MoTD’s 3 Most Overrated Sports

Yesterday we brought you our 3 Most Underrated Sports : Rugby Union, Gymnastics and Volleyball.

Today, we thought we’d balance the ledger and open up a bottle of refreshing Hate-orade for our 3 Most Overrated Sports: Cycling, Horse Racing and MMA/UFC.

Also overrated: Jennifer Aniston. Yeah, we said it.


I get it: Cadel’s awesome. I was impressed at his Tour win, too. The fact that cycling puts most sports to shame for endurance is not in dispute. And after years of rampant drug use, the sport has finally scaled back doping to “only a little bit fellas, and please for the love of God don’t get caught!”

But as a spectator sport, cycling is God-awful. I can watch the Tour de France, but would I watch it taking place on the spectacularly boring stretch of Princes Freeway between Melbourne and Avalon? No freaking chance. If it weren’t for Chateaus and spectacular mountain scenery, I doubt it would get any audience at all.

As for the actual riders, as far as I can tell a race consists of 80 guys riding in a pack while 6 or 7 break away to ride in their own clique. Infuriatingly, the sprint is generally won by a rider with zero chance of winning the overall race. So why the hell did I just watch 6 hours of racing to see someone win, but not really win!?

Great endurance, overrated sport.

I’ve never cycled competitively before, so I can only assume that the people who enjoy it are the same people who enjoy a frontal lobotomy followed by a really good tax audit. Monotonous doesn’t even begin to describe actually riding a bike. Pedalpedalpedal. No dynamic element whatsoever – Just the same function performed over and over.

“Oooh, look at me, I mastered riding a bike at 7 years of age but today I’m more efficient at it!”

YAWN! As far as I can tell, elite cycling fans are mainly from the corporate set, which makes sense. Teamwork that requires sacrificing any personal gain for the glory of a hyper-competitive alpha-male leader? Sounds like a Boardroom!

So aside from the (suspiciously) superhuman endurance of pro cyclists, there is no skill whatsoever in cycling. It’s overrated.


Horse Racing

Horse Racing in a nutshell

I’m not one to question a random day off. But Melbourne Cup Day…are you serious?? Ask yourself: Would this event be able to survive since 1861, if we took gambling away from it? Would Horse Racing still draw the same excitement if you separate it from the captivating possibility of ‘winning big’? The answer is no, and no.

Let’s be honest, horse racing isn’t even a sport. Last time I checked, sport requires sportsmen or sportswomen…and jockeys are neither. The closest thing to a sportsperson in horse racing is the actual horse! Make no mistake about it. But let’s delve into this a little deeper; the requirements of a jockey are as follows:

  • Weight: Must weigh between 50-54 kilos depending on the country’s restrictions.
  • Height: There is no height restrictions but a shorter stature is encouraged as “it will govern your weight and aerodynamics in the saddle,” according to the International Racing Bureau.
  • Other: Must be at least 16. Education is not important.

What these guidelines are basically saying is that there is no skill involved. Any Joe Blow that weighs less than 54kg can whip the crap out of a horse to victory if the horse is strong and powerful enough.

It’s called Horse Power

Some may argue that timing and positioning is important. I say that’s a load of BS. The aim is to get to the finish line first. Now I’ve never ridden a horse before but if you gave me Black Caviar, I’m infinitely sure that training would not be required for me to finish first.

Furthermore, aerodynamics?! Since when did aerodynamics come into play? This is not the Grand Prix, where cars are going 300km/h and aerodynamics actually makes a difference. And at least Formula 1 requires endurance and skill. The Melbourne Cup is over in 3.5 minutes. F1 drivers have to learn every turn and corner like their life depends on it. A lapse in concentration and he hits the wall or the sandpit resulting in a Did Not Finish (DNF) or injury. There is no danger in horse racing as long as the jockey stays on the horse. The horse does all the work! The track doesn’t even have turns for God’s sake.

Here is every jockey’s secret formula: The harder and more frequently you whip your horse, the higher the chances of you winning. By the way, are animal cruelty activists looking into banning this “sport?” I hope there’s a whipping limit.

Now we will come for you!

Points about horse racing that you should take with you:

  • It’s overrated & would cease to exist if gambling was taken away.
  • Any appropriately-weighted individual can be a jockey since there is no skill involved.
  • It’s not a sport because the strongest & fastest horse does what’s required to win.
  • All the jockey has to do is sit on the horse and have his/her sorry butt carried to the finish line

However, it isn’t all bad. There’s plenty of money to be won from betting. Plenty of beautiful women in fancy dresses to admire. And if that doesn’t tickle your fancy, at least we get a day off for the so-called “Race that Stops a Nation”


Mixed Martial Arts/Ultimate Fighting

I think I didn’t get the gene where getting the crap beaten out of you or watching two grown men beat each other to within an inch of their lives was something of an enjoyable pastime. I don’t have a brother and I certainly don’t remember getting into any fights in the playground. So you will understand me when I say that the seemingly “greatest sporting craze” known as “Ultimate Fighting,” or UFC is quite overrated.

