Nothing to me is more ignorant than people that are stuck in ideas that held true decades ago, continuing to harp on these thoughts with consistency as our world has long grown out of those pants.
Extreme cases are racism, sexism or changing the television by hand, and a mild case is when people continue to bash golfers as "non-athletes."
This happened when Mike and Mike appeared on The Late Show With David Letterman Monday night and Golic said golfers weren't athletes (around the 1:40 mark).
I will agree with a few things. Golfers in the past weren't that athletic. Some, like Jack Nicklaus, were born with a natural athletic mold, but there wasn't much training going on when golf started to become popular. The game is based mostly on mental toughness, like the Mikes talked about, but this holds true in all sports. A good example of this - in practice, I'm positive Jay Cutler could complete just as sharp a pass as Tom Brady, but in a playoff game when he needs it, would you trust him to be able to place it just like Brady could?
Anyway, this "are golfers athletes" argument is moot because golfers are working on their bodies as much, if not more, than other sports. I know that the sport has overweight golfers and people that don't appear to be in great shape, but when is the last time one of these guys has played at a consistent level? They might win a time or two, but the ones that are dominating are the ones that are beating up their bodies. As a trainer once told me, if there is an edge to be had in golf these days, it's found in the gym.
To complete my point about this, I will attach pictures of Mike Golic in his prime and a picture of Tiger Woods in top form. You decide which one is a better athlete.