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Old 08-12-2008, 05:37 PM   #21
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"Hey, you on the rings... Wow, that's awesome. A very impressive display of athleticism. But if you need a judge to pick a winner it ain't a sport. Competition yes. Sport, no."
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Old 08-12-2008, 05:40 PM   #22
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I guess you consider Golf, curling and bass fishing sports then too?
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Old 08-12-2008, 06:09 PM   #23
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Referees and umpires are not judges. They enforce the rules and administer the scoring. They don't pick the winners.
Judges enforce rules and administer scoring as well. Winners are determined by point totals, not some judge "picking".

I'm not sure if you are saying You don't consider them sports or if you are really trying to argue what a sport consists of.

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I know what a sport is but I don't personally consider anything a sport unless it invloves bikini clad women.....UFC, Boxing, Nascar.

 
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Old 08-12-2008, 06:23 PM   #24
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If two people are going to dive at the same time in a competition, shouldn't they be tossing each other around like ice skating? Or maybe they could have synchronized fencing dives... that would be entertaining

Anyone can do that. I want to see a synchronized dive to this:

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Old 08-12-2008, 06:29 PM   #25
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The triple lindy!

 
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Old 08-12-2008, 06:34 PM   #26
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NICE!!! It was inevidable.

 
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Old 08-12-2008, 06:48 PM   #27
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You do realize that it's MEN's synchronized diving on right now, right?
two men wearing speedos, jump in the water, take a shower together and then get in a hot tub - thats just f*** up

shouldn't be on television

 
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Old 08-12-2008, 07:57 PM   #28
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This subject always gets my juices flowing... IMHO, if there is a judge involved (not referee or umpire, who I agree, enforce rules) then I cannot consider it a sport. A judge administers points on a basis of what he/she sees or doesn't see. There is WAY to much gray area there for me to consider it anything but "a display of athletic prowess." Not to take anything away from any of the competitors, they are all extremely talented and even incredible to watch, but not participating in a sport as far as I'm concerned.

As far as claiming that a umpire or referee administers the same amount of control over a game is absurd. Even taking into account the Tim Donaghy fiasco in the NBA, the players still have to make free throws. Scoring is completely on the shoulders of the players themselves. Same in baseball. The umpire can't say "That was a marvelous looking swing. Perfect balance. Kept his down. He only missed the ball by three inches, not quite six, so go ahead and take second base."

 
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Old 08-12-2008, 08:26 PM   #29
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So Golf, bowling and bass fishing are sports by your definition.
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Old 08-12-2008, 08:31 PM   #30
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I think the "Sport / Not a Sport" discussion will forever be debated. Golf, Racing, Figure Skating, and a host of others have always had their doubters in the "Not A Sport" camp. And there are valid arguments on both sides...

I am not necessarily a NASCAR/racing fan or a gymnastics fan, but I can appreciate the physical condition both activities require.

The issue i usually have isn't identifying if someone is athletic or that an activity is grueling or requires a certain amount of athleticism. I have an issue with sport/game vs. art/presentation and artistic events or activities that truly require an objective perspective or 'judgment' that pose as a game or sport. Case in point is gymnastics, ice skating, diving, etc.

There isn't a subjective way to judge these events. They fall more into a class of art or exhibition for me. The presenters of these activities are athletes for sure, but the event itself I have a hard time qualifying as sport. Impressive artistic display yes...sport..ummmm..not so much.
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