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Postby matmat » Thu Jun 24, 2004 5:28 am

So where does one draw the line? I'm curious as to what others think.... all of the activities that are listed below are games, but which ones are sports? (if I left something out, let me know and I'll add it in, but I've intentionally left out the more obvious sports).

Archery
Ballroom Dance
Bowling
Billiards (any kind)
Curling
Croquet
Cheerleading
Driving
Darts
Dancing
Double Dutch
Golf
Horse Racing
Ice Skating
Ice Dancing
Rodeo
Synchronized Swimming
Synchronized Skiing
Strongman Competition
Shooting (clay pigeon, target)
yachting


maybe I should have called it the list of things that I don't think are sports that others might (with one exception... there is one item on the list that I do think is a sport... brownie points to the first person to find it ;) )
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Re: Sport or Not

Postby Arlo » Thu Jun 24, 2004 6:29 am

matmat wrote:(with one exception... there is one item on the list that I do think is a sport... brownie points to the first person to find it ;) )

Curling?

Oh, hi Madison, I meant bowling. Didn't I say bowling? :-o

(Seriously, though, classifying bowling as a sport works for me. Just guessing matmat's call. :-) )
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Postby wkelly91 » Thu Jun 24, 2004 7:55 am

Diving
Cliff diving
Extreme sports
Food eating contests :-P
Olympics
Track N Field
Running
Boat racing
Dog racing
Cock fights
Martial arts
:-?

Non on this list or yours are sports in my book :-°
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Postby Mookie4ever » Thu Jun 24, 2004 8:16 am

I think that anything where the winner is determined solely on judging (syncro swimming, figure skating etc.) is not a sport but an athletic activity or artform but not a sport.

Races are sporting activities (speed skating, short track speed skating etc.).

You also listed some games (billiards) that, while they take skill, do not require the athletic ability required to be a sport.
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Postby Arlo » Thu Jun 24, 2004 8:31 am

wkelly91 wrote:Diving
Cliff diving
Extreme sports
Food eating contests :-P
Olympics
Track N Field
Running
Boat racing
Dog racing
Cock fights
Martial arts
:-?

Non on this list or yours are sports in my book :-°

Track and field not sport? Ok... :-?
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Postby Cornbread Maxwell » Thu Jun 24, 2004 10:10 am

Ill guess matmat was referring to golf.
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Postby Nomar4prez » Thu Jun 24, 2004 5:19 pm

Golf and Horse racing are the only ones I consider a sport from that list.

Sorry, no bowling. I think the people that play bowling at a high level are extremely talented, but I see it more as a game rather than a sport. Correct me if I'm wrong, but there doesn't seem to be much strategy with bowling. You have to be extremely talented to bowl, but everyone does the same thing.
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Postby Andy1234 » Thu Jun 24, 2004 7:47 pm

Horse racing is a sport in my book, the only one that requires atlhetic ability (albeit by the horse) and are in direct compition with competitors.

But none on your list would I consider a sport for a human.
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Postby Urge » Thu Jun 24, 2004 7:59 pm

I agree with Andy. I don't consider anything you can play by yourself a sport.
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Postby Arlo » Thu Jun 24, 2004 8:54 pm

Andy1234 wrote:Horse racing is a sport in my book, the only one that requires atlhetic ability (albeit by the horse) and are in direct compition with competitors.

But none on your list would I consider a sport for a human.

Did some reading on this a while back, and apparently the athleticism required to be a jockey is unbelievable...
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