This Is Harder Than The Vault?

This is sure to start a fight, but a panel of ‘experts’ have rated sports by the demands of the athletes who compete. If you could see me right now, you’d see me airquote the word ‘experts’ with my fingers, because it included Chris McKendry, Jim Caple and Michael Knisley of ESPN.

A look at track and field events shows that they pretty much bunched them up, except for the pole vault, the top-ranked track event. Somehow they rated all track and field events behind things like softball, tennis, lacrosse and soccer. Kinda pokes a huge hole in the expert thing, huh?

Another red flag? How about the omission of multi-events, hurdles and the steeplechase?

Anyway, the field events in their order: 1. pole vault; 2. high jump (behind auto racing?); 3. horizontal jumps; 4. sprints; 5. distance (beating out bull-riding?); 6. middle distance; 7. weights (behind table tennis?).

The top five sports? 1. boxing; 2. ice hockey; 3. football; 4. basketball; 5. wrestling.

The bottom five? 56. curling; 57. bowling; 58. shooting; 59. billiards; 60. fishing. Hard to disagree too much with the bottom five as most people do three of them better while drinking.

Flame away under comments. Just remember that HepsTrack didn’t rank these, we just reported on them.

3 Responses to “This Is Harder Than The Vault?”

  1. Mary B says:

    It just goes to show how little interest or understanding the US has in track and field. I bet it would be a different ranking if Europeans or Africians were asked this question.

  2. Brett says:

    I suspect it would be different if we convened a panel here on Heps Track!

  3. Peter says:

    C’mon everyone knows how tough it is to drive a car! You even have to hoist yourself up into a sitting position for goodness sales! Most weight loss programs recommend 2 things: eat less and DRIVE YOUR CAR MORE! Of course the avid driver has to beware the many over use injuries that come from car driving: Calluses (on the butt) eye strain from watching the road, tendinitis from moving the steering wheel. Get with the program you lazy T&F slackers!