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Smath74
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example: high school sports... gives student-athletes a sense of community, motivates them to do better academically and behaviorally, and builds networking and social skills - things they will use for the rest of their lives. The cost is negligible.

4/20/2012 11:56:47 AM

mrfrog

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THAT'S NOT PROFESSIONAL SPORTS

4/20/2012 11:57:17 AM

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"i don't think that comfortable panties > "sexy" panties is an unpopular opinion either."


but hardly anyone wants to admit it.... we all want to be super sexy all the way down to wearing the most awfully non-comfortable panties ever thought of.

I love fully covering cotton underwear! (usually boyshorts)

4/20/2012 11:58:01 AM

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^^what's your point? her argument is about sports in general, not just professional.

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"sports are a giant waste of money, tv, time, etc. all of them."


[Edited on April 20, 2012 at 12:00 PM. Reason : ]

4/20/2012 11:58:08 AM

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boyshorts are the hottest, you should post some pics

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4/20/2012 11:58:39 AM

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A loose definition of "sorts" would cover almost all recreational activity that humans engage in. If the broad activities of sports and physical play didn't exist, then we would all be vegetables. It would be nonsense for anyone to object to these activities as a whole. When people complain about sports, they're generally complaining about professional sports.

[Edited on April 20, 2012 at 12:03 PM. Reason : ooo]

4/20/2012 12:00:35 PM

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fuck me that's big pic

hanes boy shorts

4/20/2012 12:01:17 PM

Smath74
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"It would be nonsense for anyone to object to these activities as a whole."

which is exactly what she did.

4/20/2012 12:01:55 PM

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Well i just went from like full boner to half

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[Edited on April 20, 2012 at 12:03 PM. Reason : maybe even 1/3rd since it wasnt even a pic of your BUTT]

4/20/2012 12:02:07 PM

se7entythree
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sports for the purpose of exercise & fun or whatever is way different than professional sports. and professional (& college) sports are what i'm talking about.

i know you people aren't this stupid. we can keep pretending that you are if you'd like to continue arguing over my opinion though.

[Edited on April 20, 2012 at 12:03 PM. Reason : ]

4/20/2012 12:03:09 PM

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PBR is probably the best beer per dollar

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4/20/2012 12:05:32 PM

DivaBaby19
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you gotta be specific if you're gonna talk shit about a group of people

4/20/2012 12:05:58 PM

ParksNrec
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summer is for suckers, winter is the good part of the year.

4/20/2012 12:06:14 PM

Kurtis636
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"The skill set required to be a professional athlete are among the rarest in the world and millions and millions of people watch and are entertained by it."


this has to be a joke."


Why do you think this. The physical ability, dedication, skill, and training required to be an athlete at the highest level is incredibly rare. There are currently about 60 guys in the entire fucking world that are capable of being a serviceable or better NFL QB (and I'm being generous to all the backups and about half the starters in the league). As skillsets go that's about like being an astronaut in terms of rarity (I googled it, there are currently 56 people employed by NASA as active astronauts).

That game is played at such a high level that people will pay large sums of money to watch it. The same can be said for pretty much any professional sport. If people will pay large sums of money to watch something the economics then follow.

This is not a matter of debate.

[Edited on April 20, 2012 at 12:16 PM. Reason : asdfs]

4/20/2012 12:06:21 PM

mrfrog

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high school sports have an element of spectator sport in it. It's a gateway to college / professional, which are even more spectator-oriented.

Even worse than the sort part of it is the band part of it. I feel sorry for everyone who committed the expensive and thankless hobby of marching band. That work would have been better spent on performances where people come to see you. And as for the big college games, they don't need bands, they don't need to exist in the first place.

^ your statement was obviously correct almost by definition. Professional pole vaulting is a collection of the top 0.00001% of pole vaulters in the world. If humans pole vaulted higher, then the bar for professional would be higher.

[Edited on April 20, 2012 at 12:10 PM. Reason : my brain hates me today]

4/20/2012 12:08:06 PM

Smath74
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you specifically said "ALL OF THEM"


and you don't think college and professional sports motivate people to go play those sports and benefit themselves? you would be very naive if you don't see this.

not only that, but entertainment is most certainly a benefit to people, and sports provide a huge amount of entertainment to literally BILLIONS of humans.

