There are some sports we will argue that will never truly be a sport in our mind. If John Daly was able to be successful (even for a little bit) with a gut, smoking a pack a day, and numerous other recreational issues, we don’t believe that it takes a true athlete to play golf. Table tennis has become a way for every computer programmer out there to think that they’re actually getting in some “physical activity” when really they just sweat because they never get out of a computer chair all day. Somehow table tennis weaseled its way into the Olympics so we’re supposed to congratulate the countries that win in “baby tennis”. The one sport we cannot get over that is actually included in the Olympics? Racewalking. Racewalking is basically a step above the mom’s that power walk around the mall and is completely subjective due to judges that determine when a player has broken form and actually started to <gasp> run. We won’t include softball but we’ve had Racewalking in the Olympics since 1904. What. A. Joke.
Do you know what sport isn’t a joke? It is one that has had some of the most colorful players dominate the court. You had John McEnroe would take judges and put them over his lap as he blasted them with curse words and sent the crowd into an uproar. Andre Agassi brought a brand new attitude and hairstyle to the game of tennis and was the poster boy for anybody that loved 80’s rock and also loved tennis. Then you had the champ. Pete Sampras dominated for so long and probably could have done it for longer but he knew when to step away from the game. We don’t care how many wins anybody else gets, Sampras was the king and that is that. For the rest of us simple folk that just enjoy playing tennis on the weekends or in a local league, there is a KickStarter campaign called Smash. It is a wristband that actually works with your smartphone and will give you different feedback on how you’re swinging the racket based upon the movement it picks up. It will give you tips and recommendations on how to change your swing along with a bunch more analytical data. We all know that wearables are the next step in technology and tennis is finally on the radar with Smash. Click here for image source and where to buy Smash.