However, the gung ho poker player in me has to take issue with Teddy Atlas's statement, on March 7th’s Friday Night Fights. Poker star Phil Ivey made a guest appearance, helping Teddy act out his “keys to victory” segment. Next thing you know, Teddy’s going on and on about how poker doesn't require mental toughness. He did a whole 5 minute rant about it.
Don’t misunderstand, I think it’s inappropriate to refer to poker as “a sport,” and to see poker players listed as "athletes" on sites such as Facebook. When one can play a game with nachos and a cocktail in front of them, that‘s not a sport, or athletic endeavor of any kind. Trust me, if I can play something, then it’s a good bet that no athletics are involved.
I think I'm a big fan of both poker & boxing, specifically because they are both about mental toughness/discipline & well timed aggression.
It was a ridiculous point to get worked up about under ANY circumstances. The fact that his celebrity was a professional poker player, morphed his comments from being merely ridiculous into being down right rude. Bottom line, Teddy didn't need to bad mouth poker in order to promote the boxing.