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    Re: Olympic boycott?

    Quote Originally Posted by Your Star View Post
    It isn't a fad sport.

    1. I would say most countries.

    2. Not sure, but it's not like that could never exist.

    3. Doesn't matter, all that matters is that it is worthy of being the Olympics, and that it is better than both boxing, and wrestling.
    If you can't wrestle, MMA/UFC clubs rarely look at you. But it is Folkstyle, not boring freestyle. Many 20-YO from college wrestling are currently living the MMA dream. I believe their Brains will be mush in 10 years and wish they would wear boxing headgear.

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    Re: Olympic boycott?

    Quote Originally Posted by Your Star View Post
    It isn't a fad sport.

    1. I would say most countries.

    2. Not sure, but it's not like that could never exist.

    3. Doesn't matter, all that matters is that it is worthy of being the Olympics, and that it is better than both boxing, and wrestling.
    All we have is your opinion. Some would say that tug of war is better than say the high jump. Some would say NFL football (which is far more popular than MMA) ought to be in there. we already have boxing, TKD and (at least at one time) two forms of wrestling. There are far more sports far more popular than MMA that are not in the olympics. Squash for example which has 120 NGBs and has been around for more than 100 years and whose greatest champion-Jahingir Khan was (according to many informed sources) arguably the greatest athlete in history when it comes to endurance and stamina (his heart rate recovery was superior to Britain's two greatest distance runners)


    Jahangir Khan, The Legend of Squash- Trond Varlid

    IPSC shooting is not in the olympics

    american style trap shooting that has far more competitors than MMA is not in the olympics and it is over 100 years old

    tell me what makes something worthy of being in the olympics

    here is my criteria

    1) it has to have global participation-at least 2/3 of the National Olympic Organizations must have active athletes (yeah that kills stuff like Ski Jumping but I am talking about mainly summer games which are not limited to certain climates like the winter games)

    2) it has to have at least 50 years of a recognized world championship run by a world governing body that again is recognized by at least 2/3s of the national olympic committees.

    3) the competition should mainly be individual in nature with objective scoring criteria.

    4) it should not be a duplication of skills (this is an olympic rule that was ignored for beach volleyball-the bikinis sell too many tickets)

    Using that object criteria stuff like synchronized swimming, rythm gymnastics, and equestrian should all be dropped.

    The sports that meet this criteria include

    Athletics (track and field)
    swimming and diving
    boxing,
    Table tennis, tennis, squash and badminton
    rifle, pistol, skeet and trap shooting. Double trap would not
    archery
    boxing
    wrestling
    volleyball
    basketball
    cycling track and road-not "mountain biking
    Crew and sailing are close calls due to international popularity not being strong
    golf
    real gymnastics-again the world popularity is dubious since south america and africa have almost no gymnastics

    fencing-close call-world popularity is dubious

    I had a long day, I will return later this week on this

    but the bottom line is that athletes should not be pawns of "causes"



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    Re: Olympic boycott?

    Quote Originally Posted by TurtleDude View Post
    It is fad sport

    1) how many countries have organized competitions

    2) is there one international governing body that would be the IOC GB

    3) how long has it existed.
    Beach volleyball? Synchronized swimming? Boardercross?

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    Re: Olympic boycott?

    Quote Originally Posted by TiredOfLife View Post
    Nope, he's the host. Let me know when the Devil invites you to coffee in Hell, and you accept.
    How is he worse than say the head of china. and some would argue what the US has done in terms of death penalty, the invasion of Iraq, Vietnam, etc is no better.

    I guess I just don't think its all that big a deal in the grand scheme of things when we have other countries engaging in genocide or mass oppression of other nations

    frankly what Putin proposes pales to say the occupation of Tibet for example

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    Re: Olympic boycott?

    Quote Originally Posted by Grand Mal View Post
    Beach volleyball? Synchronized swimming? Boardercross?
    You must have missed my other post



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    Re: Olympic boycott?

    Quote Originally Posted by TurtleDude View Post
    You must have missed my other post
    It was nearly synchronized.

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    Re: Olympic boycott?

    Quote Originally Posted by TurtleDude View Post
    How is he worse than say the head of china. and some would argue what the US has done in terms of death penalty, the invasion of Iraq, Vietnam, etc is no better.

    I guess I just don't think its all that big a deal in the grand scheme of things when we have other countries engaging in genocide or mass oppression of other nations

    frankly what Putin proposes pales to say the occupation of Tibet for example

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    China didn't threaten our athletes with jail for being gay. That does make a difference.

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    Re: Olympic boycott?

    Quote Originally Posted by TurtleDude View Post
    that's easy to say-to sacrifice the life dreams of others so you can feel good.

    its what that asshole carter did

    he did a lord Farquaad (Many of you may die [getting me a hot princess] but its a price I AM WILLING To pay}
    One bad choice beget another, the boycott by the Soviet Union in 1984. I'm surprised all of the brilliance on DP hasn't brought up the Snowden issue, one you still have trouble with. I didn't agree with straight amnesty by Carter. They should have at least given state-side service.

    How would Ford have handled the boycott? Was Carter pressured by the "Patriot Party" in preparing for the 1980 election along with the dark shadow of Bush-41?

    DADT was a great policy for Dems. Before that, states like your Ohio were notorious for propositions on social issues on even-numbered election years. BTW, some of our counties have gone CC but I don't know them.

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    Re: Olympic boycott?

    Quote Originally Posted by TiredOfLife View Post
    China didn't threaten our athletes with jail for being gay. That does make a difference.
    I could be wrong, but this sounds like DADT. Is Russia saying "don't rub it in our face as you have in your Country"? The LGBT community is consistently their own worst enemy, as well as hurting their "party". They were among many Dem wings who poured and stayed home in 2010.

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    Re: Olympic boycott?

    Quote Originally Posted by NIMBY View Post
    I could be wrong, but this sounds like DADT. Is Russia saying "don't rub it in our face as you have in your Country"? The LGBT community is consistently their own worst enemy, as well as hurting their "party". They were among many Dem wings who poured and stayed home in 2010.
    There's no party. They just tend to vote for the people who don't call them devils. Why some of them vote for the GOP is where I have issues. I tend not to vote for people who seem to hate me.

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