For me it's basketball and tennis. For the former I really find it hard to appreciate a contact sport where only steal is allowed but no tackle And the absurdity as I see it in both sport is that two points can be scored in very different ways with the same importance, i.e a meticulous build-up vs. a seemingly mindless display of individualism in basketball, or a very exciting 20-stroke rally vs. a boring ace in tennis. I'm certainly too biased!
I don't know if I "hate" these sports -- and I'm not even sure one of them is sport at all -- but I'll use the "if it's regularly on ESPN, it's a popular sport" definition for purposes of this response. I certainly can't generate any interest in these:
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There is of course skill, talent, knowledge, in these activities, and real athleticism in some. I won't begrudge those things, but -- no interest from me.
Baseball- either to play or to watch. The few games I have attended I took a copy of T&F News to read when I got bored. A quick search showed there are only at most about 11 minutes of actual baseball, with hours of standing, scratching and spitting. Never understood americans who say they don't like futbol (to differentiate from their concussion generator) which has constant action, low scores but love baseball (virtually no action, low scores).
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Totally agree. It is a hyper-specialized game, and the decision-making is mostly taken out of players' hands. I know both points appeal to some (even "many") people, but they are complete turn off to me.
dukehjsteve wrote:I dislike any sports that contain subjectivity in deciding who wins, such as
diving boxing figure skating gymnastics etc.
If you wan to talk subjective sports, then add basketball and football and soccer, because the referring is subjective and affects the outcomes of each, although both football and baseball have utilized technology and multiple officials to help. In contrast, soccer seems to be to be thinking about transitioning into the second half of the 1900s, although it is a bit radical of a notion for some of those at the top.
As for sports I dislike, there are two categories -- I overall dislike the MMA kind of thing, and I much dislike the addition to the X-Game type of events into the Olympics (and syncro stuff fits under that categorization).