4/20/2012 12:08:35 PM

DalesDeadBug
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dogs belong on the floor, or outside. stay the fuck off the couch, and no way in hell will a dog ever sleep on my bed.

4/20/2012 12:08:59 PM

DivaBaby19
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^I said that....until I got my dog

4/20/2012 12:09:51 PM

mrfrog

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I grew up with a dog and loving dogs, but a recent experience taking care of dogs have made me want to never get one on my own. Unless I live in Alabama or something.

4/20/2012 12:11:02 PM

thegoodlife3
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people who don't understand the economics of sports are extremely small minded

4/20/2012 12:11:45 PM

MisterGreen
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^i agree

4/20/2012 12:14:39 PM

Smath74
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exactly. and if they did not benefit people in some way, people wouldn't spend billions of dollars on sports each year. (and yes, entertainment is a benefit... otherwise we would work and then sit and stare at a wall for the rest of the day and be perfectly happy doing so.)

4/20/2012 12:14:56 PM

y0willy0
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lol.

given a set amount of time, lets say 12 years of training, id say there are a helluva lot more people in the world that could play any sport at a professional level than there are folks who could be astronauts.

or brain surgeons.

4/20/2012 12:17:08 PM

thegoodlife3
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I must have missed when CBS/FOX/NBC/ESPN etc. paid billions and billions of dollars for the rights to televise the National Brainsurgeon League

4/20/2012 12:20:20 PM

Pikey
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If the world didn't have sports, nothing would change except there would be about 1000 more unemployable black dudes roaming the streets.

The percentage of black students would dramatically decrease as a majority of black college students are black college athletes.

4/20/2012 12:20:39 PM

y0willy0
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"I must have missed when CBS/FOX/NBC/ESPN etc. paid billions and billions of dollars for the rights to televise the National Brainsurgeon League"


sounds like a fantastic and probably successful idea for a reality show in the next 5 years.

4/20/2012 12:21:28 PM

se7entythree
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see the thing is that i don't care if it entertains you or a billion other people. it's boring, not interesting, and not important to me.

and i really don't give a shit about the economics behind it either.

comparing rarity of talent to the current number of astronauts is completely & totally irrelevant.

4/20/2012 12:22:48 PM

Kurtis636
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"lol.

given a set amount of time, lets say 12 years of training, id say there are a helluva lot more people in the world that could play any sport at a professional level than there are folks who could be astronauts.

or brain surgeons."


And you would be wrong. Go count up the number of brain surgeons than compare that to the number of guys in the NFL.

It's a shit load harder. I'm not saying that they're better human beings or anything like that, but all you have to do is look at the attrition rate from the top level of college or minor league players to the majors. All of those guys who don't make the cut dedicated at least 12 years of their lives or more to training for their particular sport and still couldn't make it. Compared to NFL QB brain surgeon is a pretty common profession. I've met brain surgeons in my daily life. I've never met an NFL QB, active or retired, because that's one of the world's smallest groups.

[Edited on April 20, 2012 at 12:23 PM. Reason : asdfas]

4/20/2012 12:23:04 PM

Smath74
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"see the thing is that i don't care if it entertains you or a billion other people. it's boring, not interesting, and not important to me. "

well that is a perfectly legitimate opinion.

your original assertions were that they were a waste for everyone.

4/20/2012 12:24:27 PM

se7entythree
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this entire thing has been about opinions. somehow you must have missed that.

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"o·pin·ion/?'piny?n/
Noun: A view or judgment formed about something, not necessarily based on fact or knowledge."


[Edited on April 20, 2012 at 12:26 PM. Reason : ]

4/20/2012 12:25:39 PM

Kurtis636
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Opinions can be wrong. Yours is.

