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barnierubble
Barnierubble  (Level: 93.9 - Posts: 637)
Wed, 3rd Dec '08 3:17 AM

STUPID TQOTD

I am getting fed up with the continually USA based questions, especially on minority sports like American Football and Baseball. Today my question, under Sports Soup, was " Who is the ????????" (Withheld because I must not put question in). There was no indication which sport was meant. In Spain, where I live, the ??????? is called Manuel, but this was not in the answers, so there was no correct answer from my point of view. Justin, please sort this stupid mess out, or you will lose the rest of the world, and go further into isolation.

papermanbill
Papermanbill  (Level: 41.3 - Posts: 1313)
Wed, 3rd Dec '08 3:41 AM

Ask for a Snooker question.

barnierubble
Barnierubble  (Level: 93.9 - Posts: 637)
Wed, 3rd Dec '08 6:04 AM

I have yet to see a snooker question. I have seen very few questions on the sports that the world plays. I know this is an american based quiz, and thus the questions would be biased in that direction, but what is going on is sheer nonsense, and I will soon be hanging up my Sploofus Boots if these idiotic questions keep appearing. I had a Vocab. question recently, where the question setter did not know basic English Grammar. I am still waiting for Support to do something about it, but do not expect much reaction from them.

surreyman
Surreyman  (Level: 260.9 - Posts: 2770)
Wed, 3rd Dec '08 7:17 AM

Did 'grammar' need to be spelled with a capital G?

papajensai
Papajensai  (Level: 193.3 - Posts: 1025)
Wed, 3rd Dec '08 7:32 AM

Grammar got run over by a reindeer.

bushyfox
Bushyfox  (Level: 174.4 - Posts: 2403)
Wed, 3rd Dec '08 7:41 AM

..........Whilst eating Gramma(r) pie??






~Bev

osuzannacollage
Osuzannacollage  (Level: 132.1 - Posts: 1299)
Wed, 3rd Dec '08 7:47 AM


...in Gramercy Park...

kaelin
Kaelin  (Level: 49.2 - Posts: 1685)
Wed, 3rd Dec '08 8:02 AM

I had one today that I would consider world based - but the name of this very famous person was spelled wrong - I copied the full answer (including down the the question number) and sent it in to support - hopefully for correction - I got it right but having to think if there was really a person spelled by the wrong spelling I didn't submit until the last 5 seconds - hopefully they will get it corrected -

spacecat
Spacecat  (Level: 159.0 - Posts: 667)
Wed, 3rd Dec '08 8:10 AM

I currently have 3 SPORTS questions and will wager on all of them tonight and Friday. I did get on snooker question but it was on a non wager. As for the questions, there have been a few that it was not a sport but a game and I had never heard of . Hang in there the non North American sports questions are out there.

pepperdoc
Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4286)
Wed, 3rd Dec '08 8:15 AM

I had a sports question today that was non-American.

suzer22
Suzer22  (Level: 165.6 - Posts: 1982)
Wed, 3rd Dec '08 8:23 AM

Me too - I got a European sports question about a game I had heard of but never played or seen played!

papermanbill
Papermanbill  (Level: 41.3 - Posts: 1313)
Wed, 3rd Dec '08 8:45 AM

I would be in the Top 100 if it weren't for questions like the origin of LaCrosse, curling, croquet, two snooker, and a few other questions that were put in the Sports category. Mr. Barney, don't waste your time complaining because it will be a futile effort. I have been introduced to a site with excellent trivia questions of all kinds. As much time and effort I have put into this site, I will be tempted to go across the street if this doesn't change.

