Sport. What is there about sport?

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  1. foghorn Valued Senior Member

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    No doubt the kind of mind that finds cricket interesting, must have deep and insightful conversations with the person sitting next to them, about the best the kind of pencil and pad to keep those statistics on. And a special column in that pad to detail the sandwich filling of that day.
    Edit: Which reminds me, about 1000 years ago two blokes had a race, one won. Do you want to know his name????
     
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  3. Michael 345 New year. PRESENT is 72 years oldl Valued Senior Member

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    Two things I recall an cricket

    It was the sport of Wilson's Grammar School, which I attended on a scholarship, played in the summer months, on a Wednesday afternoon

    Can't remember ever actually playing. Most times would go to the field, other times skip to go to the movies

    Days at the field I was either watching (word used lightly) or eating mulberries from bushes around the field

    The other memory was going to Lords after school and going in for free. I was a member of The Egale (Comic book) fan club. Your membership book entitled you to free entry late in the afternoon

    Went to pass time as no TV in the house

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    I remember having to play cricket on a hard school playground, and you were told where to stand as a fielder. It was not only the hard ball you had to watch out for, it was sometimes the hard wooden bat shooting out of the batter's hands. Come to think of it, those leather balls must have had some damage done to them on the hard playground.
     
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  7. Michael 345 New year. PRESENT is 72 years oldl Valued Senior Member

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    You were lucky



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  8. foghorn Valued Senior Member

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    Don't get me started on the old days. When I were a lad, we didn't have daylight, we had twenty four hours of night all year round. And on Christmas day we would get presents of candles, and then we would have to wait to our birthday to get the matches to light the candles.


    And given this thread is about sport. We didn't have balls in them days, we took it in turn for one of us to pretend to be a ball, and the rest of us kicked the tar out that person trying to get them between the goal posts. I have to stop now because this is bringing both happy and sad memories of what my uncles and aunts use to come out with for a laugh.

    Kids nowadays don't know their born.

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  9. Michael 345 New year. PRESENT is 72 years oldl Valued Senior Member

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    Oh ey they won't believe what you tell them

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  10. RainbowSingularity Valued Senior Member

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    remember playing ball tiggy
    where you had to hit another child with a ball
    and then compare bruises
    best bruise was often displayed in class with a story like heroes.

    then the whiny parents stopped it when their poorly parented child got hit with a ball and told them all about it then pretended they had nothing to do with whining and complaining because they wanted to be "included" so demanded to be in the game of ball tiggy.

    & bullrush on tar-seal
    & stuck in the mud on tar-seal

    we were lucky we had tar seal

    ball tiggy was a critical childhood skill to strike a running child with force, with a ball, in a soft spot to cause the biggest bruise possible

    no head shots no groin shots was optional rules depending on who was playing
     
  11. Michael 345 New year. PRESENT is 72 years oldl Valued Senior Member

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    Never heard of or played obviously

    Ditto

    Now here is something I remember

    Our street road was made with wooden blocks about twice size of bricks

    The road was dug up - guessing because cannot recall - replaced with a compacted undersurface covered in ?bitumen (had to look up spelling of bitumen and found this)
    https://www.asphalt.com.au/why-asphalt/bitumen-vs-asphalt/

    Anyway the piles and piles of wooden road bricks were raided each night by us to fuel our home fires

    Environment? what environment? Can't tell me they wouldn't have gone to London's coal fired generators

    Anyway we were happy in those days (true not just saying)

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  12. Sarkus Hippomonstrosesquippedalo phobe Valued Senior Member

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    Baseball is just Rounders on steroids. (Rounders is mostly a game for school-children in the UK these days).
    Baseball players needing gloves to catch the ball is pathetic, to be honest. Commentators get amazed by non-glove catches that get taken, but you get quite incredible catches taken in cricket without gloves with surprising regularity these days.
    It's like American football basically being a version of rugby but with pads. Soft! Show an American Football fan a video of some Rugby tackles and they'll see what a real sport is.

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  13. Michael 345 New year. PRESENT is 72 years oldl Valued Senior Member

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    Ya interesting

    Don't forget though Chess is deemed a sport

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  14. Sarkus Hippomonstrosesquippedalo phobe Valued Senior Member

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    And Poetry was in the Olympics between 1912 and 1948!

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  15. Michael 345 New year. PRESENT is 72 years oldl Valued Senior Member

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    I did not know that

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  16. Tiassa Let us not launch the boat ... Staff Member

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    Put a rugger in pads, watch him fail to get up after getting hit squar'.

    Rugby is one of the great examples of Barbara Kruger's↱ famous observation: "You construct strange rituals which allow you to touch the skin of other men."
     
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  17. Sarkus Hippomonstrosesquippedalo phobe Valued Senior Member

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    You'd be surprised...

    Ha ha! Not heard that before.

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  18. river

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    Appreciating the skill , the coordination , the physical shape , to do the sport they do . And competitiveness between each .

    Those that ask " what is there about sport " . Have never been athletic . In Shape , Nor experienced the challenge of being better at a physical competition than another .
     
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  19. Michael 345 New year. PRESENT is 72 years oldl Valued Senior Member

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    Found a about

    Phil Mickelson, who officially announced is intention to play in the league on Monday, reached a deal around $200 million to play in the league, the Golf Channel reported.

    Ryan Gaydos is the sports editor for Fox News

    Did find a use for golf ball. Not the actual ball - just its size. Asking patients size of their bowel movements

    If size is given - good indication could be heading for hard constipation

    Note in report, pass on to next shift

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  20. sideshowbob Sorry, wrong number. Valued Senior Member

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    I have never understood the appeal of competition. My fondest memory of school recess is a bunch of us building "the biggest snowman ever". We rolled the bottom ball until we couldn't move it any farther. It was taller than we were (as I recall - and I was shorter then). We had a hell of a time getting the second ball on top of it. We couldn't lift it so we tried rolling it up the side. Eventually, I think we built a temporary ramp. I don't know if we ever got a head on top.
     
  21. O. W. Grant Registered Senior Member

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    Sport is show business.
    Show business is politics (propaganda/ PR / Mushroom treatment/... bread and circuses).
    /to eat or not to eat - to be or not to be ( ... hunger; ... hunger; ... hunger - Transactional Analysis)/


    Nathan Lane - "There's No Business Like Show Business"


    = = =

    Give someone enough rope and he'll hang himself.
    https://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/give him enough rope and he will hang himself

    = = =

    Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2002)

    ...

    Chuck Barris: Hi folks. Before we begin taping today, I'd like to introduce you to Mr. Peter Jenks of the Federal Communications Commission. Okay?
    Peter Jenks: I don't know if any of you are aware of this, but it's a federal offense to make lascivious remarks on a television network broadcast. The penalty for this disgusting, un-American behavior is one year in prison, or a ten thousand dollar fine. Or both! Anyone making a sick or subversive remark tonight will be arrested immediately. I then will personally escort the offender to federal prison for booking under edict number 364 of the Broadcasting Act of 1963. And it's a long drive to that prison, baby, just you and me. No witnesses.
    Chuck Barris: Okay have fun everybody... alright...

    https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0270288/quotes/?ref_=tt_trv_qu

    ...
     
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  23. O. W. Grant Registered Senior Member

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    legal drugs: booze, women, sport. amen, brother
     
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