This afternoon I was driving down Ceaser Chavez/16th street when I saw a pretty ripped guy half jogging, half dancing down the sidewalk with boxing gloves, throwing punches into the air. Cue the montage...
This sight also reminded me of a conversation my brother and I had a couple weeks ago about the purest of sport. Of course, this brings about the much broader and controversial question of defining sport. I came to the conclusion that boxing is the purest of sports with the trenches of a football game coming in a close second. My reasoning: Boxing requires the highest amounts of every attribute that we associate with athletes and sport - endurance, strength, quickness, agility, awareness, and toughness. The best offensive and defensive linemen also have all of these attributes, although many average linemen get away with less than the whole package.
So here is the topic to be debated, hopefully in an uncivil manner: what is the purest sport?