Today I read an article by Andrew Goodman in the New Jersey Herald titled, “That’s Absurd: Golf isn’t a Sport.” He goes on stating that golf isn’t a sport because it does not involve a host of athletic activities that are characteristic of football, soccer, baseball, cricket, basketball or even rope skipping. According to him, neither figure skating, nor gymnastics are sports because they are controlled by judges. (???) What caught my attention has his reference to chess. I have written on this topic before here. Here is one of Goodman’s comments:
But realize this the next time you go golfing: What you are doing is competing in a non-athletic activity, like poker or chess. Leave the sports to athletes like Derek Jeter and Jason Kidd.
In his article, Goodman argues that golf is not a sport and that chess is “non-athletic.” I doubt if Goodman has played golf or chess, but some of his arguments are strange… like this gem:
It takes no athletic ability to hit a golf ball. Although it is a unique skill to have Tiger Woods’ ability, there is nothing athletic about standing still and swinging a club at a ball that is also standing still.
Many of the most gifted athletes ever — Michael Jordan, Deion Sanders or Bo Jackson — could not make it as a professional golfer, which only proves my point.
Well hearing what he says about golf, is CHESS a sport?
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BTW, here is the full text of Goodman’s article.