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Old 10-12-2017, 11:21 AM   #2371
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I will normally beat 90% of any random group of ping pong players. However, I was invited over by a new neighbor to watch the recent GGG fight...and I got torched...several times. I was probably the second to worst player there. Just a great gathering of ping pong talent.
I need an invite. There's nothing better than a round robin when everyone is really good.

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Old 10-12-2017, 11:55 AM   #2372
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My kids play field hockey and...oh god what have I become? FIELD HOCKEY? Pretty soon someone is going to try to get me to join a country club.
You're. Not. In. A. Country. Club. ?.

Don't fight it. The level of table tennis play at most clubs is elite. (It's the squash guys, who have lost a step but not that competitive spirit!)
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Old 10-12-2017, 11:57 AM   #2373
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It's such a fun...sport? It's a blast to watch when it's played well.
More of a sport than fuckin golf.
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Old 10-12-2017, 11:59 AM   #2374
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I've got a niece who is seriously into table tennis. Plays competitively, travels far and wide. It's a mind-blowingly cool game to see played really well.
I am mind-blowingly good at shuffleboard.
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Old 10-12-2017, 12:22 PM   #2375
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You're. Not. In. A. Country. Club. ?.

Don't fight it. The level of table tennis play at most clubs is elite. (It's the squash guys, who have lost a step but not that competitive spirit!)
I don't have $80k to blow -- and my local one doesn't have tennis?

Platform tennis is where it's at.
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Old 10-12-2017, 12:23 PM   #2376
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More of a sport than fuckin golf.
Hey - I LOVE ping pong. Not knocking it at all.
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Old 10-12-2017, 12:26 PM   #2377
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I need an invite. There's nothing better than a round robin when everyone is really good.

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And nothing worse when everyone but you is bad. I can't stand holding back.

I play tennis with a guy who is hyper competitive but not as good as me - I always try to keep the ball in play at the beginning of match (because it's more fun that way), until his hyper competitiveness rears its ugly head. Then I crush his will.
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I am mind-blowingly good at shuffleboard.
More bars need table-top shuffleboard.

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I am mind-blowingly good at shuffleboard.
Not fair. You probably ran home from school to go curling with your friends.
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My kids play field hockey and...oh god what have I become? FIELD HOCKEY? Pretty soon someone is going to try to get me to join a country club.
What sort of kids do well with field hockey? Not sure that soccer is the right sport for my daughter.

eta: Or curling?
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Old 10-12-2017, 02:32 PM   #2381
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What sort of kids do well with field hockey? Not sure that soccer is the right sport for my daughter.

eta: Or curling?
I played field hockey and I am good at curling and shuffleboard, so basically kids like me -- it helps to be Canadian and born with a stick in your hand and a curling rock in the other. Those sports just seemed to come much more naturally than soccer to me, mostly because kids just played pickup hockey (street hockey, pond hockey, etc ) every day pretty much, and I curled from when I was about 5, so it just came more naturally than soccer, basketball, etc.

That's not much help to you if she's not already doing some kind of variation of the sport already so you can see if she has affinity for it.

I will say that curling is a good sport if you enjoy stuff like chess and planning and strategy. It's like Game of Thrones on ice -- all kinds of plotting and battles. Less blood usually.

And field hockey is very aggressive, lots of sly shin whacking. It helps to be devious.
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Old 10-12-2017, 03:16 PM   #2382
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What do you mean?

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If the other kids in your neighborhood are at camp or practice telling your kid to go out and play with the other kids doesn’t work.
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Old 10-12-2017, 04:10 PM   #2383
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And nothing worse when everyone but you is bad. I can't stand holding back.

I play tennis with a guy who is hyper competitive but not as good as me - I always try to keep the ball in play at the beginning of match (because it's more fun that way), until his hyper competitiveness rears its ugly head. Then I crush his will.
I've always sucked at tennis. But, yeah. We used to have a ping pong table at my last firm and we'd sneak and play every once in awhile. We asked a summer once if he wanted to join the "club." I played him and he was very competitive, but just not good enough (being the best in your family doesn't mean a damn thing, homie). So he would try shit like trying to serve before I got back to the table after I was retrieving a ball. Shit like that. Had to get smoked.*

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*And, yes, I realize a punishing ping pong game is probably the least impressive thing in the world. But I just let me have it. ;-)
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Old 10-12-2017, 04:11 PM   #2384
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What sort of kids do well with field hockey? Not sure that soccer is the right sport for my daughter.
Very short, very quick and fast girls who don't mind pain.

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Old 10-12-2017, 04:13 PM   #2385
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If the other kids in your neighborhood are at camp or practice telling your kid to go out and play with the other kids doesn’t work.
Exactly. This was the point I made to my mother. Shit has completely changed.

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