1mks
1mks  (Level: 211.2 - Posts: 5886)
Wed, 3rd Dec '08 9:01 AM

I have had 2 sports questions in a row......alas.....no badge for me........

smokydevil
Smokydevil  (Level: 163.0 - Posts: 5381)
Wed, 3rd Dec '08 9:41 AM

Wow, I haven't seen barnierubble on here for a while.....I thought maybe you had quit already. I wagered one time on sports, only once, and it was a "cricket" question....go figure. I would hate to lose two good players over this....here's to hoping that "maybe" someone who can do something to help you folks does do so.

pennwoman
Pennwoman  (Level: 155.2 - Posts: 2478)
Wed, 3rd Dec '08 10:03 AM

Is whining a sport?

barnierubble
Barnierubble  (Level: 93.9 - Posts: 637)
Wed, 3rd Dec '08 11:25 AM

No, but sarcasm must be your forte.

bokeelia
Bokeelia  (Level: 188.1 - Posts: 114)
Wed, 3rd Dec '08 11:48 AM

Part of sploofusing is getting questions on topics out of your comfort zone. I've had sports questions on snooker, badminton, soccer, cricket etc. I hated them when I got them, but sometimes I learn a little tidbit.

pennwoman
Pennwoman  (Level: 155.2 - Posts: 2478)
Wed, 3rd Dec '08 11:54 AM

Now, sarcasm, there's a sport!

keithr81052
Keithr81052  (Level: 144.5 - Posts: 147)
Wed, 3rd Dec '08 12:48 PM

waaahhhh

newyorkgoomba
Newyorkgoomba  (Level: 214.8 - Posts: 58)
Wed, 3rd Dec '08 1:05 PM

Van por favor fáciles en nosotros, los Estados Unidos están en el medio de una recesión. Si no estaba para el " Trivia" , no nos estaríamos divirtiendo. Gracias.

tuzilla
Tuzilla  (Level: 134.1 - Posts: 3779)
Wed, 3rd Dec '08 1:33 PM

I have a great solution. Send all of the TQOTDs to me. I will sort out the ones I don't know from the ones I do. I will toss out the don't knows and only have the system ask me question I already know the answer to from now on. Say goodbye to Pop Music/Stars, Prime Time TV, esoteric literature and pop authors like Danielle Steel, and a bunch of other Qs. Put in more Vocab, Science and Geography.

newyorkgoomba
Newyorkgoomba  (Level: 214.8 - Posts: 58)
Wed, 3rd Dec '08 2:07 PM

Veuillez aller facile sur nous ici aux Etats-Unis. Nous sommes au milieu d'une récession et d'un " Trivia" est un du peu de choses qui nous permettent n'importe quel amusement. Merci.

newyorkgoomba
Newyorkgoomba  (Level: 214.8 - Posts: 58)
Wed, 3rd Dec '08 2:11 PM

Gehen Sie bitte auf uns hier in den Vereinigten Staaten einfach. Wir sind inmitten einer Rezession und des " trivia" ist eins der einzigen Ereignisse, die uns unterhalten können. Danke.

tuzilla
Tuzilla  (Level: 134.1 - Posts: 3779)
Wed, 3rd Dec '08 2:21 PM

请在美国省点用我们。 我们是在后退中间。 小事是可能承受我们的其中一件唯一的事。

davidf
Davidf  (Level: 102.1 - Posts: 746)
Wed, 3rd Dec '08 2:21 PM

come sta? lei parlare inglese, sono bene con inglese

resolsufoolps
Resolsufoolps  (Level: 20.7 - Posts: 95)
Wed, 3rd Dec '08 3:00 PM

थिस इस अ वैरी इन्तेरेस्तिंग टोपिक होप आईटी दोएसं'टी गेट आउट ऑफ़ हैण्ड थौघ. हवे अ गुड डे

quackinator
Quackinator  (Level: 168.2 - Posts: 151)
Wed, 3rd Dec '08 3:43 PM

I have another idea.
Why not create other versions of sploofus for other countries?
I once had a canadian version of Trivial Pursuit. Everytime there was a quesition we couldn't answer, we'd say "Oh, that must be a Canadian question."

To this day, if we encounter any kind of question we can't answer, we say that.

