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Old 08-03-2012, 04:32 AM   #76
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I don't read Bill Simmons but I bet that article does nothing but state the same thing every other American who watches handball can see. Gonna google that shit.

Please tell me what is so crazy about this sport. It is a normal baseball throw. The goal is gigantic, the defenders hardly do anything, they just pass around the perimeter til someone decides to jump into the defense-you don't need any speed or quickness to succeed-why is it so hard?

You are welcome to try. I guarantee that if you tried to play handball against any good competition you'd go home with a few broken ribs and crying in embarrassment.
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Old 08-03-2012, 04:55 AM   #77
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It used to be baseball.
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Old 08-03-2012, 04:56 AM   #78
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Handball-I am 6'1 above average athlete. No doubt in my mind I could make the USA handball team if I spent a year or 2 trying to.

That sport is retardedly simple.

You 6'1?

Post a pic, you're probably a 5'5' fattass who sit all day trying to come up with weak ass comicbooks that no one will read.
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Old 08-03-2012, 05:05 AM   #79
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Folks, running is the easiest sport. What is easier to learn?
I hope this is a joke.
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Old 08-03-2012, 05:10 AM   #80
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basketball, just join team USA as a 12th man and get a gold medal for doing nothing
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Old 08-03-2012, 05:25 AM   #81
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You 6'1?

Post a pic, you're probably a 5'5' fattass who sit all day trying to come up with weak ass comicbooks that no one will read.




that's our tough guy right there


if he seriously thinks that he could make any national teams.....

my brother plays for the U21 national team. those are some strong mofos. guys like this would get pushed around like they're nothing...

it would be fun seeing Nick Young explaining to them in RL that the sport doesn't 'require hardly any athleticism' as he did in this deleted thread
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Old 08-03-2012, 05:33 AM   #82
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I hope this is a joke.
it actually makes sense. it's something very natural and doesn't require any additional skill or knowledge. anybody can run. See: Forest GUmp
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Old 08-03-2012, 05:36 AM   #83
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it actually makes sense. it's something very natural and doesn't require any additional skill or knowledge. anybody can run. See: Forest GUmp

Yeah but the point here is: what is the sport where it's easiest to reach an olympic level.
Running would probably be at the bottom of the list.
If your body structure isn't adequate, there's no training that will get you there.
Unless you become a Bhutan citizen or something.
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Old 08-03-2012, 05:42 AM   #84
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Yeah but the point here is: what is the sport where it's easiest to reach an olympic level.
Running would probably be at the bottom of the list.
If your body structure isn't adequate, there's no training that will get you there.
Unless you become a Bhutan citizen or something.
People fail to realize athletes in Marathon run as fast as common people at their fastest speed, for 42,195km.
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Old 08-03-2012, 06:04 AM   #85
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Yeah but the point here is: what is the sport where it's easiest to reach an olympic level.
Running would probably be at the bottom of the list.
If your body structure isn't adequate, there's no training that will get you there.
Unless you become a Bhutan citizen or something.
Correct, and we have to stress the genetics and bodytype here. Some sports simply require a certain build, but maybe, given you have that type of build, sport becomes easy? For example take a 7 foot volleyball player. I really think that sport isn't hard, it's just concentration and basic movement... Well, you have to have somewhat "good" hands, I suppose, but it's really a sport that in our school the laziest guys used to play (those that found basketball requiring too much physical energy). So yeah. My nomination goes to volleyball.
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Old 08-03-2012, 06:13 AM   #86
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I have to admit, I know a bunch of people who played volleyball at a fairly high level. Nothing extraordinary, but high national amateur level, and I was never really impressed with their overall athletic ability.

These weren't the people who tended to get picked first in gym class for anything but volleyball. People who excel at other sports such as basketball or soccer you could count on to be quite adequate at most sports, but the same couldn't be said about the "volleybal people".
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Old 08-03-2012, 06:26 AM   #87
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I have to admit, I know a bunch of people who played volleyball at a fairly high level. Nothing extraordinary, but high national amateur level, and I was never really impressed with their overall athletic ability.

