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(AP)   Thanks to tween fascination with "Hunger Games," archery overtakes basketball to become most watched Olympic sport with American youth   (summergames.ap.org) divider line 98
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2012-08-03 05:02:24 PM  

spentmiles: My girlfriend got me into it. Here she is at the Redneck Summer Games earlier this summer.

[i48.tinypic.com image 427x640]


How much did her fake bewbs cost?
 
2012-08-03 05:03:28 PM  

degenerate-afro: downstairs: Are people watching a lot of basketball? Its so painfully clear who's going to win the gold, and said team probably won't win any game by less than 20.

Just saying... its hard to be interested in something when you just know the outcome. I don't really care that much... but as a casual viewer, I'd only watch basketball if I was alerted to "OMG... USA is down 10 with a few minutes to go!"

You know USA wins Basketball and Swimming
You know China wins Gymnastics and Ping Pong
You know Roger Federer is going to win Men's Tennis

Overall you already know the favorites going into most of the events, but it's still worth watching just as entertainment.

Honestly are you not going to watch the sprinting events since you know Usain Bolt or Yohan Blake are going to win 90% of them?


Well, again, I'm not a big Olympics fan... but the swimming had drama because you knew at least two USA atheletes would win, but they have an intense rivalry.

Probably the same with any *individual* sport. The dominant countries still probably field 2-3 dominant players.

Also... I don't know much about tennis, but isn't Roger Federer among 2-3 dominant players in the world? He doesn't win every tourney, does he? But it generally is going to be him or one of the other 2-3 players every week.
 
2012-08-03 05:14:02 PM  
if all of you knuckleheads posting pictures of yourselves spent a little more time on technique you wouldn't need the elaborate arm guards
 
2012-08-03 05:15:07 PM  

Crewmannumber6: spentmiles: My girlfriend got me into it. Here she is at the Redneck Summer Games earlier this summer.

[i48.tinypic.com image 427x640]

How much did her fake bewbs cost?


Those are real.
 
2012-08-03 05:16:28 PM  

spentmiles: Crewmannumber6: spentmiles: My girlfriend got me into it. Here she is at the Redneck Summer Games earlier this summer.

[i48.tinypic.com image 427x640]

How much did her fake bewbs cost?

Those are real.


really full of saline bags maybe
 
2012-08-03 05:20:49 PM  

Misplaced yat: Watching is a good first step, I suppose. Next, hopefully it leaeds to an increase in people actually taking up the sport.


How would one get into archery? I'm interested.

/Haven't read Hunger Games
 
2012-08-03 05:24:02 PM  

cicdle: Is that with all the NBA players on Spain's team or without?


With. Without, who knows. No one else does college athletics so lots of the promising players go pro at 16 or 17 in Europe too. If you're cutting those guys out some team of Chinese or Russian "amateurs" would probably win.
 
2012-08-03 05:25:37 PM  

oMaJoJ: Misplaced yat: Watching is a good first step, I suppose. Next, hopefully it leaeds to an increase in people actually taking up the sport.

How would one get into archery? I'm interested.

/Haven't read Hunger Games


google for a local archery range, they'll most often have beginner lessons where you use their equipment.
 
2012-08-03 05:32:32 PM  

downstairs: Also... I don't know much about tennis, but isn't Roger Federer among 2-3 dominant players in the world? He doesn't win every tourney, does he? But it generally is going to be him or one of the other 2-3 players every week.


Here is a list of tennis grand slam champions since 2004. Let me know if you see any patterns

Australian
Roger Federer
Marat Safin
Roger Federer
Roger Federer
Novak Djokovic
Rafael Nadal
Roger Federer
Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic

French
Gastón Gaudio
Rafael Nadal
Rafael Nadal
Rafael Nadal
Rafael Nadal
Roger Federer
Rafael Nadal
Rafael Nadal
Rafael Nadal

Wimbeldon
Roger Federer
Roger Federer
Roger Federer
Roger Federer
Rafael Nadal
Roger Federer
Rafael Nadal
Novak Djokovic
Roger Federer

US
Roger Federer
Roger Federer
Roger Federer
Roger Federer
Roger Federer
Juan Martín del Potro
Rafael Nadal
Novak Djokovic
 
2012-08-03 05:32:34 PM  
Im completely fine with the NBA being reduced to less than what it is through any means.
 
