I'm not familiar with Subbuteo, but from the looks of it, it could be a sport for Lilliputians. However, for actual people, I think it mimics sports, but isn't really sport. You can't say it isn't a sport, though, because there is competition, the same rules as are used for the actual sport are utilized, and someone eventually wins. This is a tough one, donavan.
A bit quiet on the subbuteo front at the moment but with United recently beating Real Madrid and Man City over in the States, membership is picking up. Good old Bobby Charlton. Can still ping 'em in from 40 yards.