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If we had the same sports, we might properly fight

List of significant winter sports and the teams who play them seriously who are from English-speaking countries

American Football (USA)
Australian Football (AUS)
Ice Hockey (CAN, USA)
Rugby League (AUS, GB[ENG],NZ)
Rugby Union (GB [ENG, IRE, SCO, WAL], NZ)
Soccer (GB [ENG,SCO,WAL,NI], IRE)

List of significant winter sports and the serious teams who play them seriously who are from non-English-speaking countries

Ice Hockey (SWE, NOR, FIN)
Rugby League (FRA)
Rugby Union (FRA)
Soccer (THE ENTIRE REST OF THE WORLD, SERIOUSLY, THE ONLY FUCKING GAME, NO, ENGLISH SPEAKING PEOPLE ARE WEIRD)

  1. Matt
    June 17, 2012 at 4:26 pm | #1

    .What about basketball?

    • johnb78
      June 24, 2012 at 12:22 am | #2

      I said "sports".

  2. chris y
    June 18, 2012 at 5:15 am | #3

    Your fist list omits Gaelic football, played in the English speaking country of Ireland. Which basically enhances your point.

    The various Polynesian places that play Rugby Union are only secondarily English speaking, arguably. They're as serious as they can be with populations that small.

    • johnb78
      June 24, 2012 at 12:24 am | #4

      Australian Polynesia (both of those adjectives intended in "small letter" sense) is at least as English-speaking as Wales.

  3. Steve Williams
    June 21, 2012 at 10:34 am | #5

    This post is missing Springboks?

  4. johnb78
    June 24, 2012 at 12:09 am | #6

    It utterly is, and I am quite ashamed of that.

  5. Dr Rick
    July 16, 2012 at 6:29 am | #7

    I think the Australians play union at least as seriously as the French play league.

  6. Bayard
    July 28, 2012 at 5:10 am | #8

    Why just winter sports?

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