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Old April 10th, 2008, 12:04 AM   #1
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Got in a discussion at the bar tonite.

If you could take any 5 college players of any one TEAM sport, who are the most skilled players?

Example: If 5 basketball players played basketball against 5 hockey players and then they played hockey. Would the hockey players kick the butt of the basketball players at hockey more than than the basketball players would kick the butt of the hockey players at basketball?

The guys I was discussing this with were hockey coaches and former NHL players. They said they could train 5 of their players in 2 weeks to respectively play football against 5 football players, but they would smoke the 5 football players in hockey if the football players had 2 week to train.

I suggested if one basketball, football, soccer or baseball player had one goalie that could stand on their head (figuretively), the team playing the hockey players could be better.

Their reasoning was that hockey players have artificial extensions of their feet and hands and train since children. Some pro athletes (Michael Jordan) although exceptional athletes, may only learn the game a few years before becoming pro.
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Old April 10th, 2008, 12:05 AM   #2
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I can't even Name 5 Players
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Old April 10th, 2008, 12:23 AM   #3
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I think the hockey players would do good in any sport. Any person from any other sport to play hockey would be hard. If you can't skate, your fawkd! If you have no balance, your fawkd, If you are slow your fawkd.

also if you don't know how to shoot... wrist shot, slapshot, snapshot, etc. your fawkd... and if you can't pass
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I would tend to agree that it would probably be easier to train a hockey player to play most other sports than it would be to train a non-hockey athlete to play hockey. The reason for this is because most other sports mostly involve running, throwing, catching, and/or kicking, things that everyone does at some point. Everyone knows the basic skills, it's just a matter of honing them to perfection and putting them together. Hockey, however, requires learning how to skate, not something that everyone knows how to do, and doing it well requires years of practice.
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i agree, but i think it would be hard to learn to shoot a consistent basket. so i would say basketball may be next to hockey
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i agree, but i think it would be hard to learn to shoot a consistent basket. so i would say basketball may be next to hockey
No, I'd think baseball. I think hitting a baseball well would be more difficult than shooting a basket.
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Old April 10th, 2008, 01:20 AM   #7
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plus if you can't do a hockey stop, or even a goalie stop than yep, your fakwd
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Pfft You don't need to stop in Hockey as long as you can turn... you'll be average lol
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You ever watch college wrestling. I would put five of those guys against anybody. Most of them can skate already and I've seen high schoolers out shoot the basket ball players on a regular basis. I saw a high school wrestler deny a baseball scholarship to wrestle a single tournament. Most wrestlers are accomplished in other sports but they don't get the intense feeling of competition they get wrestling.
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Rugby

those fuckers take a bashing.
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Im sorry, i thought you were married, i had no idea you were gay.
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You could make the same argument of polo players vs. basketball players. If you can't ride a horse, your screwed. Hockey players are trained with special equipment, doesn't necessarily make them "better" athletes. Most professional-level athletes are very proficient at more than one sport, they just gravitate towards one in particular.

But, you take the starting five of the Wings, put them vs. the starting five of the Pistons, and see who wins. Its all what you are trained to do.
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whats a wrestler gunna do when they drop the mitts on the ice? half nelson? I dont think so
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You ever watch college wrestling. I would put five of those guys against anybody. Most of them can skate already and I've seen high schoolers out shoot the basket ball players on a regular basis. I saw a high school wrestler deny a baseball scholarship to wrestle a single tournament. Most wrestlers are accomplished in other sports but they don't get the intense feeling of competition they get wrestling.
Wrestling is gay.
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I could kick all their asses in beer drinking!


It's kind of a silly comparison. A basketball player is not going to beat a hockey player at hockey, and a hockey player is not going to beat a basketball player at basketball.

That's like comparing a Ford Escort and a Jeep for either the road or off road. They are designed for two different things..

Now if you take 5 athletes from each team and have them compete in something completely unrelated to their sport, that would be more interesting.
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whats a wrestler gunna do when they drop the mitts on the ice? half nelson? I dont think so
Half nelson...

I would pick a wrestler in a fight against a hockey player anyday of the week. Maybe except if he is going against McCarty.
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hanz and franz

or

barry bonds and mark mcgwire,

same dif
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I beg to differ.

Hockey may be one of the harder sports to become good at but they are not necessarily the better athlete.

It's an interesting discussion for sure. If you were to change the rules slightly to find the actual best athlete I think a college wrestler or swimmer would win the challenge. Hockey players would fair well, but not as well.

I think the hockey player would win by the largest margin in hockey related challenges. But I also think any NCAA wrestler would pin any NCAA hockey player in the first round. I think any college swimmer would kill a hockey player in a sprint or long distance swim. I think a college basketball player would kill hockey players in a pick up game. And I also think football is MUCH to complicated at the college level for any hockey player to even have a chance at competing with an NCAA football player. Espescially if a full 11 man team was fielded.
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as much as I hate to give the nod to soccer players, at the higher levels, the amount of conditioning, and balance those guys have is pretty impressive.

One doesn't think much about a similar sport, lacrosse/field hockey as there isn't really any professional level of competition for the most part in the US. Some of those guys combine the conditioning, running all day of soccer, with some incredible hand-eye coordination, as well as wailing each other with sticks.

The definition/contest involved surely would give a preference to certain sporting types. I'd love to see a featherweight wrestler up against a 6'4" NCAA Defensement on the mat though :p

However, the true contest is clearly performed on Ninja Warriors, or the Unbeatable Banzuke!!11, everything else is just childish games (loosely quoting hemmingway :tonka:)
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