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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by SURF, Feb 13, 2018.
And why is it so popular?
i have no idea .... it's for both questions ...
Did you mean "And why does it matter?"
It's for weenies who don't have guitars or motorcycles.
It's a way to compete with each other without killing each other. Plus it attracts chicks.
War without death.
Because there's money to be made... I suppose...
Great amswers, folks!
Does it matter?
So... Is it popular because there is a big desire to kill? And yes - sport chicks attract a lot.
It all comes down to attracting the chicks.
I was walking down the street and had thoughts about sports.. It trains different things and not the things we would like to see in persons around us. So we have "killing", "beeing the fastest", "beeing the best cheater". What's not to like?
I've forgotten: "beeing strongest".
As with the guitars?
Hasn't worked for me but I hear it can.
Pin the tail on the donkey
I like this: https://medium.com/the-mission/your-life-is-tetris-stop-playing-it-like-chess-4baac6b2750d
Your Life Is Tetris. Stop Playing It Like Chess.
"...it became the truest representation of life there is. In comparison, chess is just a silly war game."
Sport is competition in the short term. Life is competition in the long term. Sports (like life) are supposed to be fair, played on an even field, with all participants having a fair chance.
Unfortunately, there is big money in many sports (and in life), and people are ever tempted to tilt the field, or other things, in their favor.
I spent a season as a competitive cyclist in Europe in the late 90's (taking a year away from work), during the year of the "Festina Affair." It was an eye-opening experience. I was not a pro-level cyclist, just an amateur who got lucky enough to be picked up in the "minor league" of cycling.
I loved cycling, it was a combination of individual and team work, an amazing amount of strategy, and a blast of endorphins and adrenaline. Some races were held over a period of days, and I would wake up in the morning the day after big race too sore to walk. I couldn't life my leg over the seat to get onto my bike, but had to endure another 150-200km ride. But after 45 minutes or so in the saddle, the pain and soreness would go away, and I would be pushing as hard as the day before (hopefully).
The "sport" part was trying to win while also trying to help your teammates. It was also working together with riders on other teams, everyone working together to keep up the pace. We would help each other out until the end was near, then it was every man for himself. I loved the sport intensely, and still do.
Unfortunately, that year, 1998, was when doping scandals made the headlines. Every big-name rider of the era was doping. The money had gotten too big, and the temptation to do whatever it took to get that money became too strong. But cycling finally became aggressive about cleaning up it's act, and it is more clean now than it has been in years.
It is funny to see the latest bikes, which have increased range in gearing and sophistication to keep up the speeds, which declined when drugs were finally (mostly) eradicated from the sport. Lower gears, decreased resistance, and other tricks, yet riders today don't come anywhere close to matching the speeds of the dopers of the early 2000's. I sure couldn't keep up with them.
Cycling is much more of a sport nowadays than it was when I was involved with it. And it's probably much more fun.
Somewhere on the internet, someone on a sports forum is posing the question:
"What is music? And why is it so popular?"