February 19: Determining the best of the best

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The question over whether “which sport is better” has arisen recently in recent discussion. So, let’s settle this now. Below, I have carefully listed valid arguments for each sport, but please, add to the list. In our discussion, you can purely make criticisms or endorsements. Lastly, as you will see, it is obviously biased. This is largely because I am into one main sport so make the case for yours!

SOCCER

                     – It’s economical: soccer players don’t need to spend large amounts of money on equipment.
                     – Soccer is the most widely practiced sport in the world. It is played in over 200 countries and has over 3.5 billion fans around the globe.
                     – Soccer players give the appearance of breaking the laws of physics with midfield long shots, curve put on the ball, and amazing stunts that the players put on the field.

BASKETBALL

                  – Basketball players, for the most part, don’t wear helmets or facemasks. They take hits like men.
                 – Basketball is the only sport that is fun to play by yourself.
                – DUNKING!!! Nuff Said!
               – The last 5 minutes of a basketball game are better than any five minutes in any other sports game. A team trailing by 20 points with 3 minutes left to play can still win.

FOOTBALL

                  – It owns a day of the week.
                  – Every game is meaningful due to the scarcity of games.
                  – Because the football is not round, it makes the game especially unpredictable and on the highlight reels.
                  – Football requires the most amount of skills than any other sport: intelligence, strength, endurance, speed, agility, strategy, and survival (due to its violent and warlike aspect).
                  – Football has the best music and has basically created the marching band, which is taken seriously in high school and especially college.

BASEBALL

                    – Baseball is the only sport in which the team that is winning must continue to play the game. Every other sport allows the team that is winning to basically “ice” the game. In football, a team can take a knee. In basketball, a team can dribble out the clock. In hockey, a team can just skate around with the puck. Baseball forces the winning team to continue to pitch and play defense, which means no game is over until the final out is made. Which brings me to my next point.
                     –  Any team can make a comeback at any time.
                     – The trade deadline is almost like a holiday.
                     – Baseball has the only All-Star Game that matters.
                     – Baseball has the longest schedule.
                    -For crying out loud, it’s America’s National past time!
                    – It is arguably the most intelligent sport. It requires strategy starting all the way from when the pitcher steps on the rubber and looks into the catcher. The hitter has an average of .4 seconds to decide whether the ball is a strike or not, which forces him to look into the pitchers motions, like a chess player, and guess. Most of all, there is a whole school of thought which is guided on baseball’s ingenious and enigmatic statistics: sabermetrics. It was derived by Bill James and is still used today. One famous sabermetric buff is Nate Silver who uses the same principles to predict Political elections (He has been right in the last 3 elections 2004-2012).
Here is Silver’s website if you are curious: http://fivethirtyeight.com/
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