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The 50 worst sports ideas ever
Washington Times ^ | April 25, 2002 | Patrick Hruby

Posted on 04/25/2002 8:30:03 PM PDT by anncoulteriscool

Edited on 07/12/2004 3:38:30 PM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]

Like leisure suits and the Ford Pinto, it was an idea to suit its era.

Which is to say, surpassingly ill-conceived. On a warm summer evening in 1974, the attendance-starved Cleveland Indians held their first — and last — "10-Cent Beer Night," a celebration of life, bad baseball and ludicrously cheap suds.


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I would add the Designated Hitter, the Stlouis Browns and getting rid of the jump ball.
1 posted on 04/25/2002 8:30:03 PM PDT by anncoulteriscool
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To: anncoulteriscool
Posted here.

Quite a lively discussion going on.

2 posted on 04/25/2002 8:32:12 PM PDT by Rightwing Canuck
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To: anncoulteriscool; Clive; coteblanche

51) Extreme Curling.

3 posted on 04/25/2002 8:34:06 PM PDT by dighton
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To: anncoulteriscool
The Ravens getting rid of Dilfer, the quarterback who took them to the superbowl.
5 posted on 04/25/2002 8:36:04 PM PDT by medved
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To: one_particular_harbour
Hey! Arena football is cool.
6 posted on 04/25/2002 8:38:33 PM PDT by Dan from Michigan
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To: anncoulteriscool
I would add the Designated Hitter rule in AL baseball - which is basically a ruse to extend the careers of washed-up, overweight sluggers. Let the pitchers get their at-bats and retire the Jose Cansecos of the world.

Also the neutral zone trap in NHL hockey, which has turned NHL hockey into a snorefest of players slapping each other in the knees at mid-ice and dumping the puck endlessly into the opposing zone. This used to be a very exciting game. I say go even a step further and eliminate the blue lines (offsides) altogether.

Actually I liked the "Disco Sucks" night at Comiskey Park. That was a riot.

7 posted on 04/25/2002 8:47:29 PM PDT by SamAdams76
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To: Rightwing Canuck
"Golf is not a metaphor for life. Or for business. It doesn't involve Zen, magical caddies or any sort of Tao. It's not sacred. It's just a couple of schlubs with clubs, throwing back beers and knocking a little white ball around a glorified city park. That's all. Get over it, already."

Sounds like Patty's sore about his drive slice and fat irons.

8 posted on 04/25/2002 8:47:57 PM PDT by Psycho_Bunny
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To: anncoulteriscool
How about the late Howard Cossell?BWAHAHAHAHHA
9 posted on 04/25/2002 8:51:25 PM PDT by lexington minuteman 1775
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To: anncoulteriscool
The Minnesota Vikings getting Hershel Walker.
10 posted on 04/25/2002 8:52:33 PM PDT by HP8753
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To: Psycho_Bunny
Assuming the author is good enough to be an olympic ice dancer, I'll have to diagree on aluminum bats. Get rid of the wood. Too dangerous. Especially in the hands of a pitcher like Roger Clemens.
12 posted on 04/25/2002 8:55:24 PM PDT by Doctor Stochastic
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To: anncoulteriscool
Football needs to put the goal posts back on the goal-line where they belong.
13 posted on 04/25/2002 8:59:35 PM PDT by Willie Green
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To: anncoulteriscool
The Denver Broncos had vertically striped socks back in the sixties.

Pete Rose or any professional ballplayer charging for his autograph to kids.

14 posted on 04/25/2002 9:01:18 PM PDT by Balata
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To: anncoulteriscool
You must have missed:
Basketball's Possession Arrow

Jump it. Every time. Are we not men?

OTOH, he should have included the Canadian Football League "invasion" of the U.S. in the mid-90s, which lasted about as long south of the 42nd parallel as Lee's Army of Northern Virginia did above the Mason-Dixon line.

Who can forget the San Antonio Texans, the Baltimore Stallions and the Birmingham Bolts?

15 posted on 04/25/2002 9:02:19 PM PDT by Illbay
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To: one_particular_harbour
wait . . . there was a WFL?
16 posted on 04/25/2002 9:03:12 PM PDT by Big Guy and Rusty 99
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To: anncoulteriscool
The 50 worst sports ideas ever

Ice Hockey
Repeat 49 more times.

