History SeriousBusiness / Sports

14th Apr '17 10:39:23 AM DarkPhoenix94
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* Up until the early 1990's, English football fans were [[FootballHooligans infamous for rioting]], to the point where individual teams had 'firms' of hooligans, which essentially engaged in gang warfare. This behaviour, combined with high fences to keep fans off the pitch and standing areas, culminated in the Heysel Disaster of 1985 in which 39 Juventus fans were killed (resulting in the ban of English teams from European competition for five years) and the Hillsborough disaster, in which ''96'' Liverpool fans were killed, with the [[TearJerker youngest victim, Jon-Paul Gilhooley, being only nine years old.]] He was also the cousin of a little boy who grew up to become legendary Liverpool and England captain Steven Gerrard, [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming who later said in his autobiography that he plays for Jon-Paul]]. The latter, however, can mainly be blamed on poor policing and the police attempted to pass the buck to the fans with the support of the Thatcher government. The ''Sun'' newspaper responded by viciously slandering Liverpool fans, alleging that they looted and pissed on the dead. To this day, despite several apologies of dubious sincerity, the ''Sun'' sells very few papers in Liverpool. Over twenty years after the disaster, a documentary proved that you can't even give it away.

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* Up until the early 1990's, English football fans were [[FootballHooligans infamous for rioting]], to the point where individual teams had 'firms' of hooligans, which essentially engaged in gang warfare. This behaviour, combined with high fences to keep fans off the pitch and standing areas, culminated in the Heysel Disaster of 1985 in which 39 Juventus fans were killed (resulting in the ban of English teams from European competition for five years) and the Hillsborough disaster, in which ''96'' Liverpool fans were killed, with the [[TearJerker youngest victim, Jon-Paul Gilhooley, being only nine ten years old.]] He was also the cousin of a little nine year old boy who grew up to become legendary Liverpool and England captain Steven Gerrard, lauded by legends of the game as one of its finest players, [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming who later said in his autobiography that he plays played for Jon-Paul]]. The latter, however, can mainly be blamed on poor policing and the police and ambulance service attempted to pass the buck to the fans with the support of the Thatcher government. The ''Sun'' newspaper responded by viciously slandering Liverpool fans, alleging that they looted and pissed on the dead. To this day, despite several apologies of dubious sincerity, the ''Sun'' sells very few papers in Liverpool. Over twenty years after the disaster, a documentary proved that you can't even give it away.
10th Apr '17 5:43:52 AM DarkPhoenix94
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** The legendarily competitive [[FanNickname Shanks]] was a goldmine of quotes to this effect:
*** To Liverpool player Tommy Smith: "Take that bandage off. And what do you mean about YOUR knee? It's Liverpool's knee!"
*** And about local rivals Everton: "If Everton were playing at the bottom of the garden, I'd pull the curtains."
*** "I know this is a sad occasion but I think that Dixie would be amazed to know that even in death he could draw a bigger crowd than Everton can on a Saturday Afternoon." For context, this was ''[[CrossesTheLineTwice at a man's funeral.]]''
*** And on a cup semi-final in 1971 against Everton. "Sickness would not have kept me away from this one. If I'd been dead, I would have had them bring the casket to the ground, prop it up in the stands and cut a hole in the lid."
5th Mar '17 11:09:03 AM Morgenthaler
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*** On a lighter note, an Egyptian joke holds that Egypt is a country of three religions: Islam, Christianity, and football.[[note]]Theoretically, Egypt's legal system recognizes Islam, Christianity, and Judaism, but virtually all of the Jews left/were forced to leave for [[ArabIsraeliConflict obvious reasons]] in the 1950s and 60s.[[/note]]

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*** On a lighter note, an Egyptian joke holds that Egypt is a country of three religions: Islam, Christianity, and football.[[note]]Theoretically, Egypt's legal system recognizes Islam, Christianity, and Judaism, but virtually all of the Jews left/were forced to leave for [[ArabIsraeliConflict [[UsefulNotes/ArabIsraeliConflict obvious reasons]] in the 1950s and 60s.[[/note]]
2nd Feb '17 6:04:36 AM Morgenthaler
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** Winnipeg Blue Bombers vs Saskatchewan Roughriders - case in point: at a GreatBigSea concert, the lead singer mentioned that their next stop would be Saskatoon - cue the ''entire'' arena booing. (The Riders aren't even from Saskatoon, they're based in Regina.) Alan: "You boo Saskatoon?!"

