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0544: "Pep Talk"

Postby gu3st » Mon Feb 16, 2009 5:02 am UTC

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Alt-Text: Listen! They said a team of chess players coached by someone with no understanding of basketball would never be competitive in the NBA! Well, it turns out they're pretty perceptive.


How Bizarre...

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Re: Pep Talk

Postby TheHand » Mon Feb 16, 2009 5:02 am UTC

Forget chess! How about GO!

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"Pep Talk" Discussion

Postby Fat Tony » Mon Feb 16, 2009 5:03 am UTC

Hm. Mr. Munroe never struck me as the "two spaces after every sentence" kind of guy.
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Re: Pep Talk

Postby explodingviolin » Mon Feb 16, 2009 5:03 am UTC

TheHand wrote:Forget chess! How about GO!

chessboxing>go>chess
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Re: Pep Talk

Postby ubergeek09 » Mon Feb 16, 2009 5:03 am UTC

I think this is how my school's bball team would have turned out if I would have joined.

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Re: Pep Talk

Postby bigglesworth » Mon Feb 16, 2009 5:04 am UTC

Goboxing?
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Re: Pep Talk

Postby sje46 » Mon Feb 16, 2009 5:10 am UTC

Define "GO".
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Re: Pep Talk

Postby Arc » Mon Feb 16, 2009 5:10 am UTC

bigglesworth wrote:Goboxing?

That will inevitably deteriorate into people simply throwing small, round objects at each other.

We might as well just call it French dueling:

Wikipedia wrote:In 1808, two Frenchmen are said to have fought in balloons over Paris, each attempting to shoot and puncture the other's balloon; one duelist is said to have been shot down and killed with his second.

Thirty-five years later (1843), two men1 are said to have fought a duel by means of throwing billiard balls at each other.

1 Also French, in case it wasn't clear.
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Re: "Pep Talk" Discussion

Postby Zaraden » Mon Feb 16, 2009 5:11 am UTC

Is this an xkcd comic... about sports?
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Re: Pep Talk

Postby Zaraden » Mon Feb 16, 2009 5:14 am UTC

Is this an xkcd comic... about sports?
Let epsilon be less than zero...

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Re: "Pep Talk" Discussion

Postby knight2417 » Mon Feb 16, 2009 5:14 am UTC

It doesn't actually mention a sports team, except in the alt text. This could be a dressing room for a...um...non sporting event...

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Re: "Pep Talk" Discussion

Postby Fat Tony » Mon Feb 16, 2009 5:17 am UTC

It's ok; it's a chess team.
Sure, they're playing basketball, but that's irrelevant.
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Re: Pep Talk

Postby theta4 » Mon Feb 16, 2009 5:19 am UTC

Zaraden wrote:Is this an xkcd comic... about sports?

My thoughts exactly. But notice this: they're playing sports badly.
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Re: Pep Talk

Postby ian » Mon Feb 16, 2009 5:25 am UTC

Maybe it's an NBA xbox tournament

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Re: Pep Talk

Postby popprocks » Mon Feb 16, 2009 5:35 am UTC

Link to the comic, simpleton.

It's nice, once in a while, to read an xkcd comic that can be *fully* understood with basic knowledge.

Not that my knowledge is basic . . . . it's just not advanced.

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Re: Pep Talk

Postby sje46 » Mon Feb 16, 2009 5:40 am UTC

Is it supposed to go up two points? I don't understand basketball.
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Re: Pep Talk

Postby Vieto » Mon Feb 16, 2009 5:52 am UTC

close shots are 2 points, longer shots are 3 points, and shots fired from the star that appears randomly in the court can be worth 5, 10, or 15 points.

I have a basketball videogame... thats like 8 years old...

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Re: Pep Talk

Postby william » Mon Feb 16, 2009 5:55 am UTC

sje46 wrote:Is it supposed to go up two points? I don't understand basketball.

Yes. Most made shots(also, if you know football, confusingly called field goals) are two points. If you shoot from far enough away(20 feet 6 inches in NCAA men's basketball right now) you get three points. And then if you get hit going up to the basket you get to take two shots from the free throw line without anybody interfering, and if you make them you get a point each. If you get hit going up to the basket but the ball still goes in, you get to take an extra free throw, called a three-point play(four point in the rare circumstance it was a three you got hit on) or colloquially an and-one. There are more complicated free throw situations such as the double bonus but you don't even need to understand them to enjoy watching a game.
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Re: Pep Talk

Postby Geogriffith » Mon Feb 16, 2009 6:12 am UTC

william wrote:but you don't even need to understand them to enjoy watching a game.

