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What Is Your Favorite Ancient Olympic Game?

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Hoplite Race
  814 votes / 4%
Pankration
  1308 votes / 6%
Chariot Racing
  2895 votes / 15%
Pentathlon
  971 votes / 5%
Boxing
  467 votes / 2%
Wrestling
  674 votes / 3%
Hydra Killing
  7420 votes / 38%
Pong
  4637 votes / 24%
19186 total votes.
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What Is Your Favorite Ancient Olympic Game?

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  • Bring it back (Score:5, Interesting)

    by synapse7 (1075571) on Monday July 30, 2012 @07:44AM (#40816685)
    If curling can be a winter Olympic sport, seems obvious chariot racing should be brought back as a summer Olympic sport.
  • it would be awesome. anything goes, save for biting and going for the eyes.

    the match ends with either death or surrendering

  • by PolygamousRanchKid (1290638) on Monday July 30, 2012 @08:07AM (#40816905)

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chuck_wagon_racing [wikipedia.org]

    Y'all no never been up north, to the Calgary Stampede . . . ?

    • That is not chariot racing. Chuckwagon racing stands to Chariot racing as Truck racing stands to Formula 1. It's got too many wheels, the vehicle is too heavy and/or not enough power.

      I am not saying it's not impressive... it's just not the same thing.

      Anyway, bring on the hydras.

      • by gl4ss (559668)

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harness_Racing [wikipedia.org]

        is a bit more like it.

        of course - it's a totally balls removed version of it. no contact and all that shit.

      • I've been to a few rodeos where they actually did race chariots. They were fucking crazy and way more dangerous than the chuck wagon races. Pretty sure one was at the Morris Stampede in Manitoba and another in Alberta somewhere. Long time ago. In Morris I saw a couple of wipe outs where the guys got thrown then run over by a dozen horses and a couple of chariots. Happened a few times. No-one died, and that was the amazing part. They got pretty fucked up, but most of the tough bastards walked away. Anyway, w
    • by Xyverz (144945)

      Why, I have indeed been up to the world's largest rodeo... which just so happens to be in Canada (and not Texas).

    • by antdude (79039)

      But it has no spikes, whipping people, etc. :P

  • by sanjacguy (908392) on Monday July 30, 2012 @08:16AM (#40817001)
    Obviously the greatest sport never played. Javelin Catching!
  • They're delicious when deep fried in beer batter.
    • Yeah, I don't see any other option beating this one in the poll. It's a done deal.
    • by residieu (577863)
      I don't know. Killing Hydra [wikipedia.org] doesn't sound all that impressive to me.
      • FTA: Upon contact, nematocysts on the tentacle fire into the prey, and the tentacle itself coils around the prey. Within 30 seconds, most of the remaining tentacles will have already joined in the attack to subdue the struggling prey. Within two minutes, the tentacles will have surrounded the prey and moved it into the opened mouth aperture. Within ten minutes, the prey will have been enclosed within the body cavity, and digestion will have started. Sounds horrific to me! With warm regards, a cyclops
      • by riverat1 (1048260)

        Yeah, once they killed off all the giant hydra.

    • by game kid (805301)

      Plus, they're the food gift that keeps on giving, thanks to Regeneration(tm) technology.

    • They're delicious when deep fried in beer batter, with some Gigandes plaki and a nice retsina...

      TFTFY.

      (Uh... You were quoting the Hydra, weren't you?)

    • by Curupira (1899458)

      They're delicious when deep fried in beer batter.

      A fellow reader of the Order of the Stick [giantitp.com] webcomic, I assume :)

    • by treeves (963993)

      At a few mm long, they're far too small to make a meal out of. Forgive me for my sentence, a preposition ending with.

  • Two hot beefy guys struggling for dominance to see who ends up on top?
  • Currently there is boxing, wrestling, and judo, I say bring pankration back as it could incorporate all three.

  • by miltonw (892065) on Monday July 30, 2012 @10:27AM (#40818399)
    Race to avoid any and all mention of "The Olympic Games©®TM*".

    * Warning: "The Olympic Games" is being used here without any permission at all. Bring on the lawyers!
    • by xaxa (988988)

      Race to avoid any and all mention of "The Olympic Games©®TM*".

      It's OK. Some American nobody likes said it would be crap, so we want it to succeed now :)

    • by wvmarle (1070040)

      Your joking notwithstanding (and the Olympics is of course an excellent example of brand protection going over the top), mentioning the Olympic Games and discussing it here is totally legal.

      People are allowed to use brand names and trademarks when talking about a product. That's why we can freely discuss anything Microsoft, Windows, Apple, iPad, IBM, Xerox, etc here without lawyers knocking on Slashdot's door immediately (is Slashdot a registered trademark? I wouldn't be surprised if it is).

      • by Narnie (1349029)

        We've got a 504. Dispatch DHS, seize his assets, and bring in the lawyer hordes. Only terrorists encourage the use the O-word without a licensing agreement.

