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Figure Skating Is Not a Sport

In Sports Philosophy on February 13, 2014 at 6:34 pm

With the 2014 Winter Olympics in full swing in Sochi, CDH has caught Olympic fever. Bobsleigh, ‘boarding, bathrooms — we can’t get enough of it. But this week, we turn to the Winter Games’ dirty secret. What is a “sport?”

Figure skating is the uncontested king of competitions at the Winter Olympics. That’s especially true at the 2014 Games. Host country Russia’s reputation as a figure skating powerhouse is well known, and a crop of young Americans, led by fan favorite Gracie Gold have reaffirmed the event’s prominence at the Games. Emphasis on event, because, like it or not, figure skating is not a sport.


This is not an attack on figure skating. No one is saying that figure skating is easy or pedestrian. It’s incredibly difficult, takes years of training, and, as Russian skater Evgeni Plushenko can attest, it can be incredibly dangerous. It really is an art form, combining the most complicated elements of athleticism, grace, movement and dance. But it’s not a sport. Read the rest of this entry »


Stadium ad nauseum

In Baseball, Sports Philosophy on July 11, 2013 at 4:12 pm

Sports stadiums can be things of beauty. But they can also be architecturally unpleasing, outdated or utterly insane. CDH’s Ian Brickey looks at six of the craziest stadium designs ever proposed by American professional sports teams.

The primary function of an athletic stadium is to host sporting events. In that regard, all stadiums are similar. But similarity does not mean all stadiums are the same. There’s a reason we lament the destruction of Ebbets Field and the Polo Grounds more than half a century after their demolitions and not, say, Veterans Stadium (although the sightlines for battery-throwing were unparalleled). The difference is architecture. Stadiums can be beautiful buildings — even works of art. But they can also be architectural atrocities. American sports teams have considered a lot of stadium design proposals over the years. Here are six of the craziest. Read the rest of this entry »

The Complete Freshman’s Guide to William & Mary Sports

In Sports Philosophy, William & Mary on August 29, 2012 at 2:36 pm

One thing that William and Mary always leaves out of Orientation is Tribe athletics. Don’t worry, freshmen. Crim Del Harris is here to fill you in with the complete guide to William and Mary sports.

William and Mary Class of 2016,

Congratulations! You are about to become a part of a university that has been a home to Thomas Jefferson (class of 1762), Mike Tomlin ’95 and Jon Stewart ’84. (You probably already knew that, but we’re legally required to mention Jon Stewart at least three times in any article about the College.) You planned for weeks, drove for hundreds of miles, and came with high hopes. Now that you’re moved into Botetourt and that nervous laughter of disappointment has disappeared, you’re ready for your four-year adventure in (occasionally) sunny Williamsburg, Va. Read the rest of this entry »

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