Random Thoughts

ShoreLion
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Re: Random Thoughts

Postby ShoreLion » Sun Aug 27, 2017 12:07 pm

The TKO wasn't really questionable. That fight gets stopped 99 out of 100 times in that instance. Probably MMA fans thought it was stopped early because in that sport they keep pounding and drawing blood until guys are really hurt. But this was boxing, not MMA. McGregor was no longer defending himself and was taking some serious shots in that last round. It should have been stopped. He was out on his feet.

I had no desire to watch this fight and especially not to pay for it but I when I went to bed I figured I'd check out what was happening so I got on my phone. I literally found somebody live streaming it for free in like 2 seconds. So I watched it from the middle of the 2nd round on. And didn't pay a dime. Take that suckas!

Blue&White
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Re: Random Thoughts

Postby Blue&White » Sun Aug 27, 2017 1:44 pm

I didn't watch it and was only reacting to what people I know said about it. I have no idea if it was a good call or not, but am happy to accept it was. I lost interest in boxing years ago. I used to watch it regularly in the 80s and into the early 90s, but at the point where you had to do pay-per-view to see every big fight, and the fight was almost always one sided and over in 2 rounds is when I gave up on it completely. The Tyson-Peter McNeeley fight was, for me, the absolute last straw. I had already mostly given up on boxing before then, but I went to a party to watch that fight, chipped in for food and beer and the pay-per-view cost, got up to get a drink and it was over by the time I got back. I've not watched boxing since.

psu_dad
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Re: Random Thoughts

Postby psu_dad » Sun Aug 27, 2017 5:22 pm

In the early-mid 20th century, boxing and horse racing were (in terms of total live attendance) the most popular indoor and outdoor sports in the country. Even as late as late as the 1980s, boxing was still pretty popular, but now both sports have faded significantly from their glory days. Horse racing suffered when it lost its long-held monopoly as the only legal form of wagering and casinos started popping up everywhere. The death of boxing is probably more complicated.

LioninVa
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Re: Random Thoughts

Postby LioninVa » Sun Aug 27, 2017 5:44 pm

Maybe, _dad, but I think B-dub was close with the pay per view aspect. Boxing used to be on network television back when we had the big three and PBS. Then cable kicked in and it was, maybe, ok. Showtime had a stak in there somewhere and PPV wasn't unreasonable. In the past few years, the cost has become questionable if not prohibitive. I can't see shelling out $100 for a fight that won't start until I am well into REM sleep. Maub I am getting old; no, I know I'm getting old; but that's what I think.

psu_dad
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Re: Random Thoughts

Postby psu_dad » Sun Aug 27, 2017 6:50 pm

I remember the days when boxing was on network television for free. There seemed to be a fight on TV every week. But even back then, they had a form of PPV for the really big fights. If you wanted to watch Aii fight Frazier in the 1970s, you had to go to a large venue and watch on "closed circuit television". I saw the Hagler-Hearns fight that way in the old Boston Garden in 1985.

I'm really not sure if the lack of free boxing on network TV killed boxing or if a lack of interest and drop in the TV ratings killed free boxing on network TV.

Blue&White
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Re: Random Thoughts

Postby Blue&White » Sun Aug 27, 2017 6:58 pm

I'm really not sure if the lack of free boxing on network TV killed boxing or if a lack of interest and drop in the TV ratings killed free boxing on network TV.

I suspect it's a mixture. Promoters got greedy and interest waned. I know why promoters were greedy but interest waning is probably more complicated. I suspect more entertainment choices and a society rejecting the violence of boxing were factors.

Not having larger-than-life personalities hurts, too. Ali, Frazier, Forman were all big personalities. You don't have that today, for a variety of reasons.

PSUgrower
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Re: Random Thoughts

Postby PSUgrower » Sun Aug 27, 2017 8:58 pm

Enjoy the upcoming school year Mad!!!!

Blue&White
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Re: Random Thoughts

Postby Blue&White » Mon Aug 28, 2017 5:48 am

The pictures out of Houston are just incredible. My wife periodically says we should move back to Jersey and buy a house near the beach. I'm hoping this puts a final end to that conversation.

Although Sandy didn't, so who knows.

PittGradPSUMad
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Re: Random Thoughts

Postby PittGradPSUMad » Mon Aug 28, 2017 7:16 am

PSUgrower wrote:Enjoy the upcoming school year Mad!!!!


Same to you, G. I could've worked every day last week as well as today. Not ready, yet. I plan to work two days a week. Just not ready to pack it in, yet, and I really like working with the kids. Most fun I've had working....ever. BTW, I managed to salvage enough tomatoes to make a gallon of sauce last week...my best batch yet. The chanterelle mushrooms I found on the hillside behind my house made it even better.
Yeah, well, that's like your opinion, man.

psu_dad
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Re: Random Thoughts

Postby psu_dad » Mon Aug 28, 2017 8:01 am

I saw this ridiculous commercial in which some putz insisted that a tablet was indispensable for teaching math to children. Nonsense. All you need is a yardstick ... and the will to use it.

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