[quote]on edge wrote:
I think a mathmatical way to approach this question would be to take the number of people who have tried a sport (or a specific activity with in a sport) vs the number who have been able to do it to a certain level.
In this type of discussion, hitting a 90 mph fastball is often brought up as the hardest thing in sports. I say bullshit to that. The are hundreds of thousands (if not millions) of high school kids who can rake 90mph all over the yard.
Pole Vaulting 19 feet also gets mentioned. I like this one. While not a lot of people have tried it, there’s still at least half a dozen new vaulters from every high school in America and elsewhere, and those numbers do add up. The number of people who have vaulted over 10 feet I’m sure is less than 100.
In the end, I’d say the hardest thing in sports is to play Quarterback at an elite level. Every year there’s only 5 or 6 people in the world who do it and they are usually the same ones who did it the year before.[/quote]
How many people outside the US play Football? Of course there are only 5 or 6 people in the world who play it at an elite level, but that’s only because there’s an X amount of teams from the US who you class as elite.
Pretty damn sure if the rest of the world started playing the game, then there’d be a shit ton more elite level quarterbacks around.[/quote]
Name a sport, any where in the world, that more kids try yet fewer become elite.