These weren't the people who tended to get picked first in gym class for anything but volleyball. People who excel at other sports such as basketball or soccer you could count on to be quite adequate at most sports, but the same couldn't be said about the "volleybal people".
Volleyball people are known to jump a lot higher than BBall people.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_T6dsJ7NrTE

Plus the speed and precision is crazy. When someone spikes, the ball travels so fast you have less than 0.1 second to react or you're too late. This occurs for the most part of the game.
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Old 08-03-2012, 06:40 AM   #88
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well if you live in usa getting in the olympics will be pretty damn hard even if you are a good athlete...for a small country (african mostly) is much easier... doesnt matter if you failed to qualify for the semis/finals... still you made the olympics

if you watch the heats ( qualifications, they are on air right now ) there are peeps running around 12 seconds in 100m( last in the race but still olympic level )... any good athlete can run that fast with some training... also the same can be said for swimming


as being a championship level in the olympics? probably badminton
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Old 08-03-2012, 06:43 AM   #89
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Volleyball people are known to jump a lot higher than BBall people.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_T6dsJ7NrTE

Plus the speed and precision is crazy. When someone spikes, the ball travels so fast you have less than 0.1 second to react or you're too late. This occurs for the most part of the game.
Well... Point still stands. You do what you can do, it's not like pro volleyball athletes have vastly superior reaction time to the average bloke. Reaction times are defined by the speed of neurons transmitting signals, and that's pretty much a constant. You can improve a little here and there, you may have an inherited somewhat better reaction time but realistically it's only miliseconds. In sports people do react to such things by context, as in table tennis - you couldn't react fast enough to calculate and hit the incoming ball - yet, you can judge the trajectory by the moves of the opponent. Add some playing experience and you have it as good as almost any player.

I would also claim that shooting with pistols or rifles must be really easy. Relatively it requires almost none physical training, as the biggest part is mental: focus. And that's it... You either have parkinsons and can't hit shit, or you're good at it. Now hold your breath and do your thing...
Plus, not everyone gets the gun to shoot at young age or any age, it's not the typical birthday gift as a basketball or football, thus making the field smaller.


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well if you live in usa getting in the olympics will be pretty damn hard even if you are a good athlete...for a small country (african mostly) is much easier... doesnt matter if you failed to qualify for the semis/finals... still you made the olympics
I would try looking at it the other way - training for any sport in undeveloped countries must be awful. Remember Sadam forcing physical punishment on "underperforming" athletes? Think of North Korea footballers, that were happy finding a frigde in the WC housing appartments... They do spill blood to get anywhere, I believe. While countries like USA have the most advanced training facilities and the best care for their athletes.

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Old 08-03-2012, 07:05 AM   #90
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well if you live in usa getting in the olympics will be pretty damn hard even if you are a good athlete...for a small country (african mostly) is much easier... doesnt matter if you failed to qualify for the semis/finals... still you made the olympics

if you watch the heats ( qualifications, they are on air right now ) there are peeps running around 12 seconds in 100m( last in the race but still olympic level )... any good athlete can run that fast with some training... also the same can be said for swimming


as being a championship level in the olympics? probably badminton

You go play badminton at Olympic level and you won't even see the shuttlecock. Badminton is crazy underrated.

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"Badminton is the fastest racquet sport in the world with shuttles reaching speeds of up to 332 km/h (206 mph) (faster than the speed of the Eurostar train)."

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"The shuttlecock is poised to enter the Guinness Book of Records at 162 miles per hour (261 kph) -- the speed it travels on the smash -- compared to squash's 151 mph (243 kph) and a mere 138 mph (222 kph) for tennis. Badminton's promoters hope the speed record might bolster the sport's image and help move it out of other racket sports' shadows, particularly in regions where tennis and squash reign supreme. Besides Guinness, I saw some books claiming the speed for shuttlecock is about 300 km/h."

http://hypertextbook.com/facts/2006/ShuMeiDeng.shtml
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