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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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To: CougarGA7
Somebody is pretty bored to pull this old thread out of the hat.

That must be me.

; )

51 posted on 12/05/2007 6:50:41 PM PST by InvisibleChurch (Her campaign crashing? Her smear of influence wont allow it.)
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To: CougarGA7

That’s one of the great things about FR. A lot of great classic threads we’ve never had the opportunity to read.


52 posted on 12/05/2007 6:52:14 PM PST by MinorityRepublican
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To: InvisibleChurch

We need to get you a hobby. ;-P


53 posted on 12/05/2007 6:52:17 PM PST by CougarGA7 (I'm supporting a Conservative not a RINO http://www.gohunter08.com/)
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To: MinorityRepublican

True.


54 posted on 12/05/2007 6:52:43 PM PST by CougarGA7 (I'm supporting a Conservative not a RINO http://www.gohunter08.com/)
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To: eddie willers

Nah...hockey is cool!


55 posted on 12/05/2007 6:52:55 PM PST by MarDav
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To: CougarGA7

Liberalism is the transformation of mankind into cattle.

56 posted on 12/05/2007 6:53:20 PM PST by InvisibleChurch (Her campaign crashing? Her smear of influence wont allow it.)
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To: anncoulteriscool

Thugball going by the name of “football”!


57 posted on 12/05/2007 6:54:02 PM PST by Revolting cat! (We all need someone we can bleed on...)
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To: SamAdams76
Let the pitchers get their at-bats...

You actually enjoy watching a pitcher try to get a bunt down...and popping up or fouling out?

58 posted on 12/05/2007 6:55:10 PM PST by okie01 (.)
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To: MarDav

Needs more fights and goals in hockey. 2-1 scores are just boring. **ck offsides.


59 posted on 12/05/2007 6:55:18 PM PST by MinorityRepublican
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To: Looking4Truth

“Lawn Dart Jousting on BMX Bikes With No Helmets After Drinking”

Maybe if it had been WHILE drinking it would have caught on. Either way, I like it.

I’ve always thought that the Amercia’s Cup could be a much better sport. All they need to do is add canons. Now THAT, my friend, would be worth Pay for View.


60 posted on 12/05/2007 6:55:52 PM PST by Lee'sGhost (Crom! Non-Sequitur = Pee Wee Herman.)
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To: okie01

Yes I do, plus it makes the game quicker.


61 posted on 12/05/2007 6:56:41 PM PST by MinorityRepublican
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To: okie01

I contend that the hitter should be allowed to keep the bat. He is outnumbered, it only seems fair.


62 posted on 12/05/2007 6:58:11 PM PST by CougarGA7 (I'm supporting a Conservative not a RINO http://www.gohunter08.com/)
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To: anncoulteriscool

Taxpayer funded stadiums.


63 posted on 12/05/2007 6:58:15 PM PST by Fair Paul
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To: anncoulteriscool

9 innings in baseball. How about 3 or 5 max?!


64 posted on 12/05/2007 6:58:51 PM PST by Revolting cat! (We all need someone we can bleed on...)
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To: cardinal4

The funny thing is that Health Shuler is a Congressman now. Not surprised that he’s a democrat though.


65 posted on 12/05/2007 6:59:05 PM PST by MinorityRepublican
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To: cardinal4

The funny thing is that Heath Shuler is a Congressman now. Not surprised that he’s a democrat though.


66 posted on 12/05/2007 6:59:16 PM PST by MinorityRepublican
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To: cardinal4

The funny thing is that Heath Shuler is a Congressman now. Not surprised that he’s a democrat though.


67 posted on 12/05/2007 6:59:23 PM PST by MinorityRepublican
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To: beachn4fun

Ping your husband for me.


68 posted on 12/05/2007 7:00:16 PM PST by ShadowDancer ("To succeed in life, you need three things: a wishbone, a backbone and a funny bone.")
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To: AppyPappy
Chris Washburn - Went to NC State with a 500 SAT score

That soured me on NC State when I found that out. And I'm in Raleigh.
You 400 for signing your name.

69 posted on 12/05/2007 7:01:25 PM PST by Vinnie (You're Nobody 'Til Somebody Jihads You)
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To: anncoulteriscool
Designated hitter. Horrible idea.

Curt Flood will rot in Hell for his lawsuit. Well, maybe not, but I think it was bad for all of the rest of us.

John Henry and what he has done to Fenway Park is (should be) a national disgrace.

This is not the Boston Red Sox team that I grew up with.

70 posted on 12/05/2007 7:01:42 PM PST by Radix (If your outgo exceeds your income, your upkeep will be your downfall.)
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To: Fair Paul

If struggling cities such as detroit and pittsburgh are paying new stadiums in order to keep some of their declining population, then let them. Give young people a reason to live in those cities in the Rust Belt.


71 posted on 12/05/2007 7:01:46 PM PST by MinorityRepublican
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To: anncoulteriscool

USFL. ‘Nuff said.


