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Old 9 August 2017, 13:33
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This is why ABC's Wide World of Sports on Saturday afternoons back in the 70s was so awesome...
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Old 9 August 2017, 13:41
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This is why ABC's Wide World of Sports on Saturday afternoons back in the 70s was so awesome. They showed a lot of these more obscure sports that otherwise got no airtime. Also, being on ABC, a lot of people who wouldn't have normally watched sport X tuned in because there was nothing else on TV pre-cable. Now you have to wade through 300 home shopping channels to find anything interesting or unusual.
Very true! You are aging many of us....

Since none of our usual smart ass posters have said it yet (Women's curling coming in a distant second), I'll say it and then duck and run for cover:

Compilation videos.....
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Old 9 August 2017, 14:30
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In no particular order:

American Ninja Warrior
World's Strongest Man
DRL Drone Racing
I saw that drone racing for the first time last weekend, and I got to be honest, the same thought kept running through my head. These were a bunch of guys who live in their moms basements and smoke dope and eat bags of cheetos
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Old 9 August 2017, 14:40
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Women's Curling

Amen.
For the strategy, of course.


OTOH, there's always the British Navy arty manual of arms.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XyTGRv4DkD0

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Old 9 August 2017, 15:06
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I saw that drone racing for the first time last weekend, and I got to be honest, the same thought kept running through my head. These were a bunch of guys who live in their moms basements and smoke dope and eat bags of cheetos
Yeah, but you have to admit they run those drones like Formula 1 cars.
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Old 9 August 2017, 16:03
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Yeah, but you have to admit they run those drones like Formula 1 cars.
oh it was pretty cool to watch for about 10 minutes, but that was it.
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Old 9 August 2017, 17:26
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Ninja Warrior is very cool. Australian rules football should be popular here. I wish it and rugby had a following in the US.
I forgot to mention Ninja Warrior, it has become one of my favorite shows to watch. It truly is its own sport at this point.

Some of the obstacles they come up with are diabolical.

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This is why ABC's Wide World of Sports on Saturday afternoons back in the 70s was so awesome. They showed a lot of these more obscure sports that otherwise got no airtime. Also, being on ABC, a lot of people who wouldn't have normally watched sport X tuned in because there was nothing else on TV pre-cable. Now you have to wade through 300 home shopping channels to find anything interesting or unusual.
God, who could forget WWoS, back when the television landscape compared to today was just a wasteland. Demolition Derby, Superstars, etc. They even covered the Oklahoma Rattlesnake Hunt championships one year. And of course there were two "sports" that always seemed to get their fair share of airtime, the Figure 8 racing and the barrel jumping competition by guys on speedskates.
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Old 9 August 2017, 17:33
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Hurling, curling , aussie rules football (ahh, the early days of ESPN 3), and biathlon (skiing, shooting...and some competitors that train while being bitten by fireants, how cool is that?)
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Old 9 August 2017, 17:36
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American Ninja Warrior

Rugby - I am enjoying this sport far more than American football these
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Gymnastics - I think gymnasts are some of the most incredible all-around athletes there are.
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Old 9 August 2017, 17:37
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I'll watch some X game and extreme sports that come on occasionally, especially those guys doing all kinds of crazy flips with motocross bikes and snowmobiles.

Although it's interesting, none of them would be keen to try and pull off the same jumps that Evel Knievel did back in the day, using that heavy, stock Harley Davidson. Too damn dangerous!

Even their extremes have limits.

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Gymnastics - I think gymnasts are some of the most incredible all-around athletes there are.
My favorite sport in the summer olympics, watching the little pixies defy gravity. The amount of time they put in to perfecting their routines is unbelievable.
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Old 9 August 2017, 17:44
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Rollerball...old school awesomeness.
Thank you...I'm seeming to recall Raquel Welsh as well, but I may be confused (or wishful thinking). Gotta find that.
Holy shit, looks like there was a 2002 remake!

Looks like this could be a total cheesy-B-movie weekend.

With maybe some old WWS mixed in for the whole 70's throwback.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P2AZH4FeGsc
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Old 9 August 2017, 17:55
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I'll watch some X game and extreme sports that come on occasionally, especially those guys doing all kinds of crazy flips with motocross bikes and snowmobiles.

Although it's interesting, none of them would be keen to try and pull off the same jumps that Evel Knievel did back in the day, using that heavy, stock Harley Davidson. Too damn dangerous!

Even their extremes have limits.
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kXMhy9xNbTo#t=1.856763
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Come November, go volunteer on the bike course at Ironman AZ. It is amazing to see the pros come through on the bikes. They're machines--even the women. I tried to hang behind one of the pro women a couple years back on my first bike lap on my "home" course, and even while I was pushing 35mph downhill with a tail wind she pulled away from me faster than I'd like to admit. The pro men...forget about it.
Azatty, do you do this this year? This sounds like a blast. Do I contact the Ironman folks now? I didn't want to let this slip by me.

Watching bike suff today, and getting fired up for cooler WX!
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Old 17 September 2017, 21:18
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I'm sitting here watching the Injustice 2 championship on ESPN. I don't usually stop on sports channels but I wasn't sure if they really meant a video game or not but apparently that is exactly what it is.

and they just said this dude made over $300k+ playing this game....
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I'm sitting here watching the Injustice 2 championship on ESPN. I don't usually stop on sports channels but I wasn't sure if they really meant a video game or not but apparently that is exactly what it is.

and they just said this dude made over $300k+ playing this game....
There is a professional video game league believe it or not.

I like to watch bull riding.
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Old 18 September 2017, 09:34
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1. Rowing. My older brother was on the US Olympic team for about 12 years and won the Silver Medal in S Korea in 1988. So our family is very much into watching that sport on the rare occasion (every 4 years lol) it's on tv.
2. Ninja Warrior has some amazing athletes as well.
3. Women's Crossfit games
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Old 18 September 2017, 09:40
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Old 18 September 2017, 16:58
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Rugby, one of my techs joined a local rugby club. Going to be interesting to see what kind of condition he will be in on Mondays after Sunday matches.
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