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who said golf isn't a sport?(10 posts)

who said golf isn't a sport?dustin73
Mar 29, 2002 10:27 PM
i noticed on the Golf Channel that they had a HRM hooked up to James Driscoll that showed...well, his HR while he was playing, plus his max. HR. it was actually pretty interesting...while i was watching, his never dropped below 110 and was close to 140 at times. his max was 198. it was interesting to see it fluctuate as he approached different shots, too.

anyway, just thought you guys might get a kick out of that.
re: who said golf isn't a sport?Me Dot Org
Mar 29, 2002 11:03 PM
Yeah, there have been some pretty fit golfers: Billy Casper, Julius Boros, John Daley...
i think much more of chess as a sport than golf - nmmerckx 1969
Mar 30, 2002 2:41 AM
re: who said golf isn't a sport?xxl
Mar 30, 2002 2:43 AM
"Close to 140," you say? By my lights, that would make Mr. Driscoll's "workout" roughly equivalent to a recovery day on the bike. He must have been walking the course to boost his heartrate like that ; )

Seriously, can you imagine a comparison of heart rate stats between a pro golfer and a pro cyclist? (Do you think Lance and the boys approach 140 when they're competing in their sport?)

I've said it before, and I'll say it again: the "S" in sport stands for "sweat," which is what one does when engaged in sports; otherwise, it's a game. Let's not confuse fine motor skills with athletic ability. This is why golf, tiddlywinks, and shuffleboard are games, while cycling, basketball, and table tennis are sports. The jury's still out on baseball (cf. John Kruk)

Yeah, I know, nasty flame bait for all the tiddly-flipping geriatric golfers out there, but it's early in the day, I do like to rag golfers, and this board could use some life! Things around here just haven't been the same since Eugene and that Cherry dude stopped posting their pearls of wisdom.
What about . . .speedisgood
Mar 30, 2002 5:55 AM
others like figure skating and ballroom dancing? The IOC seems to think those are sports tho I tend to think of them as competitions. Yes they require mad skillz and some fitness but I'm a big believer that you we don't need no stinkin' judges to tell us a winner in a real sport! (Photo finishes notwithstanding.)

Thanks for listening.
How about mowing the lawn?TypeOne
Mar 30, 2002 10:39 AM
I like ragging on golfers, too. To my mind, golf is a weekend leisure activity, best done in warm weather--kind of like mowing the lawn in the summer. Plus, I get more exercise. Why can't I get endorsements and equipment upgrades (that new Toro looks nice....) like golfers?

My goodness, I haven't been on this rant since the year Sports Illustrated named Tiger Woods its Sportsman of the Year over Lance.
ok, sorry but...dustin73
Mar 30, 2002 2:13 PM
LA over TW wouldn't have been right. i mean, honestly, look at what Lance does over the course of the WHOLE YEAR (or season) compared to what Tiger does. in my humble opinion, LA will have to do more than just win the TdF, and get more press coverage, to overtake Tiger.
The award is for a "sportsman"TypeOne
Mar 30, 2002 9:12 PM
I don't know what that term means in this day and age, but as a living inspiration to cancer survivors who heads a cancer foundation, Armstrong has it over Tiger.

Eldrick "Tiger" Woods is rude to fans, the press and anyone he encounters. While he could be an inspiration to any young African American after crashing through golf's color barrier, Tiger refuses to do anything to promote golf in the inner city. Instead, he prefers to cross the SAG picket lines to make more money on Buick commercials.
True, Lance may not be a perfect angel. But a college friend of mine who works in marketing for Nike says of all the public persons she deals with, Tiger is the surliest. Even the articles designed to laud Tiger end up criticizing his behavior. Sports Illustrated used to give this award to the athlete whose accomplishment meant something. Recently, they have begun bowing to their advertisers when they select the SOY.

You're right, Tiger had an incredibly successful year. But he had already won the award several years earlier and was the first person to ever win the award twice. So Tiger is better than Roberto Clemente, Jackie Robinson, Muhammad Ali and anyone who ever won just one Sportsman of the Year?

All right--someone once posted about arguing on the internet being like competing in the Special Olympics. I'll stop now.
If a six pack is part of your equipment....Birddog
Mar 30, 2002 11:00 AM
Then you can't call it a sport. Another crieria is whether or not you have to play defense.
god, not every golfer rides...dustin73
Mar 30, 2002 2:19 PM
nor is every golfer a fatass. geeze...

might as well throw in "you gotta have, at max, a 7% body fat percentage to be an athlete. and if you can't run a 5min mile, or ride an 7min 3 mile, you're now allowed in the club either."