They Didn't Ask Me (dr_phil_physics) wrote,
They Didn't Ask Me

That's Not A Real Sport...

I can't tell you how many times this week I've seen complaints that X is not a sport.

-- Ski Jumping isn't a sport because it involves judges.

-- Ditto for figure skating, ice dancing, snowboarding, moguls, etc.

-- Biathlon isn't a sport because it's just cold weather basic training.

-- Short track speed skating isn't a sport because the winner is determined in the final sprint and staying clear of accidents.

-- Doubles luge isn't a sport you just stack two guys on a sled.

-- Four man bobsled isn't a sport because two of the guys are just there for ballast.

-- Ice dancing isn't a sport, because, well, DANCING.

-- X isn't a sport because it's all about the technology.

And the last straw...

-- Curling is not a sport. If curling is a sport, then so should billiards. Or so this person said on Facebook.

Now, the distinction between a sport and an Olympic sport is a political distinction. But I have to say that although I've been skeptical of some of the sports added to the Games, I've come around on most of them, including all those X-Games offshoots. I've been more annoyed at those sports that the Olympics have eliminated, like baseball in the summer games.

The idea that anything judged or partially judged isn't a sport I think is more of a dig at the judges than the athletes who have trained for years only to get flattened by the mythical East German judge. And I was accused of trolling by trying to point out that their example of a real sport, football, is also determined by the officials. No, you're wrong -- it's not like the official can decide to award 9 points instead of 6. Really? And judging whether or not a knee is down before the ball breaks the plane CAN'T affect the outcome of a game? At best it's a gray area.

Do judges sometimes get it wrong? Sure. So do officials. So do athletes. It's not like we're talking about a beauty pageant like the Westminster Dog Show as a sport.

And curling has all kinds of strategy, finesse and physical ability. Just because it's not as fast paced as hockey or ice dancing, doesn't make curling less than a sport.

Some people take all the fun out of everything.

Dr. Phil

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