17 posted on 04/25/2002 9:05:30 PM PDT by eddie willers
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To: lexington minuteman 1775
I liked Howard Cosell as a sportscaster and wish there were more like him today. I'm not a big fan of jocks being in the booth. They are more often than not ill-suited for broadcasting and end up spouting cliches and catch phrases all night ("Turnovers will kill ya").
18 posted on 04/25/2002 9:05:50 PM PDT by SamAdams76
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To: anncoulteriscool
Remember "three-to-make-two"?

Remember the "force-out" (should have been called the "bail-out", because it enabled the official to shirk the foul call).

Remember the timeouts called in midair to prevent a turnover? Oh, yeah -- they still allow that garbage!

Remember the fouls every two seconds in the last three minutes of every basketball game which change the outcome of maybe 1 game out of 100 but prolong the final buzzer by a good 30 minutes? Oh yeah -- that's still the teeth-grinding strategy.

No wonder I watch less and less basketball.

19 posted on 04/25/2002 9:07:01 PM PDT by Migraine
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To: HP8753
I would have to offer Heath Schuler,the 19,000,000 kid out of Tennesee that a crack addled Charley Casserly wheeled and dealed for. After Heath's first home game against Dallas,a game in which Charles Haley just killed him down after down,he never played a complete game again.
20 posted on 04/25/2002 9:15:09 PM PDT by cardinal4
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To: anncoulteriscool
XFL
21 posted on 04/25/2002 9:23:47 PM PDT by Husker24
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To: anncoulteriscool
thankz for the fun article
22 posted on 04/25/2002 9:26:04 PM PDT by InvisibleChurch
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To: HP8753
No kidding. Talk about giving away championships :P
23 posted on 04/25/2002 9:33:25 PM PDT by Hawkeye's Girl
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To: anncoulteriscool
 Not even the singular brilliance of He Hate Me
could salvage this extreme-flavored wannabe.

He Hate Me is the only thing good
I recall about the whole XFL thing.
I wonder if he made it into the NFL?

24 posted on 04/25/2002 9:40:03 PM PDT by gcruse
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To: anncoulteriscool
Remember when the umpires resigned? What were they thinkin? Od course a court let some of them back. I like it when someone puts a gun to their own head and then dares anyone to move.
25 posted on 04/25/2002 9:42:53 PM PDT by breakem
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To: dighton
52) Couches.

Guy on couch: "We won! We won!"
Other guy on couch: "Dude, WE didn't DO anything!"

26 posted on 04/25/2002 9:45:26 PM PDT by ctdonath2
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To: anncoulteriscool
I invented one back in the 80's when they outlawed lawn darts. I invented it to piss off the nanny-staters who initiated the ban. (Funny, back then I was a conservative in liberal clothes and didn't even know it. A sheeple, if you will.)

Lawn Dart Jousting on BMX Bikes With No Helmets After Drinking

For some reason, it never really caught on.

27 posted on 04/25/2002 9:45:36 PM PDT by Looking4Truth
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To: gcruse
He played on the Eagles taxi squad last year, even got into the last game of the year vs Tampa
28 posted on 04/25/2002 10:13:47 PM PDT by L`enn
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To: L`enn
I did some digging. He joined the Edmonton Eskimos in the CFL last August. Rod Smart. Good for him.
29 posted on 04/25/2002 10:19:30 PM PDT by gcruse
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To: anncoulteriscool
Switching the old Pittsburgh Pirates logo

for these faggy, amateurish things:


30 posted on 04/25/2002 11:10:06 PM PDT by martin_fierro
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To: anncoulteriscool
"Cakebox" baseball caps. Pittsburgh just WOULD NOT LET 'EM GO!


31 posted on 04/25/2002 11:19:08 PM PDT by martin_fierro
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To: one_particular_harbour
The WFL, the WNBA, and arena football come to mind.

I agree about the WNBA, but arena football comes in REAL handy when I'm jonesin' for the NFL.

