One of the biggest debates in our school this year, which kids sometimes bring up at lunch, is a sports debate. The question is simple: Which is more of a sport, baseball or lacrosse?
Usually what happens is the baseball players take their side and the lacrosse players take the other. The argument usually just goes off the rails, with both sides asking: “How many hours do you play?” and “Do you even have to practice for your sport?” Anyone who does not play either sport pretty much has no say in the argument, unfortunately, so they tend to just try and keep the table as civilized as possible, which never seems to work. So, with all the drama circulating around this debate, we might as well break the argument down and understand both sides.
First, we must define what a sport is. Everyone has a different definition, some even consider Esports and golf sports even though they involve almost no physical struggle. The easiest way to settle this is by just taking the dictionary definition: “An activity involving physical exertion and skill in which an individual or team competes against another or others for entertainment.'' This would at least cancel out Esports, but still both lacrosse and baseball match the definition.
So, what are the arguments for either side? Lacrosse usually brings up how baseball players can just “sit in the outfield and do nothing the whole game,” and baseball players wisely comeback with a universally acknowledged truth: “There is nothing harder to do in sports than hit a 90 mph fastball with a stick.” And the argument just goes back and forth. But in conclusion, it is important to keep an open mind for the opposing side, and consider which sport matches the definition more accurately.