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    Re: Sportsmanship

    Quote Originally Posted by Zyphlin View Post
    Not everyone is a Barry Sanders, who could break off a 80 yard run breaking 6 tackles only to reach the end zone for the 3rd time in the day and immedietely go hand the ball to the Ref and head back to the bench like it is no big deal.
    Yet not everyone has to be Barry Sanders, everyone just has to do their best. Winning or losing doesn't make you a good or bad sportsman, it's how you conduct yourself. The good sportsmen are the ones who can go to the other side, shake their hands after the game and say "good game" and mean it. They're the ones who feel grateful to play the game and be able to do their best.

    If someone told Barry Sanders to "go easy on the other side so they don't feel bad", I'm sure he'd tell them to shove it and I'd applaud that decision.
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    Re: Sportsmanship

    Quote Originally Posted by Cephus View Post
    I don't think it's subjective at all. These kids are playing a competitive sport. The rules of the sport say one side will win and the other side will lose, that's a foregone conclusion before the game starts. Unfortunately, you get these crazy liberals who don't want anyone to ever feel bad about themselves so they want one team to almost "throw the game" as it was, to protect the delicate, sensitive little feelings of these kids who signed up for the team to begin with.
    Why must you make everything a partisan issue?

    It has nothing to do with throwing the game. No one is saying that the better team should lose the game. But they can win the game without being d-bags about it.
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    Re: Sportsmanship

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar View Post
    Why must you make everything a partisan issue?

    It has nothing to do with throwing the game. No one is saying that the better team should lose the game. But they can win the game without being d-bags about it.
    But the only place you can make a case for them being douchebags is after the game is over and they point and laugh at the losing side or something similar. I've already agreed that's wrong and an example of bad sportsmanship, but that's not what this thread is about. It's about kids doing their best in a competitive game, which is something everyone should do all the time anyhow.

    That's not douchebaggery, that's reality.
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    Re: Sportsmanship

    Quote Originally Posted by Cephus View Post
    But the only place you can make a case for them being douchebags is after the game is over and they point and laugh at the losing side or something similar. I've already agreed that's wrong and an example of bad sportsmanship, but that's not what this thread is about. It's about kids doing their best in a competitive game, which is something everyone should do all the time anyhow.

    That's not douchebaggery, that's reality.
    [emphasis added by bubba]
    now let's see what this thread was about by reviewing the original post:
    Quote Originally Posted by Goobieman View Post
    Because of someting that happend over the weekend...

    Assume that a youth sports team so completely outclasses its opposet that it can score at will, and while doing so, completely shut its opponent out..

    Is it good or poor sportsmanship for the superior team to hold back and not run up the score?

    Please 'splain your answer.
    [emphasis again added by bubba]

    it would appear you are mistaken. this thread is about distinguishing what constitutes poor sportsmanship

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    Re: Sportsmanship

    Quote Originally Posted by justabubba View Post
    it would appear you are mistaken. this thread is about distinguishing what constitutes poor sportsmanship
    In a competitive sports team. Appears I wasn't mistaken at all.
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    Re: Sportsmanship

    Each side should try to score as much as possible. Isn't that what what doing your best means?

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    Re: Sportsmanship

    Quote Originally Posted by Panache View Post
    Each side should try to score as much as possible. Isn't that what what doing your best means?
    I think there might be something in there about keeping the other team from scoring.
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    Re: Sportsmanship

    I think there might be something in there about keeping the other team from scoring.
    Point taken. Kids should try to score as many points as possible while trying to keep the other team from scoring as few points as possible.

    If this results in "running up the score," then that is what they should do.

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    Re: Sportsmanship

    Running up the score is more likely to occur in youth sports than in professional sports. Professional organizations know that nothing good will come of trying to humiliate the opposition but fights and lusting for future revenge. If the game is beyond the point of contest it's time to put in the second and third strings, to test the ability of rookies and prospects and give them meaningful game time experience. If I'm coaching a youth sports event and it's beyond the point of contest, I'd likely operate on the same principle, giving the less than elite level kids on my squad the opportunity to play the primary roles. Of course if your bench warmers are better than their starters, the score could still get run up.
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    Re: Sportsmanship

    When I was a kid, I played in a church basketball league, where we played other churches. We had a bad snowstorm, and a small team(6 guys). Two of our guys couldn't make it, and we were down to 4 guys. We won something like 89-37. I scored 43 points myself. This other team was simply that bad, that a team with no subs, and 1 man short on the floor, got beat badly.

    Sometimes, the other team is so bad, a crushing is really the only option available.

    It really is poor sportsmanship to not play to the best of your ability, based on your opponent. Its downright disrespectful. Now if you jump out to a big lead, and the game is in hand, you show your own players that work hard in practice(but don't normally see the field) some respect too, and let them go out and perform to the best of their ability. But at no time, do you send players out there with the intention of not competing to their highest level.
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