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Sports that should be made games

So, I’m watching way too much TV (Guess who threw his back out Thursday?) and NBC actually had bike racing at the Velodrome. I saw a new, and quite interesting, race. The points race. This version was 160 laps (250 m/lap, so 40 km). Every 10th lap is a sprint, with 5/3/2/1 points awarded.

Now for the kicker … if you lap the group (if judges place that you are “in the pack” then you get a 20 points award, but your extra lap ahead is erased and you are considered to be behind the new leader). [Anyone who falls a lap behind suffers -20 points and is effectively eliminated].

Obviously NBC didn’t show all the race (which took about 50 minutes) but they showed a good chunk of it. I wonder if there are other games that have interesting tactical rules (beyond just “Be better”) … I know yachting does (not that I understand them). Any others?

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Written by taogaming

August 16, 2008 at 5:51 pm

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  1. The long bike races (tour de France) are extremly tactical, and thats why I am interested in them.
    Curling is another surprisingly tactical game/sport ( think its a hybrid between those two actually)

    Peer

    August 17, 2008 at 3:39 am

  2. The long bike races (tour de France) are extremly tactical, and thats why I am interested in them.
    Curling is another surprisingly tactical game/sport ( think its a hybrid between those two actually)

    Peer

    August 17, 2008 at 3:39 am

  3. Obviously NBC didn’t show all the race (which took about 50 minutes)

    No, but they did show the entire women’s marathon! Which only took 2 1/2 hours. Sheesh.

    Matt Crawford

    August 19, 2008 at 11:49 am

  4. Curling is another surprisingly tactical game/sport ( think its a hybrid between those two actually)

    Oddly enough, I played a (the?) boardgame about curling just this Saturday – Sweep!. Good game – not the type of game I’m strongly inclined to, but it did such a nice job of looking like the sport does on TV and giving players some meaningful choices without bogging down that I think it’s a keeper for me.

    Joe Huber

    August 19, 2008 at 1:37 pm


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