Do. Please. Share the secret behind enjoying watching people on television play a game. I've never understood that. I can understand wanting to play a sport (hang out with friends, get a nice workout), but the whole concept of sitting down and watching other people play them, on television? Completely lost on me. What is your secret?

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Re: Pep Talk

Postby atimholt » Mon Feb 16, 2009 6:15 am UTC

TheHand wrote:Forget chess! How about GO!


Yes yes yes: Go go go
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Re: Pep Talk

Postby dennisw » Mon Feb 16, 2009 6:30 am UTC

I can't help wondering whether, by specifying the NBA, he's implying some specific team. Otherwise, he could have just said:
Listen! They said a team of chess players coached by someone with no understanding of basketball would never be competitivein the NBA! Well, it turns out they're pretty perceptive.


Non-NBA candidate number one.
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Re: Pep Talk

Postby Troger64 » Mon Feb 16, 2009 7:09 am UTC

one of xkcd's lesser comics

but oh well

you cant be up all the time

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Re: "Pep Talk" Discussion

Postby InstinctSage » Mon Feb 16, 2009 7:15 am UTC

This seems rather off the wall for xkcd. I mean, other than than the chess players reference, which isn't even required for the joke to work, there's absolutely nothing about this comic that seems in the same flavour as other xkcd work.

Not that I'm complaining. I like the joke muchly. It's light and fluffy misdirection humour.
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Re: Pep Talk

Postby theta4 » Mon Feb 16, 2009 7:23 am UTC

Geogriffith wrote:
william wrote:but you don't even need to understand them to enjoy watching a game.

Do. Please. Share the secret behind enjoying watching people on television play a game. I've never understood that. I can understand wanting to play a sport (hang out with friends, get a nice workout), but the whole concept of sitting down and watching other people play them, on television? Completely lost on me. What is your secret?

I've wondered that myself. I guess it's just the suspense of seeing who will win and enduring every twist and turn. It's an emotional roller coaster. I consider it to be similar to watching a movie. We don't have any purpose in watching movies; we just watch them to endure the suspense and find out what crazy thing will happen next.
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Re: "Pep Talk" Discussion

Postby arbivark » Mon Feb 16, 2009 7:26 am UTC

InstinctSage wrote:I mean, other than than the chess players reference, which isn't even required for the joke to work, there's absolutely nothing about this comic that seems in the same flavour as other xkcd work.

Agree. It's just blatant fan service, some male (one assumes) locker room porn.

That, or someone in the comments tomorrow will reveal an obscure but hilarious aspect we are missing - xkcd toons often have different levels of funny going on.

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Re: Pep Talk

Postby Graham's Cucumber » Mon Feb 16, 2009 7:33 am UTC

If you think about it, he actually finds a way to win the game...

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Re: Pep Talk

Postby '; DROP DATABASE;-- » Mon Feb 16, 2009 7:41 am UTC

Isn't one of the main reasons to watch sports on TV an excuse to hang out with friends at home and drink? :p
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Re: Pep Talk

Postby sje46 » Mon Feb 16, 2009 7:49 am UTC

Not funny, Randall.

I was a coach for a basketball team. It was a tough time in my life. I lost my girl, my bike, and my job. However, as treasurer of my middle school chess club, I realized we were experiencing a bit of financial difficulty, and the only way we can get remain in the Chess League was to replace the local major league team, who had all suffered major injuries when their bus careened off a ravine. We were our school's only hope. So we put on their blood-soaked uniforms and sharpened our skates (only to discover that we didn't need skates when we scratched up the newly-finished floors) and prepared for the fight of our lives. We lived, we laughed, we cried, we willed, and we loved. And through our blood-soaked sweat (and a series of fortunate circumstances, such as the other teams suffering from mass food poisoning), we made it to the top. It was the big championship, and a small child--his face haggard and his eyes drawn from a terminal illness--asked us to win the championship; only then could he die peacefully, or, perhaps, manage to pull through.
The team was the most feared team in the state. Each player was well over seven feet tall, and they looked at us like the little nerdy wimps we were. However, we had one important advantage: hope.
We knew that with our teamwork, our intelligence, our sheer force of will, and one dying boy's prayers we could accomplish anything.
When they pried my players' faces from the tile, I knew there was no God.
How dare you mock us, Randall. And that little boy too.

Not cool, not funny, not a good comic.
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Re: "Pep Talk" Discussion

Postby theta4 » Mon Feb 16, 2009 8:03 am UTC

I'm sorry, but I believe this thread was here first:

viewtopic.php?f=7&t=34928

Someone should do something about this.
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Re: Pep Talk

Postby theta4 » Mon Feb 16, 2009 8:05 am UTC

sje46 wrote:Not funny, Randall.
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How dare you mock us, Randall. And that little boy too.

Not cool, not funny, not a good comic.

