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(NPR)   More than 60 teams will compete in this year's International Quidditch World Cup...wait what?   (npr.org) divider line 51
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2010-11-08 01:46:58 AM
Will Christine O'Donnell be there?
 
2010-11-08 02:31:04 AM
Whatever. Last time they tried this the Death Eaters farked it all up.
 
2010-11-08 04:16:45 AM
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Looks like a bunch of wankers. Especially #17.
 
2010-11-08 04:21:26 AM
21st century Ultimate Frisbee?
 
2010-11-08 04:28:01 AM
Goddammit, this is why nerds are constantly made fun of.
 
2010-11-08 04:37:06 AM
People may think you are a lame nerd, but when you tell them that you participated in the Quidditch World Cup, they... they...

On second though, I can't imagine how this could get you laid.
 
2010-11-08 04:53:24 AM
They actually run around double-fisting a broom stick between their legs the whole time? WTF?!?
 
2010-11-08 04:56:06 AM
On November 13 and 14, 2010, 46 official Quidditch teams from around the world - a total of 757 athletes - will descend on New York City for the Fourth Annual Quidditch World Cup. The teams are from 42 colleges and universities, three high schools, and one local community team, all from the USA and Canada

from http://www.internationalquidditch.org/worldcup/.
 
2010-11-08 05:08:39 AM
jeffpruett.files.wordpress.com

just leaving this here
 
2010-11-08 05:17:38 AM
brightcove.vo.llnwd.net

"I bet if I suggested a game of Quidditch he'd cum in his pants."
 
2010-11-08 05:36:48 AM
Australian Quidditch I could understand (dark hallway with no light, and the only ball is one of those little hard bouncy balls that flashes for a few second when it hits something), but they seriously use brooms on the ground?

That is just sad if you're over the age of eight.

/how would the snitch bit even work?
 
2010-11-08 06:13:35 AM
I'm about as big a nerd as they come, but even I think this looks farking goofy.
 
2010-11-08 07:37:46 AM
or....
more proof that 60 teams of guys that dont have girlfriends
 
2010-11-08 07:45:56 AM
How nice that there's an alternative for nerds who can't afford Segway polo.
 
2010-11-08 08:04:13 AM
Tachikoma: sni

They have an extra person be the snitch, and it's the job of the seekers to catch that person. Usually the snitch is a cross-country runner dressed head to toe in yellow.

/My college was part of one of the early inter-college quidditch matches that made national news. Link (new window)
 
2010-11-08 08:50:43 AM
rob.nu
 
2010-11-08 09:09:47 AM
Me and some of my buddies are going to go so's we can play a round of "witch skeet".
 
2010-11-08 09:41:17 AM
Over in one.
 
2010-11-08 10:03:45 AM
greentea1985: Tachikoma: sni

They have an extra person be the snitch, and it's the job of the seekers to catch that person. Usually the snitch is a cross-country runner dressed head to toe in yellow.

/My college was part of one of the early inter-college quidditch matches that made national news. Link (new window)


I was at that game! Amherst wasn't really an early adopter, they had a team for that game and then disappeared. But right after that game, I started a team at UMass that's still playing and going to the World Cup again.
 
2010-11-08 10:09:39 AM
is it anything like my local street quidditch league where they hold their boners instead of brooms?
 
2010-11-08 10:18:06 AM
Kitty Shat Down: They actually run around double-fisting a broom stick between their legs the whole time? WTF?!?

that's what i was thinking!! what's the point of the broom?!?
someone please explain because it just seems like it's there to remind everyone that this is a silly harry potter game that should never, ever be taken seriously.
 
2010-11-08 10:38:57 AM
They haven't turned this into a multi-player video game yet?
 
2010-11-08 10:41:10 AM
Oh relax. It looks like fun. At least they're not sitting there rotting in front of the teevee.
 
2010-11-08 10:42:30 AM
....


You know, if you could actually fly on the brooms this would be cool...

But since you can't, this is the lamest fail I've ever heard of.

Get a life people.

A real one.

Shouldn't complain I guess. At least they're outside running around.... with brooms...

Damn. I can't even do positive on this one.
 