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** Winnipeg Blue Bombers vs Saskatchewan Roughriders - case in point: at a GreatBigSea Music/GreatBigSea concert, the lead singer mentioned that their next stop would be Saskatoon - cue the ''entire'' arena booing. (The Riders aren't even from Saskatoon, they're based in Regina.) Alan: "You boo Saskatoon?!"
24th Jan '17 6:30:36 PM EspyPsyche
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** Argentina, 16 February 2016. Referee Cesar Flores issued a red card in an amateur league match. Cut to a few moments later, where the player who was sent off [[DisproportionateRetribution has fetched his gun, which he uses to shoot Flores to death]].
14th Jan '17 12:58:03 PM ryanasaurus0077
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* Race relations are ''extremely'' serious business in the world of basketball. The NBA expelled one of its team owners[[note]]Donald Sterling, former owner of the Los Angeles Clippers[[/note]] for a racist rant towards his mistress that was recorded on audio and leaked by TMZ, and that's just one of his alleged crimes against race relations, but perhaps the most vicious of all as it directly threatened to undermine the NBA itself. This ended up setting a precedent which resulted in another team owner[[note]]Bruce Levenson of the Atlanta Hawks[[/note]] voluntarily giving up control of his team after it came out that he had sent an internal office email expressing concern that white fans might be reluctant to attend games alongside too many black fans. Also, the usage of the old idiom "chink in the armor" as a headline on the ESPN website to refer to a slump being undergone by a Knicks player who just so happens to be Chinese-American[[note]]Jeremy Lin[[/note]] is severely wrong, if not outright stupid. The idiom's reputation (previously, the phrase had been used without controversy to refer to other sports-related slumps). The editor who committed that boner? Fired. It just goes to show how much of a champion the sport is in terms of race relations.

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* Race relations are ''extremely'' serious business in the world of basketball. The NBA expelled one of its team owners[[note]]Donald Sterling, former owner of the Los Angeles Clippers[[/note]] for a racist rant towards his mistress that was recorded on audio and leaked by TMZ, and that's just one of his alleged crimes against race relations, but perhaps the most vicious of all as it directly threatened to undermine the NBA itself. This ended up setting a precedent which resulted in another team owner[[note]]Bruce Levenson of the Atlanta Hawks[[/note]] voluntarily giving up control of his team after it came out that he had sent an internal office email expressing concern that white fans might be reluctant to attend games alongside too many black fans. Also, the usage of the old idiom "chink in the armor" as a headline on the ESPN website to refer to a slump being undergone by a Knicks player who just so happens to be Chinese-American[[note]]Jeremy Lin[[/note]] is severely wrong, TARFU'd, if not outright stupid. The FUBAR'd, the idiom's reputation (previously, the phrase had been used without controversy to refer to other sports-related slumps). The editor who committed that boner? Fired. It just goes to show how much of a champion the sport is in terms of race relations.
14th Jan '17 12:26:13 PM TripleTV95
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** What one show consistently gets the highest TV ratings in the United States, driving prices for commercial timeslots during its broadcast up to [[SuperBowlSpecial over a million dollars a minute]]? ''The UsefulNotes/SuperBowl''.

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** What one show consistently gets the highest TV ratings in the United States, driving prices for commercial timeslots during its broadcast up to [[SuperBowlSpecial over a million dollars a minute]]? ''The UsefulNotes/SuperBowl''.The UsefulNotes/SuperBowl.



** Martha Coakley found out the hard way just what SeriousBusiness this was, when it ''cost her a US Senate seat... [[EpicFail to a Republican... costing the Democrats supermajority]]''. One particular problem was how adverse she was to actually ''campaigning'' for the election, which her opponent was quite comfortable doing. This trope tends to get play about one of her famous quotes regarding her loss - "What, did they expect me to shake hands outside of Fenway Park in the cold?" While the quote is more about her aversion to meeting with voters, the venue choice leads some to think that her disdain for the Red Sox caused her defeat. Compare with Massachusetts' other senator, John Kerry - while he has proven to be less than knowledgeable about the team itself, he does claim to be a fan, and usually gets a pass on his lack of knowledge.

