Feb 26, 2010, 08:20AM

Why am I watching this?

Last night I was in a bar that was playing basketball and figure skating on two TV's right next to each other. I started thinking,  "Basketball is definitely a sport, but I think you could argue that figure skating is either not a sport, or we need a new word for whatever weird thing it is." Then I realized how incredibly ESPN-centric that was. It's an athletic competition, and clearly really difficult, but the outcome seems wholly subjective - as if basketball had a less ridiculous set of rules or was more fair. In the end I guess all sports are essentially entertainment via arbitrary emotional investment, and that is kind of depressing.  

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