Friday, April 14, 2006

If You've Got an Afternoon to Waste...

Checking my TV schedule for this weekend, and as usual there's golf on. CBS in this case. I cannot, for the life of me, understand the appeal of watching golf on TV. There's even an entire cable channel devoted to it. Watching golf seems to be about as exciting as watching grass grow, which, it appears, is a major portion of the event. How exciting can anything be where the players require complete silence from the crowd?

This also begs the question of whether or not golf is actually a sport. Golf aficionados seem to say that it is, but let's take a closer look. The guy who won their biggest event last weekend seemed to have quite a belly on him. But alright so do some major league pitchers like last year's AL cy young winner. Still, lets weigh golf against the...

WHAT FRESH HELL IS THIS rules for being a sport

1. The activity must involve some sort of athletic activity.
Alright, I suppose it does although just standing there swinging a club is borderline.

2. The activity must be competitive.
Yes, golf is competitive, although their scoring system is about as backward as it gets.

3. The activity must involve at least 3 of the following: Running, jumping, some sort of projectile. Skating counts as running, and sports that are in themselves one of the three (marathon running for example) are obviously sports.
HA. We've got golf here. It does involve a projectile, but there is no jumping and certainly no running. Players stroll from hole to hole at a leisurely pace. Baseball for example involves all three, as do football and basketball. Even Hockey involves 2.

So there you have it. Golf may be a pastime that some people enjoy but it is certainly NOT a sport.


Blogger indefinitelee said...

golf is definitely a sport - the cases of beer get really heavy on the way in.

5:36 PM  

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