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Are Nascar drivers athletes?

Discussion in 'Sports Zone' started by Achilleslastand, Mar 23, 2014.

  1. big dog cowboy

    big dog cowboy THE BIG DOG Staff Member

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    Tony Stewart moves the needle to NO in record speed.
     
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  2. Rogah

    Rogah Benched

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    I have always considered something athletic if the primary basis involves physical strength and/or manual dexterity. So chess players are not athletes. NASCAR racers are.
     
  3. Rack Bauer

    Rack Bauer Federal Agent

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    I agree with McFlabb. Nascar drivers are not "Athletes". They are in a competitive event, but they are not "Athletes". Period.


    If NASCAR drivers are athletes then so are spelling bee participants and chess players.
     
  4. erod

    erod Well-Known Member

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    Absolutely, positively not. It takes learned skill, courage, and money, but not athleticism.

    If it takes a great "athlete", then why are there so many brother combinations in Nascar and Indy racing? Terry and Bobby Labonte. Darrell and Mike Waltrip. Al, Bobby, and Al Jr. Unser.

    I know there are brothers in pro sports on rare occasion, but there are hundreds of them in auto racing.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_family_relations_in_auto_racing
     
  5. Phoenix

    Phoenix Well-Known Member

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    Hey, is NASCAR on ESPN?

    YES. It IS. So, there ya go. Debate solved.

    :)




    By the way, are golfers athletes? John Daly moves the needle to NO in record speed.
     
  6. dexternjack

    dexternjack World Traveler

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    Nascar is a sport, just like golf, America's Cup racing, curling, etc, etc. There are some athletes competing in them but those sports don't require athletic ability to compete. It is more mental than physical. They do have to be in somewhat shape but not physical specimens.
     
  7. DFWJC

    DFWJC Well-Known Member Zone Supporter

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    So that would rule out baseball too?
     
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  8. jimmy40

    jimmy40 Well-Known Member

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    Isn't the National Spelling Bee on ESPN?
     
  9. dexternjack

    dexternjack World Traveler

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    LOL, beer league softball maybe, but not MLB.
     
  10. DFWJC

    DFWJC Well-Known Member Zone Supporter

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  11. dexternjack

    dexternjack World Traveler

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    Some pitchers are the exception but position players play everyday. That mixed in with travel takes an athlete to overcome 162 games. Even though some are overweight, it still takes excellent physical condition to play a long season.
     
  12. DFWJC

    DFWJC Well-Known Member Zone Supporter

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    I was just kidding
     
  13. erod

    erod Well-Known Member

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    You could teach Adrian Peterson to drive a stock car in time.

    You couldn't teach Dale Earnhardt to play tailback with eternity to do it.
     
  14. daschoo

    daschoo Slanje Va

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    Chess?
     
  15. RastaRocket

    RastaRocket Sanka, Ya Dead Mon? Ya Mon.

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    To say that AP could drive at the level those guys do is an insult to their profession. No, he couldn't compete with their race times.
     
  16. Hardline

    Hardline Well-Known Member

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    I can put this topic to rest right now...

    If you cant win a scholarship doing it,then you are not an athlete.
     
  17. jcollins28

    jcollins28 Well-Known Member

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    Great bit on F1 fitness.
     
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  18. WPBCowboysFan

    WPBCowboysFan Well-Known Member

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    Never found McFlabb to ever be funny. Stupid, YES! Funny, NO!
     
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  19. WPBCowboysFan

    WPBCowboysFan Well-Known Member

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    Sounds like you're one of the guys on our highways who can basically steer a car down the road and stop at redlights, but not much of a driver and most likely a nuisance on the road. Prob a main contributor to overall traffic problems.
     
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  20. WPBCowboysFan

    WPBCowboysFan Well-Known Member

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    This
    This may qualify as one of the dumbest posts ever posted on the internets. And when one considers the myriad of dumb post here in the Clown Zone that is saying something.
     
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