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An appreciation for the history of the sport . . .(10 posts)

An appreciation for the history of the sport . . .ms
May 31, 2002 10:04 AM
Recently I heard an after dinner speech by John Feinstein (NPR commentator, author, etc.). He said that the thing that distinguished professional golfers from other professionals that he had covered was their appreciation for the history of the sport. Feinstein repeated several anecdotes, the bottom line of which was that most professional athletes have little appreciation for the history of their respective sports and little contact with former greats of the sport. He said, however, that former golf greats usually are at the major tournaments and often play practice rounds with current pros. He thought that this was one of the great strengths of the professional golf tour as opposed to other sports.

As a reader of cycle mags (e.g. Cycle Sport) and viewer of cycle races covered by Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwen, it is clear that cycle journalists have an appreciation for the history of cycling. During yesterday's Giro coverage, Bob Roll commented that former champions come out to watch events like the Giro and that he, when he was a rider, appreciated it. How much mentoring and contact is their between the current pros and former greats (other than former pros who are working for teams)? How much appreciation for the history of the sport is their among the pros?
Feinstein comment applies more to cycling because Golf is not...Bruno
May 31, 2002 10:50 AM
even a sport.

In cycling there is a huge appreciation for the history of the sport. You cannot get rid of history in european cycling because today's pros race is the same roads as former greats.
Feinstein comment applies more to cycling because Golf is not...Indiana Rider
May 31, 2002 10:57 AM
golf as is cycling is a wonderful sport.. why would say otherwise? I enjoy participating in both.
Feinstein comment applies more to cycling because Golf is not...cogsworth
May 31, 2002 3:36 PM
Golfing is certainly a very differant sport than cycling, but by any standards it is still a sport. Just for kicks check out the Golf channel when they strap a heart rate monitor on some guys playing practice rounds. I've seen some of them jump up to 140bpm just standing there doing their pre shot routines.
Some of those guys would get to 160bpm just by...Bruno S
May 31, 2002 4:49 PM
climbing up stairs. How physically demanding the sport can be if some competitive Golfers are 50+ and overweight?
Some of those guys would get to 160bpm just by...Bike Fool
May 31, 2002 5:21 PM
I spend about equal time doing both. Why don't we just leave it that both can be enjoyed by anyone until they basically drop dead, 'k?
Golf is an activity which requires skill...nova
Jun 1, 2002 4:06 AM
but it is not a sport!

NASCAR is an activity which requires skill, but like golf, it is not a sport. Sports are about human performance. Skills are about repetition, practice and technique. Monkeys have the skills to use tools. Cats have the skills to open doors by turning the knobs, but this doesn't make them atheletes.

My heart rate climbs when I see a gorgeous woman in a short skirt. Does this mean that checking out gorgeous women makes me an athelete?

Honestly, I've never been golfing, so I'm not qualified to judge. But as an outsider looking in... I just do not get it. (GOLF is an acronym for Gentleman Only, Ladies Forbidden. Seriously. How is that for knowledge of the game? :)
Foolish comments all!!!spyderman
Jun 2, 2002 12:02 AM
Golf is a sport, NASCAR is a sport, Skeet shooting is a sport...etc. (OK, the latter was a stretch...:)

You'll find that most NASCAR drivers, pro golfers follow rigid diets and workout schedules just like most athletes.

When was the last time you went out and shot 4-6 rounds of golf in 4 days? And also hit a few hundred practice tee shots a day? Now do that for 26-30 weeks a year... Try it and you'll see how much wear and tear it takes.

Same with NASCAR too. Try driving 200mph in traffic of 40+ cars for 4hrs straight... 95-100+ degree temps... 30+ weeks a year.

Oh guess what, you have to live on the road traveling to different cities in both sports too... Does wonders on the family life...

Stress levels in both sports are incredible!

No, they may not be similar sports to cycling, rock climbing...etc. But they are sports just the same.
Being a travelling salesman is a sportnova
Jun 2, 2002 4:00 AM
Long hours spent on the road; need to keep the energy levels up, look good, and perform in front of clients day after day. Must be on top of the game to win the sale....

Monkeys have operated controls in capsules orbiting the Earth. Excessive g-forces exerted on their bodies, extremes of heat and cold, and then of course they were incinerated upon re-entry. They are athletes too....

Looks like just being alive these days makes one an athlete!
Breathe in... breathe out... You win...:o)spyderman
Jun 2, 2002 11:26 PM