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A Definitive Ranking Of Sports From Least To Most Confusing

According to a non-sports watcher.

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8. Baseball


What makes sense: Round the bases, get a point. Three strikes, you're out. Got it.

What's confusing: Why is a bad pitch called a "ball?" What's the deal with stealing bases? Who has the attention span to watch an entire game?


5. Golf

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What makes sense: The winner gets the balls into the holes with the least number of tries.

What's confusing: Birdies, bogies, par, general golf lingo.

But honestly the biggest question in golf is why the audience has to be so QUIET.

3. Basketball

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What makes sense: Get the ball through the hoop to earn points.

What's confusing: Why are regular shots/foul shots/shots outside the curved line worth different amounts? What counts as a foul? Why are there so MANY fouls?


2. Tennis


What makes sense: Hit the ball. If it doesn't get hit back at you, you get a point. Actually I'm not even sure that's how it works, but basically you want to hit the ball.

What's confusing: Terms like "set," and, "love." Also-what is the meaning of those lines on the court?

1. Football: The Most Confusing



What's confusing:

Why do different things earn different numbers of points?!

What is a down?!

What's with the numbered lines on the ground?!

Why does everyone line up at them all the time?!

Why does each round take so long?!


So many rules, so little understanding.

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You can watch all 5 seasons of Friday Night Lights and still not know what a quarterback does. If Coach Taylor can't even explain it, you know it's a lost cause.

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