2012-08-03 05:34:04 PM  
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2012-08-03 05:37:54 PM  
Better to have the kids interested in archery than vampire/emo/werewolf goofiness.

/Someone will write a book about vampire archers now I bet.
 
2012-08-03 05:39:06 PM  

Magorn: dittybopper: Another cool idea: Full contact team archery. Last time that was played was at the Towton games.

Go to Bhutan sometime. Archery is thier national sport and they are fanatic about it (to the point that most people theorize that the reason they never win Olympic medlas is because the stadiums at the olympics are too quite with none screaming thier names or hurling abuse at them). In Bhutan it is completely legal to jump in front of your opponent as he is taking his shot to try to spoil his aim.


You didn't click the link, did you?
 
2012-08-03 05:41:43 PM  
Theaetetus
rka: The Dream Team is still argued over 20 years later.

Yes, but mainly because of the questionable ethics of having a team of professionals in a game that previously had a very strict rule of "no professionals".

In 1989, FIBA, international basketball's governing body, allowed professional NBA players to participate in the Olympics for the first time. Prior to the 1992 Summer Olympics, only European and South American professionals were allowed to play in the Olympics. -wiki
 
2012-08-03 05:42:17 PM  

abmoraz: rka: Basketball matters.

No. No it doesn't.


THIS
 
2012-08-03 05:44:48 PM  

spentmiles: My girlfriend got me into it. Here she is at the Redneck Summer Games earlier this summer.

[i48.tinypic.com image 427x640]


Well, I'm all behind that. She seems to be focusing on a smiley face and a Diamond. Any message there?
 
2012-08-03 05:45:39 PM  

nyseattitude: [i641.photobucket.com image 500x308]


Ha, I never noticed before how the big scary black orc holds his bow all gangsta. 'Cause it's scarier that way.

"Cut! These orcs just aren't doing it for me. I'm not feeling anything when they get shot. They're just following orders. If anything it's sad. How can we subtly convey to the audience that it's okay to kill them? ...I've got it!"
 
2012-08-03 05:52:28 PM  
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2012-08-03 05:55:34 PM  

semiotix: JohnAnnArbor: /Someone will write a book about vampire archers now I bet.

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Yeah, apparently it's already a thing. :|


yeah but are they vampires who arch, or archers who hunt vampires? or both?
 
2012-08-03 05:56:00 PM  

degenerate-afro: downstairs: Also... I don't know much about tennis, but isn't Roger Federer among 2-3 dominant players in the world? He doesn't win every tourney, does he? But it generally is going to be him or one of the other 2-3 players every week.

Here is a list of tennis grand slam champions since 2004. Let me know if you see any patterns

[Lots of Federer] *snip*


Huh, didn't know he was *that* dominant.
 
2012-08-03 05:57:37 PM  
I would say that with any Olympic event, it is always worth while to watch them gold medal events where the event is competitive and not judged. You should never pass up a chance to witness someone prove their excellence beyond any level of doubt or dispute.

END COMMUNICATION
 
2012-08-03 05:59:18 PM  

oMaJoJ: Misplaced yat: Watching is a good first step, I suppose. Next, hopefully it leaeds to an increase in people actually taking up the sport.

How would one get into archery? I'm interested.

/Haven't read Hunger Games


I found a range nearby (Cheviot Hills, in Los Angeles) that offers a free safety lesson and equipment to use, and if you have your own equipment you can pretty much show up whenever and shoot as much as you want. Really nice, experienced people volunteer there, which is a plus. After a few months I bought my own gear at a good shop and have been steadily improving. Look on yelp where you're at and try to find a range.
 
2012-08-03 06:01:40 PM  
Personally, I'm chalking it up to Hawkeye's appearance in The Avengers.
 
2012-08-03 06:09:39 PM  

deadcrickets: In related news, incestual sex is up amongst teens...


Yeah, that's what my contacts in internet pornography are telling me too.
 
2012-08-03 06:13:19 PM  
I shoulda have kept up with the bow when I was 12 , but guess I was just too damn cool for it.
 
2012-08-03 06:26:59 PM  

Quasar: oMaJoJ: Misplaced yat: Watching is a good first step, I suppose. Next, hopefully it leaeds to an increase in people actually taking up the sport.

