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22 minutes ago, Gurowake said:

I have a very very hard time believing Kabbadi is an actual sport and not something made up as a spoof.  I guess to me it just seems too hard to enforce the most ludicrous-sounding rule in the game, and that people would devise ways around it that would be impossible to catch.  Maybe if I could see it live I might believe it, but in videos it's just like "How the hell do they know he's not cheating?"

Disclaimer: my experience of kabbadi comes from very informal matches in Sri Lankan beaches. I haven't seen any pro matches, but now I might do. 

I'm assuming you mean the rule about the raider holding his breath. That's actually pretty enforceable live, you make every raider chant the mantra as one continuous word. Kabbadikabbadikabbadikabbadi... If any person in the defence catches a) the raider whispering or b) a millisecond between an 'i' and 'k' they immediately let the whole beach know. 

The least enforceable rule in live play, though should be very enforceable with slow motion replay, is the bonus point for crossing the second line. Both feet have to be in the air while the lead foot entirely crosses the vertical plane- and you let 7-year-old Mahela on the sidelines call that in real time. If Mahela's cousin is on the raider's team, it's a point every time. If he's on the defence, no score. 

Most of the time both teams complain fervently for nine seconds until they grudgingly agree to replay the raid. 

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27 minutes ago, McBugger said:

I'm assuming you mean the rule about the raider holding his breath. That's actually pretty enforceable live, you make every raider chant the mantra as one continuous word. Kabbadikabbadikabbadikabbadi... If any person in the defence catches a) the raider whispering or b) a millisecond between an 'i' and 'k' they immediately let the whole beach know.

I guess part of the problem for me is that the actual rule and the way it is intended to be enforced aren't particularly related.  First of all, 'k' is an unvoiced consonant.  If someone practiced enough, they might be able to pronounce it while inhaling through the nose.  It might be obvious that's what they're doing, but that's the entire point of what I'm concerned about - pronouncing that word constantly does not imply continual exhale from the lungs.  Maybe it should be actually transliterated "gabaddi".  The flip side is that it seems much harder to me to actually be voicing all that than it is to simply hold one's breath, such that the way of enforcement of what the rule is supposed to be is much more onerous than the rule itself is.  Why not change the rule so that it has nothing to do with holding one's breath, but explicitly that you have to be voicing the chant constantly while exhaling?  That might be the real rule for all I know, but the rule is presented that they must do the raiding "while holding their breath", which sounds entirely unenforceable and just plain silly, while explicitly making it be the case that they have to chant constantly exhaling doesn't sound nearly as weird and is somewhat harder to boot. 

At least, that's my take on it.

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Many years ago i worked in a tennis magazine...The whole "tennis world" is very weird and i have some funny stories from those times...

One time (2004 or 05) i was covering a important (well...Important for brazilian standards) tournament with my editor... The Campari was one of the tournament sponsors and they put a little stand near to the courts to offers booze for free to the vip public and the press (actually for the vips only but we drinked too anyway) and my editor, a very stereotyped old jornalist, was drinking like there will be no tomorow (since day one)...

On the last day we got an exclusive interwiew with the champion, a 17 years old boy who beats the favorites, it was late and my editor was like pissed drunk...He actually make more askings about football than tennis and was being totaly inconvenient, huging the little champion and spitting in his face with his drunken talk. The staff of the boy was becoming angrier and angrier and than the fucker grabed the boy for the neck and asked face to face; "you are so shy...Are you still a virgin?" The boy got red like tochinoshin on a bout and we got kicked out by the staff. The kid´s name? Rafa...Rafa Nadal...True storie, guys. 

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6 hours ago, Gurowake said:

[long interesting post] 

I remember that you're supposed to chant the mantra because you're not allowed a second breath- exhaling was OK. Wikipedia disagrees with me and says that the raider can't exhale, but many south Asian sites seem to confirm my memory. 

As for the actual word kabaddi - not kabbadi as I thought it would make more sense -in times gone by it used to be kai pidi, Tamil for "holding hands". But they made all the raiders chant so quickly that it morphed into kabaddi. Note that the d in kai pidi (and kabaddi) is pronounced with the end of the underside of your tongue touching the roof of your mouth. If you say kabaddi quickly it often sounds like kabari. And I should think that the air inhaled during a single k is negligible, and might be more tiring to even attempt than actually concentrating on your raid and getting back quickly. 

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11 hours ago, Sakura said:

I loved watching Kabbadi on Sunday mornings on Channel 4 (I thought it was Saturdays). I watched it in the early 90s. 

Ohh, maybe it was Saturdays...it was a long time ago!  (Laughing...)  Watching it now is odd though - I actually don't like the swish stadiums but preferred watching the outdoor stuff on a dirt pitch.   C4 was remarkably enlightened by late 80s-early 90s standards by showing overseas sports.  Even NFL was considered pretty novel at the time.  Interesting article here:  http://www.offthetelly.co.uk/oldott/www.offthetelly.co.uk/index22d6.html?page_id=1255

A pity they regressed; I'd love for them to show sumo again.  

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Rugby league, korfball, cricket, snooker, motor sports, and major events in many other sports.

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Snooker, darts and F1. Not a big fan of soccer football anymore but still watch it either when Swansea City or our national team plays. Soccer football these days is full of yaocho.

