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BigBlueDownTheShore : 2/16/2017 3:32 pm
What is easier to accomplish as normal humanbeing?

1) Kick a 40 yard field goal
2) Run a 4 minute mile
3) Hit a baseball 400 yards

For me it would be a field goal. The hosts, Balldinger was one of them, said a 4 minute mile, because you can "train for it". Lots of things factor into hitting baseballs and running that fast.
The FG, easily  
Go Terps : 2/16/2017 3:34 pm : link
I've actually done that. The 4 minute mile has to be the hardest by miles.
at this very moment  
djm : 2/16/2017 3:34 pm : link
i'd say kick the FG. I wouldn't hit it but I can hit one in the 30s so maybe there's hope. If I had a few months to train i'd take the 4 minute mile. God that would suck tho.
yea  
djm : 2/16/2017 3:36 pm : link
for any person the hardest is the 4 min mile but it's also the one that just about anyone could train for. I am a pretty good athlete but I am not hitting a baseball 400 feet no matter how hard I train.
well you usually track a baseball in "feet"......  
BillKo : 2/16/2017 3:36 pm : link
...no one is hitting a ball 1200 feet.........
Do you mean 400 feet  
pjcas18 : 2/16/2017 3:36 pm : link
no one is hitting a baseball 400 yards with a normal baseball bat and normal baseball.
the hardest is easy to call  
YAJ2112 : 2/16/2017 3:36 pm : link
no ordinary schmo is hitting a baseball 400 yards unless it's down a roadway (ala Don Johnson in Tin Cup)
400 yards = 1200 feet  
Frank from CA : 2/16/2017 3:36 pm : link
Does that include the roll presuming there is some pavement in the path?
i meant ft.  
BigBlueDownTheShore : 2/16/2017 3:37 pm : link
sorry about the yards
and the FG....  
BillKo : 2/16/2017 3:38 pm : link
with a snap, hold, and rush?? LOL

That actually would make a difference!!!!
I would think the hardest is the baseball  
jcn56 : 2/16/2017 3:39 pm : link
the other would require plenty of training and exercise, but I'm pretty sure that I could get a 4 min mile down if I needed to. Combine the physical strength and hand eye coordination you'd need to hit the baseball, you need to be gifted before you even get to the point where you can train to do it.
40 yards...  
Dunedin81 : 2/16/2017 3:43 pm : link
400 feet
4 minute mile, in that order.

I'd wager a guess that with practice a solid percentage of the population (maybe 1/3 of men, maybe more) could hit a 40 yard field goal.

I'd wager a guess that a decent percentage of physically fit men could hit a BP fastball 400 feet if given time to practice and enough chances.

I'd wager a guess that the percentage of adult men who even have the potential to run a 4-minute mile, much less the willpower and the time to train, is below 1%. I run 10-15 miles a week, sometimes a good deal more than that, and I could probably break 6 minutes if I trained for that distance and busted my ass.
Hitting a baseball 12000  
B in ALB : 2/16/2017 3:43 pm : link
feet. Maybe if you're on Mars.
I think with an aluminum bat  
DennyInDenville : 2/16/2017 3:44 pm : link
400 foot home run would be easiest

Especially with multiple try's with batting practice style fastballs...

That's just me tho

4 minute Mile can be done with training

40 yard FG is toughest imo
The 4 minute mile by far is the easy answer  
beatrixkiddo : 2/16/2017 3:45 pm : link
the other two both involve coordination that many aren't gifted with. Any normal human being is capable of running, it doesn't really require any unique coordination.
No regular person is running a 4 minute mile  
BillT : 2/16/2017 3:48 pm : link
Maybe not the other things either but a 4 minute mile! No chance. The WR is 3:43. For some perspective, no woman has even come close to 4 minutes.
RE: The 4 minute mile by far is the easy answer  
Dunedin81 : 2/16/2017 3:49 pm : link
In comment 13363347 beatrixkiddo said:
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the other two both involve coordination that many aren't gifted with. Any normal human being is capable of running, it doesn't really require any unique coordination.


