Non-Sports Sports: NASCAR, Poker, Pool and Curling

Rudolf Wanderone Minnesota Fats

Pool hustler Minnesota Fats

Before I pressed “publish” on this blog, I already felt an onslaught of angst directed toward me from NASCAR, poker, pool and curling fans of these non-sports sports!

I’ve braced myself for the avalanche of hate mail and prickly barbs that will soon come my way for the words I’ve just written.

But, someone had to write them. Someone had the express the obvious. And, someone had to take the initiative and expose the egregious coverage on major sports networks that these non-sports sports receive.

Check out the following excerpt from my new sports comic book Confusing Stuff in Sports.

I’m confident you’ll agree, too, that these non-sports sports shouldn’t be mentioned in the same breath as actual sports like football, baseball, basketball, soccer, hockey and boxing.

Email me at with your opinions.

…..The list is far longer than it needs to be.

It spotlights roaring races, organized parlor games and quirky contests that involve little or no athletic ability.

Skill and discipline are evidently involved in these competitions, but obviously none of an athletic nature.

Yet, these non-sports sports are openly celebrated as sports by major sports media outlets. Talk about confusing!

These non-sports are packaged and marketed like the real deal on ESPN and other major sports networks.

They’re even treated with the same respect as real sports played by accomplished athletes in the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL and MLS.

That’s why the controversial subject non-sports sports claim the #4 spot in Confusing Stuff in Sports.

MIKE Top 10 Book 6 ConfusingThis mix of non-sports sports shouldn’t be mentioned in the same breath as actual sports like football, baseball, basketball, soccer, hockey, boxing and most Olympic sports.

However, entertaining games, races and contests like NASCAR, bowling, poker, sailing, pool, curling and others don’t qualify as sports in my strongest of strong opinions.

A pre-requisite to qualify as a real sport should be sweating and breathing heavily while engaged in actual physical, athletic competition that you’ve trained for since your Little League, Pop Warner or biddy league basketball days.

Sure, I respect what non-sports sports’ participants do. I even applaud them for pursuing their passion for their game, race or contest.

But, I’m sorry. No one can convince me that a NASCAR drivers, PBA bowlers or sunglass wearing poker players are athletes.

Worse yet, I’ll never accept skinny Norwegian glee clubbers clad in red, white and blue argyle pants swooshing brooms across an ice skating rink as genuine Olympic athletes.

Winter Olympic Sport of Curling

Winter Olympic Sport of Curling

Olympic participants or contestants yes, but Olympic athletes no!

The sport of curling, like bowling, sailing, poker and pool, scandalously skirts the sanctity of real sports by not requiring the remotest semblance of athleticism.

If you want to argue my point, just look at the comic of Minnesota Fats that starts this chapter.

Now, there’s a “real athlete” playing a “real sport” for you!

MIKE – thee ultimate talking head on sports!

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