In the past, we’re talking ancient times, sports varied from using sticks and balls to just full-on contact. The Greeks started the Olympics to honor the gods and declare a truce for any wars or conflicts occurring at the time. They just forgot about their problems and watched people compete in athletic endeavors. It was non-violent, entertaining and noble.
In the hundreds of centuries since the creation of the Olympic Games, there have been a number of ridiculous games/activities that are now deemed as sport. Poker, dressage (look it up, it’s a thing), fishing, and many others have become more than just fun. The term sport is defined as all forms of usually competitive physical activity which, through casual or organized participation, aim to use, maintain or improve physical ability and skills while providing entertainment to participants, and in some cases, spectators. Okay, that’s nice but some “sports” don’t require as much skill.
It seems like anything they throw on ESPN becomes a sport. That’s where poker got its start. It’s just a card game, why is it on TV? Why isn’t the World Series of Go Fish on as well? Unless it’s on ESPN Classic. Yes, there’s a lot of skill but it’s not enough to become a sport. You know what else is on the same channel, the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Yeah, spelling. It’s not like the kids get tackled. All they do is break a sweat.
Another new definition of sport is; if you’re drinking Gatorade while doing it, it’s a sport. You’ve probably seen people just sitting around your school or place of work just guzzling down a bottle of Gatorade. Like, how many electrolytes do you need to replenish by playing Flappy Bird? People still like Flappy Bird, right? Or by taking selfies? If you’ve been working out and perspiring while doing so, then that calls for some g-drink.
So, many people are entertained and enjoy watching a lot of the games mentioned above. That’s fine, you want to watch a guy sitting in a boat waiting for hours to catch a guppy? By all means, have fun. There are just so many things defined as sports that should not be. Synchronized swimming and golf are Olympic events but baseball is not. It’s just an odd process deciding what becomes a sport and what does not. Wake me up when the XFL returns. Until then, I’ll be asleep on the couch while the cars on TV are driving in circles.