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What has happened to sports?

Posted on: May 4, 2012 11:42 am
 
There is a reason the UFC is becoming a dominant sport. Its because it is real sport backed by solid ethics by its ruling body. The NFL has had scandals for the past decade, probably longer, and is so money hungry I don't even believe it's real anymore. In MMA, unless there is a real feud between participants, there is a handshake and congratulations following the event. The only team sport where the handshake is even used is in hockey, in the playoffs. There isn't even room for it in the amateur world of college sports. The sportsmanship in sports is so far gone that it will take some serious legislating to get it back. If a player gets hurt, he will whine about how it was intentional, and will automatically accuse the other party of foul play. I love sports, but to see all semblance of sportsmanship go out the window is a viewport into what our culture has become. There is no respect for the peer, there is no respect for what the other people put in. Is it really that difficult to line up and give the other players a handshake? It may not be sincere, but it is still there and being done, out of respect. It doesn't have to be televised. All we ever see is guys giving their teammates handshakes and hugs. Show some respect for your opponents, all of them, be it the 12 in basketball, 25 in baseball, 19 in hockey, or 53 in football, every one of them work hard and deserve respect from every one of the other players
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Since: Oct 24, 2011
Posted on: May 8, 2012 4:07 pm
 

What has happened to sports?

I dont disagree that the best way to show sportsmanship is to play the game properly. However, not enough playerse do that. They are a minority. I also think its a little eeehh, but being a father who wants to be able to watch sports with his kids, I want them to know that these people play by the same rules, and have some respect for their opponents and fans.



Since: May 9, 2007
Posted on: May 7, 2012 3:31 pm
 

What has happened to sports?

I played sport up thru JC and lining up and shaking hands after the game played out in little league. To me the best form of sportsmanship is playing the game the right way while on the field. I can say whatup to you afterwards but knowing you were a strong competitor is all I need to know. If you played straight with in the rule, and the unwritten rules(Hammels hitting Harper) then a hand shake isnt important. I get where you're coming from but to me that was always...ehhhhh.



Since: Oct 24, 2011
Posted on: May 4, 2012 5:10 pm
 

What has happened to sports?

I understand what you are saying. The problem lies in the fact that these are players shaking the hand of players they know. I want to see a line up and handshake- teach our kids how sportsmanship really works. If you have the luxury to go to a game (which FTR I don't) watch afterward and you see guys smiling and laughing on both sides during the handshakes. This is not sportsmanship, its friendship. As a father, I want these people not to be my kids' role models, but to be role models for sportsmanship.



Since: May 9, 2007
Posted on: May 4, 2012 3:46 pm
 

What has happened to sports?

You made the point in your post. IT ISNT TELEVISED. Pay close attention to right after games and you WILL see players go to the opposition and start shaking hands but it only last for a second or two before BSPN goes to interview LeBron or Tebow.


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