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I have finally watched a full game of Rugby and I have to admit..... Answered


even though I don't normally sit down and watch "sports" of any kind (unless I am trying to pick up some pointers, like watching  snooker, chess, or other tournaments), that compared to football in the USA, or baseball,  the action was definitely more engaging.

I mean, they actually moved around on the field, and for longer periods of time then 2-3 seconds.  Our football is comprised of 1-3 seconds of movement followed by nearly 30 seconds or more of wondering about until the next play.  

Rugby to American football is like a cheetah is to a snail.   If I am going to watch one of them, I will watch the cheetah :-)

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craftyv
craftyv

9 years ago

There used to be two types of rugby.
1. Rugby League. Played in the north of England with "Working Class" men. (blue collar)
2. Rugby Union: Played by University students/staff as amatuers. (no fee)
Similar but slightly different rules. This is, I agree a simplistic view but I'm not sure about it now. Once youve seen Rugby though American Football with all it's "armour" is tame.

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 9 years ago

Not only do I think American football is tame, with all that armor that doesn't seem to do much to cut down injury anyways, but it is a bit lame in the action dept. If I want to see some guys lounging around all the time, I WILL watch pool or chess games rather then the "football", At least I can learn something from them. (In case someone is wondering, yes, pool offers a course in mathematics/angles if one cares to look at it that way and can be very geeky too ;-)

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caarntedd
caarntedd

Reply 9 years ago

I have to agree with the lack of action. I went to a game over here about 10 years ago as a fan of the game (memory not so good, I think it was a rematch of the superbowl competitors of that year, Vikings and someone else). Watching American football on TV in Australia usually consists of highlights. I knew it was a little stop/start/stop, as we also get the whole superbowl game over here every year, but I could not believe that the players in a live game stopped while the advertisements played on the big screens! I'm still a fan, but highlights only please. Just the facts ma'am.

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 9 years ago

And if you REALLY want bordom....try baseball LOL I'd rather watch a POOL game (9 ball or snooker) >:-)

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ElvenChild
ElvenChild

Reply 8 years ago

If you want action try full contact chess or wizard chess...

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 8 years ago

When I am in the mood to learn something, I can watch a regular game of chess :-)

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steveastrouk
steveastrouk

Reply 9 years ago

There's evidence that it doesn't cut down injuries, because when you are protected like that, you can push back harder !

Rugby injuries are the loss of front teeth, the alignment of your nose and the shape of your ears.

Sadly, broken necks, though now very very rare, still happen.

Steve

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 9 years ago

There is still a heck of a lot more "movement" in rugby though then in "USA football" .

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mchase-1
mchase-1

8 years ago

I've never watched a game of rugby. In fact I'm not sure if I've ever even seen one listed on TV

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 8 years ago

some cable channels carry them in season

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ChrysN
ChrysN

9 years ago

I've never watched a complete game, I found it hard to follow, though if someone explained it to my while it was going on I may appreciate the game more. What amazes me is it's a contact sport and unlike hockey and football they don't have any padding.

Your right about football, it's really stop and go, without much flow.

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 9 years ago

Some players do wear protective gear - they wrap adhesive tape around their head to try and stop their ears being torn off.

I was googling for an image to illustrate this, and I found that rugby is played in the states - look!

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craftyv
craftyv

Reply 9 years ago

Love the link: And that's just the females.

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 9 years ago

I've known female rugby players.

Scary.

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 9 years ago

I just saw a female on a game show that claimed to be a rugby player, she was a bit petite for that though

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 9 years ago

She could have been the scrum half - they tend to be smaller and faster.

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 9 years ago

Ok. I just thought she looked so thin that maybe that prevented anyone holding on to her :-)

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craftyv
craftyv

Reply 9 years ago

You have raised my interest. "I've known some female rugby players".
Please explain.

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 9 years ago

Friends at university, colleagues at school.

(You thought I meant biblically known, didn't you? Such a mucky mind.)

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caitlinsdad
caitlinsdad

Reply 9 years ago

We were concerned you went out with the hookers on the team.

Then again, I have known some female paratroopers and Marines.

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 9 years ago

There's something about small women in tough jobs - I once saw a tiny female police officer in Manchester take on two large drunks and finished with them both on their knees in cuffs.

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 9 years ago

Or there IS the difference between "known" as in, personally acquainted with, as compared to "known of". ;-)

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 9 years ago

Yes, I had thought it was played here too, but it just isn't often televised here. Like women's basketball, if you didn't "know" it existed, you might not ever see a game.

I remember in grade school  (oh, about 1970 or so) our gym teacher had us play a round of "flag" rugby (no tackling, you grabbed the velcroed flag on a belt you wore). It taught some of the rules, but not really the "meat" of the game. :-)

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 9 years ago

That's called tag rugby over here - it's what they play with the little kids before they're tough enough to take the tackles.

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 9 years ago

Yes, I think that was in the 6th grade (over here that means average age of about 11-12).