PS.... how does one "save" various types of questions for later wagering???

slicko
Slicko  (Level: 223.9 - Posts: 1609)
Wed, 3rd Dec '08 3:51 PM

Quackinator - you have up to 10 days to answer your question - for example if I am at level 55.6 and get a Geography question I will not answer it and save it. If I can get 4 more questions right over the next 10 days then I can use my Geography question to wager once I hit level 56. Of course that sometimes backfires and my nonwager science question might be what color is the sky and my wager geography question might be what language is spoken in the southwest corner of the Duchy of Grand Fenwick on the second Tuesday in September after the first full moon.
Hope that helps.

aquamar
Aquamar  (Level: 179.0 - Posts: 910)
Wed, 3rd Dec '08 4:31 PM

All sports are Greek to me.

kaufman
Kaufman  (Level: 257.0 - Posts: 3936)
Wed, 3rd Dec '08 5:34 PM

Actually, Quack, there was no Canadian edition of Trivial Pursuit ...

But there was a US edition.

kimoira
Kimoira  (Level: 202.0 - Posts: 1190)
Wed, 3rd Dec '08 6:26 PM

If you like Trivial Pursuit, Pogo.com has a tournament going on where you answer twenty questions a day for a wedge and complete a pie each week. It's fun and I have a little better luck with those questions, not much but a little.

1mks
1mks  (Level: 211.2 - Posts: 5886)
Wed, 3rd Dec '08 6:34 PM

I do the Trivial Pursuit there everyday also.

pennwoman
Pennwoman  (Level: 155.2 - Posts: 2478)
Wed, 3rd Dec '08 8:54 PM

And on that Trivial Pursuit site, you can go back to previous days to answer questions there, just page back on the calender!

Sploofus Editor
Sploofizz (Editor)  
Wed, 3rd Dec '08 9:00 PM

Please don't take this the wrong way, it is not a personal attack of any sort, but a simple statement of fact: there is no plan to change anything about the TQOTD system.

About half of the questions are from a purchased database and there is currently no way to alter, delete or re-categorize any of those questions; and no plan to make that happen in the near future.

And regarding categories, Justin is satisfied with the idea that games and other leisure activities fit into the "Sports" category, and all types of science related questions belong under the umbrella of "Physical Science".

The editors have spent a lot of time increasing that database of questions and we try very hard to create an even distribution of world trivia to balance the US-centric questions. We can't be held responsible for the fact that the computer seems to favor the US questions when sending them out to Europeans!

This is just the way it is here on Sploofus Island.

papermanbill
Papermanbill  (Level: 41.3 - Posts: 1313)
Thu, 4th Dec '08 4:25 AM

Sploofizz, First of all, if I were involved in Sploofus, I would be concerned about the fact that you are saying that half the old questions we've been getting aren't going to be replaced. As you well know, I have complained numerous times about the accuracy, correctness and the category of many questions. You editors have all but one time gone along with my opinions
and gone against any challenge I have made. In the past, I have asked several players in the top 50 (who I didn't personally know) about questions I have had problems with, they agreed with me everytime (that I was correct). I see that other players are checking out a Trivia Pursuit sight. This might inspire natives of this island to think it over that Snooker really isn't a sport.

bushyfox
Bushyfox  (Level: 174.4 - Posts: 2403)
Thu, 4th Dec '08 4:34 AM

Die Philosophie (griechisch φιλοσοφία philosophía, wörtlich ‘Liebe zur Weisheit’) ist der Versuch, die Welt und die menschliche Existenz zu deuten und zu verstehen. Sie unterscheidet sich von den einzelnen Wissenschaften dadurch, dass sie sich nicht durch einen begrenzten Gegenstandsbereich charakterisieren lässt.

'Nuff said?

~Bev

papermanbill
Papermanbill  (Level: 41.3 - Posts: 1313)
Thu, 4th Dec '08 5:32 AM

You talkin' to me ??

bushyfox
Bushyfox  (Level: 174.4 - Posts: 2403)
Thu, 4th Dec '08 6:03 AM

Jawohl........!!

