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#174491 - 03/11/08 05:48 AM Re: I may be a camera [Re: tsuwm]  
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And many sources quote Canada as basketball's country of origin.
Shortening World Championship Series to World Series doesn't really answer the why world if there was still only one country involved but World Stadium might.

#174492 - 03/11/08 05:56 AM Re: I may be a camera [Re: Zed]  
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The World Serious

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#174497 - 03/11/08 06:58 AM Re: I may be a camera [Re: twosleepy]  
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Originally Posted By: twosleepy
I found this site: http://ezinearticles.com/?Most-Popular-Sports-Around-The-World&id=551180 which has some interesting surprises. The rankings are based on participants + watchers, which seems fair. Baseball comes out around 7th, tied with a bunch. What do you think?


Sounds reasonable, though of course there are many such sites with conflicting lists. Surprises me that Basketball doesn't rank higher, though I guess when you think about it, at the very most only 15,000 at a time can watch a basketball match, and that would be in the top stadiums alone, so it's limited by the nature of the venue in terms of spectacting. If you take TV audiences relatively more into account I'm sure it would be higher.

Some sports like ping pong are only up there because they are played in the world's most populous country.

Field Hockey is one I'd forgotten about. North Americans may be surprised to know that it outranks baseball, but most of the rest of the English speaking world and most of non-English speaking Europe and most of Asia play it avidly. Here in Australia "hockey" means field hockey and the sub-zero version is something exotic to us. We're not so "hot" on what we call "ice hockey".

#174505 - 03/11/08 11:24 AM Re: I may be a camera [Re: The Pook]  
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I don't believe it was ever played in the World Stadium (wherever that might be or have been). In the early days of the sport there weren't really any stadiums. It's also not called the World Series because it was sponsored by the New York World newspaper, because it wasn't.

#174512 - 03/11/08 01:42 PM Re: I may be a camera [Re: Faldage]  
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you agree with wikipedia, Faldo.

-joe (not that I do, unnerstan) friday

#174513 - 03/11/08 01:48 PM World Series of Threads [Re: tsuwm]  
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This thread may win the championship for most twisted.

#174515 - 03/11/08 01:54 PM Re: I may be a camera [Re: Faldage]  
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Originally Posted By: Faldage
I don't believe it was ever played in the World Stadium (wherever that might be or have been). In the early days of the sport there weren't really any stadiums. It's also not called the World Series because it was sponsored by the New York World newspaper, because it wasn't.


I do believe you may be right.
World Series History

So Americans really did call it the World Series because they thought the known World ended at Boston. Whaddya know! Don't remember where I heard the story about the World Stadium, guess it's spurious.

#174521 - 03/11/08 04:02 PM Re: World Series of Threads [Re: AnnaStrophic]  
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Yes, what was the leading idea to begin with? Hmm..

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#174531 - 03/12/08 12:06 AM Re: I may be a camera [Re: tsuwm]  
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Originally Posted By: tsuwm
boy, howdy! you have to actually *read that article to find the rankings!

-joe (they're not making lists like they used to) friday


Sorry! Didn't know reading was in such disfavor in these parts... ;0)

#174563 - 03/12/08 11:12 AM Re: I may be a camera [Re: tsuwm]  
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Originally Posted By: tsuwm
you agree with wikipedia, Faldo.

-joe (not that I do, unnerstan) friday


Correction: Wikipedia agrees with me. The sources of my belief are more rooted in SABR.

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