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    Football is waaaaay better than Cricket.
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    (Original post by py0alb)
    A good analogy is a hollywood blockbuster and a great novel.

    Football is like a hollywood blockbuster: easy to get into, simple to follow, requires very little intellectual input from the audience, and ultimately an entertaining, if somewhat unsatisfying way to spend a couple of hours.

    Cricket is like a great novel: it requires a little hard work to get into, but once you do, it grips you and never lets go, a life changing experience that lives with you forever and leaves you a better, wiser person.


    There are some people who eat McDonalds, drink fosters, who like pop music and action movies. They like things to be simple, predictable and to require no effort on their part. These people are natural football fans.

    Then there are some people who prefer rare steak, craft beer, complex music, and great works of art. They like things to be challenging, interesting, and intellectually stimulating. These people are natural cricket fans.


    Its not better or worse, its just different.
    Excellent analogy. Frustrating as I find the parlous state of football nowadays with its inconsistent inaccurate refs and its cheating players, I do still watch it. You're dead right, it's just...different.
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    (Original post by ideas4life)
    I would say football.

    Because:

    1.The Clothing looks more for someone who participates in a sport. Whereas clothing in cricket=rich guy clothing

    2. Has more International Participation

    3. Time Scales: cricket match can last a day

    4. Controversy: more in football, and it makes it interesting
    Wow you started a thread unrelated to Islam or Muslims. It's a miracle!
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    Football is the most popular game in the world hands down. That should tell you the better sport
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    (Original post by ideas4life)
    I would say football.

    Because:

    1.The Clothing looks more for someone who participates in a sport. Whereas clothing in cricket=rich guy clothing

    2. Has more International Participation

    3. Time Scales: cricket match can last a day

    4. Controversy: more in football, and it makes it interesting
    Oh come now, you do get quite a bit in cricket.
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    (Original post by Left Hand Drive)
    Football is the most popular game in the world hands down. That should tell you the better sport

    You're seriously using that as an argument? Have you learnt nothing from TSR?
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    (Original post by Left Hand Drive)
    Football is the most popular game in the world hands down. That should tell you the better sport
    Erm, no it isnt.
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    (Original post by py0alb)
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    Now see, I enjoy most of the things you have put in your latter paragraph, but I find test cricket positively boring, both to play and watch. I usually only watch the ashes highlights. Maybe it's because of my generation, but I prefer a good 20:20 match, but that doesn't compare to a game of six nations at the cabbage patch.

    IMO it goes rugby=a GOOD f1 race>20-20=snooker>boxing> footy

    I sometimes enjoy football, but only live.
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    50 over cricket, football is so boring to watch on tv
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    (Original post by Ocassus)
    Now see, I enjoy most of the things you have put in your latter paragraph, but I find test cricket positively boring, both to play and watch. I usually only watch the ashes highlights. Maybe it's because of my generation, but I prefer a good 20:20 match, but that doesn't compare to a game of six nations at the cabbage patch.

    IMO it goes rugby=a GOOD f1 race>20-20=snooker>boxing> footy

    I sometimes enjoy football, but only live.
    A good game of rugby is the best 2 hours you can spend watching sport.

    Football I find is 90 minutes of interminable dullness punctuated, if you're lucky, by a brief fleeting moment of beauty and excitement. More often than not its just the dullness.

    More happens in the first 10 minutes of a rugby game than in most entire games of football.

    Cricket... I can see why some people don't get it. But it gets under your skin. There's such so much to it, so much subtlety and nuance, so many subplots and counterpoints. You never stop discovering cricket, that's its great joy. Sooner or later, all the rugby matches you have seen merge into one big rolling maul, an endless sequence of pick and drives. But somehow every test match remains entirely unique, every plotline distinct and original.
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    (Original post by py0alb)
    A good game of rugby is the best 2 hours you can spend watching sport.

    Football I find is 90 minutes of interminable dullness punctuated, if you're lucky, by a brief fleeting moment of beauty and excitement. More often than not its just the dullness.

    More happens in the first 10 minutes of a rugby game than in most entire games of football.

    Cricket... I can see why some people don't get it. But it gets under your skin. There's such so much to it, so much subtlety and nuance, so many subplots and counterpoints. You never stop discovering cricket, that's its great joy. Sooner or later, all the rugby matches you have seen merge into one big rolling maul, an endless sequence of pick and drives. But somehow every test match remains entirely unique, every plotline distinct and original.
    Test cricket in particular gives time for storylines and characters to develop. I've always preferred sports like that. I always prefer rivalries between individuals, hence I will always prefer cricket, tennis and formula one to football and rugby.
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    (Original post by Raiden10)
    Test cricket in particular gives time for storylines and characters to develop. I've always preferred sports like that. I always prefer rivalries between individuals, hence I will always prefer cricket, tennis and formula one to football and rugby.
    I think it terms of watching sport, cricket has the best of both worlds in terms of featuring both individual and team rivalries simultaneously - a case of both competition and cooperation. You can't really say that about any other sport.

