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Author:  Dork Lard [ Thu Mar 08, 2018 9:44 pm ]
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So as the cliché goes, athletes are dumb shits, or more aptly expressed: high testosterone=lower IQ etc etc... you'll have noticed top athletes are indeed often limited verbally, in interviews and what not. Conversely, some of the more articulate speakers are often not the best athletes or amongst the very best players..

Who are some of the exception athletes you can think of that have come across as intelligent, in wtvr sport ?

Author:  nardol [ Thu Mar 08, 2018 9:47 pm ]
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Mike Brown

Author:  Seneca of the Night [ Thu Mar 08, 2018 9:47 pm ]
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Mark Richardson.

Author:  nardol [ Thu Mar 08, 2018 9:47 pm ]
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Gavin Henson

Author:  Edinburgh01 [ Thu Mar 08, 2018 9:50 pm ]
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Dork Lard wrote:
So as the cliché goes, athletes are dumb shits, or more aptly expressed: high testosterone=lower IQ etc etc... you'll have noticed top athletes are indeed often limited verbally, in interviews and what not. Conversely, some of the more articulate speakers are often not the best athletes or amongst the very best players..

Who are some of the exception athletes you can think of that have come across as intelligent, in wtvr sport ?


Coming across as intelligent on TV does not mean you are. Laura Muir has just won bronze and silver at the World Indoors, and whilst she does not come across as thick, she does not sound like a rocker scientist when interviewed. Yet she has managed to be a top class athlete while studying to be a vet and is missing the Commonwealth Games for her final exams.

I am sure there are a shed more who are more academically gifted.

Author:  feckwanker [ Thu Mar 08, 2018 9:50 pm ]
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Author:  Edinburgh01 [ Thu Mar 08, 2018 9:50 pm ]
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Author:  YOYO [ Thu Mar 08, 2018 9:52 pm ]
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Sebastien Vahaamahina.

Author:  YOYO [ Thu Mar 08, 2018 9:53 pm ]
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Author:  RodneyRegis [ Thu Mar 08, 2018 10:06 pm ]
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Clappy clapperson is meant to be pretty smart isn't he?

Author:  Chips [ Thu Mar 08, 2018 10:06 pm ]
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Author:  Nieghorn [ Thu Mar 08, 2018 10:20 pm ]
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To be fair to many athletes, the people doing the interviewing ask questions ranging from 'already answered the question with the question' to 'completely inane'.

CGW's "Yeah, Definitely!" segment showed that they always get closed questions with obvious responses (but it seems they've taken them all down from youtube :( )

... found a supercut on fb: https://www.facebook.com/CrowdGoesWild/ ... 415448764/

Author:  Brumby_in_Vic [ Thu Mar 08, 2018 10:36 pm ]
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Robbie Diack.

Author:  Deadtigers [ Thu Mar 08, 2018 10:42 pm ]
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Nieghorn wrote:
To be fair to many athletes, the people doing the interviewing ask questions ranging from 'already answered the question with the question' to 'completely inane'.

CGW's "Yeah, Definitely!" segment showed that they always get closed questions with obvious responses (but it seems they've taken them all down from youtube :( )

... found a supercut on fb: https://www.facebook.com/CrowdGoesWild/ ... 415448764/


That was a great post Nieg. Now how do you feel that post will received over the life of this thread? Do you think your fans understand how hard you work to come up with that?

Author:  Bindi [ Thu Mar 08, 2018 10:47 pm ]
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Author:  Chips [ Thu Mar 08, 2018 10:51 pm ]
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Nieghorn wrote:
To be fair to many athletes, the people doing the interviewing ask questions ranging from 'already answered the question with the question' to 'completely inane'.

CGW's "Yeah, Definitely!" segment showed that they always get closed questions with obvious responses (but it seems they've taken them all down from youtube :( )

... found a supercut on fb: https://www.facebook.com/CrowdGoesWild/ ... 415448764/




There is another phrase that sportsmen always seem to say, across lots of different sports, that I don't think I have ever heard anyone say in everyday conversation, and that is starting an answer with the words; 'for sure...'

Author:  Nieghorn [ Thu Mar 08, 2018 10:53 pm ]
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Deadtigers wrote:
Nieghorn wrote:
To be fair to many athletes, the people doing the interviewing ask questions ranging from 'already answered the question with the question' to 'completely inane'.

