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1Most Boring Olympic Sport So Far? Empty Most Boring Olympic Sport So Far? on Thu Aug 02 2012, 21:37

Natasha Whittam

Natasha Whittam
Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
I have watched more of these Olympics than I ever imagined I would, but bugger me, some of these "sports" might be enjoyable to take part in, but they are bloody boring to watch.

Take the shooting this afternoon for example. Ok, Peter Wilson did well to win the gold medal and there's definitely skill to what he does, but wasn't the actual competition the most boring bit of TV you've seen this year?

Basically it was six blokes each taking 200 shots at the same bloody clay. The clays didn't vary in size or speed, and seemed to be in virtually the same position for all 1200 of the buggers. When I used to play shooting on 'Hypersports' on the Commodore 64 the clays weren't predictable at all, they came at differing speeds and heights. Peter Wilson would have had no chance against me.

And closely following the shooting in the boredom stakes is the judo. Did any of you watch that Gemma Gibbons take silver for GB earlier today? Every credit to the woman but what a bloody boring sport. As far as I could tell each "fight" was two women wearing oversized dressing gowns, and each woman was trying to grab the lapels of their opponents dressing gown. And every few seconds the referee had to stop the "fight" so one of the women could retreive the dressing gown belt that had fallen off.

Shooting & Judo are not spectator sports. Any others?

2Most Boring Olympic Sport So Far? Empty Re: Most Boring Olympic Sport So Far? on Thu Aug 02 2012, 21:42

Hipster_Nebula

Hipster_Nebula
Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
Nope, haven't been bored for a single second of the sports i've watched.

Stop trolling the Olympics.

3Most Boring Olympic Sport So Far? Empty Re: Most Boring Olympic Sport So Far? on Thu Aug 02 2012, 21:44

largehat

largehat
Frank Worthington
Frank Worthington
@Natasha Whittam wrote:
wasn't the actual competition the most boring bit of TV you've seen this year?

Only got half way through your post, because it is ridiculous and you are trolling, can't be arsed reading the rest. You've already got one "I hate the Olympics thread" with loads of comments, why do you need a 2nd one?

Anyway I just wanted to ask you how you can rate anything at the Olympics as "the most boring bit of TV you've seen this year" in the same year as the royal flotilla on the diamond jubilee weekend. You're an idiot.

4Most Boring Olympic Sport So Far? Empty Re: Most Boring Olympic Sport So Far? on Thu Aug 02 2012, 21:45

Bernard Dennis Park

Bernard Dennis Park
El Hadji Diouf
El Hadji Diouf
The football. I've only paid attention when Sordells been on the pitch.

5Most Boring Olympic Sport So Far? Empty Re: Most Boring Olympic Sport So Far? on Thu Aug 02 2012, 21:50

Natasha Whittam

Natasha Whittam
Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
Largehat, Hipster, you've both lost the ability to see what's right in front of your face. Fair enough, you love the Olympics and won't hear a word against it, but if I was to organise a shooting competition on your nearest park next weekend you wouldn't go within 50 yards of it.

And even if you did, no way would you stick around for 1200 identical clays.

You're hooked on the Olympics, not the sport itself.

6Most Boring Olympic Sport So Far? Empty Re: Most Boring Olympic Sport So Far? on Thu Aug 02 2012, 21:51

Lofty_Love

Lofty_Love
Andy Walker
Andy Walker
@Bernard Dennis Park wrote:The football. I've only paid attention when Sordells been on the pitch.

I second this.


(mens football)

7Most Boring Olympic Sport So Far? Empty Re: Most Boring Olympic Sport So Far? on Thu Aug 02 2012, 21:52

largehat

largehat
Frank Worthington
Frank Worthington
Natasha, answer my question about the flotilla in a convincing way and I'll consider taking your opinion seriously.

8Most Boring Olympic Sport So Far? Empty Re: Most Boring Olympic Sport So Far? on Thu Aug 02 2012, 21:53

Natasha Whittam

Natasha Whittam
Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
@largehat wrote:Natasha, answer my question about the flotilla in a convincing way and I'll consider taking your opinion seriously.

I'm not taking anything seriously until you remove that avatar of Coyle doing a trump.

9Most Boring Olympic Sport So Far? Empty Re: Most Boring Olympic Sport So Far? on Thu Aug 02 2012, 21:54

largehat

largehat
Frank Worthington
Frank Worthington
@Natasha Whittam wrote:
And even if you did, no way would you stick around for 1200 identical clays.

That isn't what happens. There are three qualifying rounds of 50 clays each and then a final with 50 more clays for each of the 6 finalists. So the final consisted of 300 clays and it was an Olympic final FFS.

10Most Boring Olympic Sport So Far? Empty Re: Most Boring Olympic Sport So Far? on Thu Aug 02 2012, 21:54

Hipster_Nebula

Hipster_Nebula
Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
Well it's the same as saying "if someone was playing sunday league down the park you wouldn't go near it! But you'll watch the world cup!"

11Most Boring Olympic Sport So Far? Empty Re: Most Boring Olympic Sport So Far? on Thu Aug 02 2012, 21:55

Natasha Whittam

Natasha Whittam
Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
@largehat wrote:
So the final consisted of 300 clays and it was an Olympic final FFS.

