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Old Yesterday, 08:23 PM   #876
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Re: 2018 NC/LC THREAD - are we ever going to get a title?

Pfft...badminton, table tennis, diving, gymnastics.
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Old Yesterday, 09:03 PM   #877
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It's just absurd to say with confidence that beasts like LeBron or JJ Watt would have "dominated" soccer.



100% agree.
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Old Yesterday, 11:01 PM   #878
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i think a sport where you could somewhat make the "usa big strong fast athletic? get in there!" parallel is rugby. as i understand it, the usa has always been poor at rugby (on the intl level), has been making an effort to convert some track+field and american football guys, and has now gone from poor up to mediocre.
Rugby is full of pussies compared to the NFL. There was a Discovery show a couple years ago where they took a rugby guy that was supposedly real good and compared impact energy measured several different ways to an NFL player. Get this, they didn't get a defensive end, middle linebacker, or even free safety. They got a CORNERBACK, who's a lighter hitter than anyone short of a qb or kicker. The NFL guy results crushed the rugby guy.
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Old Yesterday, 11:13 PM   #879
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With fewer kids getting into (American) football, the sport that seems to be most directly positively impacted in numbers (at least here in northern CA) is soccer. Basketball is also getting super popular around here, but I attribute that more to the Warriors than anything else.

So maybe we will see more good US soccer players in the future.
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Old Today, 12:35 AM   #880
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Rugby is full of pussies compared to the NFL. There was a Discovery show a couple years ago where they took a rugby guy that was supposedly real good and compared impact energy measured several different ways to an NFL player. Get this, they didn't get a defensive end, middle linebacker, or even free safety. They got a CORNERBACK, who's a lighter hitter than anyone short of a qb or kicker. The NFL guy results crushed the rugby guy.


News flash: the rugby players don't wear shoulder pads or helmets, if they lead with their heads like NFL players they're never going to make it through a single game. Top level rugby is great to watch, action is essentially nonstop
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Old Today, 12:50 AM   #881
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News flash: the rugby players don't wear shoulder pads or helmets, if they lead with their heads like NFL players they're never going to make it through a single game. Top level rugby is great to watch, action is essentially nonstop
Wait, so it's not fair to compare the hitting ability of a dude who hits dudes for a living to a guy who plays an endurance sport? Who'da thunk it.
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Old Today, 03:02 AM   #882
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Bah, rugby is the soccer of contact sports.
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Old Today, 04:54 AM   #883
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With fewer kids getting into (American) football, the sport that seems to be most directly positively impacted in numbers (at least here in northern CA) is soccer. Basketball is also getting super popular around here, but I attribute that more to the Warriors than anything else.

So maybe we will see more good US soccer players in the future.
I'd wish all the football head injury info didn't come out until I was gone and wouldn't have to make any decision. Still got plenty of years to figure it out but I'd like to hope I wouldn't have to tell him "no, you can't play that sport."

I wonder how many fewer kids are playing football in the last 5 years or so. I think basketball and baseball will benefit the most, unless US soccer program gets better. Never been much of a soccer fan, but w the emphasis America puts on sports, I can't fathom how our national team is always bad and there is no decent pro soccer. I think lacrosse looks fun and I wish my high school had a team when I attended. Playing football was awesome though.
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