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Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: June 16, 2018 at 12:17 PM | 204 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   201. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: June 17, 2018 at 11:13 PM (#5694158)
Ugh. Schwarbs not exactly covering himself in glory there.
   202. cardsfanboy Posted: June 17, 2018 at 11:21 PM (#5694159)
Cubs defense, sounds like it's looking like Cardinals defense in this series.
   203. Walt Davis Posted: June 17, 2018 at 11:32 PM (#5694162)
Was that "Oh no!" the ghost of Ron Santo?
   204. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: June 17, 2018 at 11:52 PM (#5694167)
I'm thinking of sports on the professional or at least college level. Below that there's just way too much variation in the level of skill and dedication. Slow pitch softball doesn't seem like much of a sport to me, unless it's on the very highest level.

Agree, but that isn't the way my subjective opinion is looking at it. I think of the essence of the sport first and foremost, and that is something that has nothing to do with professional or organized versions of that sport, but instead the base way you would discover or become a participant of it. In theory Red Rover or Dodge Ball could be sports in the way I look at it, regardless of how the final product would look when it reached a professional level, but the essence of the sport would be determined by how it's played in parks throughout the country.

Softball is just a variation of baseball. I don't care if it's beer league softball, 8 year old softball or fast pitch softball, it's just a cosmetic change to baseball. You still swing a bat and run the bases, you still field and throw to a first baseman, a fly ball caught in the air is an out etc.

Same with 5 on 5 football or 3 on 3 basketball or even lingerie football....they are just variations on the sport.


Bottom line here is that we're just framing the question in completely different ways, neither of which is inherently right or wrong.** Which puts us right back where we started, but that's fine by me. And I appreciate your willingness to give reasons for your opinions that go beyond your like or dislike of a pastime.

** Sort of the same way that the question of whether steroids and / or amps can be viewed as performance enhancers. We've all got opinions based on our values, but none of them are inherently objective in any real sense of the word.
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