Whats your favourite sport and why?

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  1. HughJars

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    Obviously tennis will be the first choice of most, but why do you love it?

    Personally, my favourite sport of all time is test cricket, just because of the intricacies - the conditions play such a major factor like pitch condition, overhead conditions, size of the ground, and they vary from ground to ground. A test match is a story full of twists. And it goes for 5 days. I love the history of the game, the rivalries and the mental strength and expert skill required to play.

    Tennis is a fantastic game because its the best individual sport out there. Its a combination of mental strength and individual skill. Again conditions play a big factor (eg: court surface), and to be the best isn't just about how athletic you are, its mainly in the head. I also enjoy the different strategies and tactics you come across. I wish serve/volley was still around.
     
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    Australian Rules Football. It is absolutely massive in Melbourne, borderline religious. It is such a unique sport with such a big history as well. Love the intensity, love the build up to every round, love how your thoughts on a person can change once you find out who they support.

    I love basketball and cricket as well, and although the NBA playoffs are intense, it doesn't come close to the intensity of the AFL finals imo.

    Was lucky enough to be at this game, loudest crowd I've ever been apart of.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iGHNJBtvWhw

    And these are highlights of the final last season. Incredible game
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xY3qfNNs6AQ

    And yes, I do understand that it's going to look very odd to a lot of people :lol:
     
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    I love tennis because it's always a challenge to try to hit all the shots, under pressure and in match situations. It's always just damn fun to also hit the ball with the strings. The feel's addictive.

    I used to play ice hockey and that was for me the ultimate sports blast, since you're going faster than you can run and it requires you to pull energy out of all points and places in your body. Fun to watch the steam come off you when you hit the bench.
     
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    The hellcat tapioca wrestling Tuesday nights at J. Reid's bar and grill.
     
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    Hmmm...My favorite sport to play is obviously Tennis because I can no longer play Baseball / Softball (too old, fat, and slow).

    If I could still play ball, it would probably be my favorite with tennis second, and golf third.

    I can watch baseball and enjoy the game. I get bored watching tennis and golf.

    Then there is that tapioca wrestling thing... :)
     
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    Baseball will always be my favorite sport. Its what a grew up and nothing will ever equal the feeling of conecting and hitting a baseball square and watching it fly.


    Close second woould be the Creamed Corn Wrestling at the Eager Beaver.
     
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    My first love was and is basketball.

    My favorite sport to watch is American NFL Football.
     
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    There are some differences in this question that are not comparable, namely the difference between favorite sports to play and to watch as well as the difference between individual and team sports.

    My favorite individual sport to play is: (drum roll please...) tennis. Nuff' said, anyone who disagrees is in the wrong Forum...

    Individual sport to watch is either tennis or the Downhill, preferably at the Olympics.

    Team sport to play is Ultimate frisbee

    Team sport to watch is NCAA Bowl games. True, the quality is not to NFL standards, but the fans and players are more into it than the Pros, the kids make lamebrain errors, which increases the uncertainty factor and the coaches take more risks.
     
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    And that's all lol...I find it boring, overrated and apart from the mad fanatics in Victoria most other states don't give two hoots about it. I'd rather watch grass grow, paint dry or a jug boil tbh.
     
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    Aside from Tennis - Snow Skiing and SCUBA diving......we try to Ski 25 to 30 days per year and Dive just about every 4th weekend.
     
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    Snowboarding. No idea why - I just love it - even though it can kill you fast.

    Tennis I love almost as much
     
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    Motocross racing by a country mile.
    There is nothing like lining up with 39 other peers all trying to get to the first turn in the top 3, applying your mind and body to make a machine work, all the while fighting the terrain and your competitors.
    I think they tested motocross riders as one of the fittest of all athletes, very close to soccer, but the penalty for a mistake is for real.
     
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  13. magnut

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    1st ....Guns...love packing up to go to the range and blasting a couple thousand rounds out of the AK47/AR15/HK91/Beretta 92 etc. (insert your favorite hear) at targets/tin cans/gongs etc. Add to that all the fun that comes with it. Reloading ammo is like stringing racquets. Customizing guns is like customizing tennis racquets.

    2nd ....Tennis....No need to go into it on this forum. Many parts of this game mirror things like firearms etc. dealing with being responsible, work ethic, nerve control etc. They actually compliment each other nicely.

    3rd......fishing/hunting....such a great feeling to kill an animal, rip out its guts, tear off its skin, and take it home to feed the boys a healthy, natural, non hormone meal the way it was meant to be. Love it!



    I think in the near future I will be starting archery. It seems like it would be enjoyable. The silence of the hunt would be worth it alone.
     
