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ESPN: The toughest sport in the world is...

Boxing.

While I don't disagree (since I am a little biased) I do disagree with some of this list. They have Auto Racing but don't list Motorcycle Racing? What a crock of shit!

Skateboarding at #37 and water polo tied for #11? Come on now!

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

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We sized them up. We measured them, top to bottom. We've done our own Tale of the Tape, and we've come to a surprising conclusion. Pound for pound, the toughest sport in the world is . . .
Boxing.

The Sweet Science.

That's the sport that demands the most from the athletes who compete in it. It's harder than football, harder than baseball, harder than basketball, harder than hockey or soccer or cycling or skiing or fishing or billiards or any other of the 60 sports we rated.

In Page 2's Ultimate Degree of Difficulty Grid, boxing scores higher than them all.

But don't take our word for it. Take the word of our panel of experts, a group made up of sports scientists from the United States Olympic Committee, of academicians who study the science of muscles and movement, of a star two-sport athlete, and of journalists who spend their professional lives watching athletes succeed and fail.

They're the ones who told us that boxing is the most demanding sport -- and that fishing is the least demanding sport.

We identified 10 categories, or skills, that go into athleticism, and then asked our eight panelists to assign a number from 1 to 10 to the demands each sport makes of each of those 10 skills. By totalling and averaging their responses, we arrived at a degree-of-difficulty number for each sport on a 1 to 100 scale. That number places the difficulty of performing each sport in context with the other sports we rated.

On the grid below, click on each sortable category to find out how our 60 sports rank in each skill. A glossary key is included at the bottom of the grid that explains each category.

So put on the gloves, get in the ring and let the roundhouse hooks begin.

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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 02-22-2011, 02:04 PM
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So let's see what is above Rugby:

Baseball/Softball
Tennis
Basketball
Soccer

Yeah, that seems about right.



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skateboarding at 37? whoever the fuck did the ranking have never been on a skateboard and is a big uncoordinated pussy who couldn't learn to throw a proper uppercut.

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wait is this ranking based on how much of a bad ass you gotta be or the level of difficulty?

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It's an arbitrary rating from a bunch of factors from some fat fuck in a chair who can't do any of these sports.

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It's an arbitrary rating from a bunch of factors from some fat fuck in a chair who can't do any of these sports.
Pretty much spot on.

Here are your panel of so called "experts":

http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2...ge=degree/bios

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According to tests done in the early '70's Soccer ranked as the most physically demanding sport (meaning participants had to be in top condition to compete) with Motocross ranking second. Those tests were referenced in the movie "On Any Sunday" during the MX sequence.
I think this ranking is degree of difficulty...it's the only way I can see baseball rated above soccer and rugby...hitting a 95 MPH fastball is probably the most difficult thing to accomplish in sports...except for maybe actually throwing that fastball as a strike!
I wouldn't think throwing a left jab/right cross combo would be as difficult, but then again landing them for effect very well could be!

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Apparently these fucks never played Aussie rules football either.

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Actually, wrestling ranked #5, and "martial arts" #6.

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According to these twits, basketball requires higher "durability" than wrestling? WTF? I'm sure the occasional bump is so much more punishing than getting suplexed on your face.

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