It's not like they need the brain cells anyway

Boxing, I can kind of understand. There’s a bit of theatre before the fight when there is the standard trash talking. But when all is said and done, the winner is basically the guy who either knocks the other unconscious (or dead), or comes the closest to doing so.

But then someone inexplicably went “Hey, we aren’t doing this right! Not enough people are getting injured, maimed, and beaten senselessly – let’s put the fighters in a cage, with no rules and let them go at it! Oh, and get rid of those girly gloves!”

Yea, real smart. I get the whole primal masculine motif behind the whole sport, but as a sports fan I like to see a little bit of tactical nous. I understand different forms of martial arts can be effective against different sized opponents, and like any sport each competitor has their strengths that can be nullified and weaknesses that can be exploited. However, at the end of the day this sport is appealing to those who want to see one guy completely belt another frequently and as abhorrently as possible.

There's something wrong with the human race when there is a celebration for knocking someone unconscious

And before all UFC fans get high and mighty about the apparent lack of rules, yes the sport has come a long way since its inception. You will all be happy to know that such things as spitting, fish hooking, hair pulling and biting are now “fouls.” Well done, and welcome to the 21st century. Or should I say, welcome out of the Roman gladiator era – where watching people get killed was seen as an enjoyable pastime.

So forgive me for giving this sport the flick. At least with other contact sports (AFL and rugby, for example) I can watch knowing that there is a next-to-zero chance of seeing someone die whilst competing. If only I could say the same about UFC.


And to keep things in balance, check out our praise lavished on MoTD’s 3 Most Underrated Sports


6 thoughts on “MoTD’s 3 Most Overrated Sports

  1. Boxing is more dangerous than MMA.
    Boxing allows 3 knockdowns.
    MMA only allows one.
    The knockdown is probably the most potentially fatal aspect to combat sports. And Boxing allows 3 of them before calling the match.

    And re: tactical nous? Ever seen a round between 2 closely matched jiu-jitsu fighters?
    e.g. Joe Stevenson vs. George Sotiropoulos.
    They’re constantly fighting for the advantageous positions and going for the submission while simultaneously defending against them. It’s like a chess match, having to setup moves and submissions.
    Hence a fighter’s ground game is vital to succeeding in this sport, and those who appreciate its value in MMA will also better appreciate the ‘tactical nous’ unfolding before them. The general public who see MMA for the first time (or just at a glance) don’t understand this concept, and only see it as ‘lay and pray’ fighting.

    As for the gloves, smaller gloves allow for grappling. Big boxing gloves don’t have a place MMA. If you go back to watch Royce Gracie (Jiu-Jitsu) fight Art Jimmerson (Boxer) at UFC 1, Art fought with one boxing glove on in case he had to grapple, and couldn’t do anything once Royce was on top of him. Art couldn’t even hold his hands together in the clinch (behind Royce’s back) to reduce Royce’s range of movement. Art gave up as was frustrated and he couldn’t get out from underneath.

    • Thanks for your comments MMA fan, they are greatly appreciated.

      MMA may have really interesting tactical battles, but if all fights were like that people would turn away in droves. tactical forms of fighting like jiu jitsu, judo or wrestling (not the WWE crap, actual wrestling) aren’t as popular as MMA. It’s because MMA’s appeal lies in big hits, knockouts and participants ending up in a bloody, unconscious mess. If you take that away, the sport dies – which is why it is overrated as a sport.

  2. Re-watch the stage of this year’s Tour de France which culminated in the climb up the Alpe d’Huez. Enough said. Also, remember the 2000 Olympics? Some bloke who ate KFC every day won a sprint gold medal – mainly because he could make a bike go 70 km/h. Epic sport.

    Horse Racing: Completely agree. Such a nothing sport. People only like it because they can bet on it.

  3. the author is a idiot who probably weighs 400 pounds and cant do any sports look up the stats on death in sports mma has something like 2 you cant count how many boxing has

    • Never tried? Pretty sure we’ve all ridden a bike before. Pedal pedal pedal yawn pedal pedal pedal.

      MMA is a flash in the pan. Since it relies on a brutally primitive instinct to defeat your opponant by (essentially) any means necessary, it won’t be long before someone figures out a very negative and very boring-to-watch method of winning. There’s only so many people willing to watch two blokes grapple on the floor looking for a submission hold. There’s a reason Greco-Roman wrestling isn’t a global phenom. It’s boring to watch.

      As for horse riding, that’s just simple logic. If my horse is ten times faster than Damian Oliver’s, I’ll win the race. Simple.

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