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Most Difficult Sport in the World

Posted: 2/6/2014 11:14 PM

Most Difficult Sport in the World 


Came across a chart the other day where ESPN tries to rank the top 60 most difficult sports. Being a tennis fan, I'm always interested in seeing where tennis ranks. They broke it down into ten categories and eight "experts" ranked them by the ten categories. Football came in at No. 3, baseball was No. 8, basketball No. 4, and tennis was No. 7. Hard to completely agree with the result they came up with but it's fun to debate. The biggest shock was how low rugby was. I've been to New Zealand a few times and that is a brutal, brutal sport. The rugby players are worshiped in that country. At least tennis finished ahead of golf and soccer.

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Last edited 2/6/2014 11:20 PM by Kirijax

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Posted: 2/6/2014 11:46 PM

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Hockey is #1, imo
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Posted: 2/7/2014 1:19 AM

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I can assure you that most people who have no experience playing soccer would look goofy as hell trying to kick a ball.  Give someone a football, basketball, etc and they'll look more comfortable even if they aren't an athlete.  Football, I wouldn't rank it that high at all.

Water polo, out of all those things, I'd dread.  That's one exhausting sport and cardio wise, they're on top with cross country skiers, boxers probably as well.
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Posted: 2/7/2014 8:23 AM

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Since ESPN televises it, competitive eating must be a sport. I can't eat more than four hot dogs when I pig out at a 4th of July cookout, so there is no way I could down 40 of them in 10 minutes. My conclusion is that hot dog eating is easily the most difficult sport.
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Posted: 2/7/2014 8:35 AM

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Kirijax wrote: Came across a chart the other day where ESPN tries to rank the top 60 most difficult sports. Being a tennis fan, I'm always interested in seeing where tennis ranks. They broke it down into ten categories and eight "experts" ranked them by the ten categories. Football came in at No. 3, baseball was No. 8, basketball No. 4, and tennis was No. 7. Hard to completely agree with the result they came up with but it's fun to debate. The biggest shock was how low rugby was. I've been to New Zealand a few times and that is a brutal, brutal sport. The rugby players are worshiped in that country. At least tennis finished ahead of golf and soccer.

Most difficult sports
I will have to look at the list. But, I don't consider golf a sport. If cardiovascular fitness does not come into play - then what you do ain't a sport. One of the things that defines an 'athlete' is the fact that they're in better physical condition that 99 percent of the world's population. Those guys (golfers) walk all day and don't even carry their own equipment.

NASCAR drivers (while I respect what they do) aren't athletes either and driving ain't a sport. Now, if you live in a city like I do, where people drive with their heads up their a$$es - then driving is a blood sport. But, just cause a few good ol' boys got together in the 1950s and thought it would be cool race a give a trophy to the winner - NAH...

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Posted: 2/7/2014 11:04 AM

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gotta disagree..  Babe Ruth was probably the greatest baseball player of all time and he regularly played drunk and fat while eating hot dogs in the dug out.   He also routinely stopped by women's houses on the way to games to grab a quicky before a game.   He was hardly the eptiomy of a great 'athlete'.

I do believe golf and nascar racing are sports and their participants are athletes.  Tiger Woods is probably one of the best conditioned athletes on the planet.

just because you can do something poorly while drinking (aka playing golf or softball) doesn't mean those that do it at the highest level are not athletes.  Watch LeBron James try to hit a golf ball.

just my .02..

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Charlz D wrote:
Kirijax wrote: Came across a chart the other day where ESPN tries to rank the top 60 most difficult sports. Being a tennis fan, I'm always interested in seeing where tennis ranks. They broke it down into ten categories and eight "experts" ranked them by the ten categories. Football came in at No. 3, baseball was No. 8, basketball No. 4, and tennis was No. 7. Hard to completely agree with the result they came up with but it's fun to debate. The biggest shock was how low rugby was. I've been to New Zealand a few times and that is a brutal, brutal sport. The rugby players are worshiped in that country. At least tennis finished ahead of golf and soccer.

Most difficult sports
I will have to look at the list. But, I don't consider golf a sport. If cardiovascular fitness does not come into play - then what you do ain't a sport. One of the things that defines an 'athlete' is the fact that they're in better physical condition that 99 percent of the world's population. Those guys (golfers) walk all day and don't even carry their own equipment.

NASCAR drivers (while I respect what they do) aren't athletes either and driving ain't a sport. Now, if you live in a city like I do, where people drive with their heads up their a$$es - then driving is a blood sport. But, just cause a few good ol' boys got together in the 1950s and thought it would be cool race a give a trophy to the winner - NAH...
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Posted: 2/7/2014 1:26 PM

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alpine skiing should be in the top 5. no question. so should gymnastics. the others should be football, boxing, and ice hockey. basketball is next after those.

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Posted: 2/7/2014 1:31 PM

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I always thought wrestling and water polo were the most physically exhaustive sport, imho.
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Posted: 2/7/2014 1:36 PM

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Try driving some of the fast go-carts for 10-15 minutes and then imagine flying around a race track for hours, then get back to me on race car drivers not being athletes.
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Posted: 2/7/2014 2:37 PM

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If driving a race car is a sport then you could make a case for video games too, only difference being your life is not on the line.
INCaneFan wrote: Try driving some of the fast go-carts for 10-15 minutes and then imagine flying around a race track for hours, then get back to me on race car drivers not being athletes.
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Posted: 2/7/2014 3:24 PM

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I would rate football (american) a brutal sport for its physical nature, at least at the elite level. I know they wear pads and helmets - but without them you could not play. As strong and as fast as these players are, playing without protection would result in death.