The first recorded sub-4 minute mile was in 1954. It has certainly been duplicated since, but it's still something that only world-class runners can do. Kicking well is supremely difficult, kicking is not. And hitting a baseball off of Clayton Kershaw is insanely difficult, hitting a batting practice fastball is not.
I can see a FG and a baseball  
Bill L : 2/16/2017 3:53 pm : link
being done by pure blind luck if you're given numerous tries. I think a 4 min mile is always going to be you can either do it or you can't.
4 minute mile... jeez  
est1986 : 2/16/2017 3:54 pm : link
Easy.
...  
26.2 : 2/16/2017 4:19 pm : link
sorry guys, but you can't get any schmo off the street and train them to run a 4 min mile "just b/c its running." Like it doesn't take any skill or physical attributes that you have to be born with. Thats the dumbest thing I've ever heard. I would say anything under 4:25 is unattainable for most people.

Whether its easier or harder than the rest I don't know, but my guess would be the FG assuming that someone teaches me to do it and I get unlimited attempts. Not saying I could do it, but I'm def not hitting a baseball 400 ft regardless of context.
RE: 40 yards...  
Section331 : 2/16/2017 4:31 pm : link
In comment 13363343 Dunedin81 said:
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400 feet
4 minute mile, in that order.


Exactly. Not that the others are easy, but you can train to hit a 400 ft shot and a 40 yd FG, but running a sub-4 min mile requires not only training, but genetics. That is still really fucking fast.
I can tell you with a high degee of confidence  
pjcas18 : 2/16/2017 4:31 pm : link
there is a very large (no pun intended) percentage of the population that is almost 100% guaranteed to never run a 4 minute mile.

There is really very little physical factor limiting someone from kicking a 40 yard FG. Especially if they allow you to do the Doug Flutie drop kick.

the HR is slightly harder than the FG because hitting a baseball isn't easy and then add in the distance, but most adult males should be able to do with practice.

younger people, old people, and not to be sexist, some women, could experience difficulty hitting a baseball 400 feet.

How long would it take to accomplish?  
Eli Wilson : 2/16/2017 4:36 pm : link
I think with a week or two of training most(ok, maybe 1/2) adult men who are at all athletically inclined could hit a 40 yard FG.

It would take years to train to run a sub 4:00 mile, and there would be a much smaller amount of people that could do that.

I think there is even a smaller amount of people that could hit a 400 foot HR.
4 minute mile is by far the hardest.  
madgiantscow009 : 2/16/2017 4:48 pm : link
not even close.

the FG is the easiest.
By these answers  
shelovesnycsports : 2/16/2017 5:04 pm : link
it would appear that many of you have never seen the distance to kick a 40 yard FG. Your also 8-7 yards back.


4 minute mille by far the hardest  
njm : 2/16/2017 5:04 pm : link
I'd say the baseball is the easiest just because you can hit it anywhere in fair territory as opposed to having to kick the FG through the goal posts.
RE: By these answers  
Mad Mike : 2/16/2017 5:05 pm : link
In comment 13363475 shelovesnycsports said:
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it would appear that many of you have never seen the distance to kick a 40 yard FG. Your also 8-7 yards back.

How do you think the yardage for a fg is measured?
look at this view  
shelovesnycsports : 2/16/2017 5:07 pm : link
RE: RE: By these answers  
shelovesnycsports : 2/16/2017 5:10 pm : link
In comment 13363481 Mad Mike said:
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In comment 13363475 shelovesnycsports said:


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it would appear that many of you have never seen the distance to kick a 40 yard FG. Your also 8-7 yards back.


How do you think the yardage for a fg is measured?

from the line of scrimmage.the 30 yard line since the goal posts are back 10 yards.

You still have to kick it actual yardage 47-48.

[img]better view.
What a surprising non-answer.  
Mad Mike : 2/16/2017 5:10 pm : link
Love continues to prove itself so very different from knowledge and understanding.
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shelovesnycsports : 2/16/2017 5:10 pm : link
RE: look at this view  
njm : 2/16/2017 5:10 pm : link
In comment 13363484 shelovesnycsports said:
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That speaks more to me about the accuracy required than the distance.