    • How about Minotaur Buggering? Definitely a missing option

  • I've found for the past few months that polls don't appear on my front page. I then noticed that other items I have checked in my account are not appearing (user space is one). Despite toggling things on and off I see no difference. To get to the polls, I have to log off, get the url, then navigate back when logged in. Any thoughts on how to correct?

    • by oneiros27 (46144)

      Um ... just a guess:

      'Slashboxes' is off on the main 'Options' screen?

      (which does *not* uncheck the 'Use Slashboxes' in the 'Slashboxes' pane of the 'Account' screen)

    • Crisis over. After my third 'reset layout' exercise, things are back to normal.

  • enough already (Score:5, Informative)

    by JigJag (2046772) on Monday July 30, 2012 @12:09PM (#40819621)

    I just wish the modern Olympic Games stop already. They've completely perverted the spirit of Pierre de Coubertin who said (in French): L’important dans ces Olympiades, c’est moins d’y gagner que d’y prendre part (the important thing is less winning than participating), especially with the rules that professional athlete can compete now (in case you didn't know, only amateurs were allowed to participate in the earlier days).

    With all the palm greasing, the expense on hosting countries (Greece 2004 anyone?), and the double standards going on (like not giving a visa to the Syrian Olympic chief because they don't like the country's ruler), it's enough already.

    • Re:enough already (Score:5, Insightful)

      by RNLockwood (224353) on Monday July 30, 2012 @03:03PM (#40821597) Homepage

      I just wish the modern Olympic Games stop already. They've completely perverted the spirit of Pierre de Coubertin who said (in French): L’important dans ces Olympiades, c’est moins d’y gagner que d’y prendre part (the important thing is less winning than participating), especially with the rules that professional athlete can compete now (in case you didn't know, only amateurs were allowed to participate in the earlier days).

      If I understand it correctly what the "amateurs only" rule really meant was that only Gentlemen could participate. The working class couldn't afford the time to train and participate nor the expenses and that kept the Gentlemen from having to associate with their inferiors as equals.

      CMIIW

      • by wvmarle (1070040)

        There are still a few after effects of that rule.

        Boxing is currently strictly amateur-only (though expected to change by the next event).

        Football (soccer) is under-21s only (though three players may be older iirc) - and as a result Olympic football is all but ignored by the fans, just compare it's popularity to the world cup or even the European cup(s).

        And besides of course there is the question of how to define amateur vs. professional.

    • by artor3 (1344997)

      The Olympics still is the only thing that can bring people together from all around the world. Where else will you see Israelis and Palestinians, Indians and Pakistanis, etc., all competing in a friendly atmosphere? Sure, the commercialization aspect sucks, and outsiders always try to bring politics into it, and medal-counting misses the whole point, but those are just problems around the edges, not reasons to abandon the whole thing. For the athletes, and for viewers with the right attitude, it's an abs

      • by glwtta (532858)
        Where else will you see Israelis and Palestinians, Indians and Pakistanis, etc., all competing in a friendly atmosphere?

        Not really the best example, given the track record.
    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      by Anonymous Coward

      Let's not forget, and I quote from the Current official 'Olympic Charter'

      Section 2
      Mission and Role of the IOC
      '10. to oppose any political or commercial abuse of sport and athletes'

      Ah, I see no commercial abuse of sport going on here at all, what's that? MacFatMeatProducts and CrappyFizzyDrinksco are official sponsors of the games?

      DestroyerOfWorldschemicalscorps as well? umm, let's see, Olympic Charter, Section 2 again

      '13. to encourage and support a responsible concern for environmental issues, to promote
      sus

    • by wvmarle (1070040)

      A few days before the opening it was in the news that some torch bearer of this year's games had offered their torch for sale on ebay. Selling it at a very good price of course.

      The comment of the Olympic organisation was in the lines of, "The torch and other items belong to the torch bearer, and they are free to do with it as they like. However we think this sale is not within the Olympic spirit".

      Then I really started to wonder how hypocritical they have become. Nowadays the Olympic spirit is about money: t

    • Re:enough already (Score:5, Interesting)

      by Loughla (2531696) on Tuesday July 31, 2012 @07:05AM (#40827079)

      What kills me is that NBC's coverage here in the US is so fucking heavy on family. Okay, I get it, the gymnast's mom supports him. I understand that the swimmer has a fiance, great.

      I don't really fucking care about their families, I just want to watch them compete, and I want to watch everyone else compete, not just a 3 hour long condensing of the American athletes with those God Damned family stories peppered in for human interest.

      I honestly believe that Proctor and Gamble are forcing the little stories, because everyone knows that they're a family company, or some other bullshit.

      Either way, I agree with you. It's less about the competition among world-class amateur athletes, and the spirit of camaraderie through competition, and more of a dick swinging contest. Just like everything else, it's managed to become a competition that money and power can purchase. Fuck it.

