Saturday, March 5, 2011

Sportsmanship... Non-existent?

Sportsmanship = the good attitude displayed by players and fans of a game; to win or loose gracefully.

I *love* this billboard from!!  Teaches a great lesson!

Last night, Casey and I had the opportunity to attend a Utah Grizzlies Hockey game together for our date! (Best part: it was free!!!  I'm sure I will post more about our date with pictures later!)  I was so shocked at the lack of sportsmanship.  Some poor sportsmanship from the players--though I'm told that fighting and hockey go hand in hand.

But mainly from all the people sitting around us... really???  There was probably an 8 or 9 year old boy sandwiched between his parents to our right.  I was sitting next to the boy's dad.  The dad was yelling and telling the other team how awful they were and etc.  Seriously?  The other team can't hear, our seats are not that great, but I can and trust me, I was not impressed.  I think it is rude!  

It gets worse though.  You know how kids will pick up on and copy their parents' behavior.  Classic example last night.  The kid stands up on his chair and starts screaming some not so very nice things and does this countless times throughout the night.  His parents encouraged him.  And I sit there wondering if that is really what you want to be teaching your child--to put others down, to bully, belittle and make fun of those you don't like, to be down right rude and obnoxious to those sharing your same public space.  Yeah, I definitely have higher standards than that someday when we finally have kids.

We heard people yelling at the refs telling them how awful they were.  And towards the end of the team, the goalie from the other team was severely injured and had to be helped off the ice because he couldn't put any weight on his right leg.  There is some guy (and probably several others) a few rows in front of us that started yelling at the goalie telling him that he deserved to be hurt and etc.  I was shocked!  This man was severely hurt and you are telling him how glad you are that he is hurt?  I thought about the sportsmanship billboard and wished others would have seen it and acted by it.  I started clapping when the goalie's teammates were finally able to get him up off the ice and escort him off--luckily the clapping spread instead of the booing and negative comments.  The negativity returned quickly those as everyone started mocking the new goalie.

What happened to fan sportsmanship?!  To be honest, it kind of ruins the fun and enjoyment of the game hearing constant negative comments coming from all the people you are sitting near.  Yes it is disappointing when the team you are cheering for looses--but that doesn't mean the other team should be treated less than human!

Despite all the negativity (and sorry this post is kind of a downer), it was so fun to be with my sweetheart!!  I don't remember ever watching a hockey game before so it was a fun first!  It was amazing to watch how fast the players skated and how skilled they were with moving the puck back and forth on the ice.  And I loved the energy that came from the crowd when Grizz scored!! :)

Go Grizz! :)


Spidergirl said...

Lisa said...

Pres. Uchtdorf said it perfectly!!

"Perhaps there is no better laboratory to observe the sin of pride than the world of sports....There are times when the lack of civility in sports is embarrassing. How is it that normally kind and compassionate human beings can be so intolerant and filled with hatred toward an opposing team and its fans?"

Thanks for the reference!! :)