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    Re: High School Track Team Disqualified When Runner Gestures Thanks to God

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    I wonder if the rules folks would have DQ'd a Muslim. You realize that cartoonists run into trouble with these folks. And BTW, there probably wouldn't be a gay Muslim, The religion frowns on homosexual activity.
    Well of course they wouldn't DQ a Muslim, they're only out to persecute Christians.


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    Re: High School Track Team Disqualified When Runner Gestures Thanks to God

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    You can't prove a negative. Given the hypothetical, how about you prove that they would.

    If you need proof that breitbart is biased....well that should be fairly obvious to anyone.
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    I know for sure breitbart.com wouldn't be bothered by the DQ if that were the case.
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    Re: High School Track Team Disqualified When Runner Gestures Thanks to God

    Excessive celebration penalties take some of the fun out of watching sports.

    I remember the old Miami Hurricanes football team, they were so much fun to watch. They would dance after touchdowns, and have crazy celebrations. It made for great entertainment.

    Now, all of that stuff is illegal.

    Sometimes I think we forget that sports are there to entertain.

    Also, I think there is a bit of racism in there as well. White America wants their sports to look a certain way.



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    Re: High School Track Team Disqualified When Runner Gestures Thanks to God

    Quote Originally Posted by Slyfox696 View Post
    So an athlete broke a non-religious rule and Christians are complaining about being persecuted again. Imagine my surprise...
    No, at least for me its not about that. Its about what a stupid rule.

    There was no reported taunting. So what is wrong in celebrating a little ones success or accomplishments? Some boards are taking things to extreme.

    Are you one who thinks winning/success should not be celebrated?

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    Re: High School Track Team Disqualified When Runner Gestures Thanks to God

    This is just like that wrestler who held up the match to pray and then complained about being disqualified. Rules are rules, and you don't get a special exception because you broke them with religious intent. Now, I think raising your arm or cheering or something like that does not qualify as "excessive" celebration, but that's not what the thread is about. It's about pretending that a similar gesture of non-religious intent wouldn't have qualified while this did. And that is nonsense.
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    Re: High School Track Team Disqualified When Runner Gestures Thanks to God

    Quote Originally Posted by Paschendale View Post
    This is just like that wrestler who held up the match to pray and then complained about being disqualified. Rules are rules, and you don't get a special exception because you broke them with religious intent. Now, I think raising your arm or cheering or something like that does not qualify as "excessive" celebration, but that's not what the thread is about. It's about pretending that a similar gesture of non-religious intent wouldn't have qualified while this did. And that is nonsense.
    I actually agree with you for once. I don't think this DQ had anything to do with religion. It's just the judges being overly obsessed with handing out excessive celebration penalties, which make sports more boring for everyone.

    I don't care if you're Tebowing or doing the Icky Shuffle, celebration is an act of individual expression and, as a fan, I like seeing that stuff because it's entertaining.

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    Re: High School Track Team Disqualified When Runner Gestures Thanks to God

    Quote Originally Posted by mike2810 View Post
    No, at least for me its not about that. Its about what a stupid rule.

    There was no reported taunting. So what is wrong in celebrating a little ones success or accomplishments? Some boards are taking things to extreme.

    Are you one who thinks winning/success should not be celebrated?
    This wasn't about suppressing success, it's about suppressing taunting and teaching good sportsmanship. This rule removes the subjectivity aspect, and sets a firm black and white rule. There is no indication of taunting here, but what about all the times there was taunting? Why should the official be forced to subjectively decide whether a team can advance to state or not?

    It's not a stupid rule, it's a rule which has come about because of a very real lack of sportsmanship in sports. Contrary to popular opinion, sports are not about winning, but in this "win at all costs" culture we now have, we seen taunting on a regular basis. I have no problem with a rule which cracks down on unsportsmanship like behavior.

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    Re: High School Track Team Disqualified When Runner Gestures Thanks to God

    Quote Originally Posted by Slyfox696 View Post
    This wasn't about suppressing success, it's about suppressing taunting and teaching good sportsmanship. This rule removes the subjectivity aspect, and sets a firm black and white rule. There is no indication of taunting here, but what about all the times there was taunting? Why should the official be forced to subjectively decide whether a team can advance to state or not?

    It's not a stupid rule, it's a rule which has come about because of a very real lack of sportsmanship in sports. Contrary to popular opinion, sports are not about winning, but in this "win at all costs" culture we now have, we seen taunting on a regular basis. I have no problem with a rule which cracks down on unsportsmanship like behavior.
    This is exactly the kind of racist attitude that is killing sports.

    You're happy to have black athletes on your team if they help your team win, but god forbid you should get a little bit of black culture in your living room.

    Sports are about having fun. Celebrating is fun. Spare me your whitewashed ideals of "sportsmanship."

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    Re: High School Track Team Disqualified When Runner Gestures Thanks to God

    Raising an arm is "excessive celebration"??


    I can only shake my head.

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    Re: High School Track Team Disqualified When Runner Gestures Thanks to God

    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Grimm View Post
    This is exactly the kind of racist attitude that is killing sports.

    You're happy to have black athletes on your team if they help your team win, but god forbid you should get a little bit of black culture in your living room.

    Sports are about having fun. Celebrating is fun. Spare me your whitewashed ideals of "sportsmanship."
    Is it your opinion the only people who celebrate in an unsportsmanlike attitude are black people? And you're calling me the racist?

    I honestly could not care less what race is doing the taunting, it completely goes against what sports are supposed to be.

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