[LMB] OT: The thinking man's sport (was: Re: OT: Thought for the day.)

Raye Johnsen raye_j at yahoo.com
Wed Sep 7 01:12:02 BST 2011

In my experience, every sport, when played hard by people who want to win, becomes a mental sport.  It is simply not possible to switch one's brain off *and* win, so if one *wishes* to win, one must use strategies and tactics, which elevates the sport in question to the mental plane.

... However much we *wish* to think that the football bull-- *jock* is brainless...


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From: quietann <quietann at gmail.com>
To: Discussion of the works of Lois McMaster Bujold. <lois-bujold at lists.herald.co.uk>
Sent: Tuesday, September 6, 2011 11:21 PM
Subject: Re: [LMB] OT: Thought for the day.

On Sun, Sep 4, 2011 at 1:39 PM, Kevin Kennedy <kevink45 at hotmail.com> wrote:
> On the news program this morning, they did a bit on hunting in Colorado, featuring the statement "Alligator wrestling is not a thinking man's sport".  Something I may have figured out by junior high.  It did inspire a thought, though.  Should we desperately need something to consider/talk about while waiting for The Next Book,  we could think of candidates for the The Thinking Person's Sport.

Certain types of equestrian competition are very much a thinking
person's sport.  But there's also a big component of "feel" because,
after all, you are working with another being who is very sensitive to
moods and is still, in its not-very-large brain, a prey animal.  (A
vet friend says to think of horses as half-ton rabbits.)

At its best, in riding the horse seems to be doing all the work and it
looks like the rider is "just sitting there" but I can tell you, the
rider is mentally and physically doing a lot to get that level of
cooperation from the horse.

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