4/20/2012 12:27:19 PM

DivaBaby19
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maybe one day there will be people sponsored to hike around fucking mountains or something

then maybe you'll care

4/20/2012 12:27:35 PM

NCSUam0s
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It truly pisses me off to see people using food stamps or other gov't assistance, while buying beer and cigarettes and using an expensive smart phone.

Obesity shouldn't be considered a handicap / disability... get off your ass and you wouldn't be so fat.

4/20/2012 12:28:14 PM

se7entythree
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^^no, i won't care about that either. what would be the point?

4/20/2012 12:29:31 PM

y0willy0
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i hope in the future if i have to have brain surgery my doctor doesnt throw an interception.

4/20/2012 12:30:46 PM

Krallum
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i feel like a fumble would be much worse

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4/20/2012 12:32:53 PM

Wolfmarsh
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I am also of the opinion that sports are a waste of time and money.

4/20/2012 12:34:55 PM

DalesDeadBug
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"It truly pisses me off to see people using food stamps or other gov't assistance, while buying beer and cigarettes "


can't buy beer or cigs with food stamps/EBT. one thing they got right.

4/20/2012 12:35:36 PM

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football is gay

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4/20/2012 12:36:23 PM

DivaBaby19
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yeah an INT will hopefully still get a touchdown

4/20/2012 12:36:33 PM

Krallum
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^^^ implying they don't get lottery beer and cigs in a separate order

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4/20/2012 12:38:45 PM

Pikey
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" can't buy beer or cigs with food stamps/EBT. one thing they got right."

They can buy a few bushels of crabs or lobsters as long as they are not cooked...

4/20/2012 12:40:56 PM

y0willy0
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haha, point being,

throwing an interception or fumbling or otherwise fucking up a stupid game doesnt hold a candle to screwing up someones brain.

or making a nasa rocket explode, or jeopardizing your crews life, or really a whole host of MORE IMPORTANT FUCKING JOBS.

i dont know what to tell you if youre just a knuckle-dragging fanboy that thinks the law of supply and demand is infallible. i feel sorry for you if youre so obsessed with sports that you completely lack morals.

hell, bring back gladitorial combat. make it pay per view and lets see some real juices flow, we're just animals after all.

[Edited on April 20, 2012 at 12:42 PM. Reason : i dont wanna derail this thread, so im done. might be worth a separate one?]



[Edited on April 20, 2012 at 12:43 PM. Reason : ,]

4/20/2012 12:41:07 PM

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to me, Voyager >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> DS9, to me

4/20/2012 12:44:08 PM

Kurtis636
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I didn't say it was a more important skillset, just rarer and more difficult to achieve. Yes, the consequences of a brain tumor removal surgery matter considerably more than who wins the Superbowl.


When you claim that the amount of money they make playing pro sports is indefensible that's just incorrect.

By the way, market scarcity also explains why neurosurgeons make more than teachers.

4/20/2012 12:45:46 PM

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"can't buy beer or cigs with food stamps/EBT. one thing they got right."


You can buy doritos and soda, though. I wonder what percentage of food stamp recipients fall into the "obese" category.

4/20/2012 12:52:25 PM

Kurtis636
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If the distribution of obesity is normal across all socio-economic demographics than 26.5% or thereabouts. Probably closer to 40% or higher though.

[Edited on April 20, 2012 at 12:56 PM. Reason : no wait, this is the right thread.]

4/20/2012 12:55:30 PM

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The original Star Trek is better than every other series, combined.


Also, Return of the Jedi was better than Empire Strikes Back.

4/20/2012 12:57:25 PM

y0willy0
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my girlfriend thinks episode 1 is the best.

4/20/2012 12:59:06 PM

mrfrog

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"(and yes, entertainment is a benefit... otherwise we would work and then sit and stare at a wall for the rest of the day and be perfectly happy doing so.)"


yuck.

I feel bad every time I see mainstream TV and someone else's house these days. It's not a satisfying activity. It keeps you watching and that's all. Boredom is what makes you try something new and fulfilling.

I would gladly move to a place where TVs were outlawed. Heck, let's have an anti-curfew, 0.5-2 hours every day or week when you're allowed to be anywhere except for at home.

4/20/2012 1:00:22 PM

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