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I'm always a big went guy for the Olympics. If there is enough international support, why not have it?
Bocce. Bocce is more interesting to watch, I think, as there is strategy involved. Plus it would open the door to really old Italian guys to be Olympians which is a massive plus.
If the Olympics is not the biggest event for a sport, it should not be in the Olympics. Soccer and basketball should be out, as should baseball. But why is softball out? What is the softball dream team?
think the Olympics may be becoming the biggest event for basketball if it isn't already.
Other sports I would much rather have than race walking
But why is softball out? What is the softball dream team?
9 actually hot looking lesbians?
I'm obviously wrong, but I was under the impression that the UK and India were about the only real cricket powerhouses in the world. So much so, that I thought nobody else really dove into it feet first anywhere close to them.
The IOC doesn’t like the fact that major league baseball is in season and can’t put a dream team on the field, a la the U.S. basketball team.
At the same time, the IOC desperately wants to sports, such as soccer, tennis, golf, that are lucrative, in, even though those sports are not all that enthusiastic about being in (soccer for example).
Soccer and basketball should be out, as should baseball.
I don't get why people find race walking ridiculous, yet have no problems with the different swimming events, or the different gymnastic apparatus. Do people watch the butterfly, and think how ridiculous that stroke is, and what it resembles?
I think for a sport to be global the top echelon of players have to come from a few different places. Cricket fails to meet this criteria. Soccer I imagine does quite well. Baseball draws from a handful of nations roughly as large as cricket. Hockey doesn't score very well on geographic diversity...but I think it should get bonus points for having 4 or 5 nations that have reasonable shots at winning when they get together. The competitive balance at the top isn't bad.
If cricket is a global sport so is badminton (very popular in China, Indonesia, 2 very populous countries, also very popular in Malaysia, and also somewhat popular in S Korea and several other (south) East Asian countries).
What is a joke, is the suggestion that you would have an Olympic baseball tournament, with say, amateurs/ minor leaguers, while MLB is going on at the same time. WTF would anyone want to even bother watching?
A baseball stadium in London, or Beijing, or Rio de Janeiro isn't going to be used after the games are over.
Other sports I would much rather have than race walking, synchronized anything or rhythmic gymnastics:
australian rules football
that half soccer/half volley ball thing the Thais are awesome at
As for specialized sports like baseball, the IOC already requires to all hosts to build suitable soccer, track and field, and Olympic pools. They would require it even if there is already a suitable facility in the area.
So in my book that leaves out baseball, basketball, soccer and any other large organized team sports. How do the Olympics benefit from them being included?
They didn't watch baseball. Not even unenthusiastically. Which is why it got dropped.
And this was NOT the "ideal", as most of the Olympic sports did send their top athletes.
I'm pretty sure London/UK didn't have to build another soccer stadium.
Overtly professional athletes were specifically excluded. Notably US basketball players in the summer and Canadian hockey players in the winter.
with baseball, there's really only 4 countries that have high-level professional leagues--thecuba, america, japan, and south korea. there are a lot of baseball players who come out of the carribean, but of them, only cuba has its own professional league.
i don't know if they are gay, but i've never seen a competitive women's softball team that didn't have at least one really zaftig blonde who was also somehow kinda hot.
with hockey, there's the AHL, the CHL, the KHL, he SEL, the sm-liiga, who, again, all play their sport at a level above any foreign baseball league.
So they can play baseball in a domed stadium during the Winter Olympics instead. Problem solved. :)
I didn't know baseball was in the first few Olympics I watched. I think it was about as heavily covered here as the aforementioned badminton.
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