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Rumsfeld and Squash

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by JR, Sep 23, 2006.

  1. JR

    JR Active Member

    Apparently Rumsfeld plays a lot of squash and by all accounts considers himself a pretty good player and wins fairly regularly

    http://www.nytimes.com/2006/09/24/washington/24rumsfeld.html?hp&ex=1159070400&en=06c36eba946dad2b&ei=5094&partner=homepage

    Couple of problems though:

    But he says he has noticed that Mr. Rumsfeld, 74, often wins points because, after hitting a shot, he does not get out of the way so his opponent has a chance to return the ball, a practice known in squash as “clearing.”

    As anyone who's ever played squash, the rules are pretty specfic: you have to allow your opponent to play his shot, otherwise a "let" is called and the point is either re-played or your opponent gets a point.
    This isn' a "courtesy", it's the rule. So basically Rumsfeld cheats by bullying his opponents. It's kinda like kicking your opponent's golf ball off the green and then staring them down.

    In squash, Mr. Rumsfeld’s main advantage over more capable and fitter players is that he refuses to play anything but “hardball,” a variation of the game that was once common in the United States but has largely died out over the last decade.

    Having played both hardball and international squash, the former is to the latter what checkers is to chess. Hardball squash requires no creativity or mobility, just sheer power.

    So basically he plays the game by his rules and bullies his opponent. Kinda like his foreign policy.
     
  2. Ben_Hecht

    Ben_Hecht Active Member

    Princeton asshole.
     
  3. JR

    JR Active Member

    Hey, I didn't go to Princeton. :)

    I only post this because I played squash for about 25 years and the "let" rule is pretty cut and driedin most cases.

    Also, interfering with your partner and then complaining about a "let, please", call is a pretty damning indictment of character.
     
  4. JR you moron. Rumsfeld went to Princeton.

    The is guy 74 and you are complaining about how he plays squash?

    Yikes - get a grip.
     
  5. indiansnetwork

    indiansnetwork Active Member

    There is alot more wrong with Rusmfeld than his squash game.
     
  6. spup1122

    spup1122 Guest

    Hey idiotsnetwork...you act like you're a fan of this administration, but now you're not a fan of Rumsfeld? Are you 12-years-old, confused, or just stupid?
     
  7. Kind of like the way Clinton cheats at golf?
     
  8. JR

    JR Active Member

    I know he went to Princeton. Jesus.

    And you're not excused because of your age if you cheat. Pretty simple.

    Makes it even worse when you cheat AND post your squash scores on your office door.

    Character issues, to say the least.

    And apparently the author of the piece found the way he played squash interesting enough to write an article about it.
     
  9. JR

    JR Active Member

    Nope. Big difference. In casual golf players may agree to take more than one mulligan.

    In competitive squash, lets are lets.
     
  10. indiansnetwork

    indiansnetwork Active Member

    LOL Cheating is cheating anyway you slice it. Nice attempt at making Clinton sounding normal. Last time I checked he is far from normal.
     
  11. JR

    JR Active Member

    On the PGA tour there are no "gimmes".

    Weekend golfers do it all the time. Doesn't make them cheaters.
     
  12. He's 74 and playing squash.

    Most of you guys are half his age and take the elevator to the second floor.
     
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