My point exactly, the pinnicle of shooting competitions - yet they fire at identical clays for an hour. Where is the skill in that...was the clay machine stuck on 'beginner' level?

12Most Boring Olympic Sport So Far? Empty Re: Most Boring Olympic Sport So Far? on Thu Aug 02 2012, 21:57

aaron_bwfc

aaron_bwfc
Moderator
Moderator
Basketball, I have tried watch it and get into but I can't stand the sport to be honest, sorry to any basketball fans on here but I just find it very dull.

13Most Boring Olympic Sport So Far? Empty Re: Most Boring Olympic Sport So Far? on Thu Aug 02 2012, 21:59

Hipster_Nebula

Hipster_Nebula
Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
@aaron_bwfc wrote:Basketball, I have tried watch it and get into but I can't stand the sport to be honest, sorry to any basketball fans on here but I just find it very dull.


Foes list.

14Most Boring Olympic Sport So Far? Empty Re: Most Boring Olympic Sport So Far? on Thu Aug 02 2012, 21:59

Natasha Whittam

Natasha Whittam
Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
@aaron_bwfc wrote:Basketball, I have tried watch it and get into but I can't stand the sport to be honest, sorry to any basketball fans on here but I just find it very dull.


lol!

15Most Boring Olympic Sport So Far? Empty Re: Most Boring Olympic Sport So Far? on Thu Aug 02 2012, 22:00

Natasha Whittam

Natasha Whittam
Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
@Hipster_Nebula wrote:

Foes list.

lol!

16Most Boring Olympic Sport So Far? Empty Re: Most Boring Olympic Sport So Far? on Thu Aug 02 2012, 22:00

largehat

largehat
Frank Worthington
Frank Worthington
@Natasha Whittam wrote:
@largehat wrote:
So the final consisted of 300 clays and it was an Olympic final FFS.

My point exactly, the pinnicle of shooting competitions - yet they fire at identical clays for an hour. Where is the skill in that...was the clay machine stuck on 'beginner' level?

You're incredibly versatile, Natasha. You can flip from pretending you dislike something to being deliberately ignorant better than anyone else I've ever encountered. You know full well there is no such thing as 'identical' clays. Under that veneer of complete and utter bollocks is some sort of sensible human being. I believe.

17Most Boring Olympic Sport So Far? Empty Re: Most Boring Olympic Sport So Far? on Thu Aug 02 2012, 22:01

aaron_bwfc

aaron_bwfc
Moderator
Moderator
@Hipster_Nebula wrote:
@aaron_bwfc wrote:Basketball, I have tried watch it and get into but I can't stand the sport to be honest, sorry to any basketball fans on here but I just find it very dull.


Foes list.

Haha, I thought you might put me on that after you read it. Very Happy

18Most Boring Olympic Sport So Far? Empty Re: Most Boring Olympic Sport So Far? on Thu Aug 02 2012, 22:01

Natasha Whittam

Natasha Whittam
Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
@largehat wrote:

You're incredibly versatile, Natasha. You can flip from pretending you dislike something to being deliberately ignorant better than anyone else I've ever encountered. You know full well there is no such thing as 'identical' clays. Under than veneer of complete and utter bollocks is some sort of sensible human being. I believe.

Watch it again Largehat, all Wilson's clays were sent up at exactly the same speed and angle. Apparently they stopped varying the height and speed some years ago because it was too difficult.

19Most Boring Olympic Sport So Far? Empty Re: Most Boring Olympic Sport So Far? on Thu Aug 02 2012, 22:04

largehat

largehat
Frank Worthington
Frank Worthington
It's impossible for two projectiles to be launched at the exact same speed and trajectory. The variations are infinite. That's physics.

Your "argument" is like saying they should only have 3 legs of darts in a darts match because the dartboard is in a fixed position and because the darts players should be able to hit the treble 20 every time they go for it.

Shooting is a sport of skill and precision and CONSISTENCY.

20Most Boring Olympic Sport So Far? Empty Re: Most Boring Olympic Sport So Far? on Thu Aug 02 2012, 22:06

Lofty_Love

Lofty_Love
Andy Walker
Andy Walker
@Natasha Whittam wrote:

My point exactly, the pinnicle of shooting competitions - yet they fire at identical clays for an hour. Where is the skill in that...was the clay machine stuck on 'beginner' level?

Yes because we all know that in other sports the nets get smaller and the ball gets heavier as you go up the leagues..

This isn't The Super Mario Olympics..

21Most Boring Olympic Sport So Far? Empty Re: Most Boring Olympic Sport So Far? on Thu Aug 02 2012, 22:06

Natasha Whittam

Natasha Whittam
Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
@largehat wrote:

Shooting is a sport of skill and precision and CONSISTENCY.

I agree. Still bloody boring though which I'll think you'll find was my original point.

22Most Boring Olympic Sport So Far? Empty Re: Most Boring Olympic Sport So Far? on Thu Aug 02 2012, 22:09

largehat

largehat
Frank Worthington
Frank Worthington
@Natasha Whittam wrote:
I agree. Still bloody boring though which I'll think you'll find was my original point.