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** Martha Coakley found out the hard way just what SeriousBusiness this was, when it ''cost cost her a US Senate seat... [[EpicFail to a Republican... ''Republican...'' costing the Democrats supermajority]]''. supermajority]]. One particular problem was how adverse she was to actually ''campaigning'' campaigning for the election, which her opponent was quite comfortable doing. This trope tends to get play about one of her famous quotes regarding her loss - "What, did they expect me to shake hands outside of Fenway Park in the cold?" While the quote is more about her aversion to meeting with voters, the venue choice leads some to think that her disdain for the Red Sox caused her defeat. Compare with Massachusetts' other senator, John Kerry - while he has proven to be less than knowledgeable about the team itself, he does claim to be a fan, and usually gets a pass on his lack of knowledge.



** They got the ''Green Bay Packers logo'' in their seal.

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** They got the ''Green Green Bay Packers logo'' logo in their seal.



* The Serious Business of sports was mused upon in a Sunday(?) comic of ''Frazz'', wherein Frazz and his cycling partner concluded that the ''unimportance'' of sports made them ''the most important thing there is''.

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* The Serious Business of sports was mused upon in a Sunday(?) comic of ''Frazz'', wherein Frazz and his cycling partner concluded that the ''unimportance'' unimportance of sports made them ''the the most important thing there is''.is.



** Connected to the previously-mentioned rivalry, it is SeriousBusiness for people to '''''HATE''''' the Duke basketball team... ''[[http://www.spartantailgate.com/forums/3686560-post21.html across]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fYOgC2Qbqh4 the]] [[http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/sports/basketball/college_basketball/villanova/Duke-Hate-Guide.html?corder=reverse entire]] [[http://www.sportingnews.com/yourturn/viewtopic.php?t=355217 United]] [[http://atleagle.blogspot.com/2005/03/let-duke-hating-begin.html States]] [[http://nbcsports.msnbc.com/id/23258333/ of]] [[http://www.snakesinmypants.com/2007/03/19/on-duke-hating-the-yankees-notre-dame-and-even-sort-of-the-cowboys/ America]]''.

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** Connected to the previously-mentioned rivalry, it is SeriousBusiness for people to outright '''''HATE''''' the Duke men's basketball team... ''[[http://www.spartantailgate.com/forums/3686560-post21.html across]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fYOgC2Qbqh4 the]] [[http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/sports/basketball/college_basketball/villanova/Duke-Hate-Guide.html?corder=reverse entire]] [[http://www.sportingnews.com/yourturn/viewtopic.php?t=355217 United]] [[http://atleagle.blogspot.com/2005/03/let-duke-hating-begin.html States]] [[http://nbcsports.msnbc.com/id/23258333/ of]] [[http://www.snakesinmypants.com/2007/03/19/on-duke-hating-the-yankees-notre-dame-and-even-sort-of-the-cowboys/ America]]''.



** Winnipeg Blue Bombers vs Saskatchewan Roughriders - case in point: at a '''GreatBigSea concert''' the lead singer mentioned that their next stop would be Saskatoon - cue the ''entire'' arena booing. (The Riders aren't even from Saskatoon, they're based in Regina.) Alan: "You boo Saskatoon?!"

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** Winnipeg Blue Bombers vs Saskatchewan Roughriders - case in point: at a '''GreatBigSea concert''' GreatBigSea concert, the lead singer mentioned that their next stop would be Saskatoon - cue the ''entire'' arena booing. (The Riders aren't even from Saskatoon, they're based in Regina.) Alan: "You boo Saskatoon?!"



* This [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0-6Tn0Ie-AQ New York Giants fan]] after the Giants lost to the Eagles in the 08/09 playoffs. And it was probably even worse for him after my team the [[ButtMonkey Arizona Cardinals]] beat the Eagles and went to the Super Bowl instead of them.

