Sports are wildly popular in American culture, loved by many athletes and fans alike. Game sports and racing sports are the two major disciplines of athletics, and Editor-in-Chief Cecily Shaber and Staff Writer Micah Freeman discuss the advantages of both.

Racing takes the win

Within the world of athletics, competitions come in the form of either a game or a race. While sports games have their advantages, it is racing that is the most gratifying and exciting event.

Racing is a battle with the mind more than anything else.

— Editor-in-Chief Cecily Shaber

Racing sports are largely about physical and mental endurance. Whether it is rowing, track, cross-country, swimming, cycling, or whatever else, the champions of these sports are those who are the most bodily fit and who have the strength of mind to put in the work until there is nothing left to give.

When it becomes difficult, you can slow up, of course, but then you will not be in front. Racing is a battle with the mind more than anything else, and that is what makes a win so gratifying, as well as the absurd ratio of time spent training to time spent actually racing.

Consider the volume of training versus the length of a race. Races require the buildup of aerobic capacity, which is sourced from a tremendous cardio. But when it comes to race day, most events are quite short in comparison. 

Track events take twenty minutes or less. A rowing race, between six and eight. When athletes consider the amount of work they put in and see it manifested in crossing the finish line in good standing, it is a gratifying feeling like nothing else.

On the edge of their seats, the fans watch as the shell in lane two pulls just ahead.

— Editor-in-Chief Cecily Shaber

Also, racing has fans on the edge of their seats at every moment! Whether it is in side-by-side lanes or not, spectators can view the standings of the competitors, including their distances from first place and the spacing between them.

Rowing is a great example of an exhilarating race. Boats line up seven across on a straight, buoyed course. For 2,000 meters, the racing shells are neck-and-neck, vying for a leg ahead as the rowers in each boat strain on their oar handles.

Lactic acid raging and lungs heaving, the rowers approach the finish, when suddenly the white buoys that separate the lanes turn red, indicating the last 250 meters of the race. The two boats jockeying for first and second place go back and forth with less than a minute to go.

From their view on shore, perpendicular to the direction of the boats, spectators can just see the separation between boats, which can change in an instant. On the edge of their seats, the fans watch as the shell in lane two pulls just ahead, its bow ball passing the finish line buoys a millisecond before second place does.

All things considered, racing is just more exhilarating and more gratifying than game sports.

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Game of excitement

Picture this. It’s a Friday night, and everything you and your team has been working on this past week is about to be put to the test. The lights are flashing, and everyone in the crowd is watching intensely. After multiple plays, it’s down to the final seconds. Your teammates are doing their absolute best and… you win! 

This feeling is what people who play game sports look for. The pure excitement from watching a team triumph after multiple practices. This is what makes game sports better than racing sports.

Nobody can do everything by themselves.

— Staff Writer Micah Freeman

Throughout a usual week of practice for game sports, players work on new plays and formations. This keeps them ready for anything that an opposing team can pull. All of this builds up into the game. The game acts as the ultimate test of the work you put into the sport, which makes it incredibly satisfying when you win.

The sports also teach team-building. Since players are constantly working with other people, it teaches them that nobody can do everything by themselves. Every team has somebody for each type of situation by having multiple positions to cover each. They all need to work together to succeed.

Everyone can be part of the team.

— Staff Writer Micah Freeman

Unlike sports like rowing, there are multiple positions in game sports. Each team has a diverse skill set. Teams can have runners, people who hit hard, and people who work on throwing and catching. So if someone is not good at running, they can be in a throwing position. It makes it so everyone can be part of the team.

 Game sports are also way more popular than most racing sports. Most people can name their favorite football team while very few can name a single thing about rowing. This popularity leads to large crowds, only adding to the excitement factor. With loads of people watching, players try harder, which leads to better results. Due to the popularity, game sports are more engaging to watch and play.

Everything considered, games are more exciting than racing.

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