|2008-04-22 03:33 (UTC)
Rip Ayrton Senna = |.
I still wouldn't consider it a sport though = P~. Does it take talent, skill, patience, knowledge, all that and a bag of chips? Of course. So does bowling and golf, but those aren't sports either!
I understand that this is where the debate comes in and is defined by personal interpretation of 'sports', but to me, a 'sport' has to involve some athletic challenge and neither of the three qualify. Does it take endurance to sit in a vehicle travelling at high speeds for 7, 8 hours making left turns all day? Sure. But, shit, it takes endurance to sit at a poker table for 10-12+ hrs a day trying to win the World Series of Poker tournaments, too, and that isn't a sport either.
Neither does walking 18 holes worth of a golf course, even if you play several rounds, turn golf into a sport either (not to mention you have golf carts, ffs; motherfuckers don't even carry their own clubs, they have someone else carry it *for* them). These are competitions. Yes, they take all of the above I mentioned, but they are not sports precisely b/c applying a bit of pressure to a gas pedal to convert that bit of effort to hurtle you at 200 mph thanks to a motorized vehicle is not an athletic feat!
You want to be called a sport? Run or even bike that same course you fucking pansies. The Daytona 500 is a 500 mile race. The Tour de France is close to 2000 miles long. And they don't sit in a goddamned car to do that shit either.
One of the most ridiculous things I've ever heard is a nascar commercial on espn where a driver makes fun of football players for not participating in games after sprained ankles and muscle spasms while nascar drivers are faced with the prospect of death when they crash into a wall at high speeds.
No... fucking... shit... you... goddamn... moron.
I could be crossing a road, get hit by a soccer mom with the need to drive an suv b/c she drives one kid to and from soccer practice 3 times a week, and I could die from that. Shit, I could be in a multi-car pileup while riding the bus to work and die, for that matter. What did you think would happen when you put dozens of cars, with several hundred horsepower, racing at a couple hundred miles per hour, packed closely together jockeying for position? Kindly, shut your pie hole.
Your dumbass wouldn't survive a single NFL, NBA, NHL, WNBA season, the ATP or the WTA tour, a single season of the EPL or any other professional league that plays a real sport. Sit the fuck down, keep pushing that pedal and making left turns for hours on end.