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* This [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0-6Tn0Ie-AQ New York Giants fan]] after the Giants lost to the Eagles in the 08/09 playoffs. And it was probably even worse for him after my team the [[ButtMonkey Arizona Cardinals]] beat the Eagles and went to the Super Bowl instead of them.



*** As well as when they say that pads are for sissies. Even though pads do lessen the odds of serious injury, there are still people being '''killed''' to this day in American Football.

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*** As well as when they say that pads are for sissies. Even though pads do lessen the odds of serious injury, there are still people being '''killed''' ''killed'' to this day in American Football.



* At least in all these instances, there are actual games to get worked up about. If you want to see complete abandonment of good sense, watch the coverage of the NFL draft. All the drama, all the overanalysis, mock drafts, urgent updates from the various "war rooms", speculation, prognostication, hand-wringing, head scratching, elation, outrage, and fans... fans!... sitting in and ''cheering'' and ''booing'' the picks as they happen. All for a bunch of guys who have not played one single NFL game! (It gets even more ridiculous when you consider that you can't even ''begin'' speculating on their worth to your team until they get signed to a contract, which might not even happen at all.) Mel Kiper Jr. essentially has analyzing and predicting the draft as his ''entire career''. Tell me there isn't something seriously messed up with that.

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* At least in all these instances, there are actual games to get worked up about. If you want to see complete abandonment of good sense, watch the coverage of the NFL draft. All the drama, all the overanalysis, mock drafts, urgent updates from the various "war rooms", speculation, prognostication, hand-wringing, head scratching, elation, outrage, and fans... fans!... fans sitting in and ''cheering'' both cheering and ''booing'' booing the picks as they happen. All for a bunch of guys who have not played one single NFL game! (It gets even more ridiculous when you consider that you can't even ''begin'' speculating on their worth to your team until they get signed to a contract, which might not even happen at all.) Mel Kiper Jr. essentially has analyzing and predicting the draft as his ''entire career''. Tell me there isn't something seriously messed up with that.



** And then there was the controversy when former University of Southern California Trojans and current New Orleans Saints running back Reggie Bush, who had without a doubt the most electric season the year that he won the Heisman (had 2,600 all-purpose yards (rushing, receiving, returning, and passing), and 18 touchdowns (15 from rushing, two from receiving and one as a punt returner) and broke out runs of SportsCenter Top 10 Plays quality almost every game) was declared retroactively ineligible as a player for the year he won the award over accepting illegal benefits. Bush and USC airmailed both copies of the trophy they received back to the Heisman Trust, who decided not to declare a winner for 2005. But this didn't stop sports journalists from ''awarding'' former Texas Longhorns and current Tennessee Titans quarterback Vince Young, who ironically tore Reggie's Trojans a new one in the 2006 Rose Bowl the next month to decide the national championship, the trophy. And to make things worse, [[UnPerson Reggie's name has been stricken from all record books that he is mentioned in, all awards he received that year were taken away, and any images or mentions of him in USC's athletic facilities have been removed.]]

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** And then there was the controversy when former University of Southern California Trojans and current New Orleans Saints running back Reggie Bush, who had without a doubt the most electric season the year that he won the Heisman (had 2,600 all-purpose yards (rushing, receiving, returning, and passing), and 18 touchdowns (15 from rushing, two from receiving and one as a punt returner) and broke out runs of SportsCenter Top 10 Plays quality almost every game) was declared retroactively ineligible as a player for the year he won the award over accepting illegal benefits. Bush and USC airmailed both copies of the trophy they received back to the Heisman Trust, who decided not to declare a winner for 2005. But this didn't stop sports journalists from ''awarding'' awarding former Texas Longhorns and current Tennessee Titans quarterback Vince Young, who ironically tore Reggie's Trojans a new one in the 2006 Rose Bowl the next month to decide the national championship, the trophy. And to make things worse, [[UnPerson Reggie's name has been stricken from all record books that he is mentioned in, all awards he received that year were taken away, and any images or mentions of him in USC's athletic facilities have been removed.]]



** Even better, the President of Nigeria ''suspended the entire Nigerian national team'' for failing to get out of the group stage. Which means they won't be able to play any matches for two years.