Snooker ist eine Variante des Präzisionssports Billard, die mit speziellen Queues auf einem Snookertisch gespielt wird. Das Spielprinzip besteht darin, 15 rote und sechs andersfarbige Bälle („die Farben“) mit dem weißen Spielball nach bestimmten Regeln in die Taschen zu versenken.

WITH tinsel!

~Bev

mplaw51
Mplaw51  (Level: 179.5 - Posts: 1582)
Thu, 4th Dec '08 6:40 AM

I never had a snooker question...

I don't do well on sports questions and I'm a mad sports fan. They're just a bit obscure for me sometimes. Life isn't hanging in the balance here. Not sarcasm, just opinion, don't bring out super soakers at dawn to shoot me...

spacecat
Spacecat  (Level: 159.0 - Posts: 667)
Thu, 4th Dec '08 7:32 AM

And they said that English is the offical language of Australia. I have had two questions on Snooker including one last night on a maximum wager. Thanks to PMB. Forewarned is forearmed. Time to research Darts.

Sploofus Editor
Sploofizz (Editor)  
Thu, 4th Dec '08 8:00 AM

Everyone here is in the same boat; everyone has the same pool of questions in the same categories, and everyone has the exact same opportunity to get them wrong.

Many people don't know about Snooker and disagree that it's considered a sport. Sploofus management thinks it's okay to have questions that not many people know the answer to, and management is totally comfortable with games and other leisure activities in the Sports category.

Papermanbill obviously disagrees with management on this one, and that's okay. But it's not going to change. And if anyone feels that they have to take their online-trivia-playing-business elsewhere, that is their prerogative.

I am just trying to be honest and upfront about this. I have seen possible improvements discussed here in the Salty Dog and then some people assume these changes will occur. I am telling you that this concept (Snooker questions in the Sports category) is not going to change here at Sploofus. Currently there is no possible way for it to change, but even if we had the capability, we wouldn't change it. The only change I could ever see coming out of this complaint is the changing of the category title to "Sports and Leisure". But again, that is not possible at this time.

joanneeberlin
Joanneeberlin  (Level: 184.5 - Posts: 686)
Thu, 4th Dec '08 8:00 AM

The game Trivial Pursuit was invented and created by Canadians. But the price is cheaper in the U.S. (???) LOL !!

Jo

bushyfox
Bushyfox  (Level: 174.4 - Posts: 2403)
Thu, 4th Dec '08 8:12 AM

G'day!! We don't speak English, we speak Ozzarian. Some have a nasal twang that makes their particular dialect into "Strine".

I was just foolin' withya before, quoting a bit of German atcha.

It's summer in beautiful downtown Australia!

C'mon Down Under to visit us anytime soon......bring tinsel!
~Bev



bbear
Bbear  (Level: 161.7 - Posts: 2301)
Thu, 4th Dec '08 10:12 AM

I personally like the diversity. I got in the past two weeks (not exact questions, but you get the idea):
What color is Barney?
How many letters are there in the alphabet?
What is the 32nd element in the periodic scale?
What is the 7th line of "How Do I Love Thee"?

I'm waiting for:
"Who's buried in Grant's tomb"?
"How many beers are there in a six pack"?
"What color is the light when it changes red"?
"How many components are there in a HP 486?"
"How many inches is it from the earth to Ursa Major?"

I like both the super-easy eye rolling kind and the super-hard eye rolling kind.

PMB - I looked up snooker. Looks like fun! Sunday at your place?

caramel1
Caramel1  (Level: 128.4 - Posts: 21603)
Thu, 4th Dec '08 12:06 PM

I am directing this at the comments of Sploofiz although intend no personal offense. Your statement that "we are all in the same boat" is simply not true. People who joined after 2.0 was in place for everyone do not enjoy the luxury of a category exemption like the original members of 1.0 do. If you had an exemption in 1.0 it carried over to 2.0 but folks who joined post 2.0 includes myself by dropping my membership and rejoining when 2.0 was in place. This is most likely a whine... Linda

papermanbill
Papermanbill  (Level: 41.3 - Posts: 1313)
Thu, 4th Dec '08 12:48 PM

I didn't know editors were so challenging

baggiob
Baggiob  (Level: 142.7 - Posts: 888)
Thu, 4th Dec '08 12:50 PM

Still can't believe this, for the last time SNOOKER is definetly a SPORT.

