My friend Perry and I sat in the wooden lobby of an apartment building in Brooklyn today, when a debate familiar to any sports fan came up.
“Hey,” I said. “Did you see the archery final at the Olympics today?”
“Archery is at the Olympics? That’s not even a sport.”
The sport/not a sport debate always seems to come around in full force during the Olympics, when events like shooting and ping pong take center stage for a brief moment every four years. But in watching the myriad competitions that make up these Olympic games, it’s important to remember that while they may not all be sports, thanks to the emergence of big data they are all a science.