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Caught Pro-Kabaddi on sky not that long ago, also Kabaddi world cup, surprisingly India won, interesting to see the other nations teams.

I'm a fan of watching darts, cricket, ice hockey, netball, Rugby Union 6 nations and world cup, and soccer (Celtic and Wales games only really though). oh and tennis I guess, but only really the big 4. Ryder cup is also good...

Still a Dolphins fan, but haven't watched an NFL game in full in years.

Love playing badminton but think it is awful to watch for some reason.

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My coworker and I refer to ourselves as “The Office of Sports No One Cares About.” He is a fan of Bayern-Munich, so we have the Champion’s League on. I’m partial to Real Madrid now, but we may be the only Oklahomans that know those are teams that play a sport. Every other month, we watch sumo (thanks Kintamayama, you make it easy to evangelize the good word of sumo). We have a seasonal guy that helps out sometimes, he makes us watch swimming occasionally. Other people come by and get sucked in, certainly helps having someone that can explain what’s going on.

People tend to take to sumo faster, by the way.

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On 21/01/2018 at 07:51, Gurowake said:

I don't really watch other sports, but if I did, I'd watch Curling.

I also didn't watch other sports.

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NFL, but only the game highlights on YouTube, because Tom Brady's story is so inspiring, going from a sixth round 199th pick to the greatest of all time.

Football (or soccer in some countries), because I grew up in England. Sheffield United's my home team.

I used to watch tennis, snooker, rugby union, formula one etc, but much less nowadays.

I have recently been watching quite a bit of League of Legends. Do eSports count?

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I don't enjoy your average sports and I especially hate cricket and Tennis("Nothing interesting has happened at Wimbledon since the wombles left...."/ "If Roger Federer was such a great sports man he'd play a more  interesting sport....")

I do like playing some sports but not like watching them (Soccer/Pool/Running)

I have watched darts and snooker(Judd Trump is/was amazing he didn't so much play the cueball as take it for a walk)but I wouldn't worry if I never watched them again......

I like contact sports especially Mixed Martial arts and have a large collection of UFC dvds........I was hooked after watching UFC's greatest knockouts a few years back.

 

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Curling

Timber sports

Kabaddi (just discovered it a couple weeks ago, and it’s hilarious to see it mentioned here!)

Formula 1 (when it’s competitive)

Poker

Track Cycling

Biathlon

Robot Wars/Battlebots

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If I see darts on tv I can’t not watch. Hypnosis is too subtle a word.

 

”ONE HUNDRED AND EIGHTY” rings in my ears for days.

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On 24/01/2018 at 00:03, Burajirotono said:

True storie, guys. 

Brazil Open 2005 ? Are you going to watch the next edition ?

 

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Rugby union, mostly. I watch a game a day at times from just about anywhere in the world. I even watched the Japanese university final this year. I can’t get enough of it. Fortunately there’s a tiny but dedicated group of rugby fans in China who upload match videos online, and because it’s so small, nobody notices and takes the videos down like on YouTube.

I will also watch rugby league, though to less of an extent, and my hometown football (soccer) team, though my interest in that has gone down in recent years. I don’t pay much attention to the league table and never watch other teams, so I rarely have any sense of context. That actually makes it more enjoyable though. I just take each  game as it comes and don’t worry about relegation battles or whether my team is being cheated out of its best players by ‘big clubs’.

 

Outside of that, I’ll actually watch just about any sport if it comes on, except perhaps basketball which I find dull.

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I am a huge boxing fan. In addition to this, I am a fan of World’s Strongest Man and NFL (Go Seahawks!).

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Wow a lot of diverse sports tastes here including some I had never heard of before. 
 

I’m pretty boring in this regard. I like American football and will generally watch it on Sunday and Monday evenings when the day is winding down or when my team is playing. 
 

Otherwise I’m not as into all sports as I used to be. I will still watch baseball and NHL if my favorite teams are on but not as much as before. But if I’m bored and in front of a TV I will watch just about anything.
 

Seasonally speaking soccer during the World Cup and all sports during the Olympics especially get watched. 

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Thanks to YouTube I’ve been getting a little more interested in other grappling sports, especially judo. I like the overlap in some of the terminology from sumo which helps me understand. Like the highlights video will say the winning technique before the clip and I can guess what it means so I know what to look out for. I never appreciated judo before but it’s definitely growing on me. 

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As I got older, I've dumped some sports and now only watch golf, football (soccer), boxing, Baduk (Go), and sumo.   

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I could watch pretty much any sport as long as I have a rooting interest in it : local or favorite player/team, betting interest, storytelling, heavy underdog (Enho, Tokushoryu in Hatsu) ...

I'd rather watch a random handball match with the French team than say an Liverpool-ManCity FA cup final, even if I prefer soccer to handball overall.

Tho, my go to sports are baseball and soccer. Pro wrestling is fun to watch sometimes too.

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Posted (edited)

13th May 2012

That “AGUEROOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!” moment

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2 hours ago, code_number3 said:

13th May 2012

That “AGUEROOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!” moment

I watched that game in a Durham pub, as a Man City supporter (since 2002). That second half was so painful to watch

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14 hours ago, robnplunder said:

As I got older, I've dumped some sports and now only watch golf, football (soccer), boxing, Baduk (Go), and sumo.   

Baduk? Really? How did you get into that game? I used to teach it to local kids on Sundays

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