72 posted on 12/05/2007 7:04:25 PM PST by ShadowDancer ("To succeed in life, you need three things: a wishbone, a backbone and a funny bone.")
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To: anncoulteriscool
Designated Hitter and plastic grass are two of my most-hated ideas, but the number one worst idea was....

Selling the Detroit Lions to the Ford family.

73 posted on 12/05/2007 7:04:42 PM PST by FlyVet
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To: HP8753
The Minnesota Vikings getting Hershel Walker.

It's Herschel.

74 posted on 12/05/2007 7:05:27 PM PST by TruthWillWin
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To: SamAdams76
Actually I liked the "Disco Sucks" night at Comiskey Park. That was a riot.

One of the players involved agrees with you.

Goose Gossage was the scheduled starter in the nightcap. He was warming up in the bullpen when the fans started coming out of the bleachers onto the field.

A lot of them went through the bullpen. Goose told me he was ripping 100 mph fastballs when, suddenly, his catcher got knocked ass over teakettle.

He got the ball back and was winding up again...when he saw a fan with a make-believe bat standing in a make-believe batter's box. Goose did a double-take...then nailed him in the ribs with a batting practice fastball.

According to Goose, everybody very nearly fell down laughing...

He didn't miss making the start in the second game. It was too good a show to miss.

75 posted on 12/05/2007 7:06:25 PM PST by okie01 (.)
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To: FlyVet

So what’s with the “streamlined” looks on baseball and football helmets these days? Are they meant to be aerodynamic? Does wind resistance matter at 13 mph?


76 posted on 12/05/2007 7:08:12 PM PST by InvisibleChurch (Her campaign crashing? Her smear of influence wont allow it.)
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To: Vinnie

My sister made a 450 and went to UNC-W


77 posted on 12/05/2007 7:09:30 PM PST by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: MinorityRepublican
Yes I do, plus it makes the game quicker.

You must be a masochist.

Watching pitchers try to bat sets my teeth on edge.

78 posted on 12/05/2007 7:10:11 PM PST by okie01 (.)
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To: FlyVet

The invention of the dome is a terrible idea. No outdoor football in detroit or minneapolis.


79 posted on 12/05/2007 7:10:42 PM PST by MinorityRepublican
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To: InvisibleChurch
So what’s with the “streamlined” looks on baseball and football helmets these days? Are they meant to be aerodynamic? Does wind resistance matter at 13 mph?

LOL!

ff

80 posted on 12/05/2007 7:11:12 PM PST by foreverfree
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To: foreverfree
So what’s with the “streamlined” looks on baseball and football helmets these days? Are they meant to be aerodynamic? Does wind resistance matter at 13 mph?

LOL!

ff

P.S. Hope I formatted it right that time....

81 posted on 12/05/2007 7:12:41 PM PST by foreverfree
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To: MinorityRepublican
Needs more fights and goals in hockey

I'm waiting for full body checking in women's field hockey.......

82 posted on 12/05/2007 7:12:54 PM PST by Hot Tabasco (Visions of sugarplums dancing in your head are probably caused by bad drugs.....)
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To: InvisibleChurch
Does wind resistance matter at 13 mph?

ROTFLMAO. Thank you for that.

83 posted on 12/05/2007 7:13:07 PM PST by ShadowDancer ("To succeed in life, you need three things: a wishbone, a backbone and a funny bone.")
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To: AppyPappy

Remember when baseball cards were fun to put in the spokes of your bike and make a motor sound?


84 posted on 12/05/2007 7:14:16 PM PST by AGreatPer (No one by the name of Duncan, Mitt or Huckelberry will ever be President.)
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To: All

Pro footballs stupid rules for OT. A coin and sudden death? How about the rules for college football OT? Makes much more sense to me.


85 posted on 12/05/2007 7:15:42 PM PST by Exit148 (Founder of the Loose Change Club. Every nickle and dime counts!!)
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To: okie01
"Watching pitchers try to bat sets my teeth on edge."

Why is it that in high school and college the pitchers are the best athletes (hitting too) on the team. When they get to the pros they can't hit. Go figure.

86 posted on 12/05/2007 7:17:28 PM PST by AGreatPer (No one by the name of Duncan, Mitt or Huckelberry will ever be President.)
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To: Psycho_Bunny; 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.

Try “Skeet-Golf.”

You hide in the rough with your Shot Gun.

As a beautiful drive flies down the fairway towards the green you blow it out of the sky. Points are awarded based on the potential score below par.

I once made Tiger Wood cry.

87 posted on 12/05/2007 7:17:54 PM PST by Grizzled Bear ("Does not play well with others.")
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To: MinorityRepublican
Why bring this thread back from the dead?

Oh, there's nothing wrong with an occasional frankenthread now and then.

