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(The Atlantic)   Academics debate whether competitive eating is a sport or a spectacle. "There is something about the notion of eating performatively under a short period of time that brought a community together. It's a very strange concept"   (theatlantic.com ) divider line 25
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2014-06-11 01:06:02 AM  
If you can do it while wearing Crocs, it's not a sport.
 
2014-06-11 02:58:56 AM  
It's not really a sport. It's more like an event.
 
2014-06-11 03:12:08 AM  
Speed knitting isn't a sport.  Spelling bees aren't sports.  Not everything people do in competition is a sport.
 
2014-06-11 05:14:18 AM  
Asinine tag broken?
 
2014-06-11 05:26:33 AM  
Its just disgusting displays and insulting while there are kids starving close to where these events are held.
 
2014-06-11 05:53:19 AM  
But is TotalFark a sport?
 
2014-06-11 06:20:55 AM  
Competitive eating is not a sport.  Next.
 
2014-06-11 08:38:53 AM  
"performatively"?? I had to look that one up. It doesn't mean what the author thinks it does.
 
2014-06-11 09:34:47 AM  
If it was a "spectacle", wouldn't there be things like style points?
 
2014-06-11 09:50:47 AM  
Calling competitive eating a sport is like calling Fox News "fair and balanced."
 
2014-06-11 10:13:33 AM  
15 is my limit on schnitzengruben
 
2014-06-11 10:53:13 AM  

PowerSlacker: If you can do it while wearing Crocs, it's not a sport.


I came up with rowing (crew) and arm wrestling. Auto racing also, depending on your classification of it as a sport.
 
2014-06-11 11:04:48 AM  
Next, competitive eaters debate whether or not discussion of competitive eating is legitimate academic work or just mental masturbation.
 
2014-06-11 11:05:45 AM  

JoshTheTech: PowerSlacker: If you can do it while wearing Crocs, it's not a sport.

I came up with rowing (crew) and arm wrestling. Auto racing also, depending on your classification of it as a sport.


You're making Slacker's point.

None of those things is a sport.
 
2014-06-11 11:12:23 AM  

mcmnky: JoshTheTech: PowerSlacker: If you can do it while wearing Crocs, it's not a sport.

I came up with rowing (crew) and arm wrestling. Auto racing also, depending on your classification of it as a sport.

You're making Slacker's point.

None of those things is a sport.


Any type of racing is most definitely a sport - and has been considered so for centuries before you were born.
 
2014-06-11 11:19:09 AM  

Carousel Beast: mcmnky: JoshTheTech: PowerSlacker: If you can do it while wearing Crocs, it's not a sport.

I came up with rowing (crew) and arm wrestling. Auto racing also, depending on your classification of it as a sport.

You're making Slacker's point.

None of those things is a sport.

Any type of racing is most definitely a sport - and has been considered so for centuries before you were born.


We race to see who can read the collected works of Shakespeare the fastest.  You think that's a sport? We could race to see who can become fluent in Klingon the fastest.  Is that a sport?
 
2014-06-11 11:33:14 AM  

mcmnky: JoshTheTech: PowerSlacker: If you can do it while wearing Crocs, it's not a sport.

I came up with rowing (crew) and arm wrestling. Auto racing also, depending on your classification of it as a sport.

You're making Slacker's point.

None of those things is a sport.


Rowing (crew) is most definitely a sport. Maybe not Erg races, unless you puke after pulling a personal best 2k.
 
2014-06-11 11:48:12 AM  

idesofmarch: Carousel Beast: mcmnky: JoshTheTech: PowerSlacker: If you can do it while wearing Crocs, it's not a sport.

I came up with rowing (crew) and arm wrestling. Auto racing also, depending on your classification of it as a sport.

You're making Slacker's point.

None of those things is a sport.

Any type of racing is most definitely a sport - and has been considered so for centuries before you were born.

We race to see who can read the collected works of Shakespeare the fastest.  You think that's a sport? We could race to see who can become fluent in Klingon the fastest.  Is that a sport?


That's even dumber than your usual posts. Well done!
 
2014-06-11 11:58:50 AM  

Carousel Beast: idesofmarch: Carousel Beast: mcmnky: JoshTheTech: PowerSlacker: If you can do it while wearing Crocs, it's not a sport.

I came up with rowing (crew) and arm wrestling. Auto racing also, depending on your classification of it as a sport.

You're making Slacker's point.

None of those things is a sport.

Any type of racing is most definitely a sport - and has been considered so for centuries before you were born.

We race to see who can read the collected works of Shakespeare the fastest.  You think that's a sport? We could race to see who can become fluent in Klingon the fastest.  Is that a sport?

That's even dumber than your usual posts. Well done!


Thanks! You know, I didn't think I could possibly say anything dumber than 'auto racing is a sport' because wow, that's really farking stupid - glad to know I succeeded!
 
2014-06-11 12:01:26 PM  
Well, the AMA just declared cheerleading a sport and half the Olympics anymore are just a bunch of acrobatic circus bullshiat.

Why shouldn't a timed event where you have to do something more than anyone else to win be considered a sport?  Not enough triple ollie backflip sowcow vaulting?
 
2014-06-11 12:05:35 PM  

InfrasonicTom: half the Olympics anymore are just a bunch of acrobatic circus bullshiat


That's why they're the Olympic Games
 
2014-06-11 12:49:48 PM  

Arkanaut: If it was a "spectacle", wouldn't there be things like style points?


Much like Formula-1, the amazing and skill and technique is so subtle it truly takes a genuine aficionado to understand a lot of the advanced dipping and chomping techniques.
 
2014-06-11 02:33:06 PM  

JoshTheTech: PowerSlacker: If you can do it while wearing Crocs, it's not a sport.

I came up with rowing (crew) and arm wrestling. Auto racing also, depending on your classification of it as a sport.


Wheelchair basketball. Is that cheating?
 
2014-06-11 03:18:31 PM  
I keep saying, it needs to have an unlimited class, where they sit on toilets. Then it's less about capacity or speed and all about endurance. If an eater can east their own body weight in wings, etc.
 
2014-06-11 11:44:38 PM  

idesofmarch: Carousel Beast: mcmnky: JoshTheTech: PowerSlacker: If you can do it while wearing Crocs, it's not a sport.

I came up with rowing (crew) and arm wrestling. Auto racing also, depending on your classification of it as a sport.

You're making Slacker's point.

None of those things is a sport.

Any type of racing is most definitely a sport - and has been considered so for centuries before you were born.

We race to see who can read the collected works of Shakespeare the fastest.  You think that's a sport? We could race to see who can become fluent in Klingon the fastest.  Is that a sport?


I'd say nyet to both, but you might want to consider speed chess.  Or some sort of fiddle contest with Santa.
 
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