No, your original point was to try to goad people into posting because you have nothing better to do than troll people. You're loving the Olympics, that's why you keep creating articles about it and owning up to watching the games.

23Most Boring Olympic Sport So Far? Empty Re: Most Boring Olympic Sport So Far? on Thu Aug 02 2012, 22:13

Natasha Whittam

Natasha Whittam
Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
@largehat wrote:

No, your original point was to try to goad people into posting because you have nothing better to do than troll people. You're loving the Olympics, that's why you keep creating articles about it and owning up to watching the games.

If you call me a troll again I swear I'm going to hunt you down and gut you like a beaver.

I am already on record as saying I have watched far more of the Olympics than I ever thought I would, I have actually enjoyed some of it. But some sports are simply not worthy of being on TV. Sailing is another. Great pastime for the people in the boat, but I can see plenty of boats out of my window right now and they're still bloody boring - Olympics or not.

24Most Boring Olympic Sport So Far? Empty Re: Most Boring Olympic Sport So Far? on Thu Aug 02 2012, 22:14

Hipster_Nebula

Hipster_Nebula
Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
I don't see why it's a problem? I don't enjoy the fencing, sailing or rowing and my solution to that is not to watch them.

25Most Boring Olympic Sport So Far? Empty Re: Most Boring Olympic Sport So Far? on Thu Aug 02 2012, 22:15

largehat

largehat
Frank Worthington
Frank Worthington
@Natasha Whittam wrote:some sports are simply not worthy of being on TV.

Don't watch them then.

26Most Boring Olympic Sport So Far? Empty Re: Most Boring Olympic Sport So Far? on Thu Aug 02 2012, 22:21

Lofty_Love

Lofty_Love
Andy Walker
Andy Walker
@Natasha Whittam wrote:

But some sports are simply not worthy of being on TV. Sailing is another. Great pastime for the people in the boat, but I can see plenty of boats out of my window right now and they're still bloody boring - Olympics or not.

This is usually the view of ignorant people on sports they know nothing about and thus dismiss them as boring, its the same with: Snooker, Tennis, F1 and Golf all year round.

People who have no idea about the sport, how it works, its rules and its history blindly just call it boring.

Im not claiming to know much about sailing, but there is obviously a hell of a lot of detail involved and the races can be very fast paced and exciting with places being decided by seconds, how can that be one of the most boring sports?

27Most Boring Olympic Sport So Far? Empty Re: Most Boring Olympic Sport So Far? on Thu Aug 02 2012, 22:25

Natasha Whittam

Natasha Whittam
Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
@Lofty_Love wrote:

This is usually the view of ignorant people on sports they know nothing about and thus dismiss them as boring, its the same with: Snooker, Tennis, F1 and Golf all year round.

People who have no idea about the sport, how it works, its rules and its history blindly just call it boring.

Im not claiming to know much about sailing, but there is obviously a hell of a lot of detail involved and the races can be very fast paced and exciting, how can that be one of the most boring sports?

Because it is. If it was of interest to anyone there would be a Sky Sports Sailing channel.

This morning (it may have been a recording) some female BBC reporter was sailing in a boat next to a boat competing in the race. The nearest competing boat couldn't even be seen with the human eye so the camera just stayed on this one boat for about 10 minutes. I'm sorry, but unless you're Captain Birdseye that is bloody boring.

28Most Boring Olympic Sport So Far? Empty Re: Most Boring Olympic Sport So Far? on Thu Aug 02 2012, 22:29

Lofty_Love

Lofty_Love
Andy Walker
Andy Walker
Sailing is shown on TV.. Sometimes on the BBC.

Out of the Olympic sports it is no where near the least popular



Good to see you've judged an entire sport on a 10 min viewing.

29Most Boring Olympic Sport So Far? Empty Re: Most Boring Olympic Sport So Far? on Thu Aug 02 2012, 22:31

Sluffy

Sluffy
Admin
I would have thought watching those badminton ladies doubles matches where both teams were trying to lose most have been pretty grim to watch (particularly if you spent a couple a hundred and fifty or so for the pleasure to watch them!

I was lucky enough to have been with my daughter today at the badminton to watch the mixed doubles semi and the ladies singles last eight (China dominated both competitions).

I don't know what I've been playing over the years but they made the game look so easy and graceful. Apparently men can smash the shuttle at speeds of 200mph!

And to go completely off thread, if you ever get the chance to see Handball then take it, it’s immense to watch! I don't know how it comes across on the telly but seeing it live was brilliant.

If I were twenty years younger I would love to have a go at playing it.

30Most Boring Olympic Sport So Far? Empty Re: Most Boring Olympic Sport So Far? on Thu Aug 02 2012, 22:33

largehat

largehat
Frank Worthington
Frank Worthington
I find the judo quite uninteresting, so I watch something else. I don't slag it off on the internet and question its right to be broadcast or competed or patronise people who participate or enjoy it. There's obviously an awful lot of subtlety to it that I don't appreciate, and that's fine, you can't know everything about every sport.

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