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2012-08-09 05:00:09 PM

bemis23: vrax: No! Same goes for those air rifle/gun competitors in the Olympics. That has to be the geekiest Olympic "sport" ever.

Ahem......curling would like to have a word with you.


No. Not even close.
 
2012-08-09 05:02:13 PM
As long as synchronized swimming is in, the Olympics are gonna be a joke.
 
2012-08-09 05:04:01 PM
I mean

WHO

www.strangecosmos.com
WANTS TO SEE

images.beijing2008.cn
LADIES DANCING IN THE WATER?

www.worldsportchicago.org
 
2012-08-09 05:06:00 PM

vrax: No! Same goes for those air rifle/gun competitors in the Olympics. That has to be the geekiest Olympic "sport" ever.


I flipped on the Olympics a couple days ago, and saw a small Asian man being judged for bouncing on a trampoline.

Funny thing was... I've seen 6 year olds who do cooler shiat on a trampoline than this "Olympic Athlete."
 
2012-08-09 05:12:12 PM

vrax: No! Same goes for those air rifle/gun competitors in the Olympics. That has to be the geekiest Olympic "sport" ever.


I had someone chew me out on another site for daring to suggest high level gaming and shooting where anywhere near the same thing. To him, shooting was a sport because staying still required a ton of discipline and training. Gaming was 'easy' as therefore not a sport.
 
2012-08-09 05:19:16 PM

rocky_howard: As long as synchronized swimming is in, the Olympics are gonna be a joke.


Those women are serious athletes. As a sport, it's no worse than ice skating.
 
2012-08-09 05:19:52 PM

Antimatter: vrax: No! Same goes for those air rifle/gun competitors in the Olympics. That has to be the geekiest Olympic "sport" ever.

I had someone chew me out on another site for daring to suggest high level gaming and shooting where anywhere near the same thing. To him, shooting was a sport because staying still required a ton of discipline and training. Gaming was 'easy' as therefore not a sport.


As a gamer and a competitive shooter, I would be inclined to agree with your friend.

Hitting a target 600 yards away with no scope is significantly more difficult than anything gaming has ever thrown at me. Calculating in your head adjustments for elevation and wind, maintaining a steady shooting position, controlling your breathing, etc. There's a lot more that goes into it than just "pickup gun, and shoot."
 
2012-08-09 05:22:12 PM

incendi: No. Nor should competitive chess players.


Pro gaming is probably closer, in that extreme hand/eye cordination is required.

But yeah, it's not a "sport"; it's a "game".
 
2012-08-09 05:24:15 PM

bemis23: LazarusLong42: Nope.

Same as chess, billiards, bowling, car racing, and golf. Skill, which these all need, isn't athleticism.

Bowling really straddles the line for me. The game is about precision, power, and muscle control. The strength required to precisely bowl a 14-16lb ball 60 feet at 20-30mph isn't insignificant. Sure anybody can bowl a couple games. Bowling multiple sets of three games and maintaining the arm and hand strength to control ball rotation and speed, and maintaining perfect balance for 100+ approaches is a wholly separate matter. I fail to see why bowling is less of a sport than say, the long jump.


Bowling can be done drunk. Yeah, that's not a sport.
 
2012-08-09 05:29:23 PM

Geotpf: bemis23: LazarusLong42: Nope.

Same as chess, billiards, bowling, car racing, and golf. Skill, which these all need, isn't athleticism.

Bowling really straddles the line for me. The game is about precision, power, and muscle control. The strength required to precisely bowl a 14-16lb ball 60 feet at 20-30mph isn't insignificant. Sure anybody can bowl a couple games. Bowling multiple sets of three games and maintaining the arm and hand strength to control ball rotation and speed, and maintaining perfect balance for 100+ approaches is a wholly separate matter. I fail to see why bowling is less of a sport than say, the long jump.

Bowling can be done drunk. Yeah, that's not a sport.


I've been told Curling is SUPPOSED to be done drunk, yet there it is in the Winter Olympics.

Actually... Most Olympic games would probably be more entertaining to watch, and require more of the athletes, if we boozed them up first.
 
2012-08-09 05:31:42 PM
I say if you can be physically injured during the sport and because of actions taken during the sport, then yes you are an athlete.

/embolisms from 30 hour gaming sessions don't count
//knee and shoulder damage from golf would
 
2012-08-09 05:33:50 PM

SN1987a goes boom: I say if you can be physically injured during the sport and because of actions taken during the sport, then yes you are an athlete.

/embolisms from 30 hour gaming sessions don't count
//knee and shoulder damage from golf would


Carpal tunnel count?
 
2012-08-09 07:00:26 PM

SN1987a goes boom: I say if you can be physically injured during the sport and because of actions taken during the sport, then yes you are an athlete.


Athletes it is!
 
2012-08-09 09:50:02 PM
It makes as much sense as any of the other stuff.
Race car driver, ping pong, water dancing, bobsledding, skiing, trampoline, whatever.
Actually, since skiing, bobsledding, and a number of other things are gravity based, your typical gamer would be far better at it.

They are all games. I fail to see any difference between a "game" and a "sport", except redneck idiots pay more money for a "sport".
 
2012-08-09 10:33:18 PM
Since I'm not sure that this has been covered here on Fark:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Betteridge's_Law_of_Headlines
 
2012-08-09 10:59:23 PM
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These are great athletes, but they don't participate in sports (at least not at their day jobs). The physical demands, concentration, and control are incredible. Yet, they're not athletes, and they're not in the Olympics. Yet ice dancing is, go figure. When does sport turn into art? When does an artistic pursuit turn into a competitive sport? Why is poker on sports channels, but video games, which require impressive hand-eye coordination, not?
 
2012-08-09 11:59:22 PM
Starcraft 2 is a much more grueling sport than some Olympic Events. Like friggin Dressage. Or Archery. Or Shooting... SC2 takes a lot more skill and focus than any of them.
 
2012-08-10 02:18:08 AM

BioStormX: Starcraft 2 is a much more grueling sport than some Olympic Events. Like friggin Dressage. Or Archery. Or Shooting... SC2 takes a lot more skill and focus than any of them.


The upperclass twits doing the dressage have thighs and buns of steel. Go out and ride a horse for an hour, and see how your ass feels. Even a broken down rental pony just walking, not trotting, will make your butt sore after a day.
 
2012-08-10 02:25:08 AM
Anybody who thinks road racing not a sport that requires high levels of physical fitness and stamina is more than welcome to come out to one of my races and hop on the back of my Formula 1 rig for a 20 minute session.

If you can make it the full 20 minutes of one practice session with me running 60% of my normal 'race pace' without either falling off or tapping out due to sheer physical/mental fatigue, I'll toss you a crisp 100 dollar bill. No bullshiat.

The standing record for an untrained professional is about 2.5 laps before they admit defeat. I pull in to the pits, and they go find a nice trash can to throw up in.

I mean, come on... it's not a sport that requires real athletes, I mean... the motor is doing all the work, right? (pops)
 
2012-08-10 10:24:39 AM
Pro gamers should be considered athletes in the same way that professional accountants are.
 
2012-08-10 11:31:36 AM

Strategeryz0r: Actually... Most Olympic games would probably be more entertaining to watch, and require more of the athletes, if we boozed them up first.


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I'm sure she was doing all she could to help your cause.
 
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