    In terms of playing, I can remember the details of almost every cricket game I've ever played in, whereas I can't remember the scoreline of football matches I played in only a couple of months ago. Perhaps its because its that little bit less frenetic that it allows you to take stock during the game, and that allows the situation to sink into your head more.
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    The answers you will get for this type of question, will e subjective to each individual. It is undeniable that Football globally the most recognised sport in the World, whether if this is a criteria in measuring it as a "better sport" is another story.

    As a fan of both sports, they have both have their good points and bad. I would edge towards football though due, to the emotion and unity it brings. Again this my opinion, I believe there is no definitive answer to the question.
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    (Original post by Ocassus)
    Erm, no it isnt.
    What is then?
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    (Original post by Left Hand Drive)
    What is then?
    Weirdly enough, Cricket.

    I take it you haven't been to many places in India, Indonesia, Thailand, Australia, New Zealand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Africa, Borneo etc, because I can tell you, by and large, that the majority of them all play Cricket for entertainment, or indeed, a crude form of it.

    Hell even the bastions of football heartland in Brazil have exhibited this on occasion.

    The sport of Cricket extends across the entirety of the former British Empire and beyond.
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    (Original post by Ocassus)
    Weirdly enough, Cricket.

    I take it you haven't been to many places in India, Indonesia, Thailand, Australia, New Zealand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Africa, Borneo etc, because I can tell you, by and large, that the majority of them all play Cricket for entertainment, or indeed, a crude form of it.

    Hell even the bastions of football heartland in Brazil have exhibited this on occasion.

    The sport of Cricket extends across the entirety of the former British Empire and beyond.
    Let me get this straight: You're seriously telling me that you think cricket is more popular globally than association football?
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    (Original post by Ocassus)
    Weirdly enough, Cricket.

    I take it you haven't been to many places in India, Indonesia, Thailand, Australia, New Zealand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Africa, Borneo etc, because I can tell you, by and large, that the majority of them all play Cricket for entertainment, or indeed, a crude form of it.

    Hell even the bastions of football heartland in Brazil have exhibited this on occasion.

    The sport of Cricket extends across the entirety of the former British Empire and beyond.
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    No not even slightly! Cricket is only popular in England in the UK ffs! No I havent but I guess you've not be much places in Europe of the Americas. How many people watched the ashes compared to the world cup? or Euros? Or Champions league or a tie between two top premiership teams or Barcelona vs Real madrid?
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    (Original post by Left Hand Drive)
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    No not even slightly! Cricket is only popular in England in the UK ffs! No I havent but I guess you've not be much places in Europe of the Americas. How many people watched the ashes compared to the world cup? or Euros? Or Champions league or a tie between two top premiership teams or Barcelona vs Real madrid?
    So you measure popularity based on how many people watch it? Rather than how many people play it? In which case the people who 'play it' are hugely hugely predominate in the third world *Which significantly outnumbers the first world who possess televisions*.
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    (Original post by Ocassus)
    So you measure popularity based on how many people watch it? Rather than how many people play it? In which case the people who 'play it' are hugely hugely predominate in the third world *Which significantly outnumbers the first world who possess televisions*.

    Not solely but partially yes ofcourse! Football is the most popular sport to play in the world. Its played in almost every nation on earth. I can't believe you think its cricket.
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    (Original post by Ocassus)
    So you measure popularity based on how many people watch it? Rather than how many people play it? In which case the people who 'play it' are hugely hugely predominate in the third world *Which significantly outnumbers the first world who possess televisions*.

    Football is the world’s most popular ball game in numbers of participants and spectators. Simple in its principal rules and essential equipment, the sport can be played almost anywhere, from official football playing fields (pitches) to gymnasiums, streets, school playgrounds, parks, or beaches. Football’s governing body, the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), estimated that at the turn of the 21st century there were approximately 250 million football players and over 1.3 billion people “interested” in football
    http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/...50852/football

    BTW, I'm from Thailand, and I can tell you catagorically that football is the number one sport over there and cricket is about as popular as the Roman salute is in Israel. The same goes for Indonesia and Indochina. I can not even begin to fathom where you got that assumption from.

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