I’m on a Cracked kick. Just read their 10 Most Insane Sports post, and noticed that 5 of the ten originated in Great Britain. On a purely numerical basis, that’s…not very likely.
Why do native English speakers excel in insane competitions? Because for centuries they’ve been more free to do so. And it’s not that tyrants and megalomaniacs care about the health and safety of the participants. Obviously. No, it’s because so many of these “sports” are profoundly silly. Silly and dangerous. If crazed men will risk their lives in an impossible attempt to run down a wheel of cheese…what else might they challenge? Any self-respecting tyrant has to quell that crap whenever it arises.
I’m not saying that native English speakers will always be in the catbird’s seat, of course. We’re slipping back as I type this. But we’re doing it to ourselves.