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Jul 13, 2010
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. Kevin Brooks Henry
From Iowa City, IA
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climbing? richard magill
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yeah, good point, but we don't get paid millions of dollars for sending something. Kevin Brooks Henry
From Iowa City, IA
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Jul 13, 2010
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See, the point of golf is to get the ball (or "golf ball") into 18 seperate holes in the fewest amount of swings (or "strokes") using various clubs.

The point of American football is to score more points than the opposing team.

Hope this helps.

~Bob
Bob Robinson
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Jul 13, 2010
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sure they have goals, but what I guess I meant to say is that these men and women get paid millions of dollars to do what? throw/hit a ball? There are thousands of people out there that could use that money so much more than the people who get it. And it's not like they are getting paid to do something useful or meaningful. Kevin Brooks Henry
From Iowa City, IA
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Jul 13, 2010
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I know... I was just being a smartass for the hell of it.

According to linguist Noam Chomsky, professional sports as entertainment (especiially football) are tools of the governing powers to distract the populace from social concerns, such as war and poverty. Therefore, these sports have very little intrinsic value, but they serve a goal to keep us ignorant of more important things.
Bob Robinson
From Lone Tree, Colorado
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Jul 13, 2010
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we just climb rocks.

but seriously i do agree that profesional footbal, baseball, basketball players... etc are paid way too much and that money could go to someting way better.
TKrosbakken
From St. Paul, MN
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Jul 13, 2010
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Curling ShaunG
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Jul 13, 2010
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Golf is a lot like climbing: you need to be able to read the details of the terrain, and you need to be alert for changes in the weather.

Most pointless? Bouldering?
Doug Hemken
Joined Oct 1, 2004
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Jul 13, 2010
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Bob Robinson wrote:
I know... I was just being a smartass for the hell of it. According to linguist Noam Chomsky, professional sports as entertainment (especiially football) are tools of the governing powers to distract the populace from social concerns, such as war and poverty. Therefore, these sports have very little intrinsic value, but they serve a goal to keep us ignorant of more important things.


According to Noam Chomsky? Pfffft. Norman Jewison was on that years before.



That's why Johnathan E couldn't keep winning that game. We don't want individualism.
Stich
From Colorado Springs, Colorado
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Jul 13, 2010
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Professional sports offers entertainment for tons of people. They also provide people a time to step away from social concerns. If people didn't have an otlet such as that then there would be even more crazy people than there already are now. These sports also provide a ton of revenue to cities, towns, and jobs to people. Bitching about how much they get paid just falls back to class envy. As much as some of them suck as people and roll models they usually are extremely gifted athletes. As far as just giving millions away to needy people I guess I would have to wonder where the source of revenue would come from? Money still doens't grow on trees. Funny you didn't mention soccer/futbol as being a pointless sport. mkeown
From Denver, CO
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Jul 13, 2010
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Auto racing in any form (ie. nascar, indy, formula 1, well except go-karts!) whata waste of energy-gas, rubber, air pollution, etc... this is by far the worst sport on the planet! stredna
From PA
Joined Aug 27, 2008
157 points
Jul 13, 2010
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I went to a NASCAR race a couple weeks ago. All I'm going to say is that it explained a lot about how rich slave owners could get thousands of poor white southerners to fight and die for their interests in the 1860s. camhead
From Vandalia, Appalachia
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Jul 13, 2010
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Competitive eating?
Competitive body building?
Tom R
From Denver, CO
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Jul 13, 2010
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Tom R wrote:
Competitive body building?

The Ripster will break you, scrawny boy-man.
Ripped
From No Fear, CO
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Jul 13, 2010
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I thought the point of all sports was to impress the chicks. richard magill
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Jul 13, 2010
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gotta be climbing - at least BITD it was used to summit stuff... doligo
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Jul 13, 2010
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From Central Rockies
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Jul 13, 2010
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IMHO: all sports are valid as long as your participating passionately! Olaf Mitchell
From Paia, Maui, Hi,
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Jul 13, 2010
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Thank god the world cup of keep'away is over. Adam Stackhouse
Joined Jan 3, 2001
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Jul 13, 2010
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Rappelling. If an activity doesn't have a magazine associated with it, it's lame. J C Wilks
From Loveland, CO
Joined Aug 29, 2006
308 points
Jul 13, 2010
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@ Doug, valid point about golf. However, what seperates bouldering from roped climbing other than the length? Bouldering in many respects is harder.

@ mkeown, class envy?

@ JLP, I guess I just called it a sport for lack of a better word. Activity? Hobby? Interest?

Also, thought of another sport, wrestling.
Kevin Brooks Henry
From Iowa City, IA
Joined Jan 9, 2010
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Jul 13, 2010
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Golf for sure. AND I insist they call stuff like golf and bowling a 'pasttime', not a sport. Sports requires sweat, athleticism. Old guys in 70's golf. The only way to improve golf is to make you RUN to each hole, clutching your 3 favorite clubs. It's a combination handicap of speed vs your accuracy. Sacrifice extra shots for the speed of getting to the hole. Then you get a whole minute to rest before the next swing/sprint. After first 9 holes, you get 2 min. between each one. Add a nice boulder problem at the 14th tee and you've got a dam good fun outing. Woodchuck ATC
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Jul 13, 2010
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I'm with Stackhouse! Hasn't the past month driven home the fact that SOCCER is the most pointless (lame, etc...) sport? It doesn't even compare to "American" Football or Baseball... PERIOD(s). ImSoFrignXtreem
From So, CA
Joined Jun 16, 2010
10 points
Jul 13, 2010
Bob Robinson wrote:
I know... I was just being a smartass for the hell of it. According to linguist Noam Chomsky, professional sports as entertainment (especiially football) are tools of the governing powers to distract the populace from social concerns, such as war and poverty. Therefore, these sports have very little intrinsic value, but they serve a goal to keep us ignorant of more important things.


I don't think Noam Chomsky was the first to consider that notion (and I'm guessing you don't either). Think "bread and circuses" during the Roman Empire. Even then, I have to believe there were probably even earlier examples of this.

For the record, they're all pretty pointless, but "lamest"? Curling maybe?
Fat Dad
From Los Angeles, CA
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170 points
Jul 13, 2010
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+1 for football Pat C
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