Jrista, back off a sec. I got this one.
Let us try some elemental semantic logic instead. (this was long ago, so bear with me if I make technical mistakes)
Gear is a convenience. Ok, I accept this as true. in semantic logic this would be "X is Y", or "X=Y", where X is "Gear" and Y is "a Convenience".
But then I postulate my own assumption: "A Convenience is something that matters". This I say, as if you have the possibility to get the exact same shot (regardless of gear/skill/posistion etc.), it matters if you can do it easy, or if you can do it with great difficulty. There might be reasons to each, but it matters.
In semantic logic, this would be "Y=Z", where Y is still "a Convenience", and Z is "something that matters".
If these two are true, then you can replace Y in "Y=Z" with X, as "X=Y", and "X=Z".
Ergo, Gear is something that matters.
Back off-topic, or rather to other parts of off-topic:
On Canada calling Football Soccer and America being North and Central America too: I knew there was a reason it is called "American football" everywhere else, and not "USA football".
On the British coming up with this: Yeah, the British are notorious for meddling in sports, they have written the rules for sports they do not even practice, like "bandy", which is really weird. (I guess they DID practice it earlier?)
And on the testosterone sports: I have played Soccer/Football, Rugby, American Football, and Ice hockey regularly when I grew up. Should I be ashamed now?