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    The Badminton World Federation has charged eight female badminton Olympic players with "not using one's best efforts to win a match".

    Four pairs of players - two from South Korea, one from China and one from Indonesia - could be disciplined.

    China's Yu Yang and Wang Xiaoli and South Koreans Jung Kyung-eun and Kim Ha-na were accused after their match was booed by spectators.

    Both pairs, who played each other, were already through to the quarter-finals.
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    We watched the 1988 film "Eight Men Out" about the Black Sox scandal of 1919, on TV last night. Next thing you know, there's a badminton version!
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    In other news, the Olympic croquet and crochet team was caught smoking pot behind the three legged race stadium.
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    Who can tell the difference between a good and bad badminton match?

    Does this mean that badminton will be replaced by an even lamer sport? My oldest daughter loves to play tag. Maybe that could be an Olympic sport, if it isn't already. This, of course, leads to speculation on sports that either are now or ought to be considered as a replacement for badminton:

    • Pin the tail on the donkey
    • Musical chairs
    • Frisbee golf
    • Dodgeball
    • Alligator wrestling
    • Mud wrestling
    • Pole dancing (Women only)
    • Synchronized pole dancing (Women only)
    • Dirt diving
    • Bronco Busting
    • Bull riding
    • Sheep sheering
    • Demolition derby
    • Running the gauntlet
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    Quote Originally Posted by Odysseus View Post
    Who can tell the difference between a good and bad badminton match?...........
    Just about anyone with two eyes:

    Take a look. Repeatedly serving into the net, the two teams just jockeyed for last place. You would have chased them off the court.
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    So I got to wondering, just what does Badminton played at the Olympic level look like?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Starbuck View Post
    Just about anyone with two eyes:

    Take a look. Repeatedly serving into the net, the two teams just jockeyed for last place. You would have chased them off the court.
    http://www.businessinsider.com/badmi...s-video-2012-8
    Yeah, that's pretty bad badminton (bad2minton? Worseminton?). But, ultimately, it's still badminton. It's up there with synchronized lawn darts as a sport. Watching a couple of teams targeting the net with shuttlecocks is only marginally less interesting than watching them really trying.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Odysseus View Post
    This, of course, leads to speculation on sports that either are now or ought to be considered as a replacement for badminton:

    • Musical chairs
    I would LOVE to see Olympic musical chairs! LOL!!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Elspeth View Post
    I would LOVE to see Olympic musical chairs! LOL!!!!!
    The commentary from the announcers would be hysterical.

    "And the American is attempting a full sitz under the German! And they're both off of the chair and it's inverted! Now they're tugging on the chair and the referees are stepping in. This is truly some of the best Musical Chairs that we've seen in this Olympics!"

    "You know, they both really wanted that chair, but the rules don't allow it to leave the floor. It's going to be up to the judges now, but I looks like both the US and Germany are going to be disqualified, and China, Japan and Khazakstan will advance to the semifinals. We'll be back with Bob Costas interviewing the US coach, who came to the sport after a previous career as a kindergarten teacher, after these messages."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Odysseus View Post
    Who can tell the difference between a good and bad badminton match?

    Does this mean that badminton will be replaced by an even lamer sport? My oldest daughter loves to play tag. Maybe that could be an Olympic sport, if it isn't already. This, of course, leads to speculation on sports that either are now or ought to be considered as a replacement for badminton:

    • Pin the tail on the donkey
    • Musical chairs
    • Frisbee golf
    • Dodgeball
    • Alligator wrestling
    • Mud wrestling
    • Pole dancing (Women only)
    • Synchronized pole dancing (Women only)
    • Dirt diving
    • Bronco Busting
    • Bull riding
    • Sheep sheering
    • Demolition derby
    • Running the gauntlet
    I was leaning more toward real BBQ sports like horseshoes, lawn darts, and beer pong.
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