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Is NASCAR a sport?

Posted on: February 9, 2008 12:01 pm
Edited on: February 9, 2008 7:53 pm
 

I have seen, and endured, all sides of the argument.

Some say, "yes, because the athletes have to drive for hours in 100 degree plus weather."

Others say, "no, because it is constant repetition...hours of left turns."

Others, still, say, "does it really matter?"

To the last comment I would say that, no, it may not be a situation that has to be resolved like the cure for cancer or the cure for Britney, but this has become a controversial issue not only at the proverbial watercooler, but at racetracks and motor speedways throughout the country.

My opinion is, and always has been, that NASCAR is NOT a sport. The good ol' Merriam-Webster tells me that a sport is "an athletic activity requiring skill or physical prowess and often of a competitive nature." This causes me to ask myself whether NASCAR meets these requirements.

Does it involve competition? Sure.

Physical prowess? You bet.

Skill? I know I'd crash a couple of times going 200 mph, so yeah.

But athletic ability? That's where I draw the line.

You can't argue the point of NASCAR's sporting rights without mentioning the driver's athletic ability. Athletic ability means that the person involved shows physical prowess and is specifically gifted in the area of athletics. Would you consider a driver that?

I like to compare NASCAR to it's most famous and most resemblant cousin. Horse Racing. It's the same idea, right? Go faster than the guy beside you. But what's the difference? In horse racing, the athlete is not considered to be the jockey. Yes this may be because have of them are proud residents of Munchkin-land, but the horse - what is being ridden - is the athlete.

Would you dare call the car the athlete in NASCAR? No! Because it is an inanimate object. That is just unnatural.

My final point of contention is that when a win or a loss truly relies upon, as the drivers so often say, the "better car" being dealt to you then you'd have to call the mechanics athletes too. Are you willing to do that? Or even the assembly line workers manufacturing them at the Toyota plant.

To me, NASCAR is simply an enhanced version of our daily lives.

Thoughts would be loverly.
Category: Auto Racing
Tags: NASCAR
 
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Posted on: February 21, 2008 10:46 am
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Since: Aug 20, 2007
Posted on: February 12, 2008 10:14 pm
 

Is NASCAR a sport?

 

 

 

      
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Since: Feb 25, 2007
Posted on: February 10, 2008 6:41 pm
 

Is NASCAR a sport?

Here are my criteria for determining what is and isn't a sport (regardless of dictionary definition of sport):

Anything where subjective judging is more important than objective judging (gymnastics, diving, figure skating, any of the so-called extreme sports where judging of artistic merit is paramount) is not a sport.

Anything where the equipment is more important than the person using the equipment is not a sport.  By that criteria NASCAR isn't, horse racing isn't (for the jockey, it is for the horse), and any other motor sport isn't either.

There must be an aerobic component; thus bowling, golf, curling, archery, rifle shooting (unless you've also cross-country skied), etc. are not sports.

And to whoever it was that said this, only someone who has never rowed could possibly say that rowing requires no skill or athletic ability.  Read David Halberstam's book The Amateurs about Olympic rowers.




Since: Jan 16, 2008
Posted on: February 10, 2008 6:25 pm
 

Is NASCAR a sport?

If Jackhammering pays out as much as Nascar does then we may think of it as a sport.




Since: Nov 24, 2007
Posted on: February 10, 2008 5:26 pm
 

Is NASCAR a sport?

No way Nascar is a sport. If it is Yoga and Ballroom dancing are sports as well. Nascar is an event or a competition. It is not a sport. A sport has to have two things which control the outcome, a ball (pucks are included) and a form of defense. No ball in Nascar so it isn't a sport.. A person could argue about Nascar having a form of defense, be it teams blocking for one another or design of the track but there is still no ball, therefor not a sport. Can everyone drive a car at 200 mph? No. Can everyone operate a jackhammer? No. If you are going to argue that Nascar is a sport, then argue jackhammering to be a sport also. Both require a small amount of agility but neither is a sport.



Since: Aug 10, 2006
Posted on: February 10, 2008 4:38 pm
 

Is NASCAR a sport?

Construction and soldiers are not "competing" in the terms that would be used in sport.

ALl of the things I mentioned combined with the competitive aspect necessary for sport could qualify it.

But once again...I don't care what you call it or call the drivers...I love it regardless.




Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: February 10, 2008 2:27 pm
 

Is NASCAR a sport?

It's more of a sport than bass fishing, and poker.. But not quite the same athleticism as football or basketball. But the ratings are huge, so obviously people watch it.



Since: Dec 1, 2006
Posted on: February 10, 2008 2:21 pm
 

Is NASCAR a sport?

I would like you to sit in a 120 degree car for 4-5 hours in August...at Bristol where as was mentioned above you are constantly fighting the car...

For people who make comments about turning left like its turning left on a regular road...YOu really know nothing about these cars, the drivers, or anything else involved...And that is why you should not speak on it.

Opinions are great and everyone has one...BUt make sure you know what you are talking about before voicing yours...It would make the world a lot better place for all.

Believe me. I realize that what drivers do is no piece of cake. But can you really tell me that just because their job is difficult it makes it a sport?

What about the Iraqi based soldiers? Or construction workers? They work hard. But that doesn't make what they do a "sport" or them "athletes".




Since: Aug 10, 2006
Posted on: February 10, 2008 2:14 pm
 

Is NASCAR a sport?

Isn't that convenient...

 

No...More like true...

I would like you to sit in a 120 degree car for 4-5 hours in August...at Bristol where as was mentioned above you are constantly fighting the car...

For people who make comments about turning left like its turning left on a regular road...YOu really know nothing about these cars, the drivers, or anything else involved...And that is why you should not speak on it.

Opinions are great and everyone has one...BUt make sure you know what you are talking about before voicing yours...It would make the world a lot better place for all.




Since: Sep 2, 2007
Posted on: February 10, 2008 12:13 pm
 

Is NASCAR a sport?

Nope.


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