is one thing I am really good at that my wife doesn't tease me about, I guess.)
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I don't mind badminton as much as the equestrian events and sailing. There are a lot of medals in those two sports given that they're very elitist and equestrian isn't even necessarily about the human participant (which is what I think should be the focus of the Olympics). That and shooting seems to have a ton of superfluous events for something that doesn't seem all that athletic of an event (unless you add in cross country skiing first).
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I'm still holding out for Horseshoes to be added to the Olympics. Something tells me the US team would have a bunch of guys named Junior, Skeeter, and Bubba.

One thing about spending all that time in the desert waiting around, prior to the commencement of "Operation Desert Storm", I got really skilled at horseshoes.
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Former HS badminton player here. If you've watched the matches (when they aren't trying to lose) then you've seen just how fast the play moves. It's harder than it looks.

My vote for useless olympic sport is synchronized swimming.
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Anything synchronized is silly. The synchronized diving too. And while trampoline looks cool to watch, I'm not sure how that moved from backyards to being an olympic sport.
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It is pretty amazing to watch top level athletes at any sport. I think the players were most likely following team orders. Either way, I would not want to go home to a communist country that had trained me to win gold after being disqualified for trying to lose. Wonder if the players parents are going to be receiving a bill for one bullet from the government in the near future.
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It is pretty amazing to watch top level athletes at any sport. I think the players were most likely following team orders. Either way, I would not want to go home to a communist country that had trained me to win gold after being disqualified for trying to lose. Wonder if the players parents are going to be receiving a bill for one bullet from the government in the near future.
I wondered about that, too. Some of them might just decide to stay in the UK and not go home.
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I don't mind badminton as much as the equestrian events and sailing. There are a lot of medals in those two sports given that they're very elitist and equestrian isn't even necessarily about the human participant (which is what I think should be the focus of the Olympics).
I agree, but I bet they are a big help to the Olympics in getting those big sponsorships that pay for a lot of stuff.
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I don't mind badminton as much as the equestrian events and sailing. There are a lot of medals in those two sports given that they're very elitist and equestrian isn't even necessarily about the human participant (which is what I think should be the focus of the Olympics). That and shooting seems to have a ton of superfluous events for something that doesn't seem all that athletic of an event (unless you add in cross country skiing first).
You shut your dirty sailing hating mouth. Tom just bought another sailboat and I sir, am a sailor. As soon as I am done with my gold flake infused cognac colonic, I am going to have my manservant, Jerome, chauffer me over to your domicile at which point I shall you give a most sound verbal lashing.
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It is pretty amazing to watch top level athletes at any sport. I think the players were most likely following team orders. Either way, I would not want to go home to a communist country that had trained me to win gold after being disqualified for trying to lose. Wonder if the players parents are going to be receiving a bill for one bullet from the government in the near future.
I gather the Chinese dropped the bird because they didn't want to play against another Chinese team before the finals. I don't know about the South Koreans. But the Olympics officials were right to hustle them all back home. If we want to badminton played poorly, we can just set up a net in the back yard.
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You know the early Modern olympics had poetry competition

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Who finds it hilarious that there is an Olympic Badminton scandal?
Are you kidding, I find it hilarious that there is Olympic Badminton.
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I gather the Chinese dropped the bird because they didn't want to play against another Chinese team before the finals. I don't know about the South Koreans. But the Olympics officials were right to hustle them all back home. If we want to badminton played poorly, we can just set up a net in the back yard.
I actually have some sympathy for that reason.

I lost it when I found out all the teams involved had been cautioned during their matches. I can see losing ot get a better seed, but it seems stupid ot continue once warned about it.
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I'm waiting for Olympic golf, curling, and darts. Or do they have them already?
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Curling is part of the winter olympics
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Former HS badminton player here. If you've watched the matches (when they aren't trying to lose) then you've seen just how fast the play moves. It's harder than it looks.

My vote for useless olympic sport is synchronized swimming.
That's harder than you'd think, requires more athleticism than I have and my job is sports
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there are a whole list of olympic scandals apparently,
more than a lot of are probably aware of.

a fair number of people have been sent home already in a number of events, a number of people have not been allowed to compete. this was the first years for several Muslim countries, and weather or not the hajibs would be allowed in judo or several other martial arts events was a big thing. and the u.s. got into trouble because we didnt dip our flag in front of the queen.


and a few people have been sent home for stupid tweets,
lets not forget what day and age we are in.

and wow
http://www.spiegel.de/international/...-a-848042.html
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In case you missed it last night, Team USA shooter Corey Cogdell is getting death threats from anti-hunting activists.
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Ecomentalists are insane
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I made a joke on FB and provoked a huge hornet's nest of badminton fans. Don't mess with them.
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Imagine being told 'no, seriously, high level badminton is amazing', springing for Olympics tickets and getting treated to an evening of match throwing.
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