ESPN's Ranking of Sports by Degree Of Difficulty

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  1. Shiryu

    Shiryu Regular Member

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    These are false results based on false assumptions.

    They shouldn't even consider team sports like football or baseball with individual sports like badminton or tennis. In most team sports, each member plays a different role thus requires different skills. A quarter back has a very different skill set than a linebacker. A hockey goalie can’t play forward, etc. In sports like badminton, all the skills are encapsulated in to one or two people. It’s like comparing oranges to apples.
     
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    please publish if they reply...should be interesting!!
     
  3. Eurasian =--(O)

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    Is throwing a baseball at 100mph harder than smashing at 330 km/h? I doubt it. Or diving for a return and getting the next shot after? Are they even comparable?
     
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    haha, i dunno, maybe lotto or random number generator lol. yeah, i seen lacrosse and it does seem hard, but the thing is, most sports are, or else they wouldn't be sports would they? who really cares what's harder? as long as it's enjoyable, that's it really, for us common peasents anyway. i guess i just think lacrosse is a funny name :D
     
  5. twobeer

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    This is really a stupid subjective list..

    Just a bunch of coaches which limited or no clue at all about requirements for other sports view of how difficult sports are...

    It would be very interesting with a more objective list..

    Lets say.. take the top 10 male athletes in the different sports and run real tests..

    a suggestion would be:

    a) vo2max
    b) lactacte treshold
    c) rope skipping
    d) beep-test
    e) intervall-running
    f) harres (agility test)
    g) standing jumps, explosiveness
    h) IQ !! :D
    i) sit-ups.
    j) leg-press
    k) push-ups..

    This would be a far more interesting (and objective) list...

    /twobeer


    b) strenght
     
  6. DivingBirdie

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    you can't compare how 'difficult' it is to play a sport. Neither can you judge the sports' difficulty based on required physical attributes, simply because each player is totally different, and there is never ceteris paribus in sports.


    anyway i could spot countless loopholes in the report. i wonder why'd they even dare publish such a ridiculous thing in the first place......haha
     
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    and, (taking a look at badminton), the high rating of 'hand-eye coordination' conspicuously evinces the "expert panel's" ignorance of the game. The panel's prolly made up of people who can't even hit the shuttle, or can't react to fast shuttles. (reminds you of the recreational people playing at the field outside your house on a windy day? they might just be from the expert panel!)
     
  8. Neil Nicholls

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    and badminton gets lower hand-eye than
    Baseball/Softball 9.25
    Table Tennis 8.88
    Tennis 8.38
    Racquetball/Squash 8.38
    Auto Racing 8.00
    Team Handball 7.88
    Ice Hockey 7.50
    Basketball 7.50

    for Nerve, how can
    tennis get 3.0
    Golf 2.5
    table tennis 1.38
    when badminton is only 1.25

    racquetball/squash gets 2.38 but I would have put it above all 4 of those
    and, puhlease, billiards, bowling and curling are above badminton

    Power
    tennis, golf,

    Agility
    tennis again
     
  9. stumblingfeet

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    Well actually, I would consider it a greater feat to throw a baseball at 100mph. First of all, the longer periods of low activity in baseball allow for a greater absolute intensity in the throw. Sure badminton is much more intensive than baseball and the smash will tax the energy systems more, but I believe that a very hard pitch taxes the central nervous system more.

    Also, consider how many athletes may be attracted to baseball because of the potential money to be made. As a result I'd think that a larger number of serious athletes would pursue baseball than badminton, leading to a better pool to choose from.

    So let's not bash other sports here guys. There are so many fascinating things about sports and performance. The problem isn't the other sports, rather it is the idea that there is such thing as a "difficulty" rating outside of video games.
     
  10. Youngunz_77

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    u guys have to take in consideration doubles, it brings the endurance/ cardio level down

    but singles most definitely takes a toll on my body, ive played volleyball basketball and baseball and none compare to how tired i am after a singles game

    this ranking is definitely westernized lol
     
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    Agreed, I'd even say it is stupinized (not really a word is it?) :D

    /mats
     
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    You know, can someone invite some of the panellist to a game of badminton? Pkease? =)
     
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    Ah well, they obviously know next to nothing about the sport... I think the badminton they have ranked at no. 30 is backyard badminton. Not the professional sort that's for sure :).
     
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    ESPN is for entertainment, their so called scientists worked out results for entertainment

    it wouldn't be on ESPN if it wasn't helpful to the entertainment industry
     
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    It definitely entertained me:p to see that it takes more nerve to hit a golf ball once every 10+minutes than seeing Fu HF smashes a shuttle at his opponents at 332km/hr:rolleyes:
     
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    bt isn't the actual speed only as it leaves the racquet? it'd slow down a lot as it travels. but if he replaced the shuttle with a golf ball......that'd really kill someone...
     
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    Now you refer to the pool of overweight US-kids, right :D ... There are about 9 million chinese badminton club players and quite a lot of talent searching amongs a BIG population... quite a big pool i would say :D ).. How many club players are there in the US baseball-leagues?? I higly doubt the world-wide pool of talent is greater in Baseball :eek: :p ;)

    /Twobeer
     
  18. Youngunz_77

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    i would agree! haha

    but you guys agree on boxing for being # 1, i do

    i mean its an overall body killer, not to mention the mental aspect and conditioning required its just a lot to the face :rolleyes:
     
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    I agree boxing is right up there. But badminton is harder than tennis for me by a lot and I was handy at tennis once. It's the constant changing direction that buggers me in badminton.
    I am fit enough to play set of tennis without worrying too much but a set of good badminton can really have me breathing.
     
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    Just wanna know, cause i already discussed this list before, do you guy seriously list badminton in term of hand eye coordination???

    and where do you guy think it will be overall??
     

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