Drivers may not be athletes, but what they do is no game

The question of whether drivers are athletes rages on. Ed Hinton writes they are not. Maybe. Oh, why should it even matter?

Updated: August 23, 2008, 11:03 AM ET
By Ed Hinton | ESPN.com

There are only three sports: bullfighting, motor racing and mountaineering, all the others being games.

-- Observation attributed to Ernest Hemingway

Q. Are race drivers athletes?

A. No.*

*It doesn't matter, so stop bickering with the stick-and-ball crowd, will you? Both sides will feel a lot better.

This is an issue that needs settling once and for all.

The argument broke out again in an online reader ...

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