CGW's "Yeah, Definitely!" segment showed that they always get closed questions with obvious responses (but it seems they've taken them all down from youtube :( )

... found a supercut on fb: https://www.facebook.com/CrowdGoesWild/ ... 415448764/


That was a great post Nieg. Now how do you feel that post will received over the life of this thread? Do you think your fans understand how hard you work to come up with that?


Yah, nah, definitely. :D

Author:  Plato'sCave [ Thu Mar 08, 2018 10:56 pm ]
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Author:  Nieghorn [ Thu Mar 08, 2018 10:57 pm ]
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Chips wrote:
Nieghorn wrote:
To be fair to many athletes, the people doing the interviewing ask questions ranging from 'already answered the question with the question' to 'completely inane'.

CGW's "Yeah, Definitely!" segment showed that they always get closed questions with obvious responses (but it seems they've taken them all down from youtube :( )

... found a supercut on fb: https://www.facebook.com/CrowdGoesWild/ ... 415448764/




There is another phrase that sportsmen always seem to say, across lots of different sports, that I don't think I have ever heard anyone say in everyday conversation, and that is starting an answer with the words; 'for sure...'


Ice hockey it's "you know" ... which I think is more of a time filler while he collects his thoughts. But while other people of his generation would chuck in "like" it's been a hockey thing for years to drop "you know" throughout an interview.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iDJC8yerHko

Author:  Nieghorn [ Thu Mar 08, 2018 10:59 pm ]
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This may be a huge generalization, but do you think that it's often the 'role players' or 'journeymen' who tend to be the most intelligent? They've had to work harder and smarter, typically, to get where they are and being on the cusp of 'making it' were more likely to have an education/profession to pursue just in case they didn't?

Author:  Chips [ Thu Mar 08, 2018 11:01 pm ]
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Nieghorn wrote:
This may be a huge generalization, but do you think that it's often the 'role players' or 'journeymen' who tend to be the most intelligent? They've had to work harder and smarter, typically, to get where they are and being on the cusp of 'making it' were more likely to have an education/profession to pursue just in case they didn't?





Absolutely. They often make the best coaches as well as they have had to think harder about the game rather than it all coming easy and naturally to them.

Author:  Dork Lard [ Thu Mar 08, 2018 11:15 pm ]
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:lol: okay my mistake for making this thread on here I suppose.

Thanks Nieg for your good will, yes I'm sure the role players are the smarter ones, well spotted.
For example if I picked RU and France recently, the guy who's come across as the smartest was Clermont hooker Benjamin Kayser, and he was also not surprisingly one of the least athletic selected players from that entire PSA period, and one of the least remarkable ones. Definitely the consistent more clever role player...but there's room in RU for the hardworking type that isn't blessed with incredible athleticism where it's less common in for eg basketball I'd say where explosiveness/athletic ability will practically guarantee you a spot. There have been clever bball players, but I mean actually intelligent, not just high basketball/Rugby/soccer IQ but, straight-up high IQ.

Chips right, the top coaches are very often completely underwhelming unremarkable players, in any pro sport.

Author:  Bullettyme [ Thu Mar 08, 2018 11:18 pm ]
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Fourie Du Preez

Author:  shereblue [ Thu Mar 08, 2018 11:36 pm ]
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Michael Johnson might not be an intellectual but he is a mature and intelligent commentator and successful business man - as well as having been an amazing 200 and 400m runner.

Author:  J Man [ Thu Mar 08, 2018 11:37 pm ]
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Anyone who is funny, like Marc Ellis.

Author:  J Man [ Thu Mar 08, 2018 11:41 pm ]
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I'm actually surprised how hard it is to think up some names for intelligent athletes.

I think the problem is that anyone who is obviously intelligent (team captains like Cameron Smith, Richie McCaw ect) are under such strict instructions to not rock the boat that it is impossible for them to comment on anything interesting. Sponsors are so terrified at offence being caused that these guys can't say anything - they are effectively politicians.

Author:  naki [ Thu Mar 08, 2018 11:54 pm ]
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J Man wrote:
I'm actually surprised how hard it is to think up some names for intelligent athletes.