How would one get into archery? I'm interested.

/Haven't read Hunger Games

I found a range nearby (Cheviot Hills, in Los Angeles) that offers a free safety lesson and equipment to use, and if you have your own equipment you can pretty much show up whenever and shoot as much as you want. Really nice, experienced people volunteer there, which is a plus. After a few months I bought my own gear at a good shop and have been steadily improving. Look on yelp where you're at and try to find a range.


I'm in New York City and I've found a couple of places, one in Ozone Park and one in Flushing. I think I'm going to check one of these ranges out tomorrow.
 
2012-08-03 06:27:32 PM  
Wake me up when they have explosive arrows in events like the Rambo movies.

/always wondered where John Rambo picked up some explosive arrowheads
 
2012-08-03 06:28:36 PM  
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2012-08-03 07:04:12 PM  

I_C_Weener: I'd watch archery, and judo, and wrestling, and a bunch of the non-mainstream sports. Besides, who cares who the over-hyped spoiled NBA brats trounce? Show me curling cuties.


But every Olympic teaming except for one, (Tunisia,) has "over-hyped spoiled NBA brats" in them. Just the team US has a few more than the others.
 
2012-08-03 07:06:31 PM  

Nightshade50: That's great that the lesser known Olympic sports are getting more interest. I mean there's more to the Olympics than swimming, beach volleyball, etc and some of them are pretty darn cool, such as shooting, archery, and Judo.

When the winter Olympics come on I watch curling. I dunno why but I find curling interesting and have been known to stay up at midnight to watch it. Good thing is curling has seem to gone more mainstream so staying up that long to watch it is not much of an issue anymore.


Still anxiously waiting for lingerie curling to be an Olympic sport.

Fingers crossed.
 
2012-08-03 07:23:22 PM  
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2012-08-03 07:34:01 PM  

dittybopper: Magorn: dittybopper: Another cool idea: Full contact team archery. Last time that was played was at the Towton games.

Go to Bhutan sometime. Archery is thier national sport and they are fanatic about it (to the point that most people theorize that the reason they never win Olympic medlas is because the stadiums at the olympics are too quite with none screaming thier names or hurling abuse at them). In Bhutan it is completely legal to jump in front of your opponent as he is taking his shot to try to spoil his aim.

You didn't click the link, did you?


Didn't need to

/medieval history buff, got the reference right off
 
2012-08-03 07:59:43 PM  
LMAO! All this hate on compound shooters reminds me of work! :P
/guides archery hunts
//99% traditional archers
 
2012-08-03 08:25:33 PM  

rka: downstairs:

Basketball matters.


No, it doesn't.
 
2012-08-03 08:28:26 PM  

The Stealth Hippopotamus: [img193.imageshack.us image 751x800]

compounds are for the week


Recurves are for the weekend.
 
2012-08-03 08:41:29 PM  

downstairs: Also... I don't know much about tennis, but isn't Roger Federer among 2-3 dominant players in the world? He doesn't win every tourney, does he? But it generally is going to be him or one of the other 2-3 players every week.


He, Nadal, or Djokovic win most of the tournaments they appear in. Not all, however. Federer has been the best player in the world for the last decade or so (older now, and often at #2 or #3, though #1 right now), but somehow, does not have an Olympic gold for the Men's Singles.

Devo: So cool for the USA to use non professionals for Hockey too, right?


Basketball and Hockey went to pros for the same reason: the Soviets. The Red Army had a hockey and a basketball team, so while these guys were soldiers and technically not pros, they did nothing but train for their sports all day long, so they dominated. The US and Canada had to play with College and Junior players, as the players they had with equivalent talent were playing pro.

I would support taking the pros out of Basketball now though, but not Hockey. Basketball is so ridiculously unbalanced that it's not worth watching, because the US always cleans up, barring a team that completely falls apart. In hockey, play is much more balanced. There are usually 4-5 teams with a legitimate shot at the gold, and those games are spectacular. All of the world's best players in one place, and not all stacked on one team. The 2010 Canada- US Final was one of the best games of hockey ever played. And there's no other event where the best players ever get to play each other. The world championships happen when more than half of NHL players are still playing or are nursing their wounds from the season, so, while entertaining, it's never as good.

