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Old 06-10-19, 04:22 PM
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Re: Best Depiction of a Fictional Sport in a Movie ?

Are there any real-life sports with a "catch the snitch" equivalent? E.g. a HUGE score for pulling off a tricky and unlikely move? Like in football, a 2 point conversion is pretty rare...yet it's only one more point than just kicking it in.

Seems to me that the winning strategy in quidditch is to ignore normal scoring (aside from defense) and focus exclusively on catching the snitch.
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Re: Best Depiction of a Fictional Sport in a Movie ?

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Why would he catch the snitch if his team was down by more than 150 points? Doesn't that end the game right away?
Because the other teams chasers were demonstrably better; the gap was only going to get wider. Catching the snitch ends the game on your own terms. It isn't relevant in the Krum example (World Cup final), but in league play margin of victory or loss is factored in the standings. In some of Harry's years, Gryffindor didn't win every match, but they still won the cup because of overall margin of victory.
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Re: Best Depiction of a Fictional Sport in a Movie ?

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Seems to me that the winning strategy in quidditch is to ignore normal scoring (aside from defense) and focus exclusively on catching the snitch.
That’s what I thought after seeing the movies for the first time. If quidditch was a real sport I have no doubt some Bill Belichick type coach would ruin the spirit of the game by focusing solely on catching the golden snitch. Probably draft some “enforcer” type player to do nothing but chase the snitch the whole time. Eventually quidditch would be nothing but a select few dedicated players chasing the snitch for the win.

The NQL would definitely have to make some rule changes before the league even kicks off.
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That’s what I thought after seeing the movies for the first time. If quidditch was a real sport I have no doubt some Bill Belichick type coach would ruin the spirit of the game by focusing solely on catching the golden snitch. Probably draft some “enforcer” type player to do nothing but chase the snitch the whole time. Eventually quidditch would be nothing but a select few dedicated players chasing the snitch for the win.

The NQL would definitely have to make some rule changes before the league even kicks off.

I think only the seeker can catch the golden snitch
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Old 06-11-19, 12:42 AM
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Just when you think you've got someone figured out ...

Seriously though, Baseketball is a horrible movie on every level.
Look, it hit me at the right time, okay? We even saw it in the theater. Then we were out the VHS tape in college. I watched it a few months ago for the heck of it and it still holds up for me, Dude.
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Old 06-11-19, 01:18 AM
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Are there any real-life sports with a "catch the snitch" equivalent? E.g. a HUGE score for pulling off a tricky and unlikely move? Like in football, a 2 point conversion is pretty rare...yet it's only one more point than just kicking it in.

Seems to me that the winning strategy in quidditch is to ignore normal scoring (aside from defense) and focus exclusively on catching the snitch.
MTVs modified basketball celebrity contest Rock n Jock had a 25 point and then a 50 point basket. I can't remember if anyone ever scored on it but I remember plenty of people futilely trying.
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Re: Best Depiction of a Fictional Sport in a Movie ?

I just want to see some batshit insane football like in Starship Troopers.
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OP pretty much answered his question for me.

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The Hunger Games. That played out pretty realistically with the whole volunteer as tribute, gifts to athletes during the game and set for life if you win scenario.

Also while not sport Michael Douglas in "The Game" was pretty intense and you could almost envision a rich boy version of that existing.
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Beat me to it.
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The Hunger Games and Running Man aren’t sports. They’re like punishment game shows.
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Re: Best Depiction of a Fictional Sport in a Movie ?

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MTVs modified basketball celebrity contest Rock n Jock had a 25 point and then a 50 point basket. I can't remember if anyone ever scored on it but I remember plenty of people futilely trying.
I seem to remember that now. Imagine if that was introduced in the NBA? It would be the focus of the sport.
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Originally Posted by Hazel Motes View Post
This isn't a fictional sport, it was a realistic depiction of a fake sport. Wait, Dr. D, I didn't mean it!
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The Hunger Games and Running Man aren’t sports. They’re like punishment game shows.
Why aren't they sports? They have rules, challenges, athletics, and a winner. Heck, The Running Man even had a pregame show and cheerleaders.

Can't they be both?
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Why aren't they sports? They have rules, challenges, athletics, and a winner. Heck, The Running Man even had a pregame show and cheerleaders.

Can't they be both?
To be a sport, players have to participate voluntarily, not by force. You wouldn't call gladiatorial combat in Ancient Rome a sport, would you?
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Real Steel.
Isn't that just a real sport with fictional participants? It's no more a fictional sport than Air Bud playing football. And of course robot battles already exist.
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To be a sport, players have to participate voluntarily, not by force. You wouldn't call gladiatorial combat in Ancient Rome a sport, would you?

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This is (based on) a real sport too, except in the real world it's banned in most countries and even being involved in it can ruin your NFL career.
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Re: Best Depiction of a Fictional Sport in a Movie ?

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Why aren't they sports? They have rules, challenges, athletics, and a winner. Heck, The Running Man even had a pregame show and cheerleaders.

Can't they be both?
Okay, but now Double Dare is a sport.
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This is (based on) a real sport too, except in the real world it's banned in most countries and even being involved in it can ruin your NFL career.
They banned Charizard fights?! But I'm in the middle of training mine for a bout with MewTwo this weekend!
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To be a sport, players have to participate voluntarily, not by force.
Then why is hunting a sport?
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Why is horse racing a sport?
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Yep, if they get rid of that silly “catch the golden snitch and you automatically win” rule then maybe quidditch would be a worthwhile sport.
Take out the flying, which we obviously can't do, then you'd have a bunch of people running with a stick trying to get a ball past a goalie into a net.

Otherwise known as Lacrosse.

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