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Author:  Deadtigers [ Fri Mar 09, 2018 1:55 am ]
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I always hated how they interview sprinters, 2 minutes after a 100 meters and go Deadtigers what you think after you slow start? or something that requires thought that the guy just doesn't have.

Author:  Jay Cee Gee [ Fri Mar 09, 2018 2:04 am ]
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Deadtigers wrote:
I always hated how they interview sprinters, 2 minutes after a 100 meters and go Deadtigers what you think after you slow start? or something that requires thought that the guy just doesn't have.


Sports interviews are terrible in that sense - "What was going through your head in that 2 second window 10 minutes ago when you were probably acting entirely on instinct/trained response and can't actually remember precisely what you were thinking?".

Author:  Deadtigers [ Fri Mar 09, 2018 2:12 am ]
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Jay Cee Gee wrote:
Deadtigers wrote:
I always hated how they interview sprinters, 2 minutes after a 100 meters and go Deadtigers what you think after you slow start? or something that requires thought that the guy just doesn't have.


Sports interviews are terrible in that sense - "What was going through your head in that 2 second window 10 minutes ago when you were probably acting entirely on instinct/trained response and can't actually remember precisely what you were thinking?".


Well first JC, I want to take a minute and give all blessings to God. only through him can we be successful...

Author:  Dog'sbreath [ Fri Mar 09, 2018 7:15 am ]
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Oscar Pistorius

Author:  Wilson's Toffee [ Fri Mar 09, 2018 7:32 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).



Brendan. Divan Serfontein (orthopedic surgeon). Uli Schmidt. Edrich Krantz. Many medical professionals (doctors) in SA rugby. Many accountants (chartered) too. A few other professions.
Quite a few lawyers too - Johan Heunis. Jacques Olivier.

Kiwis, Ozzies and Brits have a clever chaps few too, Frenchies and Argentinians as well. Rugby was a sport for an elite, where education and intelligence are more easily manifested.

Author:  farmerdave [ Fri Mar 09, 2018 7:33 am ]
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Jack Lovelock
Peter Snell

Author:  naki [ Fri Mar 09, 2018 7:35 am ]
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Wilson's Toffee wrote:
Rugby was a sport for an elite, where education and intelligence are more easily manifested.


Not in NZ. It has always been a sport for everyone. Except, perhaps, the gays.

Author:  Wilson's Toffee [ Fri Mar 09, 2018 8:10 am ]
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naki wrote:
Wilson's Toffee wrote:
Rugby was a sport for an elite, where education and intelligence are more easily manifested.


Not in NZ. It has always been a sport for everyone. Except, perhaps, the gays.



Old Governor Grey immediately started building an elite. Like he did in Oz and SA. The "ruling elite" were always seduced by rugby ....

Author:  Turbogoat [ Fri Mar 09, 2018 8:13 am ]
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Dolph Lundgren.
European Karate Champion (yeah yeah, it's the Dane Cook of martial arts, buts still)
MIT Scholarship

Author:  Wilson's Toffee [ Fri Mar 09, 2018 8:15 am ]
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Sharon Stone. MENSA member

(not sure in which sport she was a champion, but she was a champion !)

Author:  Calculus [ Fri Mar 09, 2018 8:30 am ]
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Nieghorn wrote:
Isn't Brendan Venter a doc as well?



Practising GP and lover of biscuits

Author:  Brumby_in_Vic [ Fri Mar 09, 2018 8:40 am ]
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Scott Baldwin Zookeeper

Author:  Newsome [ Fri Mar 09, 2018 8:49 am ]
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JrAWrsb13bU

Johnathan Bernier - Ice Hockey player

Author:  eldanielfire [ Fri Mar 09, 2018 8:53 am ]
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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/


Agreed. It's insane when they tell the athlete what they must have been thinking before their debut or something.

Author:  eldanielfire [ Fri Mar 09, 2018 8:55 am ]
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shereblue wrote:
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.


Magic Johnson, a genius on the Basketball court and a massively successful businessman. I think he won awards for most successful afro-american business man multiple times.

Author:  handyman [ Fri Mar 09, 2018 10:50 am ]
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Brumby_in_Vic wrote:
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.

It's accepted that Saffers are smarter people in general.

Author:  Steamin Beamin [ Fri Mar 09, 2018 11:07 am ]
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Geoff Cross is a qualified doctor and Euan Murray is a qualified vet. Rob Wainwright studied medicine at Cambridge, qualified as a doctor and served as an officer in the Royal Army Medical Corp but I believe he runs a farm now.

Author:  Dork Lard [ Fri Mar 09, 2018 11:51 pm ]
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Nieghorn wrote:
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


Amaechi, also the first gay player to come out in the NBA, surely the intellectual type and definitely not one of the best so exactly to the point. His case is more understandable as large body 7footers with a bit of mobility are so rare there's been lots of pretty avg centers in the NBA.
Checked out your soundcloud a bit, lol had never heard the word 'alacrity' before.

D-Rob no doubt intelligent but more importantly seems a great human being with lots of depth and substance, AND also what a fkng athlete and player.

Since we're on the topic of centers, I believe you forget one of the most salient examples: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. A straightup intellectual also, along the lines of an Amaechi, except actually meaningful as a player in the NBA.

I don't believe I've heard RU players as intelligent as those NBA examples.

Author:  Keith [ Fri Mar 09, 2018 11:52 pm ]
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Andy Fordham

Author:  CrazyIslander [ Fri Mar 09, 2018 11:56 pm ]
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naki wrote:
Wilson's Toffee wrote:
Rugby was a sport for an elite, where education and intelligence are more easily manifested.


Not in NZ. It has always been a sport for everyone. Except, perhaps, the gays.

Unless the gay man has the strongest right shoulder!

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