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(The Spectator UK)   Why do the English love lazy sports? Easier to hold a pint, innit luv?   (spectator.co.uk) divider line
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2022-07-03 4:19:04 PM  
I mean, if you're bowling or batting, cricket is work and if you have time to loll about in the field you should question your positioning.  I have no clue on darts, but snooker is certainly mentally taxing.
 
2022-07-03 4:19:57 PM  
Too tired from soccer's dumb substitution rules.
 
2022-07-03 4:33:38 PM  

drewogatory: I mean, if you're bowling or batting, cricket is work and if you have time to loll about in the field you should question your positioning.  I have no clue on darts, but snooker is certainly mentally taxing.


Any sport where you can wear trousers and a sweater isn't really a sport.
 
2022-07-03 4:52:50 PM  

drewogatory: I mean, if you're bowling or batting, cricket is work and if you have time to loll about in the field you should question your positioning.  I have no clue on darts, but snooker is certainly mentally taxing.


Has it gone over your head that all of the aforementioned involve drinking beer.
 
2022-07-03 5:05:32 PM  
It explains soccer and why hands can't touch the ball (but can cover the balls)
 
2022-07-03 5:06:52 PM  

CoonAce: drewogatory: I mean, if you're bowling or batting, cricket is work and if you have time to loll about in the field you should question your positioning.  I have no clue on darts, but snooker is certainly mentally taxing.

Has it gone over your head that all of the aforementioned involve drinking beer.


But everything involves drinking beer? I thought that was a given.
 
2022-07-03 6:01:39 PM  
oi oi
 
2022-07-03 6:07:24 PM  
But then, back in those days, tennis was a no-sweat sport.

Nadal single-handedly makes up for those days of yore.

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2022-07-03 6:09:09 PM  
What a bunch of classist bullshiat.

The non-sweating sports are only those done by the rich. The actual popular sports are physically taxing.
 
2022-07-03 6:16:00 PM  
Not just for holding a pint but that the English are degenerate gamblers.
 
2022-07-03 6:17:24 PM  

Norfolking Chance: What a bunch of classist bullshiat.

The non-sweating sports are only those done by the rich. The actual popular sports are physically taxing.


Darts, pool, snooker, bowling, karaoke, ... ok then.
 
2022-07-03 6:29:08 PM  

wiredroach: drewogatory: I mean, if you're bowling or batting, cricket is work and if you have time to loll about in the field you should question your positioning.  I have no clue on darts, but snooker is certainly mentally taxing.

Any sport where you can wear trousers and a sweater isn't really a sport.


Damn right. I mean, hockey, what a bunch of loafers!
 
2022-07-03 7:16:18 PM  
Remnants of class culture. Even amateurism is a class scam, banning money prizes to save the competition from peasants who generally lack the resources to commit to non-revenue activities.
 
2022-07-03 7:25:27 PM  
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2022-07-03 7:44:18 PM  

Norfolking Chance: What a bunch of classist bullshiat.


Precisely why I stopped reading at 'The Spectator'

/another Tory fish-wrap after clicks
 
2022-07-03 8:39:08 PM  

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Granny had a croquet set, all of the grandkids had a fantastically fun time when we went up there. I'm trying to think and I'm pretty sure that is the only actual croquet I've ever seen in person and now that I think about it, I don't believe I've ever seen it on TV like some Wide World of Sports thing either. Odd.
 
2022-07-03 8:42:59 PM  
Also, saying the limey's love lazy sports as if somehow we don't? I love baseball but come on, when it was your turn to play in the outfield you kicked about a kazillion more dandelions than balls you ever got hit your way. You'd pay attention for a few minutes but really, you'd have more luck finding video evidence of Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster than you would have finding a kid in the outfield with his head in the game.
 
2022-07-03 8:58:25 PM  

wiredroach: drewogatory: I mean, if you're bowling or batting, cricket is work and if you have time to loll about in the field you should question your positioning.  I have no clue on darts, but snooker is certainly mentally taxing.

Any sport where you can wear trousers and a sweater isn't really a sport.


Remember it's an English summer sport originally.  I'm surprised they don't need a scarf and puffer jacket for particularly chilly years.  (Having said that, there were cases back in the 80's when a member of the Aussie Test team put a jumper on in a particularly hot and humid match in India purely to be macho.)

Also, the point the guy made about tennis extends to cricket fielding: standards used to be much lower.  And you're out there all day so you can't exert yourself too hard without resting. In cricket the game just keeps going while you're catching your breath and hoping the guy hits it the other way for the next couple of overs...
 
2022-07-03 10:05:51 PM  

The Madd Mann: Damn right. I mean, hockey, what a bunch of loafers!


I don't recall hockey players ever wearing trousers.
 
2022-07-03 11:22:22 PM  
Reads like something written in 1994 or so. The UK has come a long way in the last 20 years, and the nation as a whole is far more into sport than the average 80 year old Tory reader of the Spectator may realise.

The below shows the participation in running events (meaning formal events, like a 5k or marathon) as a percentage of the total population of a nation in 2018.

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UK was only behind Netherlands and Ireland worldwide at the time, and I imagine after lockdowns and covid it's only higher. What else were you going to do with the pub shut for two years?
 
2022-07-03 11:40:17 PM  

wiredroach: The Madd Mann: Damn right. I mean, hockey, what a bunch of loafers!

I don't recall hockey players ever wearing trousers.


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/they're called Cooperalls
//they were a short-lived thing in the 70s and 80s
///I even had a pair for a couple seasons playing minor hockey
 
2022-07-04 4:25:50 PM  
Reminds me of a quote re: cricket (from Bill Bryson, I think), saying something to the effect that there's something fundamentally wrong with a sport where 22 men dressed head to toe in white can play at it from dawn to dusk and end the day as clean as they were when it began.
 
2022-07-05 12:49:42 AM  
Typical wanky bollocks from The Spectator.
 
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