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Two Sides to Every Coin: What Classifies Something as Being a Sport?

By Chris Mueller AKA The Doctor On May - 17 - 2012

The word "sport" has been applied to a plethora of activities ever since the word was created, but what truly makes something a sport?

Is poker a sport? Is beer pong a sport? Are foosball, table hockey and ping pong sports? What about billiards or shuffleboard? Does driving a car really fast make you an athlete?

Many poker players would argue until they were red in the face that poker is, but many others would say that it is a game, not a sport.

The same thing can be said for a number of other activities which require little or no physical exertion to perform. A person who is paralyzed from the neck down can technically play poker if someone holds the cards for them and places their bets.

Other activities which have been confined to dorm rooms and backyard parties are starting to become popular enough for people to hold actual tournaments featuring the games.

Things like beer pong, tossing bean bags and competitive eating have been referred to as sports. As soon as someone calls something new a sport there is always someone there to say, "That's not a sport!"


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