Todd Werkhoven raises an interesting question in his post C’mon. Be a Sport. He believes that not all things that are considered sports are, in fact, sports. He also makes a very valid point that people usually get heated when you tell them you don’t consider what they do a sport.
So what, exactly, makes an activity a sport? Werkhoven maintains that, in order for something to be considered a sport, there has to be an offense and a defense, that there must be a point system, and that there must be “some sort of difficult physical aspect.” (He also maintains that he can overrule the previous points. Since I enjoy overruling and do so often in my house, I won’t argue that point.)
But I don’t wholly agree with Werkhoven here, and neither does the dictionary.
Sport: (noun) an athletic activity requiring skill or physical prowess and often of a competitive nature, as racing, baseball, tennis, golf, bowling, wrestling, boxing, hunting, fishing, etc.
Only one of the examples used by dictionary.com contains an offense and a defense. What about the Olympics? By Werkhoven’s definition, the luge, bobsledding, track, etc. wouldn’t be considered sports.
I’ll agree that sport fishing shouldn’t be considered a sport. Anything you can do while sitting in a boat slamming Bud Light shouldn’t have the word “sport” tacked onto the front of it, but a lot of activities that don’t have an offense and defense should still be considered sports.
randomly pick an activity and explain why it should be considered a sport. Let’s talk about, oh, I don’t know, GOLF.
Golf is, arguably, one of the hardest games to play. There are about 75 things you have to concentrate on at once, and that’s only on the tee box. You’re forced to move in the most uncomfortable positions possible while looking graceful and at ease. It takes a tremendous amount of skill, discipline, and mental focus to play golf. YYou must compete other golfers as well as the course itself. And as the definition above mentions, golf requires both skill and physical prowess.
Do you think there are certain activities that shouldn’t be considered sports? What are they?