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    Good stuff, kept me busy at the end of tennis, just before motocross.
    I was driving nite taxi in San Francisco.
    Probably ended up with 6 versions of .45, Gold Cups, NationalMatch, Commanders, Lightweight Commander, AMT Hardballer, Behlert custom, my IPSC caliber for 5 meets. Stayed at JeffCooper's Gunsite in Arizona for a week even.
    Had an AR-15 with forward assist upper assembly and auto sear.
    Sold that and got a FN-FAL in .308 NATO, but actually like my Remington 742 (semi auto) in 30.06 and 20 round box magazines. Just softer kick, friendlier, much more accurate, less a tool and more a fine machine.
    Had S&W .44, .41, .357, several versions of .38's.
    Used the CharterArmsBulldog .44 for my main cab gun. Got the .38 taken away by the cops for the landmark LeeD...... vs State of Califorinia 1981 stature that legalized the carry of guns in taxi cabs in California.
    Got in a scuffle with GiancarloFerri, the 101 California shooter in the mid '80's.
    Now it's CZ-75 in 9mm with Winchester SilverTip 125 grains semi hollow points.
    Foolishly bought a Casull .454 in single action. Replaced with a sweet Ruger double action in .44.
     
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  15. HughJars

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    Footy was up there as my favourite sport to play and watch until I gave up playing last season and took up tennis seriously. Im just jaded by the umpiring and continuosly stupid rule changes at the moment. Like the tunnelling rule where you now get punished for putting youre head over the ball - something that goes against everything that I was taught and told to do for all the years playing the game. Its turning into netball.

    Plus GWS getting a team over Tassie is getting up my goat. 5000 people to a game, meanwhile Tasmanians, who love their footy get nothing. Ridiculous.

    The whole drugs scandal is also getting under my skin, pardon the pun.

    Oh, and Dane Swan and Collingwood in general...
     
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  16. HughJars

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    You obviously havent been to South or Western Australia! Its a fish bowl of AFL.
     
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  17. HughJars

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    So this sick and weird gun culture is real.
     
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    Ever play in the Roy Hobbs League?
     
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    LOL, Just got home from taking my three year old fishing at the nieghbors bond. We fished for about an hour before the pond owner came out with a bag of 22lr tracer ammo I gave him a while back. He has been trying to get rid of the snapping turtles playing havok with his pond. Pretty fun shooting at dusk. Normal firearms suddenly turn into laser blasters! Turtles dont stand a chance. Normally I dont get into killing turtles I dont eat but hey...its not my pond.

    I have to pack my bag. Will be going to play tennis in about an hour.

    Nice 45s you have there. How was your luck with that AMT hardballer. I had a pretty bad one about 15 years ago but it was before I started working on 1911s. I have been tempted a few times on gunbroker to pick another one up. Maybe a longslide this time. I have had multiple automags in the past and they all ran great.
     
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  20. norbac

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    Playing- tennis

    Watching/going to games- college football
     
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    Skiing is #1. Hanging with your friends and talking each other into things is one of the greatest things in the world.

    Tennis/rugby tied for 2nd.

    I'm not really a gun guy, but shooting is SOOOO fun, so I understand the enthusiasm.
     
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  22. magnut

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    I liked downhill skiing until I realized I could not stop :shock:. After that it was just a little too scary for me.

    Waterskiing on the other hand is fantastic if you have access to a big lake.

    Sick and Wierd gun culture....LOL. People have been gun enthusiests since they were invented. I think some people must live under rocks. Thats like saying sick and wierd horse culture.
     
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    Since the AMT is all stainless, there is a binding problem between the slide and the frame when the part's are aligned perfectly wrong causing momentary extreme friction. That causes a failure to fully ram the cartridge into position, causing a jam.
    I'd fired maybe 1,500 medium load (3.8 grains of Bullseye, 200 grain bullet) rounds thru it, and it still occasionally stuck partly out of battery. Usually lube it lightly with WD-40, laugh if you want, every 50 rounds. Too much maintainance. TriFlow didn't work, the gun would go full auto until the clip was empty. Tried McLube, did the same thing. At close to 1,700 rounds, I took it to BobChow on Valencia St. and Mission in SanFrancisco, and he smoothed out the adjoining parts, told me to keep it strictly dry (no lube), and it went easy 1,000 rounds without a hitch before I sold it for a set of Fox Air Shox, for the 1979 KX-250.
    I like motorcross the best. But....
    Surfing clean offshores, overhead lefts...
    Skiing freshies after a 4' snowfall...
    Snowboarding the same snowfall....
    Windsurfing in 12' Point right Revelations riding thru the pack to inside Velzyland, the crowd of surfers cheering...
    Hitting my first 100' + jump in a Master's waterski jump tourney with my 168 EP jump ski's.
    Getting to go 8 laps at Cotati Raceway on MitsuiItoh's Factory Honda 125 3 cylinder 8 speed. He was riding his 5 cylinder ahead of me.
    Warming up tires for TeamSuzuki at Talledega Raceway, working for Dunlop tires during the introduction of the Triangulars, my lap times equal to Yamaha Factory rider Don Greenes, and I'd never ridden RonGrant's RG-500 before.
    My first 3rd place finish in 250 Production class AFM, my trusty first ever motorcycle, the Yamaha YDS-3C (the scrambler version was quite a bit faster than the streetversions).
    Getting to play on the all star team representing the students during junior high, against the faculty..one on one guarding my future JV and Varsity football coach, JimPalmer.
    First time I openned my eyes underwater, FleishakerPool in SF, salt water, some hottie pushed me in and I saw her while 4' underwater.
    It's all good, and many many more.

