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Old 02-23-2008, 12:13 PM   #1
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Sports anyone? football, rugby, cricket, basketball etc etc. Watching Rugby, Ireland v Scotland. It's not out of choice, but as long as Ogara is in the team, I will watch! Looking good for Ireland so far.


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Old 02-23-2008, 12:44 PM   #2
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I only watch them if I can be there, the only except being NASCAR. In that case I like to move the TV and home theater outside and grill and drink while watching it all day. Basically 'tailgating' in the backyard, LOL.
They just built a brand new stadium south of us for a professional soccer team. Couldn't tell you the name of the team or stadium, but it does show how popular the sport is becoming around here.

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Old 02-23-2008, 01:52 PM   #3
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Over the years my sports "attitude" has changed. When I was in high school and college, I was a great fan of basketball. I went to college in northern Minnesota and loved to ice skate and became a lover of ice hockey. That was fueled by the desire to follow the career of one of my cousins who was pursuing professional hockey. He was great even if I do say so myself.

When our 5 children were in school we didn't have any sports connections, even though of the 4 boys, two of them were 6' 6" and 6' 8", none of them played basketball. You'd think, wouldn't you. No, their sport was "girls."

When Buck and I lived in Washington, DC, we loved to watch the Washington Redskins play football. One of our favorite pastimes was Monday night football and a big bowl of cold crab legs and beer.

Now sports don't do a lot for me. We watch the Super Bowl just for fun and mainly for the commercials. My usual behavior for that event is watching the commercials and going to the bathroom during the game.
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Old 02-23-2008, 05:08 PM   #4
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I live for Steelers football. I used to live for NASCAR but then I moved to Mooresville and it's like seeing how hot dogs are made. It's just not the same once you've seen Dale Jr wondering around Wal-Mart at 1 am after a night of drinking at the local hang out. Granted, I'm watching it, but once football comes back, I'll definitely not tape the races if they conflict with the Steelers.
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Old 02-24-2008, 02:22 PM   #5
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NASCAR and baseball are my favorite sports. I also like to watch downhill skiing.
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Old 02-24-2008, 04:01 PM   #6
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Football season ended :( very sad but I love sports and you can usually find something on, even if it is golf :P (Anybody watch Tiger today? Amazing)

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Old 02-24-2008, 11:45 PM   #7
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We won!!!

Our team, Newcastle Jets, won the Australian A-League soccer grand final last night in Sydney. They now get to represent Australia in the Asia Cup.

Soccer, Rugby League, Rugby Union, Aussie Rules, V8 Supercars, Golf, Tennis, Indy, with the cable tv remote in one hand, hubby will watch any sport.
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Old 02-25-2008, 12:39 AM   #8
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i watch sports almost every day or night, with hockey, baseball, and football as my faves.

if i had to choose just one, though, it would be hockey. i'm as obsessed as the craziest canuck on a frozen pond. we have 3 hockey teams in the nyc area, so most nights from the fall through the spring, i can catch a devils, rangers, or islanders game. i'm a die hard devils' worshipper, but still enjoy rooting for any team playing against the rangers and islanders.

this overlaps with the baseball season from the spring through fall, in which nyc has 2 teams, the yankees and the mets. again, most days or nights, there's a game on somewhere.

and mixing into these seasons, football used to dominate my sunday afternoons. since it's my only day off, i've pretty much given up watching live games and subsist on tv replays and newspapers in order to spend the day with my family.

i've tried to get into soccer (football/futbol), and have followed glasgow celtic of the spl, but it's just too slow for me. yes, i can appreciate the skill and athleticism involved, and it's interesting to watch plays develop, but you can see the same amount of action from and entire 90 minute match in the first minute of a hockey game.
that said, every 4 years i still watch the world cup with great interest. it's a great tournament for underdogs. who doesn't love to watch a tiny underdog defeat a huge world power like brazil or argentina?
unfortunately with international play, i cannot stomach players faking injuries every time they get brushed by another player. rolling around, grabbing a body part to try to influence the ref for a card is unsportmanlike, imo. i'm surprised they don't cry more often. and i don't just mean the italians...

i prefer watching women's soccer, as it seems to be a sport better suited for the "gentler" gender. lots of tension and build up, and back and forth plays before they even get close to something that matters. and both the men and women try to find ways to tie their hair back, but still look good.

all kidding aside, my irish buddies have remarked that soccer will never catch on in the u.s. because they don't stop for 45+ minutes, so you could never run commercials. maybe they should have quarters instead of halves. they could run a commercial while the players check thier eyeliner. it can get runny, ya know.

i've heard it said that the way players handle injuries describe the toughness of the games. in soccer, a simple thigh bruise could mean 2 weeks off; in baseball, you might get taken out of the game. in football, you have to be dripping blood to get a rest for a down or two. in hockey, even if the stattered bone is protruding, they tape an aspirin to it and you're back out for your next shift.

ok, one of the best routines about the differences in sports:
The past is gone it's all been said.
So here's to what the future brings,
I know tomorrow you'll find better things
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Old 02-25-2008, 02:17 AM   #9
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The sport I played the longest as a kid was soccer, and although I had fun I never really cared for it. My favorite sport was tennis. In high school I played tennis all four years and was captain my senior year. It was pity, I'm sure, as the other captain and I were the 1 doubles team when captains are usually 1 and 2 singles. The thing I did to waive half of my gym credit was four years of marching band!

Still, I don't care for watching any sports. I used to watch the Tigers and Red Wings up until last year. I had enough heartbreak over things that don't really matter.
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Old 02-25-2008, 02:18 AM   #10
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I know what you are saying buckytom, our rugby league is like your NFL without the padding and believe you me when they tackle you can feel and hear the hit between the players. Soccer can get a little monotonous when they "fake" the injury and it is frustrating. DH follows Newcastle United in English Premier League, I follow Arsenal. The only game that has quarters is Aussie Rules.

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