You can rest assured that I get VERY few opportunities to catch Sumo on the tube.
Almost as rare is an evenly-matched boxing match. Those seem to have gone the way of the dodo some 20 years ago, though I do catch the occasional terrific fight, though they are rare indeed. Classic Boxing on ESPN2 is 'bout as close as I come nowadays.
I'm lucky enough to get the CBC channel living in close proximity to the Canadian border. As a result, I get to catch the very occasional track cycling event. They don't show any of that in the states. That's the best. Up until a couple of years back, OLN carried full coverage of the Giro di Italia and the Vuelta de Espana as well as some of the one-day classics on the road. These were terrific! During the bulk of the Lance era, the TDF was pretty much a yawner so I mostly skipped it. Maybe now that he's left the building it'll be much more interesting (if we get any coverage at all).
And, of course, T & F remainis my favorite sport. But as a spectator it's live or nuthini' fer me. That crappy coverage on TV is worse than havin' none.
I'll watch almost anything including the America's Cup yacht races, NASCAR, syncro swimming, equestrian, competitive eating, etc . The one exception is tennis. I try...but I don't last more than ten minutes before dozing off.
I'm a really lousy sports fan in general--there are very few other sports that I know anything about or follow at all. I do watch most of the championship events-Wimbledon, Masters Golf, Super Bowl, Tour de Francne, etc. I actively despite "motor" sports and despite giving it some effort, don't get cricket. I enjoyed the Henley Regatta while living there, and really enjoyed an Australian Rules Football match a decade or so in Melbourne (at the MCG, or, as we would know it, the '56 Olympic stadium), but can't say I try to "keep up" with either of these. So, bottom line: I'm almost Puritanically "faithful" to t&f.
MJD wrote:Anybody else here follow the Spassky-Fischer championship? Great stuff.
i saw a documentary about that recently: apparently spassky had a winning record v fischer coming into the match !
the shenanigans in iceland upset him & he underperformed - he certainly wasn't worth a 6 - 0 thrashing ( or whatever it was )
we were robbed of the all-time classic in '75: fischer v karpov : fischer's dynamic style v karpov, the master torturer - what a match it wouda been !
remember how good karpov was - in the '81 match he was thrashing kasparov 5 - 0 ( first to 6 wins in a timeless match ) - kasparov just played for endless draws at this point until the wimpy karpov ran out of strength & levelled it up at 5 - 5, when they abandoned it
SQUACKEE wrote:ok, all things considered the greatest 3 hours of sport, becides track, ive had in my life is watching joe montana and my niners come back and win the super bowl!!
I’m with you all the way. And continue on until Steve Young’s retirement. We were very fortunate around here. The Niners from about 1981 through about 1995 were a local franchise that most areas can only hope and dream of. Can’t watch them now . . . they suck big time.
So no one has mentioned my second favorite sport – Baseball. Man, has the BALCO crap had that big an affect? No one thinks baseball is clean, but you football fans out there are really kidding yourselves if you think that sport is drug free . . .
I don't know if it's the overwhelming commercial load on TV (which actually translates to a even worse product in person, because at home you can at least get up and dust a shelf or do something to be productive instead of just sitting there), but I'm starting to find most sports just too long and drawn out, with too much dead time. Of course, maybe there's just the chance that I'm turning in to a raging intellectual
gh wrote:I don't know if it's the overwhelming commercial load on TV (which actually translates to a even worse product in person, because at home you can at least get up and dust a shelf or do something to be productive instead of just sitting there), but I'm starting to find most sports just too long and drawn out, with too much dead time. Of course, maybe there's just the chance that I'm turning in to a raging intellectual