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After the bizarre response I got in a different thread, I have to ask. Are veg*ns too good for sports? Is athletic competition beneath them? Are we the stereotypical non-competetive weaklings that everyone assumes we are?
 

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I actually think it is funny when people say that vegetarians/vegans are sickly, scrawny and don't get enough nutrition. In fact they may die if they continue to eat in that way - then you start rattling off names of athletes who are vegetarian/vegan - the theory doesn't hold much water after that.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">
 

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I love sports and I know I'm no less healthy than when I ate meat. I am slimmer though. I love curling (some of you southern Americans may have not heard of this sport, although American women just won the world championships for the first time ever) and softball, tennis, cycling, etc.<br><br>
What I do know is that the people I know who are too overweight or lazy to play sports eat a lot of fast food, and bacon, and pizza and burgers, and crap like that.<br><br><br><br>
btw, who are some famous veg*n athletes?
 

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Two of my least favorite stereotypes (and I don't know which is more pathetic) are:<br><br><br><br>
Veg*ns (athlete or not) are necessarily weaker and less physically fit than the "average" meat-consuming athlete (or non-athlete);<br><br><br><br>
Athletes, and fans of competetive sports, are intellectually inferior to those who chose interests that they consider of higher intellectual worth.<br><br><br><br>
This instantly gets my blood boiling. Especially the latter, and it has to be said, I've been in discussions with VB'ers that hold, to some degree, the latter position. To objectively and arbitrarily say that some interest (that doesn't have an inherent and universal degredating quality) is less worthy of acceptance based on personal preference is hypocritical and leads the person who says such a thing on a road directly to intellectual incontinence.<br><br><br><br>
In laymans terms, this is what I'm saying: A veg*n who equates sports participation or fanaticism with any of its negative stereotypes is as intellectually dismissable as a meat-consumer who suggests that a veg*n diet necessarily degrades athletic performance.
 

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I loathe sports. With passion. They are boring to watch, play, and hear about.<br><br><br><br>
ETA: For me. I know many people love to hear/watch/play.
 

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But Max, we are the super-athletes I thought!!!!!<br><br><br><br>
Stereotype 1 - two words: Carl Lewis. (Martina Navratilova. Lots of runners/ironmen and -women)<br><br><br><br>
Stereotype 2 - there's no higher goal for humans than to be happy and for that the best combo evidently is a well trained mind AND body!<br><br><br><br>
So yes I love sports and I need it (we all need it)! But "some" football-fans I don't like - but let's not go into other stereotypes here <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)"><br><br><br><br>
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"Athletes, and fans of competetive sports, are intellectually inferior to those who chose interests that they consider of higher intellectual worth."<br><br>
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I would say that most of the truelly best athletes are most likely also very intelligent. There are also cases of players of some sports being not as physically capable as other players but their intelligence (tactical and strategic thoughts) are better and thus they have are better players or cause the team to work better.<br><br><br><br>
Anyway, I'm not a sports fan but if a basketball playoff is on I could possibly watch it. Oddly , I find watching hockey makes me sleepy (how un-Canadian of me <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)"> ).
 

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I like sports now....but during my younger teenage years (12-16), I hated them all. occasionally, I would work out but that was IT! Now, I love love love to run, do yoga/pilates and I play tennis with my friends as well as wiffle ball <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/blush.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":eek:">)
 

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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by dk_art</i><br><br><b>I would say that most of the truelly best athletes are most likely also very intelligent. There are also cases of players of some sports being not as physically capable as other players but their intelligence (tactical and strategic thoughts) are better and thus they have are better players or cause the team to work better.</b></div>
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I agree that intelligence <i>can</i> be an important aspect of an athlete's game, but I'll suggest a few great recent athletes that are, beyond a shadow of a doubt, mental-zeros:<br><br><br><br>
Allen Iversen<br><br>
Emmitt Smith<br><br>
Sammy Sosa<br><br>
Mike Tyson<br><br><br><br>
These guys (like them or not) have, at their peak, been in the absolute upper echelon, if not the all-time best, of their respective sports, yet the four of them combined probably couldn't order a happy meal without dumbing something up. These are, of course, extreme cases. Most professional athletes aren't THIS stupid, but I think the majority are, at most, of "average" intelligence.<br><br><br><br>
This sounds contradictory to my former point, but I'm talking here about professional athletes, not recreational athletes and armchair quarterbacks (and the like). It's two different arguments.
 

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I'm vegan and I get told I'm weak all the time! It's so annoying. But I am a bit weak..I never got enough protein when i was younger and now.
 

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not sickly or scrawny but tall n thin and i just say that it is sad that professional athlets get paid so much and teachers get paid so little<br><br>
some sports are fun but football seems 2 rough and cards are boring
 

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"cards are boring"<br><br><br><br><br><br>
Cards is a sport ? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/huh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":confused:">
 

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If cards, especially Euchre, were a sport, I would absolutely be an athlete! The closest I get to athleticism, though, is taking long bicycle trips such as the June '99 trip from NE Ohio to Boston. Adventuresome, yes, but perhaps not extreme-sports.<br><br><br><br>
I really enjoy volleyball, but I am no good at it. I'm glad to have a great group of friends who will include me in any sport/game they're playing, even when I can't run as fast, dodge as quickly, or throw as far. This was true of me even before going vegetarian--I'm just not cut out for athletic perfection, AFAIK.
 

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I dislike sports, but it has nothing to do with veg*ism.<br><br><br><br>
I enjoy swimming and bicycling, and I don't mind playing badminton in the back yard with my sisters or something casual like that, but I'm just really not the athletic type, and I never have been.
 

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Are you kidding? I'm a total sports nut, though with the exclusion of professional football and basketball.<br><br><br><br>
I played softball all throughout highschool and probably should have at least tried out for my college team (*sigh* coulda, woulda, shoulda).<br><br><br><br>
This is, by far, my favorite time of the year where the MLB and NHL seasons overlap--there's always a good game on.<br><br><br><br>
There's something about a dirty baseball uniform that just gets me all worked up. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p"> I'm serious.<br><br><br><br>
With regards to vegans being less athletic or whatever: when I was in school our group of friends had scheduled nights of both kickball (haha) and dodgeball (even more haha) where the veg*ans played the omnis. We probably won 99% of the time. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">
 

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I hate that sterotype about veg*ns.<br><br><br><br>
Just look at all the hamsters! I don't think you would consider any of us weaklings. I just competed in a triathlon and am running in a half marathon next month. I know that there are a few hamsters training for marathons. Would we be considered weak? I don't think so.<br><br>
My co-workers husband is veg*n. He competes in Iron Man competetions! ( 2 mile swims, 112 mile bike, 26 mile run) I would hardly consider him to be weak!
 
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