Originally published in bigharpoon
Time for the BigHarpoon Top 5!
This week's Top 5 concerns deals with the classification of sport. I've overheard dozens of arguments in private and public forums concerning what should and should not be considered sport. This classic argument usually comes from Nascar or Golf fans whenever someone says that either one is not a 'sport.' Some say they are coordination sports rather than athletic sports. Some say there's no way you can call it a sport because it doesn't require athleticism. And still others will maintain that golf, bowling and Nascar all require some athletic skill to be able to master--you'd be crazy to think that Tiger Woods is not an athlete.
At the same time, there are those who will say that even baseball isn't a sport. I once heard an interview with John Kruk (Philadelphia Phillies first baseman from 1990-94) in which he was being asked about being an athlete when he interrupted and said, "I'm not an athlete; I'm a baseball player."
The arguments are many and the classifications are varied. There are athletic sports, non-athletic sports, spectator sports, and non-spectator sports, contact sports, combat sports, team sports, target sports, external-power sports, display sports, strength sports, etc., etc., etc. For this list, I will compile the a list of the best sports that do not require an abundance of athleticism, but do require endurance, skill, coordination, strategy or some combination thereof.
Auto/Motorcycle racing (includes anything motorized)
And now, I give you the Top 5 non-athletic sports according to BigHarpoon:
-- Curling is like horseshoes on ice. Horseshoes you can play in your backyard; curling? Only if you live in Greenland or Minnesota. Curling is fun to watch, and horseshoes is one of those things that you don't necessarily have to be good at to enjoy.
-- Chris Moneymaker's victory at the '03 World Series of Poker almost convinced me to omit poker from this list. It's shameful that someone so untested should win the sport's most hallowed prize, but there's no denying the amount of skill and self-control that is required of anyone who excels at poker. In America during the 1800's, 'Poker Player' was considered a legitimate occupation.
3. Video Games
-- Yes, to dominate this sport you must be, at most, ten to twelve years old. But there are very few things as exciting when you're embroiled in the competition of a video game contest.
-- If you're really, really good at chess, you receive the title 'Grandmaster.' Automatically, if someone is identified as a Grandmaster you know that they are intense competitors, they are master strategists with uncanny levels of concentration and focus, and that they are just a little bit crazy.
-- What other sport requires this level of endurance, concentration, and desire to win? None.
Honorable mention: Foosball
(the BigHarpoon favorite) -- All the excitement of soccer but you can drink beer while you play. Requires intense concentration and motor skills. In case you are wondering: Spinning the foosmen is NOT ALLOWED.
As always, if I've forgotten anything or didn't consider something, let me know.