Sportsmanship or Setting A Record?

January 20, 2010 at 10:08:22
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Hypothetical Situation that could occur in any sport or competition...

You or your team or maybe even your kid is way ahead of the other
competitor(s) with virtually no chance of them catching up.

"Sportsmanship" dictates that you let up and don't rub it in their face by running up the score or stealing another base or whatever fits the situation.

On the filpside, you or your team or maybe even your kid has a once in a lifetime chance to set a significant record by stealing another base or scoring another touchdown or whatever.

Would you pass on the chance to set the record and get your name (or your kid's name) in the archives of your sport, all in the name of sportsmanship?

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January 20, 2010 at 10:45:20
I'd go for the record and then find a way to include everyone in the accomplishment.

Find nice way to say that even though they were a tough team and played with all their heart, it was an honor to be on the field of competition with them.

I see no reason to pass on reaching a goal just because the other team may have had an off day. But again, treat them with dignity and respect.

We were the unwilling, led by the unqualified, to do the unnecessary, for the ungrateful.

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January 20, 2010 at 21:30:18
Been there done that. It was the record for most sacks in one football game in 1982. As an athlete you should always play to the best of your abilities. You can still show sportsmanship even if the score is 62-0. I am proud to say we did. There were all sort of circumstances that lead to what happened that night. Had things not gone down during the week they way they had things would have been different on the field I am sure. We may have still won maybe not at any rate it would have not been by 62 points.

We all saw what was going on because it was in the papers here. Everyone on our team knew there were reasons for the other teams sub par play. While some may say we took advantage of this who is not to say that they could have stepped up their play? In many high school games there is the need to taunt and belittle the loosing team, that did not happen here. After the game a lot of us from both teams, we all grew up together, talked about it and came to the conclusion that once they had a little time to regroup and take a breath they would be as strong as ever. The center from that team that I personally set on his ass many times that night is still one of my best friends and lives less than a mile away.

Oh by the way we beat them in the next time we faced them too. It was a brawl we won 14-13. A couple of parents on both sides complained about the sportsmanship side until they saw us all together afterwords. The police gathered thinking there was going to be a fight. Boy were they surprised. This all made the papers as well but didn't really overshadow the events of the past week.

We were all taught that you didn't stop until the whistle blows. That doesn't mean you hurt someone but you keep trying to win. This is why I don't watch pro ball. They have learned to stop when they get their bonuses.


I want to go like my grandfather did. Peacefully in his sleep. Not screaming at the top of my lungs like the passengers in his car.


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