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Old    Kung Fu Wake & Video (dcervenka)      Join Date: Sep 2002       01-03-2007, 4:34 PM Reply   
A panel of 10 "experts" decide the sport that demands the most from the athletes who compete in it.

http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2/sportSkills

Wakeboarding seems to have been overlooked..
Old    Tommy Johnson (ziggen)      Join Date: Jul 2006       01-03-2007, 4:41 PM Reply   
Fishing is pretty tough.
Old    Rich Dykmans (richd)      Join Date: Oct 2003       01-03-2007, 4:42 PM Reply   
Deleted.

(Message edited by richd on January 03, 2007)
Old    Kung Fu Wake & Video (dcervenka)      Join Date: Sep 2002       01-03-2007, 4:51 PM Reply   
Fishing it not to be under estimated..


ouch... I hope that's not Chris's truck?
Old    Craig (yosquire)      Join Date: Jun 2005       01-03-2007, 5:28 PM Reply   
"Committee, of academicians..." <- I found the problem with the study.
Old    Cliff Griffin (seattle)      Join Date: Mar 2002       01-03-2007, 5:35 PM Reply   
Just goes to show how few people have ever wrestled. It's by far the most demanding sport of those listed.

IFC style fighting wasn't listed, but if it was I would think it would be way out front. Put boxing, martial arts, and wrestling together how can there be anything more demanding than that.

the fact that figure skating beat out long distance bike riding.
Old    Darren Lamont (dlamont)      Join Date: Apr 2003       01-03-2007, 5:48 PM Reply   
I am glad to see cheerleading made the list but wakeboarding didn't. I can't believe that surfing and skateboarding were rated so low. I would love to see Mike Tyson do a kick flip. This is just boxing propoganda for the new "Rocky" film.
Old    jsimpson7 (jsimpson7)      Join Date: Sep 2006       01-03-2007, 5:51 PM Reply   
golf, skateboarding, way harder than freakin football...what the hell....crazy list..
Old    marc (7890303)      Join Date: Sep 2006       01-03-2007, 6:30 PM Reply   
Typical ESPN nonsense. It shows that wakeboarding isnt mainstream enough to make their list. This survey must be taken from the "Couch Potatoe Committee". And Billiards??? isnt that what you do in between drinking? How about Fuel TV take a similar survey????
Old    Nick Swan (goinbigg17)      Join Date: Jul 2002       01-03-2007, 7:29 PM Reply   
How does basketball get the #4 spot?
Old    Newman (newman)      Join Date: Jun 2006       01-04-2007, 5:23 AM Reply   
Don't rip too hard on figureskating.. I hear several of the pros regularly throw 1080s in competition, and a few are even doing 1440s.
Old    Randy (dudeman)      Join Date: Mar 2005       01-04-2007, 6:04 AM Reply   
Thought 2 people were a couple and not a panel.Anyways, that's coming from a Ph.D. which stands for "Piled higher and deeper".
Old    Roger Hornsby (hoosairboy)      Join Date: Aug 2005       01-04-2007, 6:09 AM Reply   
Look at the criteria and methodology used to determine. Strength and endurance and speed are not big point getters for those sports. They don't use coordination as a factor either. Wakeboarding would probably or should probably score decent because it does take strength and endurance.

Which sports take the most coordination and biggest balls and action sports wins.

PS- who cares, it is ESPN and they are not about action sports
Old    Peter Sharp (gobigorgohome)      Join Date: Aug 2005       01-04-2007, 6:10 AM Reply   
WTF? Rowing came in at no. 38. Rowing is by far the hardest sport I have ever done, at the end of the race every muscle in your body is (or should be) burning and yet you still have to remain composed.

What a load of BS.
Old    Dante (hal2814)      Join Date: Feb 2006       01-04-2007, 6:30 AM Reply   
"I would love to see Mike Tyson do a kick flip."

And I'd love to see any pro wakeboarder knock out a heavyweight boxer. Each discipline requires a different physique and Tyson has the boxing physique pretty much nailed.

These results do look a bit wonky though, especially since it was ESPN that was claiming a few years ago that the hardest thing to do in any professional sport was to hit a baseball.
Old    Scotty (scottyr7)      Join Date: May 2006       01-04-2007, 7:37 AM Reply   
i don't get the point to survey's like this. it is impossible to compare one sport to another. it's comparing apples to oranges. some people are good at one thing and suck at another even though they both require "coordination". i can hit a baseball but i can't make a free throw to save my life and i still suck at wakeboarding. that is why there are professionals in a sports and not the same guys playing everything. these things are made to produce arguments between people.
Old    John Anderson (fly135)      Join Date: Jun 2004       01-04-2007, 7:58 AM Reply   
Does it actually take any "nerve" to fish?
Old    mark (propkiller)      Join Date: Aug 2003       01-04-2007, 10:41 AM Reply   
I guess these "experts" have never been mountain biking in Colorado or Utah. It should be at the top of almost all of the catagories.
Old    innov8actionsports.com            01-04-2007, 10:49 AM Reply   
What a bunch of tools. Ya Curling demands the most from the athletes who compete in it. Ya Curling takes alot more out of you then wakeboarding.
Old    Oscar Scheel (wakeecuador)      Join Date: Feb 2006       01-04-2007, 12:47 PM Reply   
They are just promoting the sports that make $$$ for the network..
Old    genius (jakoerber)      Join Date: Jul 2004       01-04-2007, 1:00 PM Reply   
nor did snowboarding. hitting a 90 foot kicker is much less scary than touching a
Old    dave Noti_dad (noti_dad)      Join Date: Jul 2003       01-04-2007, 2:09 PM Reply   
I'm surprised they didn't have Poker in the top ten. ESPN seems to be that 'sports' biggest fan. LOL!
Old    Andy Nintzel (andy_nintzel)      Join Date: Sep 2004       01-04-2007, 2:12 PM Reply   
that list is retarded
Old    Tim (raketball)      Join Date: Apr 2005       01-04-2007, 4:07 PM Reply   
I think the list is pretty stupid because a big part has to do with what your body is used to doing and muscle memory. As a decent racquetball player, I play people all the time who are in far better physical shape than I am, but I have problem beating them since I have been playing for so long. I think the list should be revised to list what sport might be most difficult to learn and eventually excel at (or something like that). Just my $.02
Tim
Old    bthom (billthom)      Join Date: Apr 2005       01-04-2007, 5:29 PM Reply   
That list is so stupid because of many reasons....

Any one of the team sports would have to be broken down by position. Take Baseball: Big old fat designated hitters couldn’t play shortstop or any skill position yet are rated the same.
Old    Chris White (ccwhite)      Join Date: Jul 2004       01-05-2007, 8:21 AM Reply   
Baseball/softball tougher than soccer? Let me see... stand around and wait for the ball to come to me, then wait for my turn to bat... Or sprint up and down a field for 45 minutes?

Yep, that list is crap
Old    Billy (woreout)      Join Date: Aug 2006       01-05-2007, 8:30 AM Reply   
Didnt see marriage either.

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