32 posted on 04/25/2002 11:37:21 PM PDT by martin_fierro
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To: dighton
Now WHAT is wrong with curling? Excellent sport. Doesn't move all that fast but the precision and finesse it takes, I watched it every chance I could a few months ago. I'm hooked!!
34 posted on 04/26/2002 6:17:54 AM PDT by billbears
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arena football comes in REAL handy when I'm jonesin' for the NFL.

Amen, bro! Got my season tickets for the local AF2 team and I love it! 4-0 Richmond Speed, gonna clobber Norfolk this Saturday...
35 posted on 04/26/2002 6:27:27 AM PDT by GodBlessRonaldReagan
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To: anncoulteriscool
Chris Washburn - Went to NC State with a 500 SAT score and the NBA couldn't wait to draft him. He was living under a bridge in 5 years.

JR Reid - One day, he will be good. Of course, they said that 14 years ago

36 posted on 04/26/2002 6:36:07 AM PDT by AppyPappy
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Now Heath Schuler: theat was a BAD move, but one never knows, does one? Looked good in the NCAA. Don't you ever sleep?
37 posted on 04/26/2002 6:49:50 AM PDT by Ax
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To: GodBlessRonaldReagan
And I've never heard of either team, but have fun! <|:)~

By the time AF season rolls around, I'm in such NFL withdrawal that I'll even watch the Mudville Rash play the East Podunk Wombats!

38 posted on 04/26/2002 6:50:36 AM PDT by martin_fierro
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To: anncoulteriscool
Guaranteed Contracts

Two words: Albert Belle. Two more: Ike Austin.

Two more: Bruce Sutter

39 posted on 04/26/2002 6:56:29 AM PDT by ShadowAce
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To: anncoulteriscool
You forgot Figure 8 racing.
40 posted on 04/26/2002 6:57:28 AM PDT by tacticalogic
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To: Migraine
"Remember the fouls every two seconds in the last three minutes of every basketball game which change the outcome of maybe 1 game out of 100 but prolong the final buzzer by a good 30 minutes? Oh yeah -- that's still the teeth-grinding strategy."

Timeouts = commercials. Nuff said.

42 posted on 04/26/2002 7:27:07 AM PDT by SKI NOW
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Andre Rison giving Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes the keys to his pad

Following a 1994 argument, Lopes, a member of the pop group TLC, set fire to the home she shared with her football-playing boyfriend. (For good measure, the inebriated Lopes smashed a few of Rison's cars on the way out). Undaunted, the couple announced plans to marry last summer; in a utterly unpredictable development, the wedding was later called off.

Looks like Rison can discontinue the extra insurance he had taken out on his house & cars.

43 posted on 04/26/2002 8:35:27 AM PDT by skeeter
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l'bump
44 posted on 07/10/2003 10:45:12 PM PDT by InvisibleChurch
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To: anncoulteriscool
"I would add the Designated Hitter, the Stlouis Browns and getting rid of the jump ball."

Two words:

Art Modell

45 posted on 07/10/2003 10:59:08 PM PDT by Mad Dawgg (French: old Europe word meaning surrender)
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The Ricky Williams Draft Day Trade

Forget Mike Ditka's insufferable bluster, Williams' subsequent social anxiety disorder, the New Orleans Saints wasting their entire 1999 draft on a player who's now in Miami. Thanks to this deal, America was subjected to a magazine cover featuring Ditka in dreads — and Williams wearing a wedding dress. 'Nuff said.


46 posted on 07/13/2004 9:40:29 AM PDT by lest_forget
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To: anncoulteriscool

bttt


47 posted on 12/05/2007 6:38:10 PM PST by InvisibleChurch (Her campaign crashing? Her smear of influence won’t allow it.)
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To: anncoulteriscool

BCS?


48 posted on 12/05/2007 6:38:27 PM PST by Sir Gawain
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To: InvisibleChurch

Somebody is pretty bored to pull this old thread out of the hat.

But I would say in order to bring things up to date I would add the COT.


49 posted on 12/05/2007 6:46:47 PM PST by CougarGA7 (I'm supporting a Conservative not a RINO http://www.gohunter08.com/)
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To: InvisibleChurch

Why bring this thread back from the dead?


50 posted on 12/05/2007 6:50:22 PM PST by MinorityRepublican
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