    Snowboarding the snowfall....
     
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  24. acura9927

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    Tennis and Hockey to play,

    Tennis you are alway on,

    Hockey just trying to stay on your feet doing 1/10 of what NHL players do is a blast.
     
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    Great thread, but don't be a d***.
     
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  26. Relinquis

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    to play: tennis, then motor sport (racing), then squash, then football (foot kind).

    i love tennis. the skill, the mental aspect, the strategy, the focus, the solitary nature of it... it's a complete sport as it challenges the mind and body in so many different ways. also, love that it is played outdoors and tennis girls are generally high quality.


    to watch:
    tennis is the only sport i watch regularly, but i will check out the occasional big football (the foot kind) match, e.g. big champions league games, world cup and such.
     
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    also, shooting, golfing, chess and monopoly are not sports... they are games or fetishes.
     
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    Tennis both to watch and play is my number one. Sometimes watch ice hockey and basketball on tv. Don't like football. Golf is too slow. Grew up playing baseball. It's actually my first love in sports, but boring to watch on tv, and I'm too old to play it now.

    Oh, another that I like is table tennis.

    As for sports such as cricket, soccer, Aussie football, etc. I don't know them well enough to have an opinion. Don't even know the rules.
     
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  29. r2473

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    Chasing tail
     
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    Any racquetball players here. I used to love it when I had access to courts but its such a niche sport that its hard to get access to it anymore. I was a pretty darn good player .....for a tennis guy. When I was in college I once beat the ex state #1 in the 18s (probably luck). He was 20 at the time though and a bit rusty I think. He had a pretty wicked serve. I think I got a bit lucky that day.

    Yes table tennis is a lot of fun.

    Relinquis....I dont really consider shooting, hunting, golf, darts etc as sports either but they do qualify as passions. Then again there are a lot of goofy things called sports now so who knows. I started shooting when I was maybe 7 years old. Tennis came later. Sometimes I think the individual aspect of shooting drew me to non-team oriented sports like tennis. Hunting and fishing has always been more about food to eat. We are pretty big gardeners for the same reason.
     
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    Its funny how cricket, being the second biggest sport in the world (mainly due to its massive following in the sub-continent) is so unknown in America. I can see why it would look like an unusual game. I tried teaching my friend when I was in LA. He just couldnt believe the game existed.

    Then going to the batting cages, being someone whos played the game most my life, people couldnt how easy it was for cricketers to pick up the basics of baseball - i.e making contact with the ball. Probably vice versa for baseballers.

    There is a urban legend that Kieron Pollard, who plays for the West Indies and is a massive hitter, hit Cuba's first choice pithcer out of the stadium first pitch.
     
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    I know it's been discussed before, and I'm not trying to reignite the debate, but everything you said about tennis applies to golf.

    The only difference is the type of challenges to the body...........and the girls.
     
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    Sex, it helps me relax after playing sports:).. It usually takes me two plus hours to come down after playing sports and need to get rid of some extra testorone.
     
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  34. HughJars

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    Any seen that mini tennis being played in the UK? Looks awesome fun. They had a special on it on the ATP Weekly Magazine show a little while ago.
     
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  35. Relinquis

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    must... resist... debating tennis vs. golf...

    never been out of breath playing golf... at least we agree on the girls ;)

    although one of the charms of golf is that it is designed to get you away from your significant other... absence makes the heart grow fonder i suppose...
     
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  36. r2473

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    I hear its even better with a partner.
     
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    LOL.. Thats a good one!!!
     
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    Shooting as a sport......
    If you plunk down 50 bucks, grab a case of tall cool ones, go out to the mountains and fire up all you arms, it's not a sport.
    If you reload all your ammo, fire off 500 a week for 2 years of solid practice, enter and compete in IPSC matches (which require running, laying down, sitting for longer ranges, and hiding behind barriers with a stopwatch checking your progress), it's a sport.
     
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    Dont forget the .....what is it called....pentathalon? Decatholon?.....whatever it is in the olympics where they skii and shoot. That has always really impressed me. There are also some things out there where you run five miles or so and shoot. I think they were down in Texas (maybe other places as well). I used to see the adds in the gun rags back when I read them.

    I have a brother that is currently working into quick draw action shooting. Wax bullets and tricked out single actions with modified hammers. He always wants me to start doing it but there is just not enough time for another passion.
     
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    Biathlon.

    Bi for 2.
     
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    I did a few iron turkey shoots (pigs, turkeys, chicken, of different weights, the turkeys at 5 lbs.), where you get points for center hits, double points for knocking down the iron targets.
    To knock down pigs, you need hot loaded heavy .44's.
    To knock down the chicken target, only a stock .357.
    But accuracy plays a huge role, as it's all timed with a guy standing behind you, so it's full adrenaline sweating 2 minute session, going from station to station and target to target.
    I mostly used SW .41, fast without a huge kick, 6" barrel, cross draw shoulder harness. Rules were, you had to shoulder the weapon before moving stations.
     
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