Been doing a lot of thinking lately, I know it’s dangerous, but sometimes I get into discussions over what is or isn’t a sport. I feel like sometimes we call something a sport that shouldn’t be classified as such. Today, I may ruffle some feathers with this but what’s life without some controversy or hate? I am going to examine some obvious and not so obvious sports that aren’t sports.
First and foremost is the most obvious one of them all. Professional wrestling. I’m sorry folks, it’s not a sport. It’s scripted with the winners picked before hand. However, despite that, some of the guys and gals in that industry can show off some pretty impressive athletic feats. Don’t know how many folks can jump off a rope and spin around five or six times. But, other than that, total spectacle with theatrics and terrible acting.
I mean, look, combat sports are exciting to watch. UFC bouts can end in a flash. Pro wrestling? That might take up to 30 minutes to decide a winner. I’ll be honest, I watch it on occasion. I know who some of the key guys are in WWE, but I know it’s not a sport. Pretty sure if Brock Lesnar legit threw hands with someone, he wouldn’t be in a match that’s 10 minutes long.
Side note story real quick. About 10 years ago, I actually upset Brock Lesnar at a meet and greet thing at the Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame over in Waterloo. When you see that man ball his fist, there is a certain fear that overtakes your body. So, yeah, don’t be a smarty pants around Brock Lesnar.
Next is poker. You may be asking why is poker on this list? Well, if ESPN shows it, it certainly has to be a sport, right? It’s a little funny that they show poker, with a bunch of folks sitting around a table, and yet they don’t even show professional wrestling which at least, as noted, takes a few athletic feats to do. Poker, you put on a pair of shades, look at your cards and try to bluff your way to victory. Feels a little like college sometimes.
Look, not saying that professional poker players lack skill, but it’s not a sport. They make a good amount of money for sitting around a table. Makes me wish I had that sort of skill. Win a million dollars for a few days of playing cards? I’d be about that life.
e-Sports seems to be all the rage these days. As a video game enthusiast I can completely tell you that playing video games is in no way shape or form a sport. Are these people some good players? Maybe, maybe not. Training to play a video game professionally does not take a lick of athletic ability. You sit in a chair and use a controller or a mouse and keyboard to do what you need to do.
ESPN has picked this up as a sport. A sport that gets more media coverage, seemingly, than hockey does. There are talks all the time of a certain game getting on the e-Sports list. Just because I play Madden doesn’t mean I’m a football player.
Does it take time and skill to get good at a game as it does playing a sport? You bet. I just don’t see how sitting in a chair makes someone an athlete. Like I said, I’m a lifelong gamer but I know what sports are and this simply isn’t one.
I could list quite a few more but I’m going to be a coward and call it a day.