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Old 07-08-05, 09:28 AM
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IOC removes baseball and softball from 2012 olympics

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well this is just bullshit

i know that the top players dont go.. since the top players from most countries are in the mlb

and the mlb allows alot of substances, that are banned by the olympics.. so alot of them couldnt go anyways

but this still sucks ass
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Old 07-08-05, 09:37 AM
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How are we going to get Cuban defectors for MLB now?
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Old 07-08-05, 09:53 AM
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Big time

I probably watched more softball in the last Olympics than any of the other 'sports.' The best softball players in the world all competed in it. Great action, and there were quite a number of lookers.


Frankly, I couldn't care less about baseball being dropped.
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Old 07-08-05, 09:58 AM
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Well, at least they didn't decide to replace baseball with roller sports.
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Old 07-08-05, 10:01 AM
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Does this mean that Roger Clemons won't be pitching in the 2012 games?
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Old 07-08-05, 10:14 AM
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Originally Posted by flagstone
Well, at least they didn't decide to replace baseball with roller sports.
still being voted on.. but a pretty good chance

With two slots open on the program, the IOC voted from a waiting list of five sports: golf, rugby, squash, karate and roller sports. Squash and karate were nominated for inclusion but were rejected overwhelmingly.
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Old 07-08-05, 10:18 AM
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I'm shocked that golf isn't an Olympic sport.
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Old 07-08-05, 11:00 AM
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Originally Posted by Mordred


How are we going to get Cuban defectors for MLB now?
Like we used to in the old days, on rafts! *rimshot*

Serioiusly though, I think this just begs for MLB to get it's head out of it's ass and figure out a way to do what the NHL does and allow MLB players to play. I think if they could get MLB players in the Olympics, it might be one of the highest rated sports.
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Old 07-08-05, 11:43 AM
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No skin off my nose, I never watched anyways since MLB players weren't involved. I watch the olympics to see the best in the world in the respective sports/events and that's never been possible with baseball.

You couldn't pay me to watch softball, so I won't miss that either.
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Old 07-08-05, 12:00 PM
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how can you not have baseball, but have ribbon dancing? Even the best dancers skip the olympics to make extra cash in vegas.
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Old 07-08-05, 12:45 PM
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Well, at least we won't have to worry about the US baseball team not qualifying for the Olympics anymore.
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Originally Posted by shizawn
Well, at least we won't have to worry about the US baseball team not qualifying for the Olympics anymore.

US did win gold in 2000 though

and the US softball team just destroyed anyone they played.. i still dont see why softball and baseball were grouped together in this decision.. the arguements to get rid of baseball, dont hold water for softball
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Old 07-08-05, 01:35 PM
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The oympics needs baseball more than baseball needs the olympics IMO.
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Originally Posted by wabio
The oympics needs baseball more than baseball needs the olympics IMO.

I certainly don't think so. Look at what the highest rated Summer Olympic events are. Baseball ain't one of them, and given that female interest is what drives the ratings, I don't even see a star-studded Olympic baseball tournament topping events like gymnastics, swimming, diving, and track/field in the ratings.
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I am disappointed. Baseball is played in alot of countries. I would hate to see something boring to watch like golf take the place of baseball and softball. Is rugby really more popular than baseball around the world? They have rugby as one of the sports that could replace baseball and softball. I feel bad for all the young girls who dream of being on the Olympic softball team. After college softball, their athletic careers end now. They at least had the chance of playing in the Olympics. At least there will be one last hurray in 2008 for Olympic baseball and softball.
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Originally Posted by lwhy?
Is rugby really more popular than baseball around the world?

I wouldn't be surprised since I believe the Brits invented it, therefore, it probably spread throughout their colonies.
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Old 07-08-05, 02:05 PM
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Originally Posted by Red Dog
I certainly don't think so. Look at what the highest rated Summer Olympic events are. Baseball ain't one of them, and given that female interest is what drives the ratings, I don't even see a star-studded Olympic baseball tournament topping events like gymnastics, swimming, diving, and track/field in the ratings.

I must be looking through polarized lenses then, because most of my friends, family, co-workers, etc. much rather watch a baseball or football game on TV than the Olympics. I don't know what it is. Maybe some of the events just seem a little bit ridiculous, if not downright boring. Add to the fact, all the political spin and newsreeled scandals, and it's more headache than enjoyment.
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Originally Posted by wabio
I must be looking through polarized lenses then, because most of my friends, family, co-workers, etc. much rather watch a baseball or football game on TV than the Olympics. I don't know what it is. Maybe some of the events just seem a little bit ridiculous, if not downright boring. Add to the fact, all the political spin and newsreeled scandals, and it's more headache than enjoyment.


Most of your male friends, sure. Ask your female friends on whether they want to watch gymnastics or baseball? Then look at what the demographics are for Olympic viewership.

Plus that's just this country. 80-90% of the world doesn't give a rat's ass about baseball.
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And 80-90% of the world give a rat's ass about karate, squash or rollerskating?

From what they were saying on Dan Patrick today, when Lasorda was on, the IOC voted w/o all members being present, but still went through with it. Another reason why the IOC is a total joke as it is today.
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And 80-90% of the world give a rat's ass about karate, squash or rollerskating?

Of course not. I am merely responding to this notion that the Olympics somehow need baseball. The Summer Olympics need 4 events (in the following order): gymnastics, swimming, diving, and track/field. That's it.
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Old 07-08-05, 02:28 PM
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Originally Posted by Red Dog
80-90% of the world doesn't give a rat's ass about baseball.
I don't think 80-90% of the world gives a rat's ass about a lot of the events in the Olympics. They just hoot 'n holler for them because they are wearing their flag and representing their country. You would still have a ton of people screaming at the top of their lungs even if Underwater Card Shuffling was an Olympic event. But that doesn't necessarily make for an exciting sport. Sometimes I wonder if most of these viewers who have the TV on, are actually awake.
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Old 07-08-05, 02:57 PM
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Originally Posted by Red Dog
Of course not. I am merely responding to this notion that the Olympics somehow need baseball. The Summer Olympics need 4 events (in the following order): gymnastics, swimming, diving, and track/field. That's it.
Absolutely. I just couldn't resist giving you a hard time w/ that comment.

You are right about the ratings. But that should be all the more reason to keep softball and baseball. They are probably bigger draws than the equestrian events, or rowing.
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Old 07-08-05, 03:56 PM
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Sports removed from the olympics..

SPORTS NO LONGER ON OLYMPIC PROGRAMME

Cricket 1900
Croquet 1900
Golf 1900, 1904
Jeu de paume 1908
Lacrosse 1904, 1908
Tug of war 1900-12, 1920
Water motorsports 1908
Basque pelota 1900
Polo 1900, 1908, 1920-24, 1936
Rackets 1908
Rugby 1900, 1908, 1920-24
Roque 1904
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Originally Posted by BadlyDrawnBoy
Sports removed from the olympics..

SPORTS NO LONGER ON OLYMPIC PROGRAMME

Cricket 1900
Croquet 1900
Golf 1900, 1904
Jeu de paume 1908
Lacrosse 1904, 1908
Tug of war 1900-12, 1920
Water motorsports 1908
Basque pelota 1900
Polo 1900, 1908, 1920-24, 1936
Rackets 1908
Rugby 1900, 1908, 1920-24
Roque 1904
they should bring back polo.

and croquet. I want to watch croquet. seriously.
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Old 07-08-05, 05:47 PM
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Tug-of-war! Now that's something I would seriously consider watching! I would love to be at a bar watching drunk Aussies and Englishmen in rooting for their Countries.
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