2010-11-08 10:55:31 AM
So it's outdoor team handball for nerds?
 
2010-11-08 10:56:22 AM
talulahgosh: Kitty Shat Down: They actually run around double-fisting a broom stick between their legs the whole time? WTF?!?

that's what i was thinking!! what's the point of the broom?!?
someone please explain because it just seems like it's there to remind everyone that this is a silly harry potter game that should never, ever be taken seriously.
 
2010-11-08 10:57:20 AM
Meant to post this:

t3.gstatic.com
 
2010-11-08 11:04:35 AM
GameSprocket: They haven't turned this into a multi-player video game yet?

upload.wikimedia.org

/actually, Wikipedia say it's single-player
//close enough
 
2010-11-08 11:43:51 AM
paragon12321: GameSprocket: They haven't turned this into a multi-player video game yet?



/actually, Wikipedia say it's single-player
//close enough


I've got this for XBOX. It's not too bad.
 
2010-11-08 11:48:08 AM
I would never do this. But having spent countless hours playing wiffleball and ping ping baseball as a youth I'm not about to give anyone else a hard time about their fun if it's not hurting anyone. If you do, shame on you.
 
2010-11-08 11:59:46 AM
talulahgosh: Kitty Shat Down: They actually run around double-fisting a broom stick between their legs the whole time? WTF?!?

that's what i was thinking!! what's the point of the broom?!?
someone please explain because it just seems like it's there to remind everyone that this is a silly harry potter game that should never, ever be taken seriously.


They use this^. I can see the appeal, it's basically like a giant outdoor orgy.
 
2010-11-08 12:12:06 PM
Lightning bolt! Lightning bolt!
 
2010-11-08 12:13:37 PM
Thrashersk: talulahgosh: Kitty Shat Down: They actually run around double-fisting a broom stick between their legs the whole time? WTF?!?

that's what i was thinking!! what's the point of the broom?!?
someone please explain because it just seems like it's there to remind everyone that this is a silly harry potter game that should never, ever be taken seriously.

They use this^. I can see the appeal, it's basically like a giant outdoor orgy.


Just don't GIS for that item with safesearch off.
 
2010-11-08 12:29:27 PM
Skail: Goddammit, this is why nerds are constantly made fun of.

Exactly, especially when there are perfectly good REAL sports like Moopsball they could be playing instead
 
2010-11-08 12:51:46 PM
FTA: "Harvard University, M.I.T, Yale, Penn State, Duke - several prestigious universities are registered for the World Cup and count quidditch among their extracurricular activities."

Wow - how proud must those parents be who are paying upwards of $50K a year to have their kids running around with a broom between their legs?

/Duke sucks
 
2010-11-08 12:57:00 PM
wndertwin: FTA: "Harvard University, M.I.T, Yale, Penn State, Duke - several prestigious universities are registered for the World Cup and count quidditch among their extracurricular activities."

Wow - how proud must those parents be who are paying upwards of $50K a year to have their kids running around with a broom between their legs?

/Duke sucks


Right, because that's the only thing they are doing at college. Lighten up. My parents were actually quite proud that I started a quidditch club.
 
2010-11-08 01:35:23 PM
I had to google Quidditch.

I was hoping it was something like Dwile Flonking.

/damn
 
Ant
2010-11-08 01:59:40 PM
GameSprocket: They haven't turned this into a multi-player video game yet?

I think they did, but it sucked mostly
 
2010-11-08 02:04:43 PM
There's also a position called a "seeker." Their job is to chase the "snitch." The snitch, otherwise known as the "Snitch Runner," is a guy with a sock hanging out of the back of his shorts. According to the official IQA rule book, "The Snitch Runner evades both Seekers at all costs, doing everything he can do to prevent the Snitch from being caught."

From a competitive standpoint, there is a LOT wrong with this.

You can't seriously compete at an NCAA level in a game where a neutral 3rd party (the "snitch") is supposed to evade both competing teams equally. At some point he will have to make an evasion-related decision that favors one team over the other.

(Also, the whole concept has always been stupid - it's a completely unrelated side-game with no relation to the rest of the players, and catching the snitch causes instant victory, completely negating the efforts of all of the other players).

