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Old April 14th, 2017, 07:11 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by Bhrigu View Post
Cricket, the only sport I care about.

It was already an established sport by early 1700s in southeast England. Why is it so that it is no longer popular in the North American colonies of Britain? Apparently, first international match was held in North America between Canada and England in 1850s. I think that the actual history of Cricket as a truly international game starts in the late 1870s with English tour of Australia and the beginning of the tradition of The Ashes.
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Old December 15th, 2017, 07:29 PM   #12

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Originally Posted by SOTG View Post
It seems the US has a rather unique culture
in that people here don't really care about
international sports, except for sports that
people don't care about.

E.g. the Olympics draws a lot of attention to
sports that people don't usually care about.
An event like the World Baseball Classic,
which does involve a sport that people normally
care about doesn't seem as popular.

Would you agree? If so, why do you think
this is?
I don't think anyone has commented on this from my original
post. At least my impression is that US coverage of international
sports is rather bizarre in my view. It seems that World Cup
Soccer for instance, is far more covered than the World Baseball
Classic. And yet, Baseball is far, far more popular than Soccer
in the U.S.

Am I entirely wet in this impression? Or is the USA unique
in this regard?

Originally Posted by David Vagamundo View Post
Interesting thread.

Both George H.W. Bush (baseball) and Charles Ives (American football) were varsity athletes at Yale University.

Your overall thesis is interesting. I recall reading during the Cold War the paradox that individual sports were big among in the "collectivist" USSR while group sports were more popular among the "independent" citizens of the US. Maybe US society is becoming more individualistic today as group sports become bigger?
Interesting comment about the USSR/US. I do wonder though if the USSR
emphasis on individual sports was because of the perceived propaganda
value of piling up medals. You should be able to win more medals by
putting 20 great athletes into track, for instance, than into a single team

Olympic medal counts are another thing that seems out of kilter with
the rest of American sports culture. They are sorted by total 1st, 2nd,
3rd place. So a country with 2 2nd place is put in front of a country with
1 1st place.

Would a 2 time Super Bowl loser ever be put ahead of a 1 time Super Bowl
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