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OT: What's the Most Difficult Pro Sport To Play at a High Level?

Posted: 6/27/2014 2:22 PM

OT: What's the Most Difficult Pro Sport To Play at a High Level? 


Heard this on the radio today. Thought it would make a good OT topic for the board!

    Most Difficult Pro Sport to Play @ High Level?

  1. Poll closed on 07/04/2014
  2. Baseball: 19 votes
  3. Basketball: 8 votes
  4. Hockey: 13 votes
  5. Football: 11 votes
  6. Soccer: 3 votes
  7. Golf: 10 votes
  8. Bowling: 3 votes
  9. Other (list): 1 vote
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Posted: 6/27/2014 2:43 PM

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I think Basketball players are probably the farthest away from the average human being. There are kickers and long snappers, guards and safeties in the NFL that are not super human. Same goes for baseball players. and pretty much everyone else. Basketball players, and what they're able to do physically, has got to be the farthest away from your average accountant.

Golf. *LOL*

Last edited 6/27/2014 2:44 PM by MaroonBells

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Posted: 6/27/2014 2:58 PM

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I voted soccer. No timeouts, run 15-18 miles a game, even if tired have to be aware of defense/offense and make quick/precise passes or defenses of ball, still able to jump (after running so much) and try to win a header (and bump heads often), chase down players and steal ball without fouling too hard (of get immediate ejection), kick on goal with accuracy beating a trained goalie. Basketball would be second.
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Posted: 6/27/2014 3:14 PM

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Boxing, hands down.
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Posted: 6/27/2014 3:19 PM

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Not just my opinion either...cool

http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2/sportSkills
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Posted: 6/27/2014 3:33 PM

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I voted Baseball after debating between that and Golf...Best hitters in the world can barely hit that ball .325 +
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Posted: 6/27/2014 3:35 PM

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purplefaithful wrote: I voted Baseball after debating between that and Golf...Best hitters in the world can barely hit that ball .325 +

No one is trying to literally pummel your head and/or body into submission in baseball and golf.

Last edited 6/27/2014 3:36 PM by cannibible

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Posted: 6/27/2014 3:40 PM

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Football due to injuries. Short shelf life for most players.You can't take plays off or the guy behind you will get your job.
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Posted: 6/27/2014 3:48 PM

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I voted for golf due to the recent lawsuit against the PGA. Former players alleging negligence with sunburns and finger blisters.




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Posted: 6/27/2014 3:51 PM

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100% Golf
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Posted: 6/27/2014 3:57 PM

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DBurzon wrote: 100% Golf
wow, y'all crazy...and I say this as a golf nut.

Golf is perhaps the most mentally frustrating endeavor ever created for the purpose of "enjoyment".  Ive got lots of scorecards to back this up too:  12 pars + 2 birdies and shoot 87, shoot 35 on the front and 49 on the back, etc.

BUT

Why dont you step in the ring with a professional fighter and tell me thats easier than _______?
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Posted: 6/28/2014 8:35 PM

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hitting a baseball looks like the single hardest thing to do in any sport, but i'll go with hockey as the most difficult overall. skating (sometimes backwards), stickhandling, passing, shooting -- all while the guy across from you is trying to knock your head off or take you out at the knees. i'm not a huge fan of the sport but i respect hockey players a ton.
"I choked." -- Brett Favre

Last edited 6/28/2014 8:36 PM by hauts81

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Posted: 6/28/2014 8:44 PM

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I think I agree with this thought it would be difficult to argue with basketball.
plunderingpurple wrote: I voted soccer. No timeouts, run 15-18 miles a game, even if tired have to be aware of defense/offense and make quick/precise passes or defenses of ball, still able to jump (after running so much) and try to win a header (and bump heads often), chase down players and steal ball without fouling too hard (of get immediate ejection), kick on goal with accuracy beating a trained goalie. Basketball would be second.
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Posted: 6/28/2014 8:45 PM

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I do believe Ali was the finest athlete of the 20th century...


cannibible wrote: Boxing, hands down.
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Posted: 6/28/2014 8:51 PM

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The caddie has it worse than the golfer. I love watching golfers standing around sipping on water and eating snacks all day. Thats tough duty. Its also nice when you can wear you uniform straight to the club after a round. The bugs/flies/bees do add an element of hazard to the sport tough.

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I voted for golf due to the recent lawsuit against the PGA. Former players alleging negligence with sunburns and finger blisters.

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Posted: 6/28/2014 9:32 PM

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I initially thought football but would give it atie with soccer for second to boxing. We're talking about a sport where the idea is to knock you out/cause harm to your body versus the others where scoring/hitting is first and the physical toll on your body is not intentional. 
Boxers have to train for years to with stand blows to the head and kidneys/body. Average humans are in the hospital for even 1 hit from these guys.

Boxing
Football and Soccer
Baseball
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Posted: 6/28/2014 9:41 PM

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Not the new boxing. All they do now is grab and hug each other compared to old boxing.

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I initially thought football but would give it atie with soccer for second to boxing. We're talking about a sport where the idea is to knock you out/cause harm to your body versus the others where scoring/hitting is first and the physical toll on your body is not intentional. 
Boxers have to train for years to with stand blows to the head and kidneys/body. Average humans are in the hospital for even 1 hit from these guys.

Boxing
Football and Soccer
Baseball
etc

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Posted: 6/28/2014 9:43 PM

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In baseball the great pitcher will study all the hitters.
That's a tall order.
Of course all pitchers will use their own strengths, but the greats know their opponents weakness.
Great hitters will study every pitcher and that too is a tall order.
There is a lot more thinking in baseball, than the average observer notices.

purplefaithfull wrote:
I voted Baseball after debating between that and Golf...Best hitters in the world can barely hit that ball .325 +
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If you take into account how many pitches the batter actually sees per hit, the avg really plummets.

Last edited 6/28/2014 10:16 PM by godhead

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Posted: 6/28/2014 9:44 PM

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boxing is tough but it's got some knocks against it.

1. even today's best like Floyd Mayweather only fight 2 or 3 times a year. Ali fought 6 times in 1962 and 6 times in 1972.

2. there are way too many championships and weight classes. when Nikolai Valuev is a 2-time champion you know the sport has been ridiculously watered down.

http://www.amam-magazine.com/valuev.jpg
"I choked." -- Brett Favre
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Posted: 6/29/2014 12:13 AM

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Golf without a doubt. Look at the pros and the consistency problems.. Or the average golfer like me who will shoot low 80's one day and a 95 on the same course the next
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