You can ignore a lot of the silly things about this game, such as the broomsticks. But the "snitch" is a major problem.
 
2010-11-08 03:19:41 PM
someguy945: There's also a position called a "seeker." Their job is to chase the "snitch." The snitch, otherwise known as the "Snitch Runner," is a guy with a sock hanging out of the back of his shorts. According to the official IQA rule book, "The Snitch Runner evades both Seekers at all costs, doing everything he can do to prevent the Snitch from being caught."

From a competitive standpoint, there is a LOT wrong with this.

You can't seriously compete at an NCAA level in a game where a neutral 3rd party (the "snitch") is supposed to evade both competing teams equally. At some point he will have to make an evasion-related decision that favors one team over the other.

(Also, the whole concept has always been stupid - it's a completely unrelated side-game with no relation to the rest of the players, and catching the snitch causes instant victory, completely negating the efforts of all of the other players).

You can ignore a lot of the silly things about this game, such as the broomsticks. But the "snitch" is a major problem.


Snitches get stitches.
 
2010-11-08 03:32:16 PM
If you get the women to play, it's all good.
 
2010-11-08 04:05:00 PM
This story is just more proof of NPRs left-wing bias.
 
2010-11-08 04:22:41 PM
Quidditch is the most illogical sport ever, but that didn't bother me because I understood it was just a McGuffin/excuse to give Harry a reason to be the hero of every game.

But seriously: Why bother with quaffles and bludgers when the snitch is the only thing that matters? Why keep score when the catcher of the snitch automatically wins the game.

If I had a Quidditch team, I'd ignore the goals and the balls and just tell my team to beat the living crap out of the opposing team's seeker. Because that's the main goal of the game: For the seeker to catch the snitch. Everything else going on is really quite superfluous and irrelevant. So hound the other team's seeker, cripple them and make their game generally unpleasant while your seeker can hunt for the snitch.
 
2010-11-08 04:56:34 PM
Ishkur: But seriously: Why bother with quaffles and bludgers when the snitch is the only thing that matters? Why keep score when the catcher of the snitch automatically wins the game.

Well because the snitch is worth 150 points and it ends the game.

So if your team is down by 160 points, but you still go ahead and catch the snitch, you still lose. And just going after the snitch would open up your own goal to lots of scoring.

/can't believe I know this.
 
2010-11-08 08:07:44 PM
My GF and another friend is actually part of the Penn State team. What TFA fails to note is that it is full contact, and because you actually have to be fit the players look suprisingly normal. Also, it's co-ed.
 
2010-11-08 08:30:59 PM
LARPing meets ultimate frisbee?
 
2010-11-08 08:32:01 PM
Ishkur: Quidditch is the most illogical sport ever, but that didn't bother me because I understood it was just a McGuffin/excuse to give Harry a reason to be the hero of every game.

But seriously: Why bother with quaffles and bludgers when the snitch is the only thing that matters? Why keep score when the catcher of the snitch automatically wins the game.

If I had a Quidditch team, I'd ignore the goals and the balls and just tell my team to beat the living crap out of the opposing team's seeker. Because that's the main goal of the game: For the seeker to catch the snitch. Everything else going on is really quite superfluous and irrelevant. So hound the other team's seeker, cripple them and make their game generally unpleasant while your seeker can hunt for the snitch.


In the muggle version, the snitch is only 30 points, so it's not the only factor. 150 points is ridiculous.
 
2010-11-08 11:59:22 PM
talulahgosh:
someone please explain because it just seems like it's there to remind everyone that this is a silly harry potter game that should never, ever be taken seriously.


Why would anyone want to take it seriously? Dicking around for a while when you've nothing better to do is the whole point, just like for real football, US football, hockey, curling, etc. Hell, we'd be better off if more sports remembered that they were bored people doing ridiculous things to no real purpose.

//I exempt sports with practical applications, like target shooting, and ones designed to showcase or spark new developments in a field, like concrete canoe or the old steel bridge competitions. But, c'mon, football? Pure entertainment, no real value beyond distraction.
 