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 9 years ago

Well, in our football, it is stop and go, but in baseball, it is mainly people standing around trying to hit a ball with a stick, and missing most of the time (a batting average of 200 means 2 hits out of 10 swings). Gee, let's go watch GOLF LOL

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ChrysN
ChrysN

Reply 9 years ago

Yah, I can't stand baseball, I find it really boring. Hockey I like, and curling. Though you don't see much curling on TV (even here in Canada), I usually like to watch women's curling, it's nice that men's and women's curling both get the same respect, which is unusual in sports.

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 9 years ago

I have a VERY difficult time sitting through an entire game of baseball....or golf. LOL

My Dad when he was alive, loved to watch bowling and golf......erg !  Nap time !

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Goodhart
Goodhart

9 years ago

I am sure Kiteman will be pleased ;-)

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 9 years ago

I've never been a big fan of rugby, because my experiences at school involved spending a lot of time face-down in the mud (I was quite small).

It's definitely better than American football. I tried to watch the superbowl and got bored by the pre-show shennannigens.

If you want a really interesting, full-on experience, try playing/watching Rugby Sevens - 7-a-side, 7-minute halves, you get an entire tournament played in a day. Perfect for pub and school teams.

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Lithium Rain
Lithium Rain

Reply 9 years ago

> because my experiences at school involved spending a lot of time face-down in the mud (I was quite small).

This makes me sad. :(

It's also making me imagine a small Kiteman, which makes me think, to see small Kiteman, I'd have to have a time machine, which reminds me of Dr. Who, which I have fallen WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY behind on, but which I can't watch yet for awhile.

>wanders off<

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 9 years ago

I think by "small" he means thin. I would have been such also in school, but the school system didn't know what to do with me, and so I ended up a year behind and a bit bigger then most of my peers.

As for Dr. Who,  are they making new ones?  I hadn't seen an ad for any since the Dec episode....

They normally put them on On Demand (Comcast) a week or so after airing. . . But I haven't seen any. :-(

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Lithium Rain
Lithium Rain

Reply 9 years ago

Still...the mental image of small, pasty British weaklings getting smashed in Rugby is sad. :D

Hm. I THINK so. You don't get BBC America? :(

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caitlinsdad
caitlinsdad

Reply 9 years ago

Hmmm, I think he got pants'ed also...
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craftyv
craftyv

Reply 9 years ago

Yeah, great game. Sorry I have to go Dr. Who is on my Tv. Bye.

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 9 years ago

A new one?

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 9 years ago

Yes, I do presently.....I may have to drop it because of the cost, but so far I do. But I work odd hours and so wouldn't catch it at "normal" times. Last year they had it on Sat. evenings around 9 or 10 pm, but now they have Primeval on in that slot.

Yeah I know what you mean about being small,  but you don't have to be small to get hurt in sports :-)   I remember my LAST attempt to play soccer, as I dribbled the ball down the field and went for my "big goal attempt"......and stepped on the ball, and POOF,  a cloud of dust and the ball lay only a few feet from me, smirking back at me ;-)

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Lithium Rain
Lithium Rain

Reply 9 years ago

DVR? VCR even?

Awww. Don't give up, soccer is fun!

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 9 years ago

I haven't been able to find the "time" it airs, if it is still on, or if it waits for summer?

I hurt too much to play "running and bone breaking" sports anymore :-)

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 9 years ago

There are more Dr Whos on the way this year.

Several mini-series, rather than one big series, I think.

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 9 years ago

I will keep a watch out for them, but my schedule is just soooo weird.

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rocketsurgery
rocketsurgery

Reply 9 years ago

+1 on rugby sevens...

Growing up in New Zealand, a nation obsessed with rugby... it is amazing that I ever found out there were such things as other sports... although have you watched Aussie Rules (that is an amazingly action packed game to watch)...

What really is scary about rugby... is who the current Olympic champions are... :)

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 9 years ago

I didn't know Rugby was even in th Olympics....I found this when I looked:

Following an evaluation by the Olympic Program Commission the International Olympic Committee Session voted that Golf and Rugby sevens be included in the 2016 Olympics.

Golf ?  o_0 
Oh yeah, they have baseball, why not golf too, but, but, they left out tiddly-winks ! 

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 9 years ago

Google...

0_o

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 9 years ago

If I ever get another hankering to "watch" sports, I may look into that :-)

No wonder our country is going to pot; even our so called "exciting" sports are boring and lame  LOL

It's kind of like hunting deer with a bloody 300 magnum canon....if you are going to call it "sport" give the opposition a sporting chance, and somehow arm them too >:-)

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 9 years ago

I am only "converted" because I don't normally watch sports, and will probably not start.  And this happened to be on at the time, and the full minute or so of action; often times a "touchdown" in the first play or two; was intriguing.     
"Watching" bores me most of the time.   So, IF I were to watch a sport, just for the sport, rather then to learn something, I'd watch rugby just because there is actual movement on the field, and not a lot of lallygagging around. 

Boring as it sounds, I prefer to watch either chess or pool tournaments for tips on playing; as I am more of a strategist then a rough and tumble player (especially now that I have gotten into the "easily breakable bones" stage of life.  ;-)