haha, re: the bit above about being in the top 100 if it wasnt for the random sports questions. Eh well i would be top if there wasnt so many American based questions but hey I dont really care. If i get them right good if i know them even better haha but if i get them wrong it doesnt ruin my day.
haha

goddess28
Goddess28  (Level: 92.6 - Posts: 5236)
Thu, 4th Dec '08 1:10 PM


Answered: Hassan Ii Mosque Morocco
Answered: Einstein Tower Germany
Answered: Goshavank Armenia
Answered: Casa Batllo Spain
Answered: Bridge Of Sighs Italy

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
These are the last 5 Where in the Heck Am I's? I see your point.

tuzilla
Tuzilla  (Level: 134.1 - Posts: 3779)
Thu, 4th Dec '08 1:30 PM

Abu Hassan hassant got it anymore.

pennwoman
Pennwoman  (Level: 155.2 - Posts: 2478)
Thu, 4th Dec '08 1:32 PM

And the last five WhoTHAI'S
Gary Innes (b. 1980) is a Scottish musician
Tintoretto (real name Jacopo Comin; September 29, 1518 - May 31, 1594) was one of the greatest painters of the Venetian school and probably the last great painter of the Italian Renaissance
Axel Zwingenberger (born May 7, 1955 in Hamburg, Germany)
Eric Kyle Szmanda (born July 24, 1975 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin) is an American actor
Shirley Hazzard (born 30 January 1931) is an author of fiction and non-fiction. She was born in Australia, but holds citizenship in Great Britain and in the United States[1].

Seems to me that when the editors have control over the subject, they do a nice job of spreading them around the world -- TOQTD'S being random, Barnie getting "minority" American sport questions is just pure dumb luck. Or Kharma.

papajensai
Papajensai  (Level: 193.3 - Posts: 1025)
Thu, 4th Dec '08 3:25 PM

A kharma ran over my dogma.

papermanbill
Papermanbill  (Level: 41.3 - Posts: 1313)
Thu, 4th Dec '08 3:44 PM

Mr. Briggs, It's not a bit, it is a fact. I agree with you about the U.S. and Euro-questions, they should be separate. I find it embarassing that simple computer tasks aren't performed on this site. The glitch thing is getting old. BTW my brother and I are going to some hillbilly bar South of Chicago to try your gentleman's game. The sport thing is still up in the air.

bbear
Bbear  (Level: 161.7 - Posts: 2301)
Thu, 4th Dec '08 4:00 PM

CHECK OUT THE 5th WORD!

Snooker is a cue sport that is played on a large baize-covered table with pockets in each of the four corners and in the middle of each of the long side cushions. A regulation (full-size) table is 12 ft × 6 ft (3.6 m x 1.8 m). It is played using a cue and snooker balls: one white cue ball, 15 red balls worth one point each, and six balls of different colours yellow (2 points), green (3), brown (4), blue (5), pink and black (7).[1] A player (or team) wins a frame (individual game) of snooker by scoring more points than the opponent(s), using the cue ball to pot the red and coloured balls. A player wins a match when a certain number of frames have been won.

Snooker is particularly popular in many of the English-speaking and Commonwealth countries,[2] and in China,[3][4] with the top professional players attaining multi-million pound career earnings from the game.[5]



foogs
Foogs  (Level: 267.9 - Posts: 848)
Thu, 4th Dec '08 4:03 PM

Just to toss in my own two cents:

I'm not sure I've received a true "sports" question in the past
year and a half. I've gotten baseball, football, soccer, nascar,
gymnastics, hockey, etc., but they're not sports. I could argue
they should be in a separate "entertainment" category. They're
diversions.

