March 02, 2004

Our first sport/not a sport skunking, Super-Tuesday style: with 70% percent of the vote in,
BODYBUILDING is NOT A SPORT (27-0) and BODYBUILDERS are NOT ATHLETES (23-3, with one absentia).
Let's try that again, shall we?
=next week's (this week's) challenge inside=

posted by forksclovetofu to navel gazing at 10:09 PM - 35 comments

For now and forevermore, bodybuilding is not a sport and bodybuilders are not athletes. Woof. My bad. Who knew there were so few proponents of the ol' iron pumping around here? Anyway, I'm gonna take a hint from terrapin for our bonus round, still due in on Friday (or when I finally get around to tallying it over the weekend): BOWLING: Sport or Not a Sport? BOWLERS: Athletes or Not Athletes? This one also seems cut and dry to me, but I've been proven wrong before. Have at it!

posted by forksclovetofu at 10:12 PM on March 02


posted by StarFucker at 11:03 PM on March 02

no and no.

posted by goddam at 11:23 PM on March 02

Well, is Randy Johnson really joining the PBA Tour?

posted by billsaysthis at 12:20 AM on March 03

Yes, bowling is a sport. No, bowlers are not athletes.

posted by dusted at 12:42 AM on March 03

Well which kind of bowling do you mean squire?

posted by Fat Buddha at 03:03 AM on March 03

Are we talking Crown Green Bowls? Lawn bowls? Indoor bowls? Skittles? I kid, because I love. They're all sports, but you can't say that any of the players are athlets.

posted by BigCalm at 03:09 AM on March 03

Do I get 4 votes - one for each sport?

posted by BigCalm at 03:39 AM on March 03

Not making any decision until I know what kind of bowling you mean (despite the fact that the decision would be the same whatever). *stamps foot*

posted by squealy at 03:53 AM on March 03

Since it was my hint, I will say that 10-pin lane bowling (not sure what the official term is. Perhaps "indoor bowl"?) is what was intended. bowling = sport bowlers = not athletes (unless we are speaking of cricket, which we aren't)

posted by scully at 08:12 AM on March 03


posted by mbd1 at 08:49 AM on March 03

bowling = sport bowlers = if your a professional, who has practiced to get better and compete against the best talent, then yes. But the recreational goons who guzzle beer and grease aren't athletes, unless your the Dude. Also, some interesting opinions (thanks to google): Are bowlers athletes? bowling digest. Now I want to go bowling!

posted by jasonspaceman at 09:02 AM on March 03

no. no. its an activity or a hobby depending on your skill.

posted by jerseygirl at 09:12 AM on March 03

Yes it's a sport. No they are not athletes. And the 6'3" muscular guy in the cubicle behind me who bowls every week in a league agrees with me.

posted by grum@work at 10:15 AM on March 03

sport athletes

posted by corpse at 10:33 AM on March 03

i'd like to change my vote if possible. yes and no.

posted by goddam at 10:33 AM on March 03

who are you and what did you do with goddam?

posted by BigCalm at 10:44 AM on March 03

If golf is a sport, so is this. But I'll be damned if glorified embibing makes them athletes.

posted by garfield at 10:47 AM on March 03

Sport, I guess. But not athletes.

posted by cobra! at 10:57 AM on March 03

Sport: yes Athletes: no

posted by Bryant at 11:10 AM on March 03

forksclove - just a side note on the bodybuilding question - you express surprise that nobody supported the " ol' iron pumping " as a sport - I bet nobody would dispute the sportitude of powerlifting. As for bowling: Sport not athletes

posted by vito90 at 11:45 AM on March 03

I can't really comment on 10pin bowling being a sport - although the Big Lebowski certainly made it look like one. But good old fashioned bowls, on the other hand, being the flagship part of BBC2's sports covergage for pensioners: Sport Athletes: No

posted by dng at 12:07 PM on March 03

I meant 10 pin indoor bowling and it wouldn't even have occurred to me that there were any other kind. /american

posted by forksclovetofu at 01:55 PM on March 03


posted by rocketman at 02:47 PM on March 03

yes, yes.

posted by djacobs at 05:13 PM on March 03

yes.....oh ok, yes.

posted by eckeric at 05:48 PM on March 03

On that basis no and no. Ten-pin bowling is a game you play when you're drunk.

posted by squealy at 05:49 PM on March 03

and you don't play bowls (crown green/lawn/indoor) drunk? All the greens are at pubs!

posted by BigCalm at 04:57 AM on March 04

Yes and Yes.

posted by chicobangs at 04:13 PM on March 04

That's not true Clammy. I used to play lawn green bowling down our local park. Admittedly we went there via the pub.

posted by squealy at 05:58 PM on March 04

10 pin bowling: no and no. Crown green bowling: yes and no.

posted by salmacis at 03:04 AM on March 05

No on all counts.

posted by bcb2k2 at 08:33 AM on March 05

Sport Not athletes

posted by Scottymac at 09:46 AM on March 05

Sport Not Athletes

posted by Succa at 02:50 PM on March 05

non sport, non athletes.

posted by hincandenza at 02:24 AM on March 06

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