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Old 08-26-2008, 02:20 PM   #1
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ESPN ranks sports by difficulty

ESPN.com: Page 2 - Sport Skills Difficulty Rankings

This is tough, since they have such a broad range of sports. However, I can't argue with #60.
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Old 09-01-2008, 08:28 PM   #2
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Re: ESPN ranks sports by difficulty

Interesting. I've often wondered about this.

Just glancing over the list, I think Volleyball is a bit high at #20, and figure skating (gay as it might be -- Chazz Michael Michaels aside) should at least make the top ten. How many times would it take smashing your face into a thick sheet of ice before you said "f*ck this" ?? No one would deny it takes an incredible amount of dedication.

I've heard that the hardest thing to do in sports is to hit a fastball thrown by a Major League pitcher. Maybe it is.

But as far as I'm concerned, it doesn't make it any more fun to watch.
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Old 09-01-2008, 08:57 PM   #3
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Re: ESPN ranks sports by difficulty

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I've heard that the hardest thing to do in sports is to hit a fastball thrown by a Major League pitcher. Maybe it is.
It's hit a curve ball.

Interesting list, I don't agree with it but it's interesting.

Did they purposely leave out the Decathlon/heptathlon?

How do they give the Sprints only a 9.88 rating? Is there a sport that relies on speed more than sprints?

Basketball players have a higher aptitude than NFL players? Who came up with that number...
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Old 09-02-2008, 02:36 PM   #4
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Soccer should not be ranked that high. It's a game for little kids.

Yep, it's the curveball that is hardest to hit. This is why we're not watching Michael Jordan on the White Sox now.
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Old 09-02-2008, 02:43 PM   #5
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Re: ESPN ranks sports by difficulty

I know if I could hit a curve ball, I would have played more in high school, and perhaps at a lowly D3 program instead of "retiring" from baseball after getting my outright release my junior year and picking up slow pitch softball...
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Old 09-02-2008, 02:46 PM   #6
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Here's another take on it:
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