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Sportsmanship

October 3, 2010 - Kim Collette
I love sports. And...truth be told...I probably follow sports a little too much at times (especially for being a gal). But recently a lot of things I am seeing and reading have me scratching my head. I played sports growing up and one of the most valuable lessons I learned was sportsmanship. Yes...sportsmanship. Sportsmanship is defined as: conduct (as fairness, respect for one's opponent, and graciousness in winning or losing) becoming to on participating in a sport. I thought I better define sportsmanship since we see so little of it these days. Where did it go?

It seems to me that in today's sports world there is more of a "win at all costs" attitude than ever before. Don't get me wrong, winning is important or they wouldn't play the games. But, it shouldn't be everything. Carts shouldn't be brought on to a football field a quarter after a player gets injured to stop a teams momentum and drive. Teams shouldn't "fake" a kneel down to end the game, only to throw a pass and score again when the game was clearly over. Stop the trash talking. Stop the whining to officials. Just play the game as it is meant to be played and show respect to your opponent.

Here's what it boils down to. Win and lose with dignity and respect for your opponent. It's not the flashy thing to do "to get your name in the news," but it is the right thing to do.

 
 

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