a. Physical activity that is governed by a set of rules or customs and often engaged in competitively.
b. A particular form of this activity.
2. An activity involving physical exertion and skill that is governed by a set of rules or customs and often undertaken competitively.
3. An active pastime; recreation.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

The problem with poker

Dear Readers,
I'm truly puzzled by the growing interest in poker as a spectator sport. Is there really such a demand for the broadcast of these lame events? Poker is a game NOT a sport. 
Please sports media, stop televising people playing games at a table.  It's dull, lifeless, and subtly irritating.  Just attempting to watch a poker tournament reminds one of all the immediate productive tasks one could be doing.  Even unproductive tasks would hold more meaning.
Let me put this in a different perspective.  People playing poker must act emotionless in order to bluff.  Therefore, when you watch poker, you are watching people act as emotionless as possible.  This just proves that not only is poker not a spectator sport, but that it is in fact the very antithesis of a spectator sport.
So I say a toast to more ultimate fighting and less card games on TV.

- Sir Walter Benson Hildebrand, astronomer and sports media analyst

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