Monday, December 8, 2008

Rule Changes in Sport. Carpe Diem - PhilWest

[Editor's note: this was a lot more timely, but I'm rubbish at uploading things at the moment. Don't blame Mr West though]

In this modern era where time is of the essence, some sporting contests just go on for too long. There’s a long unnecessary build-up of tension.

Must we really be forced to watch a tennis match for three hours, an F1 Grand-prix for close to two hours, and darts for three and a half pints?

No. Let’s cut to the chase.

To enable true fans to be able to enjoy their sport and yet also allow them time to email all their friends/work colleagues/partners; update their Facebook page; and drink themselves senseless; I propose the following:

Basketball:
The game starts at 90 – 90 with all players on four fouls. Games to last two minutes. All fouls to the free-throw line. No time-outs.

Darts:
Best of one. 159-down.

Cricket:
Only play Twenty-20. Assume England have made 113-9. Give the opposition the Duckworth – Lewis target for five overs.

F1:
All races to be three laps. Drivers placed on grid in reverse order.

Athletics:
All field events to be reduced to just one round. Track events over 1500m to be abolished.

Boxing:
First punch to the chin wins.

(I thought I’d leave boxing as it is)

Tour de France:
To be decided by the total time over two stages: The first being the top 2km of the “Col de la Forclaz”, and the second being from Place de la Concorde to the Arc de Triomphe.

Golf:
Put Tiger on the tee of any hole anywhere. Tell him he needs a birdie to win. If he fails, share the prize-money between everyone else.

Must dash!

4 comments:

bluedaddy said...

Very g.. arggh look at the time! Gotta go.

guitou said...

I have three words only:
Fan tas tique!

MotM said...

Poor choice for the final one. Everyone knows that the rest are beaten as soon as Tiger stands on the first tee - why wait for a hole?

offsideinantibes said...

Hi Phil, I wish I had time to read your piece, looks interesting.

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