Look at the concussion issues and tell me otherwise.

INCaneFan wrote: I can assure you that most people who have no experience playing soccer would look goofy as hell trying to kick a ball.  Give someone a football, basketball, etc and they'll look more comfortable even if they aren't an athlete.  Football, I wouldn't rank it that high at all.

Water polo, out of all those things, I'd dread.  That's one exhausting sport and cardio wise, they're on top with cross country skiers, boxers probably as well.
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Posted: 2/7/2014 3:32 PM

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This is why rugby horrifies me. I'd like to see a study on the concussions in that sport. Must be hush-hush through the roof.
TemplarCane wrote: I would rate football (american) a brutal sport for its physical nature, at least at the elite level. I know they wear pads and helmets - but without them you could not play. As strong and as fast as these players are, playing without protection would result in death.

Look at the concussion issues and tell me otherwise.

INCaneFan wrote: I can assure you that most people who have no experience playing soccer would look goofy as hell trying to kick a ball.  Give someone a football, basketball, etc and they'll look more comfortable even if they aren't an athlete.  Football, I wouldn't rank it that high at all.

Water polo, out of all those things, I'd dread.  That's one exhausting sport and cardio wise, they're on top with cross country skiers, boxers probably as well.
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Posted: 2/7/2014 3:40 PM

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It's obviously curling

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Posted: 2/7/2014 3:54 PM

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Yes curling definitely sweeps them all LOL

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Posted: 2/7/2014 4:57 PM

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In nascar, you are actually sitting down in a car, so, technically, can't a fat guy, as long as he fits in the car, be able to do that?

Golfers as athletes?  Do they do any running, swimming, skating, any fast-paced movement? Just curious as to what you mean?
WindyCityCane wrote: gotta disagree..  Babe Ruth was probably the greatest baseball player of all time and he regularly played drunk and fat while eating hot dogs in the dug out.   He also routinely stopped by women's houses on the way to games to grab a quicky before a game.   He was hardly the eptiomy of a great 'athlete'.

I do believe golf and nascar racing are sports and their participants are athletes.  Tiger Woods is probably one of the best conditioned athletes on the planet.

just because you can do something poorly while drinking (aka playing golf or softball) doesn't mean those that do it at the highest level are not athletes.  Watch LeBron James try to hit a golf ball.

just my .02..

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Charlz D wrote:
Kirijax wrote: Came across a chart the other day where ESPN tries to rank the top 60 most difficult sports. Being a tennis fan, I'm always interested in seeing where tennis ranks. They broke it down into ten categories and eight "experts" ranked them by the ten categories. Football came in at No. 3, baseball was No. 8, basketball No. 4, and tennis was No. 7. Hard to completely agree with the result they came up with but it's fun to debate. The biggest shock was how low rugby was. I've been to New Zealand a few times and that is a brutal, brutal sport. The rugby players are worshiped in that country. At least tennis finished ahead of golf and soccer.

Most difficult sports
I will have to look at the list. But, I don't consider golf a sport. If cardiovascular fitness does not come into play - then what you do ain't a sport. One of the things that defines an 'athlete' is the fact that they're in better physical condition that 99 percent of the world's population. Those guys (golfers) walk all day and don't even carry their own equipment.

NASCAR drivers (while I respect what they do) aren't athletes either and driving ain't a sport. Now, if you live in a city like I do, where people drive with their heads up their a$$es - then driving is a blood sport. But, just cause a few good ol' boys got together in the 1950s and thought it would be cool race a give a trophy to the winner - NAH...
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Posted: 2/7/2014 4:58 PM

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lmao!!! biggrin
Novacane32 wrote: If driving a race car is a sport then you could make a case for video games too, only difference being your life is not on the line.
INCaneFan wrote: Try driving some of the fast go-carts for 10-15 minutes and then imagine flying around a race track for hours, then get back to me on race car drivers not being athletes.
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Posted: 2/7/2014 5:28 PM

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Wrestling...and not the *** crap.
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Posted: 2/7/2014 5:44 PM

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hockey definitely.......if basketball was a contact sport like hockey can you imagine guys going for a dunk? Plus....everyone can run , jump, shoot and pound a basketball.....but none of the sports mentioned requires a skating skill set as well as stick handling shooting and crisp passing like that which  is required in hockey. I would love to hear from anyone who has played the sport at a high level tell me another sport that  is more difficult to master and survive. plus its more fun than the rest.
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Posted: 2/7/2014 5:59 PM

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Ask a wrestler who also has played football which sport is tougher. Football is fun compared to wrestling.
retrorene wrote: Wrestling...and not the *** crap.
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Posted: 2/7/2014 6:04 PM

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I played ice hockey once  (on a frozen lake) as a kid and it ranks up there with one of the more memorable moments of my childhood. Dang that was fun! 
UUandU wrote: hockey definitely.......if basketball was a contact sport like hockey can you imagine guys going for a dunk? Plus....everyone can run , jump, shoot and pound a basketball.....but none of the sports mentioned requires a skating skill set as well as stick handling shooting and crisp passing like that which  is required in hockey. I would love to hear from anyone who has played the sport at a high level tell me another sport that  is more difficult to master and survive. plus its more fun than the rest.
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