I think the problem is that anyone who is obviously intelligent (team captains like Cameron Smith, Richie McCaw ect) are under such strict instructions to not rock the boat that it is impossible for them to comment on anything interesting. Sponsors are so terrified at offence being caused that these guys can't say anything - they are effectively politicians.


Richie doesn’t have a controversial bone in his (hot) body anyway. He was the perfect Rugby Robot captain for sponsors.

Author:  nardol [ Thu Mar 08, 2018 11:57 pm ]
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Any Australian.

Author:  LandOTurk [ Fri Mar 09, 2018 12:06 am ]
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Any NFL Quarterback who makes a good fist of it. A lot of detail to remember quickly and under pressure.

Author:  Diego [ Fri Mar 09, 2018 12:07 am ]
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Felipe Contepomi

Author:  WoodlandsRFC [ Fri Mar 09, 2018 12:08 am ]
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naki wrote:
J Man wrote:
I'm actually surprised how hard it is to think up some names for intelligent athletes.

I think the problem is that anyone who is obviously intelligent (team captains like Cameron Smith, Richie McCaw ect) are under such strict instructions to not rock the boat that it is impossible for them to comment on anything interesting. Sponsors are so terrified at offence being caused that these guys can't say anything - they are effectively politicians.


Richie doesn’t have a controversial bone in his (hot) body anyway. He was the perfect Rugby Robot captain for sponsors.

A genius. A Rhodes Scholar had it not been for his successful rugby playing career.

Author:  LandOTurk [ Fri Mar 09, 2018 12:09 am ]
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Plato'sCave wrote:
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Hallam Amos is also towards the end of his medical degree too. I have it in my head there is a third (recent/current) Welsh international rugby player who is also a medic, but may be mistaken.

Author:  Nieghorn [ Fri Mar 09, 2018 12:11 am ]
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Dork Lard wrote:
Definitely the consistent more clever role player...but there's room in RU for the hardworking type that isn't blessed with incredible athleticism where it's less common in for eg basketball I'd say where explosiveness/athletic ability will practically guarantee you a spot. There have been clever bball players, but I mean actually intelligent, not just high basketball/Rugby/soccer IQ but, straight-up high IQ.



Growing up, being a devotee of the NBA and NFL, I was always interested which of them actually got through uni without struggling. Probably most, but there were always stories of the rampant boosters and coaches doing whatever to keep their best athletes in 'The Program' (the film by that name a stark look at it).

David Robinson and Grant Hill were two who went four years at school and seem very intelligent.

John Amaechi is now a psychologist and has some great things to say about life and sport: https://edition.cnn.com/2018/01/26/spor ... index.html

https://soundcloud.com/your-brain-on-sp ... nba-career

Author:  Chips [ Fri Mar 09, 2018 12:32 am ]
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Jonathan Webb is a surgeon in Bristol - quite a good England fullback in his day.

Author:  c69 [ Fri Mar 09, 2018 12:37 am ]
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How are you measuring intellect?

Author:  WoodlandsRFC [ Fri Mar 09, 2018 12:45 am ]
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c69 wrote:
How are you measuring intellect?

The Gavin Henson metric.

Author:  Plato'sCave [ Fri Mar 09, 2018 12:56 am ]
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LandOTurk wrote:
Plato'sCave wrote:
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Hallam Amos is also towards the end of his medical degree too. I have it in my head there is a third (recent/current) Welsh international rugby player who is also a medic, but may be mistaken.


I only know of Roberts, Amos and JPR

Author:  Nieghorn [ Fri Mar 09, 2018 1:12 am ]
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Isn't Brendan Venter a doc as well? Castaignede has an engineering degree (not sure if he does anything with it).

Author:  Chips [ Fri Mar 09, 2018 1:18 am ]
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WoodlandsRFC wrote:
c69 wrote:
How are you measuring intellect?

The Gavin Henson metric.




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Author:  Brumby_in_Vic [ Fri Mar 09, 2018 1:32 am ]
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Nieghorn wrote:
Isn't Brendan Venter a doc as well? Castaignede has an engineering degree (not sure if he does anything with it).


Venter is a practising GP. Jannie du Plessis has trained to become a full time doctor after his Rugby career finishes.

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