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** Even better, the President of Nigeria ''suspended suspended the entire ''entire'' Nigerian national team'' team for failing to get out of the group stage. Which means they won't be able to play any matches for two years.



* UsefulNotes/AssociationFootball/Soccer vs [[UsefulNotes/AmericanFootball American Football]] [[AmericansHateTingle debates]] are very serious at least on the internet. Both sides [[strike:are rather respectful in their debate and employ eloquent and well-researched arguments]] have {{Flame War}}s about each other's favored "football" with complete FanDumb behavior and absolutely pathetic and not researched arguments to why their sport is better. It would be easier if both sides just said "I just don't like that other football" and be on with it, but that's why it's here in the first place. Calling the former sport ''soccer'' is a BerserkButton to Association Football fans. Ironically, in a research mistake by these two sides, [[AwfulTruth the word was actually coined by a Brit and not an American]].

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* UsefulNotes/AssociationFootball/Soccer vs [[UsefulNotes/AmericanFootball American Football]] [[AmericansHateTingle debates]] are very serious at least on the internet. Both sides [[strike:are rather respectful in their debate and employ eloquent and well-researched arguments]] have {{Flame War}}s about each other's favored "football" with complete FanDumb behavior and absolutely pathetic and not researched arguments to why their sport is better. It would be easier if both sides just said "I just don't like that other football" and be on with it, but that's why it's here in the first place. Calling the former sport ''soccer'' "soccer" is a BerserkButton to Association Football fans. Ironically, in a research mistake by these two sides, [[AwfulTruth the word was actually coined by a Brit and not an American]].



* High School Wrestling. Parents in some places have been known to shout things like, "Break his neck!" about teenage boys wrestling. In one case, a parent who said this, when called out on it afterward, repeated that yes, she ''really did'' want the kid on the opposing team to get his neck broken. Wrestling in general is pretty intense at any level. You'll find many otherwise nice parents turn into monsters as soon as their little Timmy steps onto the mat. And god forbid the referee makes a decision they don't like.

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* High School Wrestling. Parents in some places have been known to shout things like, "Break his neck!" about teenage boys wrestling. In one case, a parent who said this, when called out on it afterward, repeated that yes, she ''really did'' really did want the kid on the opposing team to get his neck broken. Wrestling in general is pretty intense at any level. You'll find many otherwise nice parents turn into monsters as soon as their little Timmy steps onto the mat. And god forbid the referee makes a decision they don't like.



-->"Winning isn't everything; it's the only thing." - UCLA Bruins football coach Red Sanders
* Lakers basketball. When the Lakers are in the finals (which is pretty often) the fans tend to riot in the streets of Los Angeles whether they win or lose.

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-->"Winning isn't everything; it's the only thing." - Former UCLA Bruins football coach Red Sanders
* Los Angeles Lakers basketball. When the Lakers are in the finals (which is used to be pretty often) often, but not in the last few years, with the team entering its DorkAge) the fans tend to riot in the streets of Los Angeles whether they win or lose.



** Not only that, but ''fist fights'' are broken out ''just'' because some twit criticized the other idiot's team. Non-Sports fans cannot help but {{facepalm}}

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** Not only that, but ''fist fights'' are broken fist fights can break out ''just'' just because some twit criticized the other idiot's team. Non-Sports fans cannot help but {{facepalm}}



* Running. The vast majority of runners are only in it for their own fitness, and many marathons are held as charity fundraisers, but God help you if you call them ''joggers''...

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* Running. The vast majority of runners are only in it for their own fitness, and many marathons are held as charity fundraisers, but God help you if you call them ''joggers''..."joggers"...



