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Originally posted by American Mad Man
He's the best player the All-blacks have, and he'd be just another athlete in the NFL.
40 yard dashes are used because they take into account acceleration, which is far more important in football then pure top end speed.
Just got done watching Chelsae and some other team (blanking on the name, they have Edgar Davids on their team now)... Soccer players spend just as much time standing around as football players do. The vast majority of time, it's 2 or 3 guys kicking a ball around in a triangle while everyone else watches. Then, once every 10 minutes, someone actually sprints towards the goal, and they call that "pace"...
You call that stamina? And don't get me started on rugby. It's the same thing. You aren't even allowed to hit the other player in the open field if he doesn't have the ball!
Again, football players actually require MORE mental abillity then any other athlete, but again, that's your own ignorance.
BTW, I watched the US Rugby team play the French international team on TV, and the score wasn't nearly that bad. Are they a good Rugby team (honest question, no fishing here)?
Without if you like, considering he fights in MMA in the offseason. I'd reckon he could nock at least half of the rugby players in the world out cold on his first hit.
Originally posted by indiantoffee
arent good enuff to be in F1. what do they do? start nascar
Originally posted by chissler
I have not followed this thread over the last few days, but you click on a football thread and walk into a fight over IRL racing.
What did I miss here?
Originally posted by The Winged Wombat
That was only one race, of course, and I can assure you that you missed a great race yesterday at Bahrain, and the start of a season that looks like it will be very close indeed.
Originally posted by buckaroo
ridcully Alex zanardi is still racing or was last season in the new world touring cars series he was driving a modified BMW 380i with a special hand operated clutch. takes some guts to get back in a racing car after what happend to him
[edit on 13-3-2006 by buckaroo]
Originally posted by The Winged Wombat
Remember that IRL was started 'to stop all those foreign drivers from winning' in CART. And that was a quote by the boss of the Indianapolis Speedway, friends. And now CART is just about dead and all those foreign drivers are winning in IRL! One point of note - only two drivers have gone from CART to F1 and been successful - Villenueve and Montoya (Montoya and Zinardi were both F1 test drivers before going to CART and even Zinardi didn't have what it takes in F1 and eventually went back to CART - Villeneuve was brought up in Europe and raced in Italy before going to CART). And the less said about Michael Andretti going into F1 the better. Mansell virtually retired to Indycar from F1.
Yes, it does take guts to do that, and I'm pleased to see he's still enjoying it.... but on the other hand (having raced cars myself) I can positively state that racing cars is a disease for which there is NO CURE. Once you do it, there is just no turning back.
[edit on 13/3/06 by The Winged Wombat]
I was a goood enough football player in high school to be considered among the top 150 recruites in the US (at least before I blewout my knee). However, I played safety, which is one of the smallest positions in the game.
I was the small guy at that size. Of course timing means a lot when you get a free shot at someone, but when you are CONSTANTLY having guys of 150 kilograms running head first into each other (usually about 60 times a game) size DOES play a factor. In fact, it is a very important part of football "fitness"... Your body tends to wear down when you have guys of that size doing their best to up end you every 30 seconds.
That is the kind of difference I am trying to get non-Americans to consider... 115+ kilogram guys often play what we would consider "skill" (or small if you prefer) positions. These same guys are running 36.5 meters in 4.3 seconds, and have vertical jumps (both feet on the ground, no running start) of over a meter.
I did the conversions to give you all a sense of the type of athletes these guys are. Just picture a guy of that size, doing ALL of those things.
Ohhh yeah, kickers aren't football players. They're kickers.
Originally posted by ridcully
buckaroo I know what your saying but what I saw of qualifying and the race, it does seem to be getting back to its best. I'm certainly gonna take interest this season after 3 or 4 years of not bothering