Not sports.

kimoira
Kimoira  (Level: 202.0 - Posts: 1190)
Thu, 4th Dec '08 4:05 PM

I'm so glad I opted out of Sports many moons ago.

fudypatootie
Fudypatootie  (Level: 197.3 - Posts: 1302)
Fri, 5th Dec '08 1:40 AM

So we're only supposed to learn and know about sports and people from our own country or places in our own country. Got it.

violetblue
Violetblue  (Level: 112.2 - Posts: 850)
Fri, 5th Dec '08 7:17 AM

Foogs,

"Entertainment, not sports?"

Them's fightin' words.



jank0614
Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4597)
Fri, 5th Dec '08 7:30 AM

I have to say, i disagree, also. Watching the Cowboys for about a month there wasn't very entertaining, either.

Sploofus Editor
Sploofusmaximus (Editor)  
Fri, 5th Dec '08 8:56 AM

The 3 WhereTHAIs puzzles prior to the ones mentioned above were all from the United States.

smoke
Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12009)
Fri, 5th Dec '08 9:15 AM

My mama always told me there's no such thing as a stupid question. Stupid is as stupid does, that's what my mama always said..

papermanbill
Papermanbill  (Level: 41.3 - Posts: 1313)
Fri, 5th Dec '08 10:13 AM

Thanks Donna, I'll remember that when I do my editorial.

smoke
Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12009)
Fri, 5th Dec '08 10:48 AM

Well, that's what she said!

Lighten up, man, where's the love?

bokeelia
Bokeelia  (Level: 188.1 - Posts: 114)
Fri, 5th Dec '08 11:00 AM

soon someone will say that NASCAR is a sport!, we have to draw the line somewhere. I always thought a true definition of sport should include sweating, and while I've had to "sweat" out some hands at bridge or even at a snooker table (which I have played) I never considered them sports. Just calling it sports and leisure works for me.





smoke
Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12009)
Fri, 5th Dec '08 12:01 PM

Don't you start with me about NASCAR. That is MY sport - yours can be whatever you like and I'm happy for it to be so, but anyone who doesn't know that it's a sport simply doesn't know anything about it.

Cheers

goddess28
Goddess28  (Level: 92.6 - Posts: 5236)
Fri, 5th Dec '08 12:08 PM

HERE HERE!

pennwoman
Pennwoman  (Level: 155.2 - Posts: 2478)
Fri, 5th Dec '08 12:11 PM

Exactly! One persons sport is another ones astonishment that anyone bothers with it! The beauty of diversity is having a passion for something you enjoy. How boring life would be if we all loved the same things? And I think naming the category "Sports and Leisure" is brilliant!

papermanbill
Papermanbill  (Level: 41.3 - Posts: 1313)
Sat, 6th Dec '08 5:18 PM

I was the NASCAR tournament champion back in the spring. Love that Fireball Roberts and Bobby Allison.

smoke
Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12009)
Sat, 6th Dec '08 6:40 PM

Congrats, Bill, sorry I missed that one. I'm still marveling that anyone thinks a driver can run close to 200 miles per hour, inches (and less) from other cars for up to six hours on a summer afternoon, inside a car at something like 130 degrees F, wearing a 5-layer fireproof padded jumpsuit, shoes, socks, gloves and longjohns with a full-face helmet without "sweating".

garrybl
Garrybl  (Level: 280.2 - Posts: 6643)
Sat, 6th Dec '08 6:50 PM

Given the degree of intellect it obviously requires maybe we should try to get Nascar as part of the Mind Sports along with Chess and bridge. Or just part of the mainstream Olympics?



smoke
Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12009)
Sat, 6th Dec '08 7:38 PM

I'm intrigued by your use of the word "obviously".