* Race relations are ''extremely serious business'' in the world of basketball. The NBA expelled one of its team owners[[note]]Donald Sterling, former owner of the Los Angeles Clippers[[/note]] for a racist rant towards his mistress that was recorded on audio and leaked by TMZ, and that's just one of his alleged crimes against race relations, but perhaps the most vicious of all as it directly threatened to undermine the NBA itself. This ended up setting a precedent which resulted in another team owner[[note]]Bruce Levenson of the Atlanta Hawks[[/note]] voluntarily giving up control of his team after it came out that he had sent an internal office email expressing concern that white fans might be reluctant to attend games alongside too many black fans. Also, the usage of the old idiom "chink in the armor" as a headline on the ESPN website to refer to a slump being undergone by a Knicks player who just so happens to be Chinese-American[[note]]Jeremy Lin[[/note]] severely TARFU'd, if not outright FUBAR'd, the idiom's reputation (previously, the phrase had been used without controversy to refer to other sports-related slumps). The editor who committed that boner? Fired. It just goes to show how much of a champion the sport is in terms of race relations.

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* Race relations are ''extremely ''extremely'' serious business'' business in the world of basketball. The NBA expelled one of its team owners[[note]]Donald Sterling, former owner of the Los Angeles Clippers[[/note]] for a racist rant towards his mistress that was recorded on audio and leaked by TMZ, and that's just one of his alleged crimes against race relations, but perhaps the most vicious of all as it directly threatened to undermine the NBA itself. This ended up setting a precedent which resulted in another team owner[[note]]Bruce Levenson of the Atlanta Hawks[[/note]] voluntarily giving up control of his team after it came out that he had sent an internal office email expressing concern that white fans might be reluctant to attend games alongside too many black fans. Also, the usage of the old idiom "chink in the armor" as a headline on the ESPN website to refer to a slump being undergone by a Knicks player who just so happens to be Chinese-American[[note]]Jeremy Lin[[/note]] is severely TARFU'd, wrong, if not outright FUBAR'd, the stupid. The idiom's reputation (previously, the phrase had been used without controversy to refer to other sports-related slumps). The editor who committed that boner? Fired. It just goes to show how much of a champion the sport is in terms of race relations.



* And now, ''fantasy'' sports are Serious Business. Not just the local office pool or online Fantasy Sports league, but with the introduction of one-week fantasy football gambl--er, entertainment sites like Fan Duel and Draft Kings where people can put up real money and get real money back in return.
* In Europe, especially the Nordic countries and Germany, Handball is extremely popular. As Germany is one of the biggest markets, the world governing body for Handball ''changed their own rules'' to allow Germany to participate in the world cup even though it had not qualified. Go to Schleswig-Holstein (the northernmost state of Germany) and go to a Handball game. Serious Business indeed.
* Basketball and boxing are notoriously Serious Business in the Philippines. The Philippine Basketball Association, formed in 1975, is the second oldest professional basketball league in the ''world,'' only behind the NationalBasketballAssociation; the PBA came out from a league that started in the [[OlderThanTheyThink late 30s]]. It also helps that you can find a basketball court (full or half) on just about everywhere - from the streets to construction sites. Barangays (the smallest administrative unit in the country) are also known to hold basketball leagues every summer that draw in hundreds. "Multi-purpose halls," which are basically glorified basketball courts are the favorite projects of most city and town mayors, often [[ItsAllAboutMe bearing their name]] on the roof or on the backboards. That's how serious basketball is in this country; if it were a religion, it would easily upstage Roman Catholicism as the biggest one.
** In regards to the boxing part, a Manny Pacquiao fight is a surefire guarantee that crime rate in the entire country will drop to virtually ''zero.'' Yes, everyone loved to watch him so much that even lawless elements stop doing their business just to see Pacquiao fight in the ring.