88 posted on 12/05/2007 7:19:29 PM PST by InvisibleChurch (Her campaign crashing? Her smear of influence wont allow it.)
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To: MinorityRepublican

It can be a good idea, if done right. The prime example is Bank One Ballpark, Arizona Diamondbacks. They have a retractable dome and natural grass. Baseball played on a real field. No rainouts, no sweltering in 110 degree heat. Although, I must admit it is not perfect, since it does remove weather conditions from the strategy a bit, so it isn’t quite purist baseball, but it is close. They have large banks of “grow lights” to supplement the open dome, to keep the grass healthy. They even came up with a special hybrid grass to make it work. They call it BOB Sod.


89 posted on 12/05/2007 7:19:50 PM PST by FlyVet
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To: InvisibleChurch
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.

As long as we're resurrecting old threads, may I chime in here?

The Cleveland Indians actually had a Nickle Beer Day in June of 1971. I was on my second date with Mr. RightField (note my baseball-related FR name) in Municipal Stadium that day. Mr. RightField's brother played for the Indians then. As Hermione Gingold so eloquently put it, in song, .... Ah, Yes, I Remember It Well.

BTW, Can anyone post the whole list again? I tried the link, but it's too old now. I'd love to see the whole list.

90 posted on 12/05/2007 7:20:11 PM PST by RightField
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To: foreverfree
foreverfree Since Jan 20, 2000

Now you should have known better to close your tags!

; )

91 posted on 12/05/2007 7:21:07 PM PST by InvisibleChurch (Her campaign crashing? Her smear of influence wont allow it.)
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To: Exit148
Actually you have a valid point of not liking the OT rules for the pros. But I don't like the rules for college overtime either. They both stink.

I say let them play a 15 minute OT period in both games. After that, it is a tie. Unless it's the Super Bowl or a College Bowl Game where they should have a 2nd or 3rd overtime full periods.

92 posted on 12/05/2007 7:23:37 PM PST by AGreatPer (No one by the name of Duncan, Mitt or Huckelberry will ever be President.)
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To: InvisibleChurch

See what you did. This thread is going to quadruple in size now.

BANDWIDTH KILLER!!


93 posted on 12/05/2007 7:26:48 PM PST by CougarGA7 (I'm supporting a Conservative not a RINO http://www.gohunter08.com/)
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To: AGreatPer
Why is it that in high school and college the pitchers are the best athletes (hitting too) on the team. When they get to the pros they can't hit.

Here is a list of all the professional leagues that require the pitcher-as-hitter:

1. The National League, of course.
2. NL farm clubs in the Triple-A leagues.
3. NL farm clubs in the Double-A leagues.

That's it! The lower minors all use the DH. The Japanese leagues, Korea, Taiwan, Australia and the Caribbean leagues use the DH.

Those athletic, heavy-hitting pitchers you see in college and high school are either a.) drafted as hitters or b.), if drafted as pitchers, sent to leagues where there is no necessity for them to hit.

As minor league pitchers, they will initially spend 100% of their time and effort learning how to pitch. If they are with a National League club, they will spend about 2% of their time learning how to "hit" only after they reach Double-A.

Every decade since 1900, pitcher's batting averages and overall offensive contributions have declined. Under the circumstances, that's not surprising. This decline will continue for the foreseeable future -- until the law of diminishing returns takes the bats out of their hands altogether.

94 posted on 12/05/2007 7:37:14 PM PST by okie01 (.)
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To: anncoulteriscool
Golf (ducking)
95 posted on 12/05/2007 7:38:13 PM PST by Revolting cat! (We all need someone we can bleed on...)
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To: CougarGA7
See what you did. This thread is going to quadruple in size now.

That's because this is a supply-side thread.

96 posted on 12/05/2007 7:42:50 PM PST by InvisibleChurch (Her campaign crashing? Her smear of influence wont allow it.)
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To: okie01

okie, That is an outstanding analysis on my question. I thank you for that because I never thought of it. Love FreeRepublic.


97 posted on 12/05/2007 7:43:37 PM PST by AGreatPer (No one by the name of Duncan, Mitt or Huckelberry will ever be President.)
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To: anncoulteriscool
Worst Sports Idea:

American Football. If you take away all the time between plays, timeouts, etc, a football game has less than 10 minutes of ACTUAL PLAY TIME.

98 posted on 12/05/2007 7:56:28 PM PST by IDontLikeToPayTaxes
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To: lexington minuteman 1775
How about the late Howard Cossell?BWAHAHAHAHHA

Make all the jokes you want, but there was nobody better than Cossell at reporting and commentary on boxing, especially amature boxing.

Mark

99 posted on 12/05/2007 8:08:22 PM PST by MarkL (Listen, Strange women lyin' in ponds distributin' swords is no basis for a system of government)
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To: gcruse; anncoulteriscool
He Hate Me is the only thing good
I recall about the whole XFL thing.
I wonder if he made it into the NFL?

He did! He played one season with the Philadelphia Eagles and four seasons with the Carolina Panthers. He Hate Me on Wikipedia...

100 posted on 12/05/2007 8:44:52 PM PST by Bear_in_RoseBear (Loot it while it lasts)
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