Discussion in 'Every Day Debating' started by AlphaAlex, Aug 6, 2008.
I say football (soccer) followed by cricket.
Rugby Union, followed by Rugby League
well football (the real one, not the american one) is the most popular sport in the world, so I'd go with that.
Please check the polls once in a while
Football (The real American version) followed by Rugby
This why I will always love playing Rugby over any other game. Ok so a few of them are illegal, but it never gets boring
Well, I must say that football comes top of my list. There is simply no part of the world in which the game has not reached some form of popularity - and is played on a very high level on all continents.
Second must come track and field (athletics), as this sort of signifies the very basis of sports.
But my personal favourite is road cycling. It is possibly (after Iron Man) the toughest sport in the world, especially so for the grand tours. Still, it has to come 3rd on my list.
I would ask for some definitions and reasons, this is debating after all. By Greatest, what exactly do you mean? Most popular? I don't think so (and it would make for a very short debate). Football is very popular but this may be because of its simplicity. There is virtually no required equipment or training. You simply kick something around, be it rock, can or ball, on tarmac, grass or sand, with shoes, boots or bare feet.
In terms of skills, tactics and physical ability required there are many sports which surpass football. I say rugby is the most all-round sport. There is a great level of skill required, for ball-handling, physical contact (you have to learn how to hit and be hit safely) and precision placement of the ball. Tactically there are huge numbers of variations, from selecting a 4-man line out to coordinating overlapping runs in the backs. Almost every manoeuvre requires team work. Physically is is one of the most demanding sports out there, you have to run up and down almost constantly, tackle big men to the ground, get up and run again, be tackled by big men and get up and run again, bind up and drive the opposing team back through physical strength and skill and still be able to catch a spinning muddy ball. And most importantly, there's no diving to the ground and pretending to be hurt the moment someone comes near you, then getting up grinning when you get a free...
I wouldn't say there is no training in Football Unraveller. There are ways in which to kick the ball for efficiency, methods of tackling without commiting a foul, headering (sp?) the ball in the correct manner so you don't take your face out.
I do agree though that Rugby requires a greater amount of skill than simply bashing in the other opponent (although that kind of works too). There are tactics involved that can easily change the flow of game.
I didn't say there was no training involved, only none required. It is dangerous to allow someone who doesn't know how to just play rugby and some other games, football's pretty much plug-and-play, hence its popularity.
I say soccer, and if skiing is a sport, that comes 2nd.
football no question about it, followed closely by butterfly-hunting
Actually, that depends on what level you're playing. Football is only plug and play in elementary basis. Amateur and pro wise, there are tons of training aspects required not to mention the one thing in football that can't be done through textbook stuff, namely vision. And football is not only popular because of the whole plug and play stuff you've said. The skills that were honed through talent, practice and experience were definitely a delight to watch for those who know how to appreciate the art of The Beautiful Game and trust me when I said there were tons of them. So yeah, it's both practically like you've said and visually as I've put up that makes footie so popular.
P.S: Wonder if Anakin saw the Belgium Olympic team make it through to the men's football quarters...
The most epic sport of them all is floorball/unihockey. I dont know if you have heard of it. But its similurar to hockey. But its indoors and no ice. And its a ball instead of a puck. Its just awesome.
Hockey doesn't have ice :S
Only in America does hockey, by default, have ice.
And only in America do they need padding.... like with that other great sport football.
Indoor hockey, though.... it can be done intside - but outdoors is much better yes?
(at least, that way the Dutch still stand a chance )
I wouldn't place icehockey without padding. Have you seen how agressive it is? lol
I have... but then again, it's typically American to make a sport that aggressive, innit?
Though I do admit that the field hockey keeper is completely foam-wrapped.
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