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By Kevin Brooks Henry
From Iowa City, IA
Jul 13, 2010
close up

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By richard magill
Jul 13, 2010
Mountain Bike Action!

climbing?


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By Kevin Brooks Henry
From Iowa City, IA
Jul 13, 2010
close up

yeah, good point, but we don't get paid millions of dollars for sending something.


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By Bob Robinson
From Lone Tree, Colorado
Jul 13, 2010
Bouldering Poudre Canyon, Colorado

See, the point of golf is to get the ball (or "golf ball") into 18 seperate holes in the fewest amount of swings (or "strokes") using various clubs.

The point of American football is to score more points than the opposing team.

Hope this helps.

~Bob


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By Kevin Brooks Henry
From Iowa City, IA
Jul 13, 2010
close up

sure they have goals, but what I guess I meant to say is that these men and women get paid millions of dollars to do what? throw/hit a ball? There are thousands of people out there that could use that money so much more than the people who get it. And it's not like they are getting paid to do something useful or meaningful.


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By Bob Robinson
From Lone Tree, Colorado
Jul 13, 2010
Bouldering Poudre Canyon, Colorado

I know... I was just being a smartass for the hell of it.

According to linguist Noam Chomsky, professional sports as entertainment (especiially football) are tools of the governing powers to distract the populace from social concerns, such as war and poverty. Therefore, these sports have very little intrinsic value, but they serve a goal to keep us ignorant of more important things.


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By TKrosbakken
Jul 13, 2010
me on threading the needle.  <br />photo credit: chen qun

we just climb rocks.

but seriously i do agree that profesional footbal, baseball, basketball players... etc are paid way too much and that money could go to someting way better.


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By ShaunG
From Petaluma/SF, CA
Jul 13, 2010
First day on. This is what it's all about.

Curling


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By Doug Hemken
Administrator
Jul 13, 2010
On Everleigh Club Crack.  Photo by Burt Lindquist.

Golf is a lot like climbing: you need to be able to read the details of the terrain, and you need to be alert for changes in the weather.

Most pointless? Bouldering?


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By Stich
From Colorado Springs, Colorado
Jul 13, 2010
Coffee after freezing our asses off near James Peak.

Bob Robinson wrote:
I know... I was just being a smartass for the hell of it. According to linguist Noam Chomsky, professional sports as entertainment (especiially football) are tools of the governing powers to distract the populace from social concerns, such as war and poverty. Therefore, these sports have very little intrinsic value, but they serve a goal to keep us ignorant of more important things.


According to Noam Chomsky? Pfffft. Norman Jewison was on that years before.



That's why Johnathan E couldn't keep winning that game. We don't want individualism.


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By mkeown
From Denver, CO
Jul 13, 2010
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Professional sports offers entertainment for tons of people. They also provide people a time to step away from social concerns. If people didn't have an otlet such as that then there would be even more crazy people than there already are now. These sports also provide a ton of revenue to cities, towns, and jobs to people. Bitching about how much they get paid just falls back to class envy. As much as some of them suck as people and roll models they usually are extremely gifted athletes. As far as just giving millions away to needy people I guess I would have to wonder where the source of revenue would come from? Money still doens't grow on trees. Funny you didn't mention soccer/futbol as being a pointless sport.


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By stredna
From PA
Jul 13, 2010
Top o' the Preist

Auto racing in any form (ie. nascar, indy, formula 1, well except go-karts!) whata waste of energy-gas, rubber, air pollution, etc... this is by far the worst sport on the planet!


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By camhead
From Vandalia, Appalachia
Jul 13, 2010
You stay away from mah pig!

I went to a NASCAR race a couple weeks ago. All I'm going to say is that it explained a lot about how rich slave owners could get thousands of poor white southerners to fight and die for their interests in the 1860s.


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By Tom R
From Denver, CO
Jul 13, 2010
self portrait

Competitive eating?
Competitive body building?


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By Ripped
From No Fear, CO
Jul 13, 2010
God, I have preety muscles.

Tom R wrote:
Competitive body building?

The Ripster will break you, scrawny boy-man.


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By richard magill
Jul 13, 2010
Mountain Bike Action!

I thought the point of all sports was to impress the chicks.


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By doligo
Jul 13, 2010
Jose Cuervo Fruitcups dirtbag style

gotta be climbing - at least BITD it was used to summit stuff...


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By M Dudley
From Central Rockies
Jul 13, 2010

Ferret Legging!!


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By Olaf Mitchell
From Paia, Maui, Hi,
Jul 13, 2010
rockerwaves

IMHO: all sports are valid as long as your participating passionately!


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By Adam Stackhouse
Administrator
Jul 13, 2010
Courtright Reservoir, September 2013

Thank god the world cup of keep'away is over.


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By J C Wilks
From Loveland, CO
Jul 13, 2010

Rappelling. If an activity doesn't have a magazine associated with it, it's lame.


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By Kevin Brooks Henry
From Iowa City, IA
Jul 13, 2010
close up

@ Doug, valid point about golf. However, what seperates bouldering from roped climbing other than the length? Bouldering in many respects is harder.

@ mkeown, class envy?

@ JLP, I guess I just called it a sport for lack of a better word. Activity? Hobby? Interest?

Also, thought of another sport, wrestling.


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By Woodchuck ATC
Jul 13, 2010
Rock Wars, RRG, 2008

Golf for sure. AND I insist they call stuff like golf and bowling a 'pasttime', not a sport. Sports requires sweat, athleticism. Old guys in 70's golf. The only way to improve golf is to make you RUN to each hole, clutching your 3 favorite clubs. It's a combination handicap of speed vs your accuracy. Sacrifice extra shots for the speed of getting to the hole. Then you get a whole minute to rest before the next swing/sprint. After first 9 holes, you get 2 min. between each one. Add a nice boulder problem at the 14th tee and you've got a dam good fun outing.


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By ImSoFrignXtreem
From So, CA
Jul 13, 2010
...munch munch

I'm with Stackhouse! Hasn't the past month driven home the fact that SOCCER is the most pointless (lame, etc...) sport? It doesn't even compare to "American" Football or Baseball... PERIOD(s).


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By Fat Dad
From Los Angeles, CA
Jul 13, 2010

Bob Robinson wrote:
I know... I was just being a smartass for the hell of it. According to linguist Noam Chomsky, professional sports as entertainment (especiially football) are tools of the governing powers to distract the populace from social concerns, such as war and poverty. Therefore, these sports have very little intrinsic value, but they serve a goal to keep us ignorant of more important things.


I don't think Noam Chomsky was the first to consider that notion (and I'm guessing you don't either). Think "bread and circuses" during the Roman Empire. Even then, I have to believe there were probably even earlier examples of this.

For the record, they're all pretty pointless, but "lamest"? Curling maybe?


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By Pat C
From Honolulu
Jul 13, 2010
me

+1 for football


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