Posted by: getthenac | February 17, 2010

Shooting and scoring

From Wayne Wood:

As Winter Olympic viewers know, the biathlon is a combination of cross country skiing and shooting. I’m not sure where the idea came from to take a legitimate sporting activity, skiing, and add gunplay. (I’m sure I could find out, but that would require actual research). But what strikes me is how many sports would be made WAY better by following the lead of the biathlon and adding shooting. Figure skating, for example. Wouldn’t that be a far more interesting sport if every 30 seconds the skaters were required to whip out a gun and blast away at a target? Pole vaulting would be vastly more interesting if everybody was required to clear the bar and then shoot at some stuff on the way down. Track and field races already use a gun to start the race, why not really spice things up and give one to all the runners? THEN we’ll see who gets to the finish line first.

Televised golf would even be transformed into something worth watching.

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  1. “Figure skating, for example. Wouldn’t that be a far more interesting sport if every 30 seconds the skaters were required to whip out a gun and blast away at a target? Pole vaulting would be vastly more interesting if everybody was required to clear the bar and then shoot at some stuff on the way down”.

    Your idea is a good one.
    Trouble is, its already been done by the forward Horsey Set. They already do include shooting as part of a timed course. The fastest horse and skilled rider – speed and accurate marksmanship, wins.

    The Kitsap County Sheriff’s Posse in Washington state compete every year at the Silver Spurs Club event.

    Usually the east coast leads and chomps at a new bone waaaay before the west coast.
    Times change…people usually don’t.

    Thank you, Vanderbilt University for your investigative , thinking and curious physicians and reporters.
    Thank you.


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