Hell, I hit a damn softball off the side of a wall over 300 feet away when I was in my 20's. But I batted righty and it was the right field wall.
RE: RE: RE: By these answers  
Mad Mike : 2/16/2017 5:12 pm : link
In comment 13363488 shelovesnycsports said:
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from the line of scrimmage.the 30 yard line since the goal posts are back 10 yards.

You still have to kick it actual yardage 47-48.

Wait, are you serious? Do you seriously think a "40 yard field goal" means the line of scrimmage is the 30? Seriously? C'mon, you're making this too easy.
RE: What a surprising non-answer.  
shelovesnycsports : 2/16/2017 5:12 pm : link
In comment 13363489 Mad Mike said:
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Love continues to prove itself so very different from knowledge and understanding.

yup brain fart.
Acutal distance is from where it is kicked.
3) Hit a baseball 400 yards (hardest)  
Beezer : 2/16/2017 6:31 pm : link
the yards/feet thing has been covered.

But depending on the pitches (lollypops), the bat used (aluminum) and the number of attempts, it could be done.

40-yarder might be done, too, assuming it's not a 5-6, 110-pound twig kicking.

I'd say there's no way a "normal" human being could EVER run a 4-minute mile. No matter how much they trained, or for how long. It's just not possible for a non-freak.

Sorry ... answering the question ...  
Beezer : 2/16/2017 6:32 pm : link
Eastiest - kick a 40-yarder.
RE: By these answers  
Beezer : 2/16/2017 6:33 pm : link
In comment 13363475 shelovesnycsports said:
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it would appear that many of you have never seen the distance to kick a 40 yard FG. Your also 8-7 yards back.



bahahahahahahaha
40 yard fg  
Keith : 2/16/2017 10:50 pm : link
is cake.
400 foot homer with aluminum bat I can personally do  
DennyInDenville : 2/16/2017 11:05 pm : link
I'd just need a few days in the cage for practice then some nice easy BP fastballs around 55-65 mph and I would eventually run into one.

The 40 yard field goal I can probly do as well but would likely take me 1,000 attempts. From a tee I can do it in 100 attempts.

Thinking about it yes the 4 minute mile would be hardest of all 3 for myself todo and I don't think I could pull It off. It would take so much training I couldn't do it. I'm a burst athlete not a distance/endurance athlete
I believe the 4 minute mile would be vastly harder  
steve in ky : 2/16/2017 11:49 pm : link
The other two would depend on the individual and also whether of batting they were facing a professional pitcher attempting to strike them out or "assisting" them when throwing to them, and if kicking a FG would they be facing a rushing defense attempt int to block it.
You have to be an Olympic level runner to run a four minute mile  
Gary from The East End : Admin : 2/17/2017 6:10 am : link
Automatic qualification time for 2016 US Olympic Team in the 1500 meter race (.932 miles) is 4:09.50.
This is exactly  
Beer Man : 2/17/2017 6:54 am : link
why some guys paint
400 feet probably easiest  
WideRight : 2/17/2017 10:48 am : link
Just go to Mexico City.

The 40 yd FG would probably be pretty easy up there too.
Go on a treadmill and set it (if it goes fast enough) to 15 mph  
Gmen1982 : 2/17/2017 2:35 pm : link
That's how fast you must run for a four minute mile. That is the hardest by far. The baseball hit will also be impossible for many people. You could get many people to kick a 40 yard field goal. Most likely it would be a toe ball but it's the only one not impossible for a regular non sport specific athlete.

Only someone that could break 5 minutes with relative ease could come close to breaking 4 with training. I couldn't do it and I can run a low 5 minute mile easily right now. The hitting a baseball -400 feet would be tough but maybe with a hitting coach and steroids I'd have a shot. I coach soccer and kick field goals with the kicker on their football team (ex soccer player). A regular person can train for that.
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