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A conversation I had with my wife today

Old 02-12-24, 05:17 PM
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Originally Posted by rydabent
I would rather participate in a sport like cycling, than sit and watch one.
But, isn't sitting and watching cycling what a bent is designed for?
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Old 02-12-24, 05:27 PM
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Originally Posted by Eric F
I loved watching Lance race in his prime, but later knowing the truth about what went on hasn't completely spoiled the sport for me. I am excited by the current crop of top riders. They're exciting, passionate, feisty, and determined. There's some damn fine bike racing going on.
I'm sorry you didn't see it. The rest of us knew it the whole time. What he, his legal team, and what his fanbois did to Lemond, the Andreaus, and others... repugnant.
A decade before the Oprah interview, one of my neighbors caught me finishing a hard ride and said, "Lance!" and I immediately replied, "I am no doper."
This was about the same time I was protesting against our invasion of Iraq (guess I was wrong about that one too?)
I'm glad cycling is recovering from those dark times for you. And I wish I could forget the sins of those dark times. Cycling and other.
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Originally Posted by Eric F
I loved watching Lance race in his prime, but later knowing the truth about what went on hasn't completely spoiled the sport for me. I am excited by the current crop of top riders. They're exciting, passionate, feisty, and determined. There's some damn fine bike racing going on.
+1
The current crop of racers are awesome and are getting a lot of respect from the previous generation.
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Old 02-12-24, 06:33 PM
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Originally Posted by XxHaimBondxX
Not exactly true. I believe this game set a record on kicking field goals, e.i. foot kicks ball. Plus, one missed extra point kick, allowing KC to tie and go to OT. These type of games are often won on kicks, generating a decent excitement, unlike soccer
One guy gets to kick and they call it football.
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Old 02-12-24, 06:46 PM
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Originally Posted by Koyote
My wife and I engaged in a boing sport during the Super Bowl. Definitely much more fun.
boink (n): A burnt match skating in a urinal.
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Old 02-12-24, 07:01 PM
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Originally Posted by Eric F
That game should always end in a tie.
Begins with a tie, ends with an untie...
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Old 02-12-24, 07:31 PM
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Originally Posted by spelger
One guy gets to kick and they call it football.
Otherwise, they would have to call it feetball.
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Originally Posted by XxHaimBondxX
Otherwise, they would have to call it feetball.
Calling that American game football and then calling football soccer is simply unforgivable.
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Originally Posted by spelger
One guy gets to kick and they call it football.
I didn't watch the Super Bowl, but I'd bet there were four kickers in the game.
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Old 02-12-24, 08:18 PM
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Originally Posted by PeteHski
Calling that American game football and then calling football soccer is simply unforgivable.
Inventing a game where you can only use your feet is unforgivable.

Or a fetish.
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Originally Posted by PeteHski
Calling that American game football and then calling football soccer is simply unforgivable.
maybe it's time to accept and let it go.
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Originally Posted by tomato coupe
I didn't watch the Super Bowl, but I'd bet there were four kickers in the game.
I believe every player is a potential kicker, Randall Cunningham, QB for the Eagles, has one of the longest punts in NFL history. 91 yards:

Wait for it:

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Originally Posted by indyfabz
I believe every player is a potential kicker, Randall Cunningham, QB for the Eagles, has one of the longest punts in NFL history. 91 yards:
... and an offensive lineman kicked three field goals in an NFL championship game.
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Originally Posted by Eric F
That's not what happened.
...that's covered under the term "speculation". "Not speculation" would be this account. Jokes are hard here lately.
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Originally Posted by squirtdad
I am all for no tackle football until after 12 or later, but my son (played in high school and college ...punters are people too) had way more friends get concussion playing soccer/football/the beautiful game. especially girls. not sure why but stats I say at the time showed surprising numbers.
(MIPS?) helmet vs. no helmet
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Originally Posted by XxHaimBondxX
maybe it's time to accept and let it go.
I don’t think Americans realise how much the rest of the world ridicules them for calling it soccer. To the point where nobody else ever dares to use that term anymore (which was actually quite popular back in the 70s). I know it sounds silly, but it is true.
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Originally Posted by PeteHski
I don’t think Americans realise how much the rest of the world ridicules them for calling it soccer. To the point where nobody else ever dares to use that term anymore (which was actually quite popular back in the 70s). I know it sounds silly, but it is true.
if there's one thing I learned about the Americans, it's that they don't seem to care about what the rest of the world thinks of them, nor they even acknowledge the existence of the rest of the world.
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Originally Posted by XxHaimBondxX
if there's one thing I learned about the Americans, it's that they don't seem to care about what the rest of the world thinks of them, nor they even acknowledge the existence of the rest of the world.
Mmmm…. not going there, but it was certainly a bold move calling their game “football” and then rebranding the original 😂 Certainly caused some grief and ridicule looking in from the outside.

Anyway, top tip for travelling American soccer fans. Don’t call it soccer away from the US unless you enjoy being ridiculed.
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Originally Posted by MaxKatt
Agreed.

I'm an NBA guy myself. More scoring and non-stop action than the NFL with none of the brain damage.
Dennis Rodman?
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Originally Posted by PeteHski
Mmmm…. not going there, but it was certainly a bold move calling their game “football” and then rebranding the original 😂 Certainly caused some grief and ridicule looking in from the outside.
Ironic, given that the name "soccer" originated in England . . .

From a quick search:

Linguistically creative students at the University of Oxford in the 1880s distinguished between the sports of “rugger” (rugby football) and “assoccer” (association football). The latter term was further shortened to “soccer” (sometimes spelled “socker”), and the name quickly spread beyond the campus.
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Originally Posted by Trakhak
Ironic, given that the name "soccer" originated in England . . .

From a quick search:

Linguistically creative students at the University of Oxford in the 1880s distinguished between the sports of “rugger” (rugby football) and “assoccer” (association football). The latter term was further shortened to “soccer” (sometimes spelled “socker”), and the name quickly spread beyond the campus.
Well yeah, I did mention that a couple of times already. The term "soccer" went out of fashion very quickly when it became widely adopted in the US. I don't know if it was ever used outside of the UK before that. It was certainly a popular term growing up in 70s Manchester. The real Manchester that is, lol.
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Originally Posted by PeteHski
Anyway, top tip for travelling American soccer fans. Don’t call it soccer away from the US unless you enjoy being ridiculed.
For example, if we're engaged in a "sports that bore me" discussion with the locals?
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Every era has criteria that clearly demonstrate one’s superiority over the hoi polloi. Eschewing politics (the most reliable metric but off limits here) I submit the following for your consideration:

Dick Cavitt > Johnny Carson.

TdF > Daytona 500.

Boston Marathon > New York Marathon.

Dog sledding > snowmobile racing.

Chicago Cubs > Tampa Bay Devil Rays.

Short black socks with shorts > long white socks with shorts.

And the most reliable of them all:

World Cup > Superbowl. Unless Shakira is involved.
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Originally Posted by Reflector Guy
For example, if we're engaged in a "sports that bore me" discussion with the locals?
Well if you are not a "soccer" fan then it would be unlikely to get mentioned. As a default, the locals are going to assume you are clueless about it.
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Originally Posted by smd4
And?

A game that can end with zero goals. Boring by definition.

A tie is a tie. How exciting would a game be that ended in a 978,243 to 978,243 tie?
If points are the determining factor Bowling Rules ! ! !
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