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Started by Yersinia on Apr 22, 2017 4:41:18 AM
"Minority" Sports

Thread for all those sports that probably don't garner enough interest for their own dedicated thread.

A thread to share news of all those sports that we often ignore between Olympics - Figure skating, gymnastics, swimming etc etc...

Yersinia - 22 Apr 2017 04:44:18 (#1 of 96)

Ellie Downey wins all-round Gold at the Europeans - the first British gymnast to win all-around gold at a major international championship:

British gymnastics really is doing very well recently.

RosyLovelady - 22 Apr 2017 07:48:04 (#2 of 96)

I'll say lacrosse now, and then with luck it will never be mentioned again.

BBBilly - 22 Apr 2017 07:56:57 (#3 of 96)


Turtle - 22 Apr 2017 08:06:00 (#4 of 96)

The NBA playoffs are on. Any basketball fans around here?

Asked he forlornly

LordofMisrule - 23 Apr 2017 18:30:37 (#5 of 96)

I used to be, but I fear most of the players I know are retired these days. I lost track during the 2000s, and basically stopped following completely when my beloved Sonics were killed. Beyond the obvious LeBron and Steph, I'm not sure I could name any of the current NBA players.

Of the big 4 North American sports, (ice) hockey is definitely the one I follow most closely. The UK Elite League has wrapped up for the season, but the NHL playoffs are in full swing at the moment. Any other hockey fans out there?

Yersinia - 23 Apr 2017 19:05:07 (#6 of 96)

A bit. More my other half (MoleculeMan) than me.

MM was a junior player, and then a varsity player, and three of my nephews are / were junior players, and roller hockey players, too, so my BiL is well into the British hockey scene.

My local team (Guildford Flames) has just signed up to play in the elite league next year, so we'll probably go to see them play.

We also follow the fortunes of Dundee Rockets, as my father-out-law is a big fan, and a regular skater. That's where MM played as a junior.

We haven't really followed NHL, but tend to see some of Olympics, and have considered going to see the world championships.

I see that GB is playing in Division I this week, hosting the event in Belfast:

brooklyn - 23 Apr 2017 19:09:54 (#7 of 96)

over here, we'd never consider basketball to be a "minority" sport.

but the NBA bores me to tears (especially since the NYC teams completely suck, and have for many years). you have the same guys doing the same dunks for 15 years. BORING.

the college game is where the fun is, as epitomized by the frantic, triumphal "March Madness." kids, working for the team, and old State U.

some of them even study.

and: lacrosse! much like hockey, but more physical, and without the inconvenient need for ice. bonus: it was invented by Native Americans, so it is the most politically correct sport out there.

Yersinia - 23 Apr 2017 19:42:11 (#8 of 96)

For the purposes of this thread, I'd consider "minority" to be any sport that has not currently got its own thread on JTT.

Ellie Downie had a superb European gymnastics championships, adding vault and floors silver and bars bronze to her all-round gold.

Courtney Tulloch got Britain's first medal on rings, a silver, and James Hall won all-around bronze.

Not a bad haul, considering we were missing all our top men and Amy Tinkler.

Yersinia - 23 Apr 2017 19:48:39 (#9 of 96)

The minority sport I follow most is figure skating.

The season is over, and from a British perspecitve, the disappointing news is that we have not qualified a single skater or team for the Olympics. This year's World Champs were the main qualifying event.

Our best hope, ice dancers, Coomes and Buckland, missed the entire seaon due to a horrific injury for Penny. They will have a last ditch chance to qualify at the Nebelhorn Trophy in September, where there are a few qualifying spots available in each discipline. If they are in any form at all, they really should qualify.

foxybrown - 23 Apr 2017 20:21:35 (#10 of 96)

Netball coverage on Sky is good. I went to see a match at the copper box a month ago. It was packed.

Shouldn't really be a minority sport for the amount of people who play

Yersinia - 23 Apr 2017 20:40:18 (#11 of 96)

It suffers from the longheld disregard for women's sports.

Sometimes the sports that are popular for participants, but which get little attention, are hard to follow on tv or live, but I can imagine netball being a decent spectator sport.

LordofMisrule - 23 Apr 2017 23:08:15 (#12 of 96)

On the subject of ice sports: for me, short-track speed skating makes a great televisual spectacle, one that I remember being regularly on Grandstand etc back in the early '90s. They used to show the likes of Wilf O'Reilly, Matt Jasper and Nicky Gooch (and their female equivalents) competing in club competitions as well as for their country, complete with the occasional spectacular crash into the boards. There's real British talent of both sexes around at the moment, who deserve exposure.

I'll be interested to see how the Flames and the Milton Keynes Lightning get on in the EIHL. On previous occasions it hasn't ended well when the Premier League teams stepped up to mix it with the arena teams.

LordofMisrule - 23 Apr 2017 23:16:27 (#13 of 96)

lacrosse! much like hockey, but more physical, and without the inconvenient need for ice

A mate of mine used to play as goalie in both hockey and lacrosse. Most of the padding was dual-purpose. He reckoned they were both great workouts in different ways. Both are fantastic spectator sports, albeit it's sometimes difficult to follow the projectile.

the college game is where the fun is, as epitomized by the frantic, triumphal "March Madness."

I think it's generally baffling on this side of the pond, just how obsessed fans get over there about college sports in general - both live and in the media. I know it's the springboard to the major leagues for many of the athletes involved, but still... 100,000 people watching a football game in subzero temperatures ffs!

cozzer - 23 Apr 2017 23:22:36 (#14 of 96)

albeit it's sometimes difficult to follow the projectile

When watching hockey, I usually find it fairly easy to follow the projectile, but it does mean that often I'm wondering why a fight has suddenly broken out elsewhere on the ice.

LordofMisrule - 23 Apr 2017 23:27:14 (#15 of 96)

Indeed! I think it's fair to say that for both hockey and lacrosse, it's hard for the uninitiated to know where regular play ends and foul play begins. Fighting's definitely in a generational decline at the top level, mind.

Yersinia - 23 Apr 2017 23:36:19 (#16 of 96)

Guildford Flames have long hovered on the edge of becoming an elite team, I think. They have had good success at their level, and are well-supported, but the small size of the auditorium has been an issue.

But when I have been to Dundee Stars* matches, despite having a larger auditorium, they seem to have a much lower attendance, which feels a bit sad, to me.

* I wrote Rockets earlier because I am clearly an idiot living in the past.

I've only been to a few games at each venue, so might have an unrepresentative viewpoint.

LordofMisrule - 24 Apr 2017 11:27:00 (#17 of 96)

Bugger, that's the Leafs out of the Playoffs. Did better this year than I expected though. 4-2 against the Caps is no disgrace.

Yersinia - 24 Apr 2017 20:21:12 (#18 of 96)

BBC audio-broadcasting the GB-Estonia hockey tie on 5live sport extra and t'internet:

brooklyn - 24 Apr 2017 22:36:44 (#19 of 96)

I have pretty bad eyesight, pretty well corrected w/ my glasses.

except on slow replays, I have never been able to see a puck go into the goal in a televised hockey game. and rarely in a televised lacrosse game. the projectiles are just moving too fast.

it's odd, though. live, I can see the scores.

Yersinia - 30 Apr 2017 00:55:49 (#20 of 96)

GB Ice Hockey team won all five of their matches in Division 1B, and thus secured promotion to Divission 1A.

Rather neatly, the final match of the tournament was Team GB against the hitherto unbeaten Japan, with the winner assured of promotion:

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