papermanbill
Papermanbill  (Level: 41.3 - Posts: 1313)
Sat, 6th Dec '08 10:25 PM

Donna, About three years ago (I forgot the track), wasn't there about six drivers who were so dehydrated they needed IV's before they could be helped out of their cars. Back in the mid-90's we had a freak week around the 4th of July and it hit 107 on a work day. I worked almost ten hours driving and drank almost two gallons of liquid. I had to drive with my heater on to stop overheating and I went under at least ten fire hydrants with my truck and then I drenched myself, head to toe. I don't think my day can compare with the NASCAR 400-500 miles of fun.

smoke
Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12009)
Sun, 7th Dec '08 9:25 AM

Yep, dehydration and exhaustion are common after the race. Dover is notorious for it. Saw Kyle Petty win there years ago and have to be lifted from the car and taken on a stretcher to the care center and never got to go to Victory Lane. I listen to Tony Stewart's radio communications during races and there's constant concern about hydration - crew chief reminds him to drink, driver asks for water to be ready when he pits, so maybe there's a little sweating going on in there.

How many tracks have you been to, Bill? I've been to Pocono, Dover, Charlotte, Daytona, Richmond, Bristol, Martinsville and North Wilksboro for NASCAR races, been to Lime Rock, Mid-Ohio, Hagerstown, Darlington, Indy and Eldora for other events. Used to own a late model that ran two seasons at a little mudhole called Grandview Raceway near Pottstown PA until we all went broke and couldn't do it anymore. Those sure were some fun times.

chickfbref1
Chickfbref1  (Level: 120.7 - Posts: 2012)
Sun, 7th Dec '08 10:22 AM

So...if perspiration is a criteria for being a sport, when does "Lawn Mowing" become an Olympic Event?



Me.

quackinator
Quackinator  (Level: 168.2 - Posts: 151)
Sun, 7th Dec '08 10:25 AM

and there's always hot, sweaty sex.....

smoke
Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12009)
Sun, 7th Dec '08 10:52 AM

Sweating isn't only for sport, but the absence of sweat means it's not a sport. See?

foogs
Foogs  (Level: 267.9 - Posts: 848)
Sun, 7th Dec '08 11:23 AM

Smoke: You're making a similar argument to what I might
suggest concerning activities such as pool, darts, chess,
etc., but don't confuse being an athlete with sports. I've
read a bit about race drivers and have no doubt they're
athletes, but from my perspective what the pit crews do
is closer to being a sport than what the drivers do. Sorry.
(By the way, poker players sweat.)

I go with the higher, faster, stronger idea. And I generally
don't consider anything involving a team to be a true
sport. Neither are activities like figure skating or gymnastics
because the result of the competition is taken out of the
hands of the athlete. A similar argument could be made for
drivers; they're not totally in control of the outcome. The
mechanics and car designers are the ones in control.

Most team sports, and NASCAR to some extent (tell
me if I'm wrong), are activities designed for mass
entertainment. How else to explain logos, brightly colored
uniforms and cheerleaders?

I'm not disrespecting what's on the sports pages and
ESPN (I used to be a sports editor) and I still go to a
lot of games here on campus because I like to watch my
students compete. I just like to keep "sport" separate
when I can. I started thinking about this years ago in an
English class where I had students write classification
and division papers. I've just set up rules and definitions
and I try to fit things into the proper category.

And just for the heck of it: Is Sploofus a sport?



chickfbref1
Chickfbref1  (Level: 120.7 - Posts: 2012)
Sun, 7th Dec '08 11:40 AM

Foogs while I generally agree with the "scoring" thing, you then take Boxing out of the mix, and I'd be hard pressed to say that boxing is not a sport.

As an ex-gymnast, I have to put my foot down on gymnastics not being a sport!!

Me.

jank0614
Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4597)
Sun, 7th Dec '08 11:46 AM

I think anything a human does using any part of his/her human body which results in a score or a ranking is a sport.

www.janicesrevisedversion2.0.com

smoke
Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12009)
Sun, 7th Dec '08 11:56 AM


foogs
Foogs  (Level: 267.9 - Posts: 848)
Sun, 7th Dec '08 12:07 PM

Dictionary.com's def. 3: "diversion; recreation; pleasant pastime."

