We got this Australian guy who punts for the football team at the University here. He used to play Aussie Rules Football back home and thought like you did. But then he played the game and he is very glad that 1) he has the equipment on cause “(they) hit hard” and 2) he’s just a punter and not some receiver laying himself out knowing he’s gonna get slammed.
Of course all sports, ALL SPORTS, are wimpy when compared with Shirling. Leave it to the Scots to invent that. shudder
And I agree with the other posters that a sport should have 1) an active competition, 2) objective and well defined goals and 3) require the use of your muscles.
And having watched some of those curling matches in the Olympics I can safely say that there is no way I could get my body to bend in the way some of those players did when tossing those stones.
But the only sports I can regularly watch are baseball and American football.