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(24/7 Wall Street)   A list of 13 "awesome" sports the Olympics killed. Don't care, don't care, don't care. Wait. WTF? Motorboating was an Olympic sport? Obviously they've not met Kate Upton   (247wallst.com) divider line 62
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2012-08-13 11:07:56 AM
No, wait...better yet...OLYMPIC DEMOLITION DERBY!
 
2012-08-13 11:37:03 AM

Sin_City_Superhero: No, wait...better yet...OLYMPIC DEMOLITION DERBY!


NOW you're cooking with gas.
 
2012-08-13 12:21:29 PM

cretinbob: 4NSpy: Not listed:

[www.examiner.com image 450x512]

Skeleton hasn't been killed off, and actually has been brought back from...the 50's I think?


The guy in the photo was a luge-er.
 
2012-08-13 02:25:11 PM
If they're going to have race walking, then roller derby needs to be included.
 
2012-08-13 03:01:36 PM
I am a fan of elimination any and all sports/ activities that rely on judging. Especially when there is a "difficulty score" or "artistic value" which further clouds who actually did better. If all divers/gymnasts performed a pre-approved set of moves then at least you have a more head-to-head comparison.

Sometimes you can watch the event and say - yeah athlete A was better than B. Sometimes is completely unclear. seems judges are less harsh on pre-event favorites.They were giving higher scores to the Chinese 10M platform divers over the last 3 dives even though they were over/ under rotating into the water - still getting 7's 8's and 9's.

Synchronized swimming? How has that survived the cut? Trampoline - that is a relatively recent event. Badminton? Ping Pong? or table tennis whilst played in the Olympics...
 
2012-08-13 03:22:02 PM
Im for killing boxing unless pros go, and Im for adding ADCC style submission wrestling.
 
2012-08-13 03:40:59 PM
Cricket will never take. Its impossible to understand. Maybe its just me, but I've tried... and I have no idea whats going on.
 
2012-08-13 05:35:20 PM

ongbok: Ess_Aytch: Mentat: They should have kept softball and baseball.

No, getting rid of those "sports" was a wise decision. Bring back rugby, which has a bigger global fan base than softball/baseball ever will.

Global fan base = sports that European countries have a chance to win a medal. In Asia, Latin and South America baseball is right behind soccer and ahead of basketball in popularity. It also is huge in Italy and the Netherlands. Baseball was dropped mainly to spite the U.S, and there were a lot of countries pissed about it being dropped.


Baseball is just not as popular as Rugby in both viewing figures for top level competitions and for the numbers playing the game. The IRB has 4 million registered players on every inhabited continent. It has profesional leagues on every inhabited continent. Thats something baseball can't match.
 
2012-08-13 10:50:58 PM
Three things.

1) If you don't end up drenched in sweat and out of breath at the end of competition, it's not a sport. It's a parlor game. There's a reason billiards isn't in the Olympics. Shooting BB pistols should never have been allowed in, and it's embarrassing as all f*ck.

2) If there is no objective way to determine who won, it's not a sport. It's an art. There's a reason ballet is not in the Olympics. Synchronizing swimming, diving, gymnastics etcetera can stay, but only if their opponents score their points by tackling them or something.

3) If the Olympics is not the most major event in the world for a sport, it has no place in the Olympics. I'm looking at you, basketball, soccer, long-distance bicycle riding, baseball, etc. Ice hockey gets a pass because the pro-teams in the US and Canada never really play against the Russian and European clubs, so the Olympics is bigger than the Stanley Cup.

I'll never understand how they can have a rule against events that rely heavily on machinery with moving parts, and yet they allow bicycle riding and yachting. Those are labor-saving devices, the same as a car or motorboat. The whole point of those inventions is to reduce the muscle power required to get from one place to another.
 
2012-08-14 12:54:47 AM

HotWingAgenda: I'm looking at you, basketball


There's an international basketball tourney bigger than the Olympics? Killed you whole post with that and then saying somehow hockey gets a pass, as if there isn't European or Asian basketball clubs. Olympics aren't bigger than the Stanley Cup either, ask any hockey player what they'd rather win. Pretty dumb shiat right there. The rest of your post was one long whine fest, but I'll let that go.
 
2012-08-14 11:55:35 AM

Norfolking Chance: The IRB has 4 million registered players on every inhabited continent. It has profesional leagues on every inhabited continent. Thats something baseball can't match.


The IBAF has 76 participating nations, and leagues on every inhabited continent but Africa, and started being played in the Olympics in 1912. Not a real "can't match".

However,"The first real Olympic appearance of baseball is in 1912, as a team from Västerås played against competitors from the U.S. track and field team at the Olympic Games in Stockholm, Sweden. The United States beat the Swedish team, which played with some Americans borrowed from the opponent, 13-3. A second game was played later, which included decathlon star Jim Thorpe as a right fielder. USA won again, 6-3."

If baseball comes back, please make it where the athletes have to come from other events.
 
2012-08-15 08:20:34 AM

Norfolking Chance: ongbok: Ess_Aytch: Mentat: They should have kept softball and baseball.

No, getting rid of those "sports" was a wise decision. Bring back rugby, which has a bigger global fan base than softball/baseball ever will.

Global fan base = sports that European countries have a chance to win a medal. In Asia, Latin and South America baseball is right behind soccer and ahead of basketball in popularity. It also is huge in Italy and the Netherlands. Baseball was dropped mainly to spite the U.S, and there were a lot of countries pissed about it being dropped.

Baseball is just not as popular as Rugby in both viewing figures for top level competitions and for the numbers playing the game. The IRB has 4 million registered players on every inhabited continent. It has profesional leagues on every inhabited continent. Thats something baseball can't match.


The IBAF has 35 million registered players. You were saying?
 
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