So masturbation IS a sport!

Chick: Boxing (and wrestling, sumo, etc.) do fit my definition of
sport. But because we are "civilized" some of the sport-ness has
been removed, again in the interest of entertainment. A point
system and a referee replaced the boxers deciding the match
by fighting to the death.

papermanbill
Papermanbill  (Level: 41.3 - Posts: 1313)
Sun, 7th Dec '08 1:38 PM

Masturbation enthusiasts should be reminded that you are just screwing yourself and if Sister Rachel was right, you're going blind.

papermanbill
Papermanbill  (Level: 41.3 - Posts: 1313)
Sun, 7th Dec '08 1:52 PM

Donna, Besides Chicagoland Speedway, I have been to Santa Fe Park and Grundy County Raceway. Santa Fe' is no more but it was a sanctioned NASCAR track made of clay. It was one of those tracks that went either one quarter or one half mile. It was always fun be cause they ran late model and novice races, good cold beer, too. Grundy county was a 3/4 mile track I went for an ARTCO event and midgets once or twice. Both Santa Fe and Grundy County are less than an hour from downtown Chicago. I saved my best for last because it was a sanctioned NASCAR track and less than 20 minutes from my house, believe it or not Soldier Field (were the Bears are beating Jacksonville right now) was a real fun place to go for races. $1.00 admisssion and sit anywhere. They had stock car races there every Wednesday and Saturday night, great fun. Right after my first son was born, my best friend called me and he had a set of four tickets, plane tickets and a motor home for the Daytona "500". I didn't want to leave Debbie for a week, so I passed. BTW this was the race that Petty won because of Yarborough and Allison in turn 4. The seats were right by the wreck.

smoke
Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12009)
Sun, 7th Dec '08 1:52 PM

If I could see what you just wrote I'd be offended.

smoke
Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12009)
Sun, 7th Dec '08 1:57 PM

About Sister Rachel and going blind, not the racing stuff - we were posting at the same time.

Hadda rub it in about the Jags, huh? They so suck this year. John's suffering, but lucky for me my team is the Bucs.



papermanbill
Papermanbill  (Level: 41.3 - Posts: 1313)
Sun, 7th Dec '08 4:30 PM

Donna, Besides Chicagoland Speedway, I have been to Santa Fe Park and Grundy County Raceway. Santa Fe' is no more but it was a sanctioned NASCAR track made of clay. It was one of those tracks that went either one quarter or one half mile. It was always fun be cause they ran late model and novice races, good cold beer, too. Grundy county was a 3/4 mile track I went for an ARTCO event and midgets once or twice. Both Santa Fe and Grundy County are less than an hour from downtown Chicago. I saved my best for last because it was a sanctioned NASCAR track and less than 20 minutes from my house, believe it or not Soldier Field (were the Bears are beating Jacksonville right now) was a real fun place to go for races. $1.00 admisssion and sit anywhere. They had stock car races there every Wednesday and Saturday night, great fun. Right after my first son was born, my best friend called me and he had a set of four tickets, plane tickets and a motor home for the Daytona "500". I didn't want to leave Debbie for a week, so I passed. BTW this was the race that Petty won because of Yarborough and Allison in turn 4. The seats were right by the wreck.

papermanbill
Papermanbill  (Level: 41.3 - Posts: 1313)
Sun, 7th Dec '08 4:31 PM

Donna, We all love Jack Del Rio up here and we would take him in a heartbeat. I remember watching him play an entire game for the Rams with a broken leg.

barnierubble
Barnierubble  (Level: 93.9 - Posts: 637)
Tue, 9th Dec '08 3:36 PM

As I have just had one cataract eye replacement, and get the second done tomorrow, will I be liable to start going blind again if I continue with the sport mentioned above?

pennwoman
Pennwoman  (Level: 155.2 - Posts: 2478)
Tue, 9th Dec '08 4:00 PM

Perhaps thats what got you there!
Good luck with the surgery!


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