Non-sports Sports: NASCAR, Curling, Poker & More

MIKE Comic 40 Minnesota FatsThe list of non-sports sports is far longer than it needs to be.

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

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

Yet, these non-sports sports are openly, and tragically, called sports by major sports media outlets.

These non-sports are packaged and marketed like the real deal on ESPN, FOX, NBC Sports and the other major sports networks. They’re treated with the same respect as real sports played by accomplished athletes in the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL and MLS.

That’s why the subject of non-sports sports claims the #4 spot in my FREE sports comic book Worst About Sports.

Worst About SportsThis mix of non-sports sports shouldn’t be mentioned in the same breath as actual sports like football, baseball, basketball, soccer, hockey, boxing and 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 and applaud them for pursuing their passion for their game, race or contest.

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

Worse yet, I’ll never accept skinny Norwegian glee club looking members clad in red, white and blue argyle pants swooshing brooms across an ice skating rink as genuine Olympic athletes. Olympic participants 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 on sports!

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