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Do You Think Racing Is A Sport?
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Posted 2/20/08

tobydiah wrote:


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tobydiah wrote:

It's not a traditional sport or a can be called sport. It falls under a branch of sports like what that guy 4-5 rows above me said. "motor sport".

People will argue that it requires intense coordination, reaction, and that you sweat a lot(also get tired).
But that can refer to anything. I can play a racing game on my computer for 4 hours during summer without the air conditioner on. Maybe it's a motor/vehicle game? Or a competition?

Yea yea... I'm not saying that racing isn't challenging or that you don't have to be in the right shape for it. But in terms of the activity and premise, it doesn't seem like one.


Ok, you can play a racing game for four hours without air conditioning. Now actually go on the street, race four hours, concentrate on racing lines, battling several cars, having the urge to pee, make decisions with the pit crew whether you need to pit for tires or gas, always try to shave seconds off laps, and best of all, endure hours of 120 degree heat in a fire retardant suit. On top of that, you have to feed info to the tuner so they can setup the car for that specific track.

I drift in Gran Turismo 4, does that make me a licensed D1GP driver? No.

Obviously it looks easy to the average person but when you actually try, you're just blow so much nuts that everyone laughs at you.

Sports aren't just limited to just physical, there's mental sports and precision sports.


I agree that it can be a type of sport since so many things have been invented and the meaning of sports has evolved through social use. That's why I'm saying that it's not a sport in the traditional sense. Being licensed doesn't make you an athlete. It just makes you an official _____(fill in the gap) in that association. I'm not saying that racing is bad or they aren't as great as a traditional athlete (You know what? I've never heard of a racer being referred to as an athlete by the way); I'm just giving my thoughts on racing not being an actual sport.

I can go tie my feet together and chase dragonflies around and call that a sport.


Rest assured good sir that most drivers are quite athletic. as to your idea of a new sport, i say why not? when basketball was invented it was mocked as well. you could call your sport super dragon fly catcher and come up with some rules, teams and a trophy of a dragon fly eating a mosquito and you have just created a sport. might sound funny but i bet some people out there would like to play it. i have chased dragon flys in my youth and it does take some skill as they are quite agile. however i suspect this sport would be subject to ridicule.
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Posted 2/20/08
of course it is... try driving a car as fast as you can around a track more than an hour it takes a lot out of you...
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Posted 2/21/08

Your_Typical_Friend wrote:

THIS IS SUPPOSE TO BE IN THE CAR SECTION






Do You Think Racing Is A Sport?

Me....No i do not think its a sport. cuz its just a driver going in circles. you already drive. when you drive in the free way/express way do you consider your self an athlete. i mean the only athletes in racing is the pit crews.



Sounds like NASCRAP :p

You obviously have never explored rally racing. It's a point-to-point type of racing. Check it out in the favorite motorsports thread. Your comment is an insult to the racing world. Open up more and explore rally racing and other forms of motorsport...

Racing attacks the body in many different ways. One's muscles must CONSTANTLY move with precision and swiftness. One must endure the extreme interior temperatures due to the lack of heat shielding. One must be able to cope with the pressure behind them. One must stay on their line to outrun the competition. One must be able to operate a manual transmission and keep the engine in its powerband. One must have the ballz (or courage) to brake late to overtake.
In addition, the driver must be light to gain an advatage so that the car can go as fast as possible. Yes, many race car drivers MUST work out to do their very best.

Your statement is extremely ignorant. Please do some research......
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Posted 2/21/08
yeah, thanks for repeating what I sad in a more polished manner.
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Posted 2/21/08
i don't think it is a sport. cuz i don't now
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Posted 2/21/08
untill becomes easy and something we all do racing is a sport
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Posted 2/21/08

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No a sport is an athletic activity requiring skill or physical prowess and a competitive nature check it out. http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/sport
Driving requires no physical skills.


If it requires no physical skill, then how do drivers make turns at super tight angles or at extremely high speeds? You cant just put a wimpy little guy, or gal, behind the wheel of a race car and expect magic to happen. It ain't possible. No matter how talented you are mentally, if you can turn the wheel and shift the gears, you ain't squat.
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Posted 2/21/08

GrahamKramer wrote:


yangss14 wrote:


GrahamKramer wrote:

No a sport is an athletic activity requiring skill or physical prowess and a competitive nature check it out. http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/sport
Driving requires no physical skills.




yes it does, then how would the car shift on its own? how would the car turn? how would the car go straight? it requires physical things like hitting the acceleration timing it right with the clutch..

so are you basically also saying golf isnt much of a sport either? since all you do is use your arm and hips

driving isnt an athletic sport but it is a sport man understand that driving/racing/drifting is a lot harder than you think why do you think basketball/football etc has more pros than any auto form of racing? cause racing is a lot harder than your average basketball


Shifting gears and turning a stirring wheel takes no physical talent.



Let me put it this way, all racers are physically talented. Must just be coincidence, neh? BTW, its steering.
Posted 2/22/08
hell ya it is.........its like football except ur in a car n u don't hold a ball
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Posted 2/22/08
well maybe cause anything is a sport to me football is called a sport but wtf u are just throwing and running and catching a shaped ball
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Posted 2/22/08
HELL YEAH RACING IS A SPORT. being able to take turns goin 200 MPH in nascar is pretty difficult then what it looks like. its just more of a test of Mind then body
Posted 2/22/08
No. Some people want it to be in the Olympics. I would be pissed if that happened (although it never will). Yes, racing takes skill, but not athletic skill.
Posted 2/23/08
Yeah Racing is Sport.
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Posted 2/23/08
i dont think so its more like a hobby because ur not really moving much and ur seating.
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Posted 2/23/08

stevenx wrote:

i dont think so its more like a hobby because ur not really moving much and ur seating.


So enduring interior temperatures upward of 125 degrees farenheit while hitting apexes constantly while driving a manaul transmission and keeping the engine in its powerband isn't hard???

LOOK AND SEE FOR YOURSELF!!! The driver has to dance inside the car to drive it as fast as possible, knowing he could die and fall off the mountain from one wrong move.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TKgeCQGu_ug
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZXzkkGqv9Es
Also, heel-toe shifting isn't easy:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lKvF08Gt8N4

Motorcycle racing is even more demanding and requires more physical input. Dragging your knee on apexes on a freaking motorcycle isn't easy at all. Motocross and other off-road motorcycle racing is even harder.....
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mB_buOJTh0U

I'm ****ing sick and tired of these uninformed members...
But now you know, if you even bothered to read this post.....
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