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JAMA Revisited
December 15, 2015

The Madness of Sport

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December 18, 1915

 

JAMA. 1915;65 (25) :2168-- 2169.

JAMA. 2015;314(23):2572. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.12154

A dictionary defines sport as a “particular game or play pursued for diversion, especially an athletic or outdoor game or amusement.” It then proceeds to give another definition of the word as “a mockery or object of derision.” Any one who contemplates some of the performances in this country which have lately been dignified with the name of sport may wonder in which of the foregoing categories these exhibitions deserve to be classed. The public press has spread broadcast the story of a recent automobile contest in which the winner exceeded an average speed of 100 miles per hour for more than three hours. The reports of the finish tell that “the driver, overcome by the roar of his machine, was unable to hear for several minutes and acted otherwise like a deranged man.” This type of performance also reminds one of the dangerous and thrilling midair stunts in which a few widely advertised aeroplane enthusiasts have engaged, sometimes at the sacrifice of their own lives.

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