Sportsmanship On and Off the Field

Let’s face it, we have all gotten pretty intense during a football game, whether it was in the living room, in the bleachers, or actually on the field. Mean words are thrown around in football even more than the football is. However, when a victory happens, nice words and cheers are heard for the winning team, while the losers are stuck fielding harsh put-downs. Football is a game best played by being aggressive and getting pumped up.

“Players have called me obscene words,” said senior Jared Scott.

The fans say some pretty mean comments and have done some pretty mean things. But some actions are just straight up rude, such as what happened recently at the Homecoming game.

“These girls from the other team stood outside our locker room, holding signs and when we came out they stopped cheering. When they stopped cheering they just looked at us and giggled while saying ‘Wow this is awkward. Good try tonight’,” Jared said.

Yes, kids can get competitive, but are they taking things too far? When you get to the point where you’re swearing, starting to tease and make fun of players, it’s just a little too much. Fans need to realize there’s a fine line between having a good time and joking, or being rude and mean. They must realize when to stop and just say “Nice try” or “Good game.”  Learning sportsmanship is one reason to play sports. Being nice after you lose or when you win is an important quality for anyone to have. A good example is senior Doug Langone.

“Sportsmanship is important because it helps build character,” Doug said. “The (football) team has had extra sportsmanship this year!”

This shows there is still some virtue in the football world. Sportsmanship does not just come from one person; it comes from the whole team. It can mean different things for different people.

“It means hard work and dedication and not just supporting yourself, but your team members,” cheer coach Erin Basgall said. “Also, it means when your going against another team, you should say positive things to them and not put them down. You’re giving them support and your treating them with respect. For instance, when we had cheerleaders at Central Lake, they had cheerleaders too, and we displayed sportsmanship by going over and talking to them and greeting them and treating them with respect.”

On and off the field sportsmanship means more than you think. Before you act unsportsmanlike, think about how you would feel if someone treated you this way, think about how you would make your team look. Think before you act unsportsmanlike.

You are not just affecting yourself.

You are affecting everyone around you.

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