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* And now, ''fantasy'' fantasy sports are Serious Business. Not just the local office pool or online Fantasy Sports league, but with the introduction of one-week fantasy football gambl--er, gambler entertainment sites like Fan Duel and Draft Kings where people can put up real money and get real money back in return.
* In Europe, especially the Nordic countries and Germany, Handball is extremely popular. As Germany is one of the biggest markets, the world governing body for Handball ''changed changed their own rules'' rules to allow Germany to participate in the world cup even though it had not qualified. Go to Schleswig-Holstein (the northernmost state of Germany) and go to a Handball game. Serious Business indeed.
* Basketball and boxing are notoriously Serious Business in the Philippines. The Philippine Basketball Association, formed in 1975, is the second oldest professional basketball league in the ''world,'' world, only behind the NationalBasketballAssociation; the PBA came out from a league that started in the [[OlderThanTheyThink late 30s]]. It also helps that you can find a basketball court (full or half) on just about everywhere - from the streets to construction sites. Barangays (the smallest administrative unit in the country) are also known to hold basketball leagues every summer that draw in hundreds. "Multi-purpose halls," which are basically glorified basketball courts are the favorite projects of most city and town mayors, often [[ItsAllAboutMe bearing their name]] on the roof or on the backboards. That's how serious basketball is in this country; if it were a religion, it would easily upstage Roman Catholicism as the biggest one.
** In regards to the boxing part, a Manny Pacquiao fight is a surefire guarantee that crime rate in the entire country will drop to virtually ''zero.'' zero. Yes, everyone loved to watch him so much that even lawless elements stop doing their business just to see Pacquiao fight in the ring.
14th Jan '17 10:49:25 AM 59Efra
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** It's called "The Race That Stops a Nation" [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin for a reason]]. But as it's held on a Tuesday and public holidays are {{Serious Business}} in Australia, most people try to skip Monday too.

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** It's called "The Race That Stops a Nation" [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin [[NotHyperbole for a reason]]. But as it's held on a Tuesday and public holidays are {{Serious Business}} in Australia, most people try to skip Monday too.
4th Nov '16 9:16:26 AM KingLyger
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* Pick ''any'' professional sport. People make a living from, and others dedicatedly and sometimes over-enthusiastically follow people, playing games. Given how some people make a living from this, it may be justified.
** It's to the point that professional athletes are put on a pedestal all year long, even regarding their personal lives: sports media will freak out about the slightest off-season incident even if it can be resolved without interfering with the player's ability to work, and the NFL has gone as far as institute a "Player Conduct Policy" with which the commissioner can punish players over matters not having anything to do with the league. Serious business, indeed.
** What one show consistently gets the highest TV ratings in the United States, driving prices for commercial timeslots during its broadcast up to [[SuperBowlSpecial over a million dollars a minute]]? ''The SuperBowl''.
* And not just professional sports, or even collegiate ones. In many parts of the U.S. (especially in the South and Texas), ''high school'' football is regarded as more important than life or death. Impoverished towns that can barely maintain their own infrastructure are somehow able to boast state-of-the-art stadia seating tens of thousands for their high school teams. And they will rabidly defend the spending decisions on the rare occasions when anyone questions their wisdom.

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* Pick ''any'' professional sport. People make a living from, just from watching it, gambling on it, and others dedicatedly and sometimes over-enthusiastically follow people, writing about it, let alone actually playing games. Given how some it. Beyond that, you have fans who will defend their favorite team/player/sport to their dying breath, even willing to start fights over it. All in the name of people make playing a living from this, it may be justified.
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** It's to the point that professional athletes are put on a pedestal all year long, even regarding their personal lives: sports media will freak out about the slightest off-season incident even if it can be resolved without interfering with the player's ability to work, and the NFL has gone as far as institute a "Player Conduct Policy" with which the commissioner can punish players over matters not having anything to do with the league. Serious business, indeed.
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** What one show consistently gets the highest TV ratings in the United States, driving prices for commercial timeslots during its broadcast up to [[SuperBowlSpecial over a million dollars a minute]]? ''The SuperBowl''.
UsefulNotes/SuperBowl''.
* And not just professional sports, or even collegiate ones. In many parts of the U.S. (especially in the South and Texas), ''high school'' football is regarded as more important than life or death. Impoverished towns that can barely maintain their own infrastructure are somehow able to boast state-of-the-art stadia stadiums seating tens of thousands for their high school teams. And they will rabidly defend the spending decisions on the rare occasions when anyone questions their wisdom.



* Pick a movie about sports. ''Any'' movie about sports.
** With the possible exception of ''Film/TheBadNewsBears''.

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* Pick a movie about sports. ''Any'' movie about sports.
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sports. With the possible exception of ''Film/TheBadNewsBears''.
12th Oct '16 11:23:55 AM The_Pyro_Jawsome
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** We aren't that bad. You're a few miles too Far East. It's Arkansas and the Mississippi River states that got up in arms about that shit.
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