I'm sure Randall didn't mean anything by it. He was just making a comic.
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Re: Pep Talk

Postby Amarantha » Mon Feb 16, 2009 8:10 am UTC

@sje: If those get any longer, you'll have to start signing them "Summer Glau" :D

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Re: Pep Talk

Postby LuNatic » Mon Feb 16, 2009 8:13 am UTC

sje46 wrote:Not funny, Randall.

I was a coach for a basketball team. It was a tough time in my life. I lost my girl, my bike, and my job. However, as treasurer of my middle school chess club, I realized we were experiencing a bit of financial difficulty, and the only way we can get remain in the Chess League was to replace the local major league team, who had all suffered major injuries when their bus careened off a ravine. We were our school's only hope. So we put on their blood-soaked uniforms and sharpened our skates (only to discover that we didn't need skates when we scratched up the newly-finished floors) and prepared for the fight of our lives. We lived, we laughed, we cried, we willed, and we loved. And through our blood-soaked sweat (and a series of fortunate circumstances, such as the other teams suffering from mass food poisoning), we made it to the top. It was the big championship, and a small child--his face haggard and his eyes drawn from a terminal illness--asked us to win the championship; only then could he die peacefully, or, perhaps, manage to pull through.
The team was the most feared team in the state. Each player was well over seven feet tall, and they looked at us like the little nerdy wimps we were. However, we had one important advantage: hope.
We knew that with our teamwork, our intelligence, our sheer force of will, and one dying boy's prayers we could accomplish anything.
When they pried my players' faces from the tile, I knew there was no God.
How dare you mock us, Randall. And that little boy too.

Not cool, not funny, not a good comic.


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Re: Pep Talk

Postby Xyros » Mon Feb 16, 2009 8:55 am UTC

Why do I feel there is an underlying joke I'm not seeing.
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Re: Pep Talk

Postby sje46 » Mon Feb 16, 2009 8:57 am UTC

Xyros wrote:Why do I feel there is an underlying joke I'm not seeing.

About the strip?
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Re: Pep Talk

Postby Diadem » Mon Feb 16, 2009 9:26 am UTC

The alt-text is what makes it funny, for me.

Because chess players actually do hold breaks and meetings in the middle of matches. Probably the only sport where they do.
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Re: Pep Talk

Postby MagicSteve » Mon Feb 16, 2009 9:29 am UTC

I love mouseover text, the joke was only average until I read that.

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Re: Pep Talk

Postby Lure+Breaker » Mon Feb 16, 2009 9:32 am UTC

sje46 wrote:Not funny, Randall.

I was a coach for a basketball team. It was a tough time in my life. I lost my girl, my bike, and my job. However, as treasurer of my middle school chess club, I realized we were experiencing a bit of financial difficulty, and the only way we can get remain in the Chess League was to replace the local major league team, who had all suffered major injuries when their bus careened off a ravine. We were our school's only hope. So we put on their blood-soaked uniforms and sharpened our skates (only to discover that we didn't need skates when we scratched up the newly-finished floors) and prepared for the fight of our lives. We lived, we laughed, we cried, we willed, and we loved. And through our blood-soaked sweat (and a series of fortunate circumstances, such as the other teams suffering from mass food poisoning), we made it to the top. It was the big championship, and a small child--his face haggard and his eyes drawn from a terminal illness--asked us to win the championship; only then could he die peacefully, or, perhaps, manage to pull through.
The team was the most feared team in the state. Each player was well over seven feet tall, and they looked at us like the little nerdy wimps we were. However, we had one important advantage: hope.
We knew that with our teamwork, our intelligence, our sheer force of will, and one dying boy's prayers we could accomplish anything.
When they pried my players' faces from the tile, I knew there was no God.
How dare you mock us, Randall. And that little boy too.

Not cool, not funny, not a good comic.


Aww. I was expecting a Bel-air. Funny comic, even if it is about sports, but it's interesting to know exactly how many points they got when you can't see the court from the locker room. I suppose that's where the maths is.

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Re: Pep Talk

Postby atimholt » Mon Feb 16, 2009 10:00 am UTC

Arc wrote:
bigglesworth wrote:Goboxing?

That will inevitably deteriorate into people simply throwing small, round objects at each other.


And then there's the nuclear tesuji.
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Re: Pep Talk

Postby Xalerwons » Mon Feb 16, 2009 10:13 am UTC

Go
Yeah, I guess most of the baduk players came out of the woodworks 'cause of a chess comic =)

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Re: "Pep Talk" Discussion

Postby A.DTheMediocre » Mon Feb 16, 2009 1:22 pm UTC

zaraden wrote:Is this an xkcd comic... about sports?


There is precedent: http://xkcd.com/115/


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