Olympic Basketball, on the other hand, isn't worth paying attention to. The US will win. There's no drama, tension. It's just a bunch of jackasses showboating on their way to a rout. Why the fark would I want to watch that? I like a blowout on occasion, but I generally like to see well played games, no matter what the sport.

\Been watching a lot of the Soccer.
 
2012-08-03 08:43:38 PM  

Diagonal: No, it doesn't.


Since this is about the Olympics and about sports, it does indeed matter.
 
2012-08-03 11:19:12 PM  

Magorn: dittybopper: Magorn: dittybopper: Another cool idea: Full contact team archery. Last time that was played was at the Towton games.

Go to Bhutan sometime. Archery is thier national sport and they are fanatic about it (to the point that most people theorize that the reason they never win Olympic medlas is because the stadiums at the olympics are too quite with none screaming thier names or hurling abuse at them). In Bhutan it is completely legal to jump in front of your opponent as he is taking his shot to try to spoil his aim.

You didn't click the link, did you?

Didn't need to

/medieval history buff, got the reference right off


Ah, OK.

Now I'm thinking I might need to go re-read some of Cornelius Fudge's work, now that I've been reminded of the subject.

Yes, the dude who played the "Minister of Magic" in the Harry Potter movies is also one of the World's acknowledged experts on the English Longbow.

/"The Great Warbow", which he wrote with Matthew Strickland, is under my nightstand.
//Read "Longbow: A Social and Military History" when I was a teen.
 
2012-08-04 02:34:57 AM  
Sure would be nice if we could see some of this archery coverage here in Canada. They're showing the Olympics on 4 channels. Coverage of archery? Nada. NBC may be showing it on one of their cable channels but they're blocked up here. Sigh.
 
2012-08-04 03:59:03 AM  

cptjeff: Basketball and Hockey went to pros for the same reason: the Soviets.


You know, except for the part where basketball went to the pros AFTER the Soviet Union collapsed.

In other news, Fark's hate for basketball is still hilarious. Keep f*cking that chicken, guys.
 
2012-08-04 04:04:45 AM  

redmond24: I can't even find any of the NBA Olympic games. I end up watching badmitton (sp?) or whatever else is on.


Really? Olympic Basketball has its own damn channel. Soccer has one also.
 
2012-08-04 04:54:03 AM  

gtfan92: cptjeff: Basketball and Hockey went to pros for the same reason: the Soviets.

You know, except for the part where basketball went to the pros AFTER the Soviet Union collapsed.

In other news, Fark's hate for basketball is still hilarious. Keep f*cking that chicken, guys.


I really wouldn't say it is Fark's hate for basketball. It is more like Fark's hockey fan's hate for basketball.
 
2012-08-04 06:30:55 AM  

nyseattitude: [i641.photobucket.com image 500x308]


is that the archery equivalent of holding a gun sideways?
 
2012-08-04 07:12:42 AM  
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2012-08-04 09:44:20 AM  

ExperianScaresCthulhu: nyseattitude: [i641.photobucket.com image 500x308]

is that the archery equivalent of holding a gun sideways?


Stupid as it sounds, there *ARE* situations where holding a bow like that is appropriate. It doesn't really apply to any bow with sights, of course, because the sights would become useless with the bow canted that far, and generally compound bows are short enough that they don't need to be canted to avoid the upper or lower limbs from hitting foliage, etc.
 
2012-08-04 05:08:00 PM  

Diagonal: rka: downstairs:

Basketball matters.

No, it doesn't.


It does to simpletons
 
2012-08-05 10:30:14 AM  

Snapper Carr: [img685.imageshack.us image 626x720]


upload.wikimedia.org

Fake archers please. At least I was a *REAL* person, and could do all sorts of tricks with a bow.

/Howard Hill FTW.
 
2012-08-05 11:52:58 PM  

Theaetetus: rka: The Dream Team is still argued over 20 years later.

Yes, but mainly because of the questionable ethics of having a team of professionals in a game that previously had a very strict rule of "no professionals".


Eh, After watching the Rooskies beat us with their "amateurs" and crooked judges I was willing to watch ONE version of our Dream Team show the rest of the world what American Basketball is. THAT team had its most awesome games in practice. After that, I really don't care.
 
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