Author Topic: Bridge as a Sport  (Read 7652 times)

Kim

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Re: Bridge as a Sport
« Reply #75 on: September 23, 2015, 06:03:21 pm »
Going a bit OT, the Glon has a "stupid sports" article on, and I thought this was quite funny about motor sports:
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The real problem now is technology. Already some projections suggest that wealthy parts of the world may be moving towards driverless cars within five to 10 years.

Just think how funny and quaint Formula One is going to look if it insists on keeping a driver in there. Look! Look at the funny man moving his “steering wheel” and pressing his pedals! Possibly even before the Qatar 2022 Fifa World Cup rolls around, manned Formula One cars could already have become the sporting equivalent of the landline or the fax machine.

That's basically what Robot Wars has looked like from the beginning.

It would be a lot more interesting with actual robots.
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Mr Larrington

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Re: Bridge as a Sport
« Reply #76 on: September 24, 2015, 02:12:28 am »
F1 already has "Kimi Räikkönen" whom I suspect to be part of a joint venture between Nokia and the CIA.
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Steph

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Re: Bridge as a Sport
« Reply #77 on: September 27, 2015, 08:38:22 am »
An old friend who was into fly fishing used to offer up a much older definition of 'sport': it has to involve killing something.

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Re: Bridge as a Sport
« Reply #78 on: September 27, 2015, 08:58:17 am »
I was talking to my brother yesterday about this issue. He argued that fly fishing has a far greater claim to be a sport than most forms of angling because of the constant physical activity involved in casting a weighted line - which is also quite a skill. It's one I never mastered. Indeed, when he used to fish regularly, the imbalance of the muscles in his arms was as great as that of any tennis player.
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Re: Bridge as a Sport
« Reply #79 on: September 27, 2015, 06:25:12 pm »

P9070340 by Mr Larrington, on Flickr

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Re: Bridge as a Sport
« Reply #80 on: September 27, 2015, 09:40:15 pm »
I had to look at that rod before I was sure it was a fly rod (it is) but WTF is that lure at the end?
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Re: Bridge as a Sport
« Reply #81 on: September 27, 2015, 10:53:53 pm »
Can't find a decent picture of the lure but it does proclaim itself to be the World's Largest Fly Rod.
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Re: Bridge as a Sport
« Reply #82 on: September 28, 2015, 07:13:22 am »
It looks as though it is heavy enough to be cast out without the line to help it.
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Re: Bridge as a Sport
« Reply #83 on: October 16, 2015, 07:16:18 am »

T42

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Re: Bridge as a Sport
« Reply #84 on: October 16, 2015, 07:36:58 am »
^^^Good.  I used to play a lot. Can't imagine it making me any fitter, though, or involving hand/eye coordination in anything but dealing; and in tournament play the hands are pre-dealt.

Tiddlywinks, now...
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Mr Larrington

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Re: Bridge as a Sport
« Reply #85 on: October 16, 2015, 12:37:04 pm »
^^^Good.  I used to play a lot. Can't imagine it making me any fitter, though, or involving hand/eye coordination in anything but dealing; and in tournament play the hands are pre-dealt.

In my days as a bridge-playing PSO evenings over the green baize were punctuated with Chinese takeaways, fags, booze and weed.  Hand-eye coordination was required to juggle can, jazz cigarette, sweet and sour prawn ball and cards at the same time.

Tiddlywinks, now...

I used to work with a bloke who, with his chums, entered the World Championships as an excuse to stay in the pub all afternoon.  They were mortified after knocking out the (USAnian) defending champions in the first round.
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Re: Bridge as a Sport
« Reply #86 on: January 21, 2016, 05:02:42 pm »
"Chess is a waste of time."

It says so in the Guardian so it must be true.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jan/21/chess-forbidden-in-islam-rules-saudi-arabia-grand-mufti
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Re: Bridge as a Sport
« Reply #87 on: January 21, 2016, 05:20:26 pm »
OT, Cudzo! this thread is about bridge!

Yes, chess is an enormous waste of time! It's an insoluble problem, no matter how many hours you spend thinking about it!
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Re: Bridge as a Sport
« Reply #88 on: January 21, 2016, 05:27:13 pm »
I wanted to bridge the gaps of our checkered past.



We probably need a "Random chess thread".
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Re: Bridge as a Sport
« Reply #89 on: January 21, 2016, 06:39:56 pm »
"Chess is a waste of time."

It says so in the Guardian so it must be true.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jan/21/chess-forbidden-in-islam-rules-saudi-arabia-grand-mufti

Chess also promotes gambling, apparently, which is very much against Islamic belief. They do seem to like their race horses, though, leading me to think that horse racing must not promote gambling.  ??? :facepalm: ;D

As for bridge in the Olympics - no, no, no. It might be a game of skill, but it is certainly not a sport. What next? Dominoes for the Olympics?
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Re: Bridge as a Sport
« Reply #90 on: January 21, 2016, 07:37:33 pm »
I'd love to see fives and threes in the Olympics ;D It's at least as much a sport as
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Re: Bridge as a Sport
« Reply #91 on: January 21, 2016, 10:28:33 pm »
I'd love to see fives and threes in the Olympics ;D It's at least as much a sport as
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No it isn't! You don't know what stress in sport is until you have seen Kevin O'Connell* with 15 moves still to make and only about 30 seconds on the clock. Skill, speed, reaction times, accuracy of throwing pieces onto squares without them falling over, sweat, blood (he bites his fingernails), breathlessness - it's got the lot!

*Other brinkspersons are available.
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