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The last few decades has consistantly been a long drawn out death knell, blown through a sports based conch shell, announcing the slow and painful demise of sportsmanlike behaviour.


The last few decades has consistantly been a long drawn out death knell, blown through a sports based conch shell, announcing the slow and painful demise of sportsmanlike behaviour. Not just in one sport, but in seemingly all of them. We have seen soccer fans trample each other to death. We have seen Basketball and Football players accused of rape and historic murder. We have seen prolific drug abuse and enhancement in almost every sport. We have seen ice skaters convince their significant others to take metal pipes to their competitions knees. We have seen tennis players behave badly on and off the court while shoving their opponents “accidentally” on their way.  We have seen womanizing golfers faced with their own cheating ways. And we have seen these celebrity exhultations of poor behaviour become the standard by which American youth learn to compete equally with one another. Not to mention the horrible behaviour of young athlete’s parents on the side lines. Bad sportsmanlike behaviour has become a giant, yellow stained, snow ball rushing down the mountain side of social consideration, respect and politeness, obliterating everything good in its path.

But this week the American public witnessed what it “use to be” like. We saw baseball great Armando Galarraga, pitcher for the Tigers, receive a record ending bad call from an umpire and handle it with dignity, grace, professionalism and class.  Armando accepted the call like a professional and life went on as normal. No excuses, no cuss words, no violence.  What? It can’t be! Sports fans everywhere were aghast at this quiet behaviour. Why didn’t Armando rush up and punch the umpire in the nose while cussing in multiple langauges? Why didn’t he swing a bat ruthlessly mowing down umpires left and right and showing frustration and anger?

Maybe the world has too much anger already? Maybe sportsmanlike behaviour is going to return to a time where classy attitudes and grace were the norm and where people were shocked by obscenity in the professional venues of sports?

Later, the very same umpire, apologized for his bad call and acknowledged that he was wrong and that Armando was actually in the right. He did this while crying and patting Armando on the back in deepest respect. Amazing! Amazing in a good way. Amazing in a responsible way. Amazing in a respectful way. Amazing in a way that ALL of us need to emulate in every sport and walk of life that we tread alone or with team mates. This should be the norm for all celebrities as role models for the rest of us.

Maybe, just maybe, respect and sportsmanlike behaviour will come back and become the norm for athletes, coaches, parents and viewers everywhere. Its about time for the yellow stained snowball of disrespect to melt and come to an end.

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