2010-11-09 10:09:18 AM
Tad_Waxpole: Well because the snitch is worth 150 points and it ends the game.

Rarely do games in the books ever score more than 100 for both sides, so catching the snitch was pretty much an automatic win. I find it amusing how the World Cup match described this dude, Viktor Krum, as the best seeker in the world, and then he goes and catches the snitch while his team is losing badly, ending the game and committing his team to the loss. So he's an internationally ranked professional Quidditch player, but he can't count.

Speaking of scoring, it is also something quite illogical. If goals are worth 10 points and the snitch is worth 150, then why the 10x multiplier? It serves no function and is an unnecessary additive to the score. Why not just have 1 point for a goal and 15 for the snitch? Regular sports have graded scoring depended upon the difficulty of the score, and to give each score weight against the others. Quidditch doesn't have this.

So that's a slight adjustment in strategy: Beat the hell out of the opposing team's seeker until you're down by 100+ points, and then start playing normally. I have confidence that the snitch will be caught well before then, unless your Seeker sucks.

sonofabob: In the muggle version, the snitch is only 30 points, so it's not the only factor. 150 points is ridiculous.

This just makes it slightly less stupid. If the game is to be played honestly, then the snitch shouldn't be worth anything, and Seekers are off limits to other players. So they're basically a mini-game onto themselves. But still, having a muggle be the snitch like some form of tag football, makes the game completely dishonest.

Once again, the mechanics of the sport are not supposed to make sense. Also, I don't think JK Rowling has ever participated in a sport before in her life, and her description of the culture of Quidditch just sounds like stuff she ripped off from soccer fans as a cursory observer of the World Cup every four years.

No one should try making this thing a real sport. It's just supposed to be a McGuffin/plot point: The snitch is valuable to make Harry the solo hero of every game. A little Mary Sue-ish, I guess, but excusable because he had other issues. It's alright for him to be awesome in at least one thing -- Broom-flying it is.

/don't mind me, love the books
//the ending of book 7 was a ridiculous copout tho
 
2010-11-10 02:51:56 AM
Ishkur: Tad_Waxpole: Well because the snitch is worth 150 points and it ends the game.

Rarely do games in the books ever score more than 100 for both sides, so catching the snitch was pretty much an automatic win. I find it amusing how the World Cup match described this dude, Viktor Krum, as the best seeker in the world, and then he goes and catches the snitch while his team is losing badly, ending the game and committing his team to the loss. So he's an internationally ranked professional Quidditch player, but he can't count.

Speaking of scoring, it is also something quite illogical. If goals are worth 10 points and the snitch is worth 150, then why the 10x multiplier? It serves no function and is an unnecessary additive to the score. Why not just have 1 point for a goal and 15 for the snitch? Regular sports have graded scoring depended upon the difficulty of the score, and to give each score weight against the others. Quidditch doesn't have this.

So that's a slight adjustment in strategy: Beat the hell out of the opposing team's seeker until you're down by 100+ points, and then start playing normally. I have confidence that the snitch will be caught well before then, unless your Seeker sucks.

sonofabob: In the muggle version, the snitch is only 30 points, so it's not the only factor. 150 points is ridiculous.

This just makes it slightly less stupid. If the game is to be played honestly, then the snitch shouldn't be worth anything, and Seekers are off limits to other players. So they're basically a mini-game onto themselves. But still, having a muggle be the snitch like some form of tag football, makes the game completely dishonest.

Once again, the mechanics of the sport are not supposed to make sense. Also, I don't think JK Rowling has ever participated in a sport before in her life, and her description of the culture of Quidditch just sounds like stuff she ripped off from soccer fans as a cursory observer of the World Cup every four years.

No one should try making this thing a real sport. It's just supposed to be a McGuffin/plot point: The snitch is valuable to make Harry the solo hero of every game. A little Mary Sue-ish, I guess, but excusable because he had other issues. It's alright for him to be awesome in at least one thing -- Broom-flying it is.

/don't mind me, love the books
//the ending of book 7 was a ridiculous copout tho


Krum caught the snitch because his team was getting pissed on. He wanted to claim whatever small victory he could since his team had no chance by the time the snitch was spotted.
 
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