      • by Tridus (79566)

        NBC's coverage is a joke. They've set a new standard for awful that will be hard for anybody to top.

        • by Dewin (989206)

          NBC's coverage is a joke. They've set a new standard for awful that will be hard for anybody to top.

          There are at least three other television networks that are now going "Challenge: accepted" now, I'm sure.

  • Hoplite race (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Nimey (114278) on Monday July 30, 2012 @12:50PM (#40820091) Homepage Journal

    That is, guys done up in full bronze armor running as fast as they can.

    More useful than you'd think, considering the amount of warfare between the ancient Greek city states.

  • Tug of War (Score:5, Interesting)

    by 0101000001001010 (466440) on Monday July 30, 2012 @02:38PM (#40821277)

    Not an ancient Olympic Game, but from 1900 until 1920 Tug of War was an official event. That seems like a fun event I'd like to see return.

    • by wvmarle (1070040)

      Nowadays we have beach volleyball instead. Also fun to watch but as a serious sport totally pointless.

      • by internic (453511)

        I would think that in most cases a "serious sport" is totally pointless. Most of the sports serve no purpose other than enjoyment (of the competitors and/or spectators). Some sports may involve skills transferable to more practical endeavours, fighting or generally tasks involving endurance, but even then the scope of their practical usefulness seems pretty limited.

        Personally, I enjoy watching beach volley ball occasionally. I find that volleyball is more interesting and dramatic when there are only a fe

    • by Loughla (2531696) on Tuesday July 31, 2012 @07:08AM (#40827097)
      I'd like to see Olympic style Red-Rover. Now that would be fun.
    • by dargaud (518470)
      One ancient sport I'd like to see back is jumping from a fixed position, using halteres as counterweights. But beach volley is OK too.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday July 30, 2012 @09:14PM (#40824769)

    To quote Wikipedia: "Pankration was a martial art introduced into the Greek Olympic Games in 648 BC and founded as a blend of boxing and wrestling but with almost no rules save disallowing biting and gouging the opponent's eyes out." Yes, killing the opponent is a valid way to win.

    There is even a story of a competitor who was loosing badly, but in a last ditch effort jabbed his hand into the abdomen of his competitor and pulled out his competitor's intestines.

    • by Tridus (79566)

      Probably because most people don't know what it is. It's not a well known sport.

  • Given that the Olympics are largely a race to see what performance enhancing substances will stay ahead of random testing; and given that all of these "amateur" athletes are actually full time paid professionals just hoping for a fat sponsorship deal; and given that corporate money and sponsorship is the REAL purpose of the games, I'd like to propose:

    The Truth in Advertising Games - Money is No Object, Athletes can use any and all drugs they like, And sponsors get to choose the winners.

    That, and the
    • Out of curiosity, what performance enhancing drugs are the skeet and trap shooters using?

      • by scheme (19778)

        Out of curiosity, what performance enhancing drugs are the skeet and trap shooters using?

        Beta-blockers primarily. They reduce anxiety and your heart-rate making your aim a lot more steady. A lot of musicians also use it before auditions and the like for similar reasons.

      • by blackbear (587044)

        Out of curiosity, what performance enhancing drugs are the skeet and trap shooters using?

        Hoppe's #9

  • Wrestling. Nude. With plenty of olive oil. :)

    • Wrestling. Nude. With plenty of olive oil. :)

      I am pretty sure they mad a series of movies based on this premise. ;) If you know what I mean.

  • by schlachter (862210) on Tuesday July 31, 2012 @10:40AM (#40829447)

    shouldn't athletes have to compete in the nude as they did back in the ancient times?

  • The current olympics are being held in Britain. That reminds me of when I was a kid there used to be a Highland Games held in my home town every Easter.

    Included caber tossing and dancing over crossed swords.

    (This was about 20 thousand kilometres from Scotland.

    If olympic games were held in the13th and 14th centuries the only sports allowed would be archery (for the middle class) and Jousting for the knights

    For more variety, why don't they have Spring and Fall Olympics on the years between the summer and wint

  • Instead of Hydra Killing we could substitute shutting down botnets.

    Some similarities.

  • by maestroX (1061960) on Wednesday August 01, 2012 @03:49AM (#40839785)
    from wikipedia
    • Saber Race, where the player races against an opponent avoiding both obstacles and the sabre tooth tiger running behind.
    • Matetoss, similar to the hammer throw, where the player has to spin their wife/husband and try and throw them as far as they can.
    • Firemaking, where the player races an opponent to create a full-burning fire.
    • Clubbing, where the player faces off against an opponent holding clubs on a cliff, trying to club the other off the cliff sides.
    • Dino Race, where the player sits on a dinosaur and races against an opponent, avoiding obstacles on the course.
    • Dino Vault, where the player has to pole vault over a Tyrannosaurus rex.

    ughlympics!

  • by tchdab1 (164848) on Thursday August 02, 2012 @08:15AM (#40854983) Homepage

    ...patent trolls?

Chairman of the Bored.

 



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