03-26-2014, 01:20 PM
On the contrary, it is. Typical technique of tyrants. When the masses are unhappy and rioting about one thing, politicians like to start wars elsewhere to distract them from the real problems.
Originally Posted by louisa05
In the case of figure skating, the #1 problem is the corruption throughout the ISU itself.
For all of the reasons why figure skating is in a state of decline, they all trace back to the fraudulence of the "competitions". People in general simply have no interest in watching rigged results that don't match what they see with their own eyes. These rigged contests are not fair sport. Even worse, the cheating and politicking is so ubiquitous throughout the ISU, federations, judges and coaches, that none of them are willing to make changes, lest they all be banned from the sport. Most likely they are all guilty of rigging results in the past or present ... who are they to point fingers or ask for change?
The only way figure skating will ever be popular again would be if the ISU were eliminated as the sanctioning body, and all of the higher level people were purged and banned for life. With further controls put in place to prevent such ubiquitous cheating in the future. Either that, or the ISU were to be so over-hauled that it would effect the same result.
03-26-2014, 01:24 PM
Tripping on the Podium
We also often see more variety in music and choreo in the short program. The "standards" are used more for long programs. So I think we'd see even less innovation in music without the SP. As you say, they are able to show their interpretation ability when they use very different pieces like Caro did this year. And I would think skaters might get pretty bored only training one program all season.
Originally Posted by MidnightSkater
03-26-2014, 01:43 PM
Landing 3As in my dreams!
If Speedy is looking to save time in sports events, maybe he should turn his attention to cricket.
According to Wikipedia, first-class cricket matches are played over 3-5 days. Play goes on for @ least 6 hours each day. If it's a 1-day match, it can go over 6 hours. There are special rules re: breaks for lunch, tea and drinks; also rules for when play starts and ends. (Google is my friend -- I knew cricket matches were long but had no idea how long!)
After he sorts that out, how about a sit-down w/ the NCAA re: March Madness? And FIFA may be looking for help cutting costs for the World Cup...
03-26-2014, 01:44 PM