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#1 MrWings787

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Posted 02 January 2011 - 01:35 AM

I got in argument with some one over which was a better sport hockey or basketball , and his reason that basketball was better is because it is American but I'm pretty sure it's Canadian. Do you guys know whether baskball is Canadian or American?

#2 ToMaToToWnWinGsFaN_24

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Posted 02 January 2011 - 01:39 AM

the inventor James Naismith was born in Canada so technically yes it is. whats mindboggling is there is only 1 canadian nba team.

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Posted 02 January 2011 - 02:00 AM

it was invented by a canadian
first played by americans
played predominantly by americans throughout its history



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Posted 02 January 2011 - 02:08 AM

If you are proud of watching a sport in which a majority of the players have been convicted of a felony, then keep watching the NBA.

Edited by Vladiator, 02 January 2011 - 02:09 AM.


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Posted 02 January 2011 - 02:08 AM

If basketball is Canadian, then hockey is British. In fact, if we're going based on place of origin, hockey would still be British.
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Posted 02 January 2011 - 10:12 AM

If you are proud of watching a sport in which a majority of the players have been convicted of a felony, then keep watching the NBA.


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Posted 02 January 2011 - 11:02 AM

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Posted 02 January 2011 - 11:08 AM

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Posted 02 January 2011 - 11:12 AM

Basketball was invented by a Canadian (Naismith) in order to give athletes something to stay in shape during the winter. Naismith studied at Mcgill but the game was first played in America. I personally wouldn't say its American or Canadian but it is more American I guess.


And Eva get informed bud, hockey is not British at all regardless of how you swing it. Hockey is Canadian through and through nice try though.

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Posted 02 January 2011 - 11:26 AM

I'm still trying to figure out why it being American vs. Canadian has any impact on whether it is a better sport or not......confused.

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Posted 02 January 2011 - 11:49 AM

If basketball is Canadian, then hockey is British. In fact, if we're going based on place of origin, hockey would still be British.

Has that ever really been established? Seems like there's a bunch of different places that claim to be the birthplace of hockey.

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Posted 02 January 2011 - 11:52 AM

Basketball was invented by a Canadian (Naismith) in order to give athletes something to stay in shape during the winter. Naismith studied at Mcgill but the game was first played in America. I personally wouldn't say its American or Canadian but it is more American I guess.


And Eva get informed bud, hockey is not British at all regardless of how you swing it. Hockey is Canadian through and through nice try though.

The most common story I've heard for the invention of hockey is it being started by the British, and ice hockey being originated by British soldiers stationed in Canada, so it's not unfounded to say it's British. Other stories involve it starting as a Scottish game, others say theres evidence of it being played in Egypt centuries ago.

The origins of hockey aren't just Canadian.

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Posted 02 January 2011 - 12:11 PM

The most common story I've heard for the invention of hockey is it being started by the British, and ice hockey being originated by British soldiers stationed in Canada, so it's not unfounded to say it's British. Other stories involve it starting as a Scottish game, others say theres evidence of it being played in Egypt centuries ago.

The origins of hockey aren't just Canadian.

Actual Ice Hockey as we know it is Canadian. There have been plenty of ball and stick games played over the course of time, there is evidence in egypt of ball and stick games, as well as in the UK they played a similar game called Banty. British soldiers did play it but did not invent it.


I just did a project this semester at University about it so thats why I really see it as Canadian. To say anything different is misinformed really. The British had games very similar to it but Hockey is Canadian.


Saying Basketball is Canadian is not nearly the same as saying hockey is British. A Canadian that studied in Canada invented basketball, so it is not wrong to say it is Canadian. I would say its a little bit of both but thats just me.

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Posted 02 January 2011 - 02:20 PM

I'm still trying to figure out why it being American vs. Canadian has any impact on whether it is a better sport or not......confused.


True enough... :thumbup:
thats like suggesting Soccer is purely British.

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Posted 02 January 2011 - 02:36 PM

Actual Ice Hockey as we know it is Canadian. There have been plenty of ball and stick games played over the course of time, there is evidence in egypt of ball and stick games, as well as in the UK they played a similar game called Banty. British soldiers did play it but did not invent it.


I just did a project this semester at University about it so thats why I really see it as Canadian. To say anything different is misinformed really. The British had games very similar to it but Hockey is Canadian.


Saying Basketball is Canadian is not nearly the same as saying hockey is British. A Canadian that studied in Canada invented basketball, so it is not wrong to say it is Canadian. I would say its a little bit of both but thats just me.

From what I've always heard, Ice Hockey was 'invented' by British soldiers as an adaptation of a game played by native Canadian tribes. But it's still a Canadian sport.

Basketball was invented in America, first gained popularity in America, and until recently played almost exclusively by Americans. It is an American sport.

The inventor was Canadian (though he did later become an American citizen), the sport isn't.

Or we can just make it simple and say all games are African.

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Posted 02 January 2011 - 07:24 PM

Has that ever really been established? Seems like there's a bunch of different places that claim to be the birthplace of hockey.

the HHOF recognizes holland i believe iirc. Canada invented the modern form of it, but the original skates and sticks game was invented in the netherlands
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Posted 02 January 2011 - 07:57 PM

The most common story I've heard for the invention of hockey is it being started by the British, and ice hockey being originated by British soldiers stationed in Canada, so it's not unfounded to say it's British. Other stories involve it starting as a Scottish game, others say theres evidence of it being played in Egypt centuries ago.

The origins of hockey aren't just Canadian.

If Canadians heard this they'd be horrified and there'd be nothing to live for :lol:! According to Canadians, hockey was started in Windsor Nova Scotia.

Birthplace of Hockey?

I assume all our sports were brought over, in one form or another, from Europeans, and then perfected by North Americans :cool:
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Posted 02 January 2011 - 08:16 PM

Here is the real question: who cares?

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Posted 02 January 2011 - 08:21 PM

I thought basketball was African...

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Posted 02 January 2011 - 10:22 PM

The origins of hockey are that Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews invented it in 2008 as a winter sport, but only to keep them in shape for their summertime activity of "keeping their core together." Who knew?





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