Throwing like a girl.

  • art_smass

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    Aug 27, 2007 2:53 PM GMT
    I don't throw like a girl, but I catch like one. I have the worst reaction time when something like a squash ball is hurtling towards my face. I avoid sports that make me feel emasculated, just so I don't look like the gayest guy at the gym (or just a plain, old-fashioned dork).

    Does anyone else have a particular sport or gym activity that they avoid because it makes them feel this way?
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    Aug 27, 2007 6:39 PM GMT
    Synchronized swimming does that to me.
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    Aug 27, 2007 6:43 PM GMT
    All of them!

    I can block a punch or a kick and i can throw a kinfe or shurkien with amazing accuracy... but you give me a football/baseball/softball/basketball/wiffleball... and i'm screwed!

    I'm REAL good at dodge ball though ;)
  • MikePhilPerez

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    Aug 27, 2007 8:18 PM GMT
    Ya, I cant catch a ball. You are not alone and I am so happy to here I'm not alone either :)

    Mike
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    Aug 27, 2007 10:09 PM GMT
    Dogs laugh at me when we're playing "chase the ball" and I toss a tennis ball across the yard. Probably the neighbors, too.
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    Aug 27, 2007 11:34 PM GMT
    I'm pretty good handling balls... but I dance like a straight guy (even worse).
  • MikemikeMike

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    Aug 28, 2007 12:06 AM GMT
    That is what friends are for right? To do the things your significant other doesn't want to or can't. It shouldn't keep you from what you love, that builds will eventually build resentment!

    Also for those that are NOT in monogomous
    relationships or those in open ones this explains why sex outside the relationship occurs!

    On a lighter note- Yet another spin on the pitcher catcher thing. hahaha
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    Aug 29, 2007 3:00 PM GMT
    Water polo hands down...Not only does it demand you to be able to handle the ball well, but you've got to tread and swim like your life depends on it (it might very well!)...It also doesn't help that all my male friends are utterly amazing at the sport, and some even went on to play in college, so that can't be too good for the ego boost.
  • MSUBioNerd

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    Aug 29, 2007 3:52 PM GMT
    I am absolutely horrific at ultimate frisbee. It's the only thing that's worse than soccer for my ability to breathe (exercise induced asthma is not pleasant when it leads to black spots in your vision and a feel like your ribs aren't moving), added to my inability to throw a frisbee accurately for more than 30 feet or so, and that in order to reliably catch a frisbee I need to sandwich it between my palms. I use it primarily to keep my ego in check whenever I start thinking I'm actually a good athlete.
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    Aug 29, 2007 4:03 PM GMT
    In college, the innocent suckers in my dorm wing formed an intramural squad. Most of us were from the rural side of the state and thought that some of those sports like soccer and water polo looked like a lot of fun. (We'd seen some pictures of it, but of course none of use came from any place big enough to actually have a pool - or for that matter, a weight room.) We were going up against kids from the urban schools who had been drilled in these sports (and lifting) since they were six years old. We were utterly crushed in everything that we tried. At least we stuck out the season... except in water polo. We crawled away from the first match, half-drowned and bleeding, and didn't go back.
  • cacti

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    Aug 29, 2007 4:40 PM GMT
    I'm generally very embarrassingly unathletic! It's a miracle I ever got myself to step foot into a public gym to start lifting weights.

    I will say I'm decent at playing casual volleyball, but I can't think of anything else!
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    Aug 29, 2007 4:46 PM GMT
    caesarea4... you teach me how to handle those balls well... and i'll teach you how to dance... any way you want... gay, straight, ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop, breakin, street, punk style, moshing... i'm your man!!!!!!
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    Aug 29, 2007 11:46 PM GMT
    Rocco, I'll be in Columbus (for my bi-annual pilgrimage) in Nov'08... so we'll have to see then if you're a better teacher than I am a bad student of dance. We should have plenty of time, cause I'll have you throwing a football like a pro in 5 minutes. (:
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    Aug 29, 2007 11:54 PM GMT
    I'd have to say volleyball. But I think it's because the lesbians back in my HS gym class were mean about it. Hehe. That and I always jump into the net.

    More often, I've joined certain sports *because* they made me feel this way. Once I got through it, inevitably it was a blast.
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    Aug 29, 2007 11:56 PM GMT
    ...come to think of it, I recoil at the thought of taking a volleyball spike to the face. I think this more accurately aligns with your squash story. Still, those lesbians, hmm.
  • art_smass

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    Aug 30, 2007 3:56 PM GMT
    Yeah, those lesbians can be intimidating. I was asked by a women's university hockey team if I could do some cardio coaching and interval training. Of course I said I would, because I took the request as a compliment. Afterward, when I gave it a little thought, I realized that I'll probably be the least-masculine person in the class.
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    Aug 30, 2007 4:35 PM GMT
    I came to the US when I was in high school so baseball and American football never really made sense to me. I never felt "girly" playing them but find the two sports terribly awkward and boring. No harm in trying something new; I just stick to what I enjoy.