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Poll: The Boat Race (37 member(s) have cast votes)

Who do you think will win?

  1. Oxford (1 votes [2.70%])

    Percentage of vote: 2.70%

  2. Cambridge (2 votes [5.41%])

    Percentage of vote: 5.41%

  3. Dead Heat / Draw (1 votes [2.70%])

    Percentage of vote: 2.70%

  4. Couldn't Care Less (33 votes [89.19%])

    Percentage of vote: 89.19%

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#1 Bleep1673

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Posted 26 March 2013 - 02:07 PM

Who do you want to win the 2013 BR?

Edited by Bleep1673, 26 March 2013 - 02:18 PM.

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#2 Futtocks

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Posted 26 March 2013 - 02:13 PM

As long as the dark blue rabble sink like a stone, I have no particular preference. ;)

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#3 Saint Billinge

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Posted 26 March 2013 - 02:18 PM

Never really took any interest.

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#4 Futtocks

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Posted 26 March 2013 - 02:46 PM

To be honest, I actually quite enjoy it.

Compared to an international regatta on a still lake, where the boats stay in lanes and go in a straight line, this is a twisting course against the current and without lanes, which adds another tactical dimension.

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#5 Wolford6

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Posted 26 March 2013 - 02:54 PM

I once worked at Oxford. The percentage of arrogant stuck up students was way too high. Trouble is, Cambridge will be no different.

Seems to me that:
- Both places hire rowing mercenaries by offering them dubious-value degree courses.
- The non-mercenaries will almost certainly have learnt the sport at top public schools.
- If it's so important how come the average sports fan in the street can't tell you who won last year.
- It's an anachronistic exercise in watching commoners touching their collective forelock towards the upper classes.

Still, at least it generates tourist income.

I think rowing must be a fantastic sport to take part in or to watch, but this is one race I definitely won't be watching.

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#6 hindle xiii

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Posted 26 March 2013 - 03:12 PM

Cashier number 4, please.

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Posted 26 March 2013 - 03:17 PM

Drunken posh totty shouting at boats. What's not to love?
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#8 Martyn Sadler

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Posted 26 March 2013 - 03:20 PM

I once worked at Oxford. The percentage of arrogant stuck up students was way too high. Trouble is, Cambridge will be no different.

Seems to me that:
- Both places hire rowing mercenaries by offering them dubious-value degree courses.
- The non-mercenaries will almost certainly have learnt the sport at top public schools.
- If it's so important how come the average sports fan in the street can't tell you who won last year.
- It's an anachronistic exercise in watching commoners touching their collective forelock towards the upper classes.

Still, at least it generates tourist income.

I think rowing must be a fantastic sport to take part in or to watch, but this is one race I definitely won't be watching.


That's quite an interesting response. It's not that you're not interested, but that you're actively antagonistic to the event.

I find it interesting because a lot of people, in my experience, are actively antagonistic to Rugby League, obviously for different reasons.

The problem in our case is that a lot of the antagonism to our sport is found in people in influential positions.

#9 West Country Eagle

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Posted 26 March 2013 - 05:14 PM

Drunken posh totty shouting at boats. What's not to love?


All of that sentence? Maybe it's just me, but I get irritated by 'posh' women (and posh men for that matter). The boat race is one of those things that annoys me intensely, probably for no good reason. I would, however, watch the BBC coverage if someone threw John Inverdale into the Thames.
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#10 terrywebbisgod

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Posted 26 March 2013 - 05:46 PM

Wheres a u boat wolfpack when you need it.
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#11 Just Browny

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Posted 26 March 2013 - 07:16 PM

All of that sentence? Maybe it's just me, but I get irritated by 'posh' women (and posh men for that matter). The boat race is one of those things that annoys me intensely, probably for no good reason. I would, however, watch the BBC coverage if someone threw John Inverdale into the Thames.


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#12 Severus

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Posted 26 March 2013 - 08:05 PM

No interest in it. Like others, I have a massive chip on my shoulder about the privileged upper class.
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#13 JohnM

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Posted 26 March 2013 - 08:55 PM

Yes...but isn't that the braying hangers on?. Most of the rowers seem to be pros from the US.

#14 gingerjon

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Posted 27 March 2013 - 06:50 AM

All of that sentence? Maybe it's just me, but I get irritated by 'posh' women (and posh men for that matter). The boat race is one of those things that annoys me intensely, probably for no good reason. I would, however, watch the BBC coverage if someone threw John Inverdale into the Thames.

Hmmm ... I think we can all agree that the BBC's coverage of anything would be vastly improved by the throwing of John Inverdale into the Thames.
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#15 Severus

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Posted 27 March 2013 - 07:23 AM

Hmmm ... I think we can all agree that the BBC's coverage of anything would be vastly improved by the throwing of John Inverdale into the Thames.

Isn't it traditional to do that to the cox ;)
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#16 Futtocks

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Posted 27 March 2013 - 09:34 AM

Hmmm ... I think we can all agree that the BBC's coverage of anything would be vastly improved by the throwing of John Inverdale into the Thames.


It's not the throwing in that's important, it's the holding under.

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#17 Steve May

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Posted 27 March 2013 - 12:06 PM

No interest in it. Like others, I have a massive chip on my shoulder about the privileged upper class.


Of course, and as you well know, not everyone at Oxford is a member of the privileged upper class.

The Boat Race was a nice excuse to get drunk when I was an undergrad, but not fussed now. Can't recall who won it last year, and doubt I'll be watching it this year.


One thing I've always found odd is why people with no connection to either Uni support one side or the other? I can see the human drama of the event - it's bloody tough stuff, and those boys genuinely train hard for it and sacrifice a lot - but actively supporting one boat seems very odd to me.

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#18 Trojan

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Posted 27 March 2013 - 03:18 PM

Most of the rowers seem to be pros from the US.

not the totty then?
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#19 Mumby Magic

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Posted 27 March 2013 - 04:44 PM

think there should be a third one just to mix it up a bit. Or get Top gear to make one of the boats out of an Austin Allegro.

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#20 Mistress_Marlowe

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Posted 27 March 2013 - 05:59 PM

Of course, and as you well know, not everyone at Oxford is a member of the privileged upper class.


In 2010 Oxford had 11.5% of its intake coming from working-class families. Cambridge had 12.6%. The figures have barely changed since.

So no, not everyone, but a significant majority come from the privileged classes.

I'm with Sev on this one.

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