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Real Man's Sport

Discussion in 'off topic' started by merlin, May 28, 2014.

  1. merlin

    merlin Avatar changed - Town names deemed offensive.

    If you have ever tried to descend in the Dolomites in the rain with temperatures hovering around freezing you would appreciate that it really is a case of survival.

    I have stark memories of shaking all over, teeth chattering whilst trying to stay upright at 50mph descending in the sleet & snow. No leathers. No safety barriers. Slick tyres and endless hairpins with nigh on zero visibility.

    I was in an event so was not going to sack it but the organisers really should have called the thing off. And the danger those guys face is before you consider the physical torture of climbing 4300m near the edge of their physical cababilities.
     
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  2. Greg

    Greg 2t5b

    Several combat games are probably harder than road bike racing.
     
  3. merlin

    merlin Avatar changed - Town names deemed offensive.

    That just shows a lack of understanding Matthew sorry.
     
  4. matthewr

    matthewr spɹɐʍʞɔɐq spɹoɔǝɹ ɹnoʎ sʎɐld

    I like cycling and applaud their efforts to eradicate cheating (although I think, like all performance sports, they might be pointless). I just think it's incredibly lame, and does the sport a disservice that it's fans constantly have to compare it to more popular sports to make their point.

    So you read this thread and look at the pictures and think that's cool, cycling looks awesome and then you get the chip on the shoulder comparisons.

    /shrug.
     
  5. matthewr

    matthewr spɹɐʍʞɔɐq spɹoɔǝɹ ɹnoʎ sʎɐld

    I was using words loosley to make the comparison I wanted to make. It shows no more lack of understanding than to infer a footballer might feign injury because he is not a "real man".
     
  6. Cav

    Cav pfm Member

    Here you go: all professional sport is corrupt at all levels.
     
  7. Mescalito

    Mescalito pfm Member

    Speaking of Shinty/Hurling, back in the 80s when we first moved to the Highlands, I had a work colleague who was banned sin die (for life) for on field violence. Christ only knows what he did to warrant that, but it must have been epically spectacular.

    Chris
     
  8. stevec67

    stevec67 pfm Member

    I am picturing a Rambo style killing spree.
    "They drew first blood..."
     
  9. Greg

    Greg 2t5b

    that's a bit harsh.
     
  10. Still

    Still beware of the duck

    Alternatively try picturing Braveheart, but swords are substituted with large lumps of wood and a small ball of wood covered with leather.
    The main target is the sphere and the opponents lower body. Or not.

     
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  11. Rico

    Rico Bloody Colonials

    yes, well, while pushing up a hill in lycra on 5kg bikes in the snow is all very manly...

    check out what the errr manly men (blokes) do down here for fun. no safety gear, just a pair of dunlop volleys and a razor-sharp lovingly polished axe...

    check out from 1:30

     
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  12. merlin

    merlin Avatar changed - Town names deemed offensive.

    Savage Rico.

    I'm guessing beer forms an important part of the athletes training programs?

    As a tree lover though, I find that as disturbing as the recently featured bull fighting.
     
  13. GTM

    GTM Resitance is futile

    What exactly is a "real man" anyway, in the modern world?

    Just thought I'd put that question out there.
     
  14. robs

    robs pfm Member

    First of the State of Origin games downunder last night. I'm not a great league fan but that was a really great game. Wrt the OP, a broken arm, dislocated shoulder and several bloods to be cleared up...in the first half.

    p.s. Rico ..no safety glasses...tsk..tsk...
     
  15. andrew d

    andrew d pfm Member

    Road cycling is the closest there is to a professional ultra sport. There's nothing else that I am aware of in the professional calendar that comes close to the demands of a 3 week Grand Tour. Cycling is utilising science to enhance performance. Illegal drug taking is no longer accepted and by no means a ticket to do better given other legal developments.
    All sports have their own particular skill sets and demands. No sport is better than any other. Cyclists are happy to highlight the virtues of their sport but I certainly don't have a chip on my shoulder about it!
     
  16. Rico

    Rico Bloody Colonials

    indeed, I'm not 'seriously' sticking it to cycling, Merlin. I particularly like human-powered 2 wheel sport. skinny tyres or fat and muddy. oh, and there's cyclocross of course.

    I used to see/watch wood chopping as a sport when I was a nipper, it was really something to see live. come to think of it, it used to be televised on the weekends down here, along with sheepdog trials and adverts for agri-chemicals. I particularly remember the smell of the pine.

    I thought bull-fighting rather disturbing - and appreciate the view - until I saw it myself. it was televised - on the weekends - when I lived in Mexico. I don't expect to sell anyone on the relative merits of bullfighting; it certainly is something else.

    Surely beer is part of any balanced training programme?!
     
  17. Rico

    Rico Bloody Colonials

    or then there's...

    the origins of bungy http://thejump.loadingdocs.net/

    I've done 340ft before, it's.... exhilarating.

    PS - I had one beer beforehand (before I had any inkling I would encounter a bungy bridge within ten minutes).... and a couple after.
     
  18. Dozey

    Dozey Air guitar member

    Broomball is a pretty physical sport. Probably the most dangerous I have played!
     
  19. -alan-

    -alan- pfm Member

    Chinning a ref perhaps. Or using a hurl/stick to strike a player off the ball. Like most tough games where there's so much scope for sanctioned violence within the rules, the authorities tend to be extremely intolerant for other incidents.

    (A case in point, I witnessed a participant being given a 1 year ban from events for flipping a ref the finger in a judo tournament - after his match was over. This in a sport where it is quite acceptable - indeed encouraged - to strangle your opponent into unconsciousness if he fails to tap-out in time :) )
     
  20. Bob McC

    Bob McC Living the life of Riley

    Try to catch them my arse.

    players are drug tested from EVERY team after EVERY game in European leagues.

    Never known a soccer team pull out of a league just before it started.

    Never known a football team fly a tub of Vick across Europe like Sky did.
     

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