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Starting up in March, 2018, Sports Talk encourages sports fans (and others) to comment about anything sports related--teams, individuals, concerns, complaints, whatever. All that is asked is to be nice.

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Comment by Randall Smith on April 4, 2018 at 7:28am

Glad to have you join the group, Bertold. And yes, your "comment" is most welcome!  Personally, I think golf is the sport that causes the most farts, and I should know.

Speaking of boring sports (to watch on TV), I rank golf and baseball right up there. Let's add soccer and hockey to the list, and especially, figure skating.

Sorta makes you wonder why I even started this group!

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on April 3, 2018 at 5:40pm

Didn't think I'd post in this group when you created it, Randall, because basically sports bore me to tears. (Yes, even figure skating)

But today what to my mindless internet prowling eyes should appear but this very critical question. Little did I know there was a burning issue (so to speak) that needs to be addressed

[Courtesy of Deadspin]

What Sport Causes The Most Farting?

Comment by Randall Smith on April 3, 2018 at 7:23am

The NCAA finals turned out to be a runaway for Villanova. I didn't care who won. As a kid, I used to ask my dad who he was rooting for. He would usually say, "I don't care". That bothered me. But as I got older, I found that I don't much care either. It's just entertainment. 

Comment by Randall Smith on March 29, 2018 at 7:32am

I watched (sort of) the McDonald's high school "All-American" basketball game last night. There were 24 players, all "black". (I really dislike categorizing people by so-called race, especially, like Barack Obama and my granddaughter, because there are so many "mixed" humans.)

Anyway, I'm just wondering why sports, especially basketball and football, are dominated by "black"  players? Are they just better-naturally athletic, if you will-- or do they work harder to become more skilled (and potentially make millions of dollars)?

When I watch college basketball games, I often see "blacks" on the court and "whites" sitting on the bench. It is rare to see a white kid actually playing. And, I love to see an all black squad at a southern school where racism still lives. I wonder what goes through the minds of racist fans? Team loyalty trumps everything else I suppose.

Them's me thoughts.

Comment by Loren Miller on March 24, 2018 at 8:08am

Only golf I play is Wii Golf, and THERE I'm a scratch golfer (over nine lousy holes!).  If I were going to go out on a real course, I'd want to do it properly, but more importantly, I'd want to be GOOD at it ... and with all the variables entailed, the likelihood of my developing a handicap under 10 strikes me as being poor to non-existent.

I'll stick with the Wii!

Comment by Randall Smith on March 24, 2018 at 7:36am

Another mad weekend of basketball. We're down to the final 8 teams. I hate the term used--"elite eight". They always had "sweet sixteen", so they had to invent something new.

I watch all the games with the sound muted. I hate all the "jibber jabber" from announcers, especially the "color" commentators. Besides, one can't hear them over the courtside mikes picking up squeaking shoes and all the shouting through megaphones from the so-called cheerleaders, usually male. It's non-stop and very annoying. And so many time-outs with endless and repeated commercials. Pro games are even worse in every way.

On my 75th birthday, I'm getting to be a crotchity old man!

Comment by Randall Smith on March 21, 2018 at 7:26am

As you an tell, the Sports Talk avatar is pretty amateurish. I collected a bunch of items I had lying around the house and took a photo of them. I forgot a bowling ball. Couldn't find my old baseball mitt. But, I think you get the idea.

I used to be pretty good at basketball (Hey, I'm from Indiana!). But when I tried to shoot some hoops with my grandson recently, I was awful--all my shots came up short and/or off line. I was embarrassed. Golf is my game now. Even old men can play!

Comment by Loren Miller on March 19, 2018 at 7:53am

Whatever else Tiger Woods is, he's a competitor, and a keen one at that.  The last two tourneys he was in, Tiger was clearly in the hunt, and while his game off the tee let him down in the last couple holes yesterday, his putter was seriously dialed in.

The man has serious game, and he's fun to watch ... and I'd love to see him succeed again.

Comment by Randall Smith on March 19, 2018 at 7:38am

I stand corrected. Auto racing IS a sport!

Now to golf. I have never been a Tiger Woods fan. There are many reasons for that. (Perhaps I'm jealous because I can't play like him!) However, like evidently so many other people, I find myself rooting for him. TV coverage of him certainly indicated he's a powerful magnet--viewership was up dramatically.

I guess there's just something about his personality that rubs me wrong. Nonetheless, I'd like to see him make a comeback. 

Comment by Loren Miller on March 18, 2018 at 9:14am

Trust me, Randall: the physical exertion needed to complete a race, never mind the mental focus and acuity to continually balance a car on the razor's edge of control, utterly qualifies those drivers as athletes.  Certainly the Goodwood events are more about and for car enthusiasts and history, but even there, driving skill and keen perception are mandatory elements to success

Those are the kinds of chops I wish I could have pursued a long time ago, but the opportunity and the time were never there, up until recently.  It doesn't change my apprehension and appreciation for the Unsers and the Andrettis and the Mears and the Foyt of the past, and Power and Castroneves and Patrick of today.

 

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