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  • 06/13/2013, 10:48AM ET

Racing is the most DANGEROUS sport in the world.

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If you do not already know, Jason Leffler was killed last night driving a 410 sprint car.

Before I begin, I would like to send my thoughts and prayers to the family and friends of Jason Leffler, a former NASCAR car driver in both the Cup and Nationwide series.

He is leaving behind his wife and 5 year old son.

He was 37 years old.

When I heard this last night, this really hurt me because I myself have been racing go karts since I was 10 years old. Not to mention racing has always been a part of my family and friends.

So after hearing this sad news, I would like to challenge anyone who thinks why racing isn't the most dangerous sport in the world. (And yes RACING is a sport!)

For one, racing anything from formula 1 to indy car to nascar, the speeds exceed well over 200 mph. I don't care if your car is made of bubble wrap, if you are traveling that fast, there's always the possibility of getting seriously hurt or killed.

Also, don't just take my word for it, look at the facts. Racing has killed thousands over the last century. Even in today's modern world of making the best helmets, the safest cars and such, modern era racers have still been killed.


Ever been in a ring waving a red hanky or flag at a bull with the sole intent of pissing him off?

My guess is no. Bull fighting is much deadlier and more dangerous IMO. You're risking your life every time you go against the bull. Racing is dangerous, I won't deny this. But, drivers are trained and I don't think they are risking their life every time they get in a car.

Unlike bull fighting. Sure, bull fighters are trained, but it still doesn't change the fact it's an animal and you're basically aggravating the Hell out of it.

533 bull fighters have died and that's just the reported deaths. The actual numbers could far exceed that.

Good luck.


Bull riding? Really?

Bull riding is hardly a sport as it is but ill give you the benefit of the doubt.

So 533 bull fighters have died?

How about racing?

As I said before there's about 100 different types of racing. Anything from NASCAR to Indy to Motocross to Rally Car and the list goes on.

Racing has been around for over a 100 years and the death toll from racing I guarantee has well exceeded 500. I don't even need to look up the exact number of deaths from racing because any regular sports fan would know that racing over the last century has killed many.

And the thing about racing is that it just isn't professionals who race but youngsters and teenagers as well. Think about all the local go kart tracks or sprint car tracks across the country that people race at. The number of racers killed at these tracks just adds more reasons as to why racing is the most dangerous sport.

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June 14, 2013  02:04 AM ET

I am sure there is some sport where you have to light yourself on fire to win...

June 14, 2013  05:46 AM ET
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Base jumping, skateboarding, heli-skiing, and bull riding are all more dangerous, and that's just off the top of my head after I googled the subject.

I did the same thing!

June 14, 2013  07:04 AM ET
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Base jumping, skateboarding, heli-skiing, and bull riding are all more dangerous, and that's just off the top of my head.

I disagree. They're more dangerous than the top series of racing, definitely simply because of the safety advancements made in NASCAR/Indy/F-1 over the last few years.

But auto racing in general leads to more deaths than the 4 sports you mentioned combined.

June 14, 2013  09:21 AM ET
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I disagree. They're more dangerous than the top series of racing, definitely simply because of the safety advancements made in NASCAR/Indy/F-1 over the last few years.But auto racing in general leads to more deaths than the 4 sports you mentioned combined.

Participation levels factor into this somehow.

June 14, 2013  11:32 AM ET

Would Dueling be considered a sport?

Because at least one participant dies in each duel.

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June 14, 2013  11:35 PM ET

Q:What is the deadliest sport in the world?

A:Racing is the deadliest sport in the world.

This is a no brainer Left. What is there to debate?

June 14, 2013  11:59 PM ET

Bullfighting.

June 15, 2013  01:26 AM ET
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Bullfighting.

Especially if you're the bull.

June 15, 2013  01:44 AM ET
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Especially if you're the bull.

Exactly.

June 15, 2013  09:29 AM ET
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No because there are no dueling tournaments or leagues. But jousting is a sport.

Dueling tournaments would be the ultimate single elimination tournament of all time. Only the winner survives to participate next season, literally! No way there could ever be a league because losers would be unable to ever face another opponent. Of course who would enter a dueling tournament knowing your chance of comming out alive was very low!

Good thing dueling is illegal or some idiot would try to make it the ultimate extreme sport. ;0)

June 16, 2013  10:44 AM ET

There's a big hole in right's argument.

June 16, 2013  11:33 AM ET

The two man luge is much more dangerous.

You could get raped.

June 16, 2013  04:57 PM ET

Bull fighting is not a sport. The beestards who engage in such cruelty to animals should be locked up with the likes of Michael Vick.

June 17, 2013  08:50 AM ET

I don't know why I didn't think of this sooner considering I lived in Hawaii.....


Big Wave Surfing.


Aloha!

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June 17, 2013  12:54 PM ET

The first rule of bull fighting is never talk about bull fighting.

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