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what's good in golf?

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The walk, the company, the 19th hole, single white gloves. That's about it.
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The beer. The golf carts. The beer. Laughing at/with your friends. The beer.


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Those rare Eagles or holes in one, The constant battle to build a better swing, The views, the people you meet, the freindships you create, Driving, putting, throwing your clubs, making a really long putt. The chicks dig you.

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Deepak Bala
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Golf is not a sport !


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Originally posted by John Meyers:

Golf is not a sport !


I still remember the few days I attended the US Open. (Bethpage Black)

I forgot which hole (except it was par 3). Tiger Woods was driving (or at least I was told). I couldn't make out who was driving as I was standing right near the green.

Tiger Woods put a ball about 5 feet from the hole. This may sound impressive, but the next three or four players put the ball all within 20 feet or so.

If this isn't skill, I don't know what is...

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Mark Spritzler
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Originally posted by John Meyers:


Golf is not a sport !


Kind of non-sequitor comment to my quote?

I work out so that I can hit the gold ball further. I do stretches before playing golf. I do not get tackled or have to run, but it is still a sport in many people's mind, it doesn't have to be in yours.

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[Henry]: If this isn't skill, I don't know what is...

Well this isn't nearly as big a non sequitur as John Meyers', but it's not clear to me that the fact that something requires skill makes it a sport. Are pool, snooker, and billiards sports? Is chess? Some might say yes, but I think most would not. Is golf? Well to my mind it's kinda borderline, but it does require (or at least benefit from) some degree of athleticism, so OK.


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Henry Wong
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Originally posted by Jim Yingst:

Well this isn't nearly as big a non sequitur as John Meyers', but it's not clear to me that the fact that something requires skill makes it a sport. Are pool, snooker, and billiards sports? Is chess? Some might say yes, but I think most would not. Is golf? Well to my mind it's kinda borderline, but it does require (or at least benefit from) some degree of athleticism, so OK.


Jim,

Good point. A criteria of skill is not enough to classify something as a sport. However, the examples you provided -- billiards, chess, etc. -- I do regard as sports. Heck, even poker can be considered a sport...

Everyone of these cases have associations dedicated to them (which also regulates it), have tournaments (which have sponsers) that people actually pay to see, have a competitive nature to them (which excludes wrestling cause it's fake), and is possible to earn a living from (either directly or indirectly).

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Fair enough - there's some subjectivity to what constitutes a sport, and there's more than one definition out there. To me, the existence of associations, formal tournaments, and the possibility of earning money, are all less important than that there be some amount of athletics involved. In that sense, I would regard kickball as a sport before chess. But I don't begrudge someone else a different definition.

[Henry]: which excludes wrestling cause it's fake)

Not all wrestling I assume, but the WWF and its ilk, right?

By the way, am I the only one who sees the topic "what is good in golf?" and imagines the answer being delivered in a gruff Arnold Schwartzenegger accent? (You have to have seen Conan the Barbarian to get this.)
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Not all wrestling I assume, but the WWF and its ilk, right?


I officially retract all my statements regarding the sport of Wrestling. I have too many friends who like Wrestling -- and will never speak to me again (or worse, never buy a round of beer), if word ever gets out that I made disparaging remarks against the WWF.

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Consider for example the proceedings that we call "games." I mean board-games, card-games, ball-games, Olympic-games, and so on. What is common to them all? -- Don't say: "There must be something common, or they would not be called 'games'" -- but look and see whether there is anything common to all. -- For if you look at them you will not see something that is common to all, but similarities, relationships, and a whole series of them at that.
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Originally posted by Henry Wong:


Jim,

Good point. A criteria of skill is not enough to classify something as a sport. However, the examples you provided -- billiards, chess, etc. -- I do regard as sports. Heck, even poker can be considered a sport...

Henry


I guess ESPN thinks so, even Dominoes.

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Fair enough - there's some subjectivity to what constitutes a sport, and there's more than one definition out there.


Yep ! Even today i wonder how a game like golf could draw such sponsorships. I would rather sleep than watch an "exciting" game of golf. I agree that golf does require skill. When i tried to hit the ball a few years back, it took me two days to get it off the ground and into the air a fair distance
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Here's Robin Williams explaining how Golf got invented (includes strong language). I hope the original poster considers this to be a good thing about Golf, if he can find nothing else


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Everyone of these cases have associations dedicated to them (which also regulates it), have tournaments (which have sponsers) that people actually pay to see, have a competitive nature to them (which excludes wrestling cause it's fake), and is possible to earn a living from (either directly or indirectly).


Boy, Java programming almost qualifies as a sport then, too, doesn't it?


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Originally posted by fred rosenberger:

Boy, Java programming almost qualifies as a sport then, too, doesn't it?


Actually, with those programming contests that google held, it is actually almost there. All we need is some leagues, and build up